Sermon preached in Bishopton Parish Church, on 20th March 2011, Second Sunday in Lent.
There is a special time in everyone’s life when they come face to face with the vastness of the ocean or the sea for the first time. I remember many holidays we took at the Black Sea as a child, and I distinctly remember every time the train approached the sea shore and I could just spot the shore over the top of some buildings. The excitement of that first view of the water extending all the way to the horizon never really died down for me. I still feel that excitement today, whenever I go to the sea side. This is true perhaps because the sea has a special capacity to bring eternity within our reach.
Sermon preached in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, on 22nd January 2011, Service of Prayer for Christian Unity
Last week my wife and I spent part of our holiday at the Crieff Hydro, having left our children at home with my mother-in-law. Now when I say Crieff Hydro, many of you might think: “Oh, that is very nice; posh even.” But if I told you we were there for the Annual Conference of the Scottish Church Theology Society, you will probably not be tempted to envy us all that much.
I enjoyed it very much, given that theology is my bread and butter, but what struck me more than the lectures themselves was how difficult we find it sometimes to relate to one another when we disagree theologically.
The best answers I found around the web to this age old question: Why did the chicken cross the road? No, really, why?
Philosophers and Theologians
Kierkegaard: Just because a chicken crosses the road it does not mean he is on the other side
Tillich: The chicken had the courage to be on the other side of the road
Hebrew writer: The LORD made his road straight.
Descartes: I cross; therefore, I am.
Job: Consider the chicken, Were you there when it first crossed the road?