Monthly Archives: June 2014

Discrimination – of a different type

Following a public consultation, the British Government yesterday announced that it would leave in place civil partnerships for gay couples, but would not extend them to straight couples.

Following a public consultation, the British Government yesterday announced that it would leave in place civil partnerships for gay couples, but would not extend them to straight couples.

Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre responded to the consultation to claim that straight couples would be discouraged from marrying, and that it would lead to instability in families.

“The introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships will inevitably discourage some opposite sex couples from marrying, and result in greater instability within families, by offering a parallel institution that provides all the legal rights and privileges of marriage without the need for lifelong commitment.”

 

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Bribery!

A young girl’s parents decided to take her to visit a new church one Sunday morning.  As a small bribe, they told her that if she were good during the service they would take her to her favourite restaurant afterwards.

During the pastor’s rather fiery sermon on the destination of the good versus the destination of the evil he asked, in a rather loud voice. “And where do you think those who live a pure, just and good life before the Lord are going to go?”

The girl stood in her seat and cried out, “To my favourite restaurant!”

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June 27, 2014 · 18:25

100 days – Day 66: All the lonely people.

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100 days – Day 66: All the Lonely People

Two news stories particularly caught my attention today

A Scottish pensioner who lived in Bournemouth lay dead in her flat for SIX YEARS while neighbours held garden parties outside.

Anne Leitrim, in her 70s, hadn’t been seen since 2008. She was only found after the money in her bank account ran out and bailiffs went to her home to collect months of mortgage arrears.

They got in through one of two windows which were ajar at the flat throughout the six years, and discovered “soft-spoken and friendly” Anne’s remains.

 

AND:

Britain has been declared the loneliness capital of Europe.

The Office for National Statistics found that we are less likely to have strong friendships or know our neighbours than inhabitants of any other country in the EU.

Also a survey conducted last year by The Silver Line discovered that 2.5 million older…

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100 days – Day 65: 40 years on

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100 days - Day 65: 40 years on

100 days – Day 65: fortieth anniversary of my Ordination

On the evening of Thursday, 26 June, 1974, I was ordained to the Church of Scotland Ministry of Word and Sacrament, and inducted to my first Charge: Kilmadock Parish Church, Doune, near Stirling.

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And…… forty years later!  (“age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn”)

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loaves and fishes

loaves and fishes

via Neil Campbell

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June 24, 2014 · 20:45

The Bible tells me so…..

The Bible tells me so.....

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June 24, 2014 · 08:52

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25: 35,36)

Mother Teresa once said:

At the end of life we will not be judged by
how many diplomas we have received
how much money we have made
how many great things we have done.

We will be judged by

“I was hungry and you gave me to eat.
I was naked and you clothed me.
I was homeless and you took me in.”

Hungry not only for bread
but hungry for love

Naked not only for clothing
but naked of human respect and dignity

Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks
but homeless because of rejection.

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June 24, 2014 · 08:44

100 days – Day 62 Wimbledon

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100 days – Day 62  Wimbledon – which starts today  🙂

 

The 2013 Men’s Single Final saw Andy Murray (“British” if he wins; “Scottish”, if he loses) playing Djokovic

After three hours and nine minutes, Murray defeated Djokovic  6–4, 7–5, 6–4 to win the match – the first male Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the title.

 

It is said that Richard Dawkins was ready to believe in God!

Dawkins has for years, some say belligerently, attacked the idea that there could possibly be a God by systematically using evolutionary science to explain how our ecosystem developed.

However, the esteemed professor admitted that all scientific knowledge was facing unequivocal ‘wipeout’ as it appeared  Murray was going to go and win Wimbledon.

“He was dominating,” a tearful Dawkins muttered to himself, in his Holiday Inn room. “He is  dominating.”

He started to feel a sweat come on…

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Marriage

 

Joe, age 85 and Mary, age 81, decide to get married.

As they discuss their plans, as they wander through town, they pass a branch of Boots.

Joes suggests that they go in.

He addresses the man behind the counter:  “We’re about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?”

Pharmacist: “Of course we do.”

“How about medicine for circulation?”

“All kinds ”

“Medicine for rheumatism?”

“Definitely.”

“How about suppositories?”

“But of course”

“What about vitamins, sleeping pills?

“Absolutely.”

“Everything for heartburn and indigestion?”

“Yup”

“Incontinence pads?”

“Yes”

Joe:  “Great!  We’d like to use your shop as our Marriage gift registry.”

 

 

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June 23, 2014 · 13:54

Life after Death

Life after Death

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June 22, 2014 · 09:45