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Connect

Connected

Last week we moved from one internet supplier to another. We had been told that our new supplier would activate the connection remotely and send me a text message when the internet was live. We waited and waited… and waited. Seconds turned to minutes and minutes to hours. Can you imagine a whole day disconnected?!…
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Hope horizon

Two Breaths

I feel sorry for Nicola Sturgeon. Day after day she has to stand and give statistics on how many people have been tested, how many positive tests have been reported, how many Covid patients are in hospital and so on. It must be a thankless task to give such depressing statistics. I’ve had cause recently…
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Language of love propitiation

The Language of Love

Last week’s article mentioned 1 John 4:10: “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” ‘Propitiation’ is not a common word in the world in which we live today. It’s one of those words we might hear…
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God is love

God is Love

8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that…
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One Way

One Way

As I write it’s Wednesday afternoon, I’m looking forward to this evening’s prayer meeting in the Church building. I’ve watched John’s video several times and I think I’m as prepared as I can be, but it will still be strange; no handshakes, just hand gel, not to mention social distancing and facemasks. Maybe most unusual…
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Back to school

Back to school

This has been a big week in the Murphy household, the first week back at school! It’s been a long time since the learning in Scottish schools stopped. The learning itself went on, in homes across the country parents learned how to use phones and computers to teach their children, but the step towards normality…
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Chosen

The Great Goal of the Gospel

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ  3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In…
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Father compassion

As a Father…

“The older I get, the more I want to sing my faith and get others singing it with me. Theology, as I constantly tell my students is for doxology: the first thing to do with it is to turn it into praise and thus honour the God who is its subject, the God in whose…
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God is triune

God is…Triune

The word “trinity” is found nowhere in Scripture. And yet the truth of the trinity is everywhere. The unity of God is clear; “hear O Israel, the LORD our God is one” (Dt 6:4) but as early as the first chapter of the Bible the plurality of the Godhead is at least hinted at; “Let…
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Jesus saves

God is…Different, not Distant

Last week we reflected on the holiness of God. He is holy in the sense that he is morally perfect and pure. He is also holy in the sense that he is utterly distinct and different from everything else. Only God is eternal, immutable, self-sufficient, self-existent and sovereign over all. When Isaiah (and later the…
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