your questions answered here!

My dear ones, I am being asked a lot of the same questions again, so forgive me for an impersonal post. It's just easier at the moment than writing really long emails ... or even worse, not answering emails at all. So, when do you leave? 19 November. God willing. Goodness, that’s soon! Would you…

how long?

Now that I'm back in Scotland, I've been spending a lot of time on social media recently, trying to keep up with the reports from Israel-Palestine. Twitter gives me the official stories coming out of the main news outlets. Facebook gives the more personal stories from friends who are witnessing firsthand the effects of the…

the dawn from on high

Before I came on this visit to Israel and Palestine, I agreed to film a short reflection as part of the Church of Scotland's Advent series being produced this autumn. After some thought, I decided I would like to frame it using my favourite lines from the Benedictus: In the tender compassion of our God, the…

sermon: suffer the little children

Here's the sermon that I preached yesterday in St Andrew's Jerusalem and St Andrew's Tiberias, neither easy contexts into which to preach at the moment... For the past two weeks, I’ve been in Bethlehem studying Arabic at the language centre near the Church of the Nativity. On Friday afternoon, Justin and I were walking back…