on palestine, poetry and preaching

This may well be one of those posts that only makes sense to me. It's a bit random, I confess. During August, I went to an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Palestinian poetry. A Bird Is Not a Stone is an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry which has been translated by about…

why are you here?

It's often amusing to see what search terms have led people to this blog. Here are some of my favourites: --┬ástubborn,awkward,apathetic live in lover (Sorry, I have no advice for you. Well, I do, but here isn't the place to discuss it...) -- intellectualism vs emotional response sermon (Does a sermon have to be either/or?)…

in sure and certain hope

I love┬álistening to stories. I always have. Ever since my grandfather told us the Uncle Remus stories of Brer Rabbit at bedtime. Ever since my dad read the Chronicles of Narnia and the Hobbit in front of the wood stove on snowy evenings. Ever since I went to the Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee and…

sermon: clothe yourselves with love

This is woefully late -- the story of my life recently. But anyway, here's the sermon I preached on Sunday 12 October. Isaiah 25.1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4.1-9; Matthew 22.1-14 + In the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. As you are probably already aware, two of our gospels contain versions of…