Author Archives: meenister

About meenister

An ordained Church of Scotland Minister since 1974. Started off in Doune which is near Stirling, before moving to Trinidad for four years; on my return to Scotland, I was a rural minister in Perthshire and then was asked to become Minister at St.Michael's Inveresk where I spent eleven happy years. A short ministry in Guernsey followed and since 1999, I was a full time healthcare Chaplain in the town of Dumfries in SW Scotland, retiring from that post in December 2012. I started this blog on 6 May 2012, soon after my wife, Helen, was diagnosed with secondary cancer - it was a sort of diversion and still is, following her death on 16 June. I hope it shows that there is a lighter side to religion, that it's not gloom and doom and that we can sometimes laugh at ourselves in a self-effacing way. Some posts are, however, I hope provoking and food for thought.

Pancakes!

IMG_6420

Leave a comment

July 22, 2017 · 11:13

Another of Charlie Chaplain’s Tales

IMG_4354

 

As a Parish Minister, part of our remit is to visit Church members who are hospitalised.

Once, in an orthopaedic ward in one of our larger, very busy, not over compassionate staffed, Infirmaries, I came across T…..

He went on and on about how appalling the nurses were.  The junior doctors were clueless most of the time.  He had to wait for ages to get washed in the morning, there being insufficient facilities in this large “Nightingale” ward. The food was poor, and lukewarm by the time it arrived.  And so on.  Moan, moan, moan.

He said that, when he was discharged, he was going to write to the CEO of the NHS Trust to complain, criticise, comment negatively.

I told him that his letter would be passsed down the line, and he’d receive a generic reply that effectively would say nothing.

This was followed up by my saying that “You don’t have a leg to stand on”…………

……. and as I said it, immediately realised that he was in the orthopaedic ward ———————————-having a double amputation.

Do you sometimes wish that the floor would open and swallow you up?

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under The Ramblings of a Reformed Ecclesiastic

A search committee discusses possible applicants for a vacant Charge

Adam: Good man, but problems with his wife. Also, one reference told of how his wife and he enjoy walking naked in the garden.

Noah: Former pastorate of 120 years, with no converts. Prone to unrealistic building projects.

Moses: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator, even stuttering at times. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say he left an earlier position over a murder charge.

David: The most promising leader of all, until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbour’s wife.

Solomon: Great preacher, but our manse would never hold all those wives. 

Leave a comment

Filed under The Ramblings of a Reformed Ecclesiastic

Exceedingly good Nativity

Leave a comment

Filed under The Ramblings of a Reformed Ecclesiastic

Confession

IMG_6091

Leave a comment

June 13, 2017 · 17:34

It’s a hit!

Leave a comment

Filed under The Ramblings of a Reformed Ecclesiastic

Cherry-picking

IMG_5941

Leave a comment

May 13, 2017 · 17:26

The Meaning of Life

IMG_5958

Leave a comment

May 13, 2017 · 11:17

Politician

IMG_5940

Leave a comment

May 10, 2017 · 16:40

Wedding ring

Leave a comment

Filed under The Ramblings of a Reformed Ecclesiastic