• Faith and Life,  World View

    You Will Find Rest

    I am an avid news-watcher. My television essentially has only one channel which I watch with any sort of regularity – the news channel. I like to keep abreast of what is happening in the world, both locally and more globally. But over the last two or three years, something has changed in the news. It is as though the world has become broken. This sense of brokenness does not affect just one aspect of the life of the world which is reflected in the news – it seems to touch upon everything in life. Politics has become a cess-pool of those who seem to be, for the most part, driven…

  • Faith and Life,  Scripture

    That Narrow Door

    Most often, we tend to think of the words of the Lord as being comforting and welcoming, embracing all who approach Him. And for the most part, that is precisely what He is. But we can all too easily overlook the starkness of some of what He says. Today is one of those days when the Gospel does not comfort or console us – rather, it challenges us very deeply indeed, pulling us out of our complacency. The Gospel today contained these words of the Lord, responding to a man who asked Him if many would be saved – “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell…

  • General,  World View

    Sleeping Jesus

    In the heart of Glasgow city centre, there is a life-sized bronze sculpture. It depicts the ‘Sleeping Jesus’. When you come round the corner and encounter the statue, the first reaction is often that it is an actual person sleeping there on the bench. A moment later, the viewer spots the stigmata – the wounds of the Crucifixion – on the feet of the sculpture and suddenly realisation dawns that this is, in fact, Christ – but it is Christ in the person of all those who are without a place to rest and for whom the streets have become home. Christ, too, knows what it is like to be…