sermon: on the courage of prophets

You know that thing where you want to preach about something, but you can't quite yet so you preach about it by preaching about something else instead? That was me yesterday. Here's what I said. Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 6-8, 19-28 + In the name of God: Father, Son and Holy…

restore our fortunes, o lord

Last night I went to see the new film by Leila Sansour, Open Bethlehem. If you haven't seen it yet, it's showing in Glasgow tonight (followed by a Q&A session with Leila and Kathy Galloway of Christian Aid, chaired by Irvine Welsh) and Dundee tomorrow night. More screenings can be found on the website linked above.…

keep hope alive

I've spent much of today going through the various brochures, documents and websites of many of the organisations we visited in Palestine and Israel. It seemed a good way to spend a cold, dreary, rainy Scottish day, when this is where I'd rather be: As I have said before, everywhere we went, we heard one sentence…

show us your mercy, o lord

I am now back in Scotland. In some ways, the past fortnight feels like a dream, like it never happened. I struggle to believe that it was only a week ago I was fighting to keep my balance at Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem as the crowds pressed on every side, standing so close to the…