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Keep Dreaming, Your Dreams Matter!

    Do whatever you have to do but keep the dream alive. You have no idea how much future generations will thank you for it 🙂 Thanks for reading. … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Weapons of Mint Destruction, or Cobblers!

***This is a little piece of writing that I previously posted on a different blog some time ago. Someone left a comment saying it was the biggest load of cobblers … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on Lucy Mills:
Here’s a surprise for you – I’ve published a new collection of poems and prayers, currently only on Kindle for the special introductory price of…

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hope Street, where nothing ever happens…

There is a street in Glasgow, Scotland, called Hope Street. I have walked down that street often. Nothing ever happens. I start at the beginning of the street or join … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

I have a splitting headache, or is it a migraine?

The other day I was talking to someone and they said their friend had a migraine. Having suffered that pain myself I sympathised with them. I said “Is your friend … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Gail Platt, Jade Goody and Cyber Bullying: Just A Laugh?

Coronation Street (famous and long running UK soap). Like many soaps I can take it or leave it though if you’re wanting a confession then I’ll confess that of all … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Wall

It rears up in front of me, it blocks my pathway, my progress, my escape route, my future. It is not a person but it has a personality for it … Continue reading

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I am ashamed of the gospel…by my 15 year old self.

…or more accurately, the title should be “I am ashamed of the gospel…by my now 43 year old self looking back to my 15 year old self”. But that’s way … Continue reading

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Happiness Engineers!

Not so long ago I was looking through the options for deleting a blog and the relevant WordPress page listed several options, from simply changing a URL address to removing … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 9 Comments

Look Inward, Look Outward (Sunday Soundbite)

Look Inward “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength…” Isaiah 40:31 There are times in life when charging ahead is maybe not so wise, tempting, but … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Shut up and let me speak…

I was channel hopping the other night and, being a bit of a closet Trekkie, stopped when I saw a program where William Shatner (good ole Captain Kirk) was being interviewed by … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mental Illness and the Church outside the Church: A Personal Journey (long article)

Although I do believe it is important to attend Church (Heb 10:25), I also believe that there are a great number of people who have not been in a church … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

US Gun Control: Some thoughts from a Scottish Christian Doctor.

When I look across the Atlantic at right wing American Christians, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I despair. From their head in the sand approach to global warming through … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

CD Music Review: Burning Lights by Chris Tomlin

This is tricky. This is what I’d term Christian rock music, Christian worship music rocking out. In Christian circles (especially but not solely the US), Chris Tomlin is one of … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Standing In Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

Drum roll! Rebus is back! Five year since his retirement in Exit Music, Scotland’s favourite chain smoking, alcoholic, dour, rule breaking, but definitely good to have on your side, detective … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prodigal Journeys: It’s not such a long road back.

Patient: “I’ve thought about it long and hard, maybe too long and too hard. But I now believe that what holds me back, what prevents me from starting out again … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to make a joyful noise (mime…basically)!

I love the Psalms. Sometimes in the car I play a Psalms of Scotland cd and pretend I’m one of the singers. It’s the only time I win awards for … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

A little hope from the Stereophonics…

You think everything is possible And nothing’s gonna get you baby Everything is touchable Nothing’s gonna beat you in this life It’s alright Holding hands Drinking cans In the orange … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Epic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series: I wish I could speed read!

What do Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, Tad Williams’ Otherland series and Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn Trilogy have in common? You could say they are all from the … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

After the end of the tether… (dissertation blues)

Whilst rooting about in the attic recently on the annual Christmas decoration hunt, my Dad informed me that he’d found a bag with my Masters thesis in it! I was … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Technically…

Easier said than believed I know. But still. It’s a thought. What does it mean? Possibly… …that the glass is half full with hope… …and the other half, even if … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Very Short Thought for the Day: Patterns

Day follows night follows day follows night. It is the pattern of spiritual life…until finally day follows night for the last time and night never falls again. Thanks for reading.

January 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hymns and Mental Illness

My mum (mom) if you’re reading in the States  suffers from a psychiatric illness. There are times when she finds it helpful to listen to hymns, the ‘old fashioned’ or ‘traditional’ … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Who Are You? (Christian content)

“Who are you?” “Don’t you know?” “If I knew I wouldn’t be asking!” “True, but then sometimes we meet people we have actually been acquainted with before, just not for … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anything is possible if…

…you have faith. Actually that’s not strictly true. The truer statement is that anything is possible if you have faith in Jesus Christ. The words of Jesus in John 20:16 … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: The Illegal Gardener, Sara Alexi (Kindle ebook)

This book (at the time of reading available as ebook only) was a shot in the dark for me. I usually like thrillers, science fiction, spy novels etc but wanted … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sunday Thought (30/12/12): God’s Highest Calling

…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 I have heard it said that the highest calling a human being can have is to … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Album of the Year: Amy MacDonald, Life In A Beautiful Light

This is 24 year old Amy’s third album after her debut This Is The Life (at the grand old age of 18) launched her to stardom and her follow up, A … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Editorial: A Christmas Meditation

If you look at your average nativity scene, you could be forgiven for thinking all was calm and peaceful and harmonic with the world and those gathered around the crib … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mayan ‘end of world’ prophecy fails! Well, that was predictable…

What? You’re still in your underground bunker, stocked up with a million tins of baked beans, brussel sprouts for Christmas and infinite cans of Pepsi Max? Hope you have an … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Christian in a Heavy Metal band? (long article)

I was doing a bit of web surfing awhile back and came across an article about spiritual imagery in heavy metal music. I’ve always been intrigued by spiritual imagery in … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 51 Comments

As US gun ban nears, sales of assault rifles and bullet proof kid’s backpacks soar!

After the appalling shootings of school kids and teachers in Newton, USA, the US government finally seems to have accepted there needs to be a change in US gun law. If so, … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly (Book Review)

John Connolly’s Wrath of Angels is the Eleventh book in the Charlie Parker (Private Investigator) series. According to the publisher this can be read as a standalone novel without having … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Legitimate Christian swearing??

I was stopped in my tracks recently whilst browsing the book review section of UK based Christianity magazine. The book being reviewed was Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic which is effectively an angry but nonetheless … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

It’s only a Christmas tree, or it is?

When is a Christmas tree not a Christmas tree?  Now that Christmas is almost upon us, it had to happen sooner or later. It’s that time when councils and politicians … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment