all perils & dangers

Is it just me, friends, or does the world seem weighed down and weary at the moment? I feel tetchy and on edge almost all the time these days. Initially I put it down to the weather, which, after a brief respite of temperatures in the mid-30s celsius, is now back around 40 or higher.…

on transformation & god’s slow work

This is a blogpost I wrote a couple of weeks ago, which originally appeared on pisky.scot,¬†the online magazine of the Scottish Episcopal Church.   When I arrived in Tiberias nearly two years ago, it was immediately clear to me that the church building had suffered from neglect for many years. Visible electrical wires snaked along…

holy week in the holy land

The temperature has been rising in Tiberias this week. A couple of days it has been 30C or above. And with the heat has come the humidity, that dense heaviness that elsewhere would signal a thunderstorm. But over the past couple of days, no rain has appeared. I've been popping ibuprofen every few hours to…

we are one body

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. --¬†Ezekiel 36.26 Earlier this week, I visited House of Grace, the prisoner rehabilitation centre in Haifa, with a friend from Scotland.…