Praise be to God, who is in control of this mess

Preached on Sunday, 04.02.2018 By the Reverend Dr Norman Shanks Just after New Year we had a message with greetings from friends in the United States whom we’ve known for a number of years.  We met them in Atlanta, Georgia; they have visited Scotland several times and are planning to come back again this summer.  … More Praise be to God, who is in control of this mess

Remembrance Sunday

Preached on Sunday, 12.11.2017 By the Reverend Dr. Norman Shanks 30 years ago, when I was chaplain to Edinburgh University, Remembrance Sunday was marked by a special service that started in the University’s splendid historic Playfair Library – the setting at other times for prestigious social or civic rather than religious events.  There was an … More Remembrance Sunday

Thus says the Lord God,    who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

Today we reach the end of our journey through the stories of Genesis – and here it is good to remind ourselves, that through all these stories, one story has been being told.  It is the attempt to tell the people of Israel where they come from, to tell them how they reached where they are, how it is that other peoples exist, where ancient enmities have come from, and where they as a people belong.  … More Thus says the Lord God,    who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.