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An All-Ages Easter

We are an Easter people. We need to show our children that Easter is important to adults. This is the biggest story of our year. If nothing else, we want kids to catch a glimpse of that. Easter matters to us. The Easter story is the joyful centre of who we are.

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Friday, March 28, 2014. AP Photo/L’ Osservatore Romano

We All Stink

Some days, the gospel seems clear, but it's hard to talk about. Usually when reading the story of Lazarus, I find myself thinking about the sisters in this story.

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Cake Day and Moses

Our biggest pie fan (and one of our oldest friends) was visiting this weekend, so I had a second go at the passion fruit tart idea.  This time,

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Lovely

Sometimes you don't know how things are going to end up. When I was plotting Valentine's Day a few weeks ago, I bought two teacups on eBay. I should

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Blessing

Blessed are the broken. That's the beatitudes in a nutshell but, of course, none of the blessings stop there. Blessed are the broken because things are going to

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Naming Names

There are two bits that jump out of this week's lectionary passage in the Gospel and both are connected to the naming of names. Maybe it's because we've

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At the Christmas assembly

On Thursday morning, Plum and I went to church together for the school assembly. Twice a year, the students from the local primary school come across the street

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Maybe even beautiful.

Hard words this morning. Words that we've been trying to match up to headlines for generations. Words of Christ. Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom

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Remember, Remember

Yesterday was Reformation Sunday, next week is All Saints, and then we're onto Remembrance Day. Remember, remember, it's almost November. Perhaps it is the darkening days that do it.

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Third Time Around

Yesterday, Plum was baptised. It was a bright day with a clear blue sky overhead. I thought that it felt a bit like Thanksgiving. Maybe because Beangirl was

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The Wide, Wide World

Yesterday, it was the Cheerios box. At lunch time, it was sitting on the floor next to the table. Not spilt or thrown or even knocked over. Probably

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Waiting but not watching the clock

With a title like that and a new baby in the house, you'd be forgiven for thinking I was focussing (again?) on patience or something of that ilk.

Photo by Bob Munnik

In Circles

It's been a week since our newest little one arrived. He was born in the middle of our expat life in Edinburgh, at home in our rented apartment. We're

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Number Three is Here!

Good news at last! Our newest little one arrived just before elevenses on Friday morning.  He's gorgeous and all-occupying and I haven't much else to say. We're all

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Wanting Pudding Perhaps

When he said it, I wondered if it was just about food. It may have been. But the conversation seemed to deepen, and I think he was speaking

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Miracle Monday

Monday morning brings grey skies around here, a little wind to blow to blossoms away, a quiet house, and time to read. I'm also feeling heavy and hungry

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A splash of red

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent

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Tattie Apples and Wonder

Tomorrow afternoon, I'll be in the neighbourhood school again. It's just across the road from our church office and manse, and I pop in from time to time

My kids working at that table.

Table talk

Okay, Mum. It's your birthday on Sunday and, though there is a card in the mail, there is also this. Happy Birthday and thank you for the time

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All Good Gifts

Earth Day is today. Earth Day dates back to 1970. It started in the United States and became the launch pad for the environmental movement. Today, it is marked