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Posted 23 hours 5 min ago

What do Bony M, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Hits of the Sixties and Best of Folk have in common? Answer: I’m sick of them all. Or, more accurately, of their particular CDs in my car. Due to inertia, I seldom change a CD, and generally play it to death, rendering its sounds repellent for the next 2-3 years. I therefore made the wise decision to instead employ radio to slake my musical needs whilst driving. I listen to BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Both play lovely music yet manage to nark me in equal measure.

Posted 1 day 15 hours ago

I’m a bit busy at the moment, but you’re welcome to look over my shoulder, if you’re interested. Better still, you can pull up a chair and work with me. No, you can’t be all that busy or you wouldn’t be reading this.

You’ll need your bible and a piece of paper, or your laptop, or similar. I’ve got a reporter’s notebook handy, because I’ve been jotting down notes during the week, and I’m on my laptop.

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago

The European Union has been “the greatest dream realised for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire”, said the Archbishop of Canterbury at the start of this month, reports the Church Times. What, not the printing press? The Reformation? Religious freedom? High literacy rates? Huge reductions in infant mortality? I could go on. I’m amazed that Archbishop Welby should believe a capitalist trade bloc is the best thing since sliced bread. 

Posted 3 days 40 min ago

Our gusty singing of Eternal Father Strong to Save to conclude last night’s Bible Study attracted some attention from the neighbours, who came out to greet us as we left the chapel.

Posted 3 days 45 min ago

Posted 3 days 8 hours ago

Two former church members, who are dear to many, sent me the following as an encouragement to us:

Allow me to make a comment as an encouragement to you and the folks at Martin Top. Reading Numbers 6:22-27 'The Priestly Blessing' - The Lord's instructions to Aaron and his sons, via Moses. Verse 27 finishes the blessing with "So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."

Part of a devotional reading regarding this passage states:

Posted 3 days 23 hours ago

This date stone is built into the wall of a house in Banff, in North East Scotland. Its text was also the motto of the old Stornoway Town Council which included it on its coat of arms: God’s providence is our inheritance.

Posted 4 days 23 hours ago

Posted 5 days 23 hours ago

We had an interesting discussion at last week’s Bible study. We considered the Parable of the Mustard Seed in Mark 4:30:

Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”

What are the birds? 

Interpretation 1, favoured by most:

Posted 6 days 23 hours ago

Yesterday I decided to walk to chapel for our evening service. It’s a pleasant ramble up lanes and through fields and takes about 90 minutes. I checked the forecast which said the skies would grey but would not rain. Sure enough, at 4.30pm when I set off, the sun was beginning to hide, but I trusted the weather app on my phone. No rain coat needed, no umbrella taken.