Exploring With Essays

Scotland and its Churches

Scotland and its Churches The Very Revd Dr James A Whyte Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology and Christian Ethics in the University of St Andrews When the Romans left Britain in 410, some of the inhabitants of what is now Southern Scotland were...

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The Meaning of Matter

The Meaning of Matter Gilleasbuig Macmillan Minister of St Giles Cathederal, Edinburgh I have heard people say 'The Church is not the building. The Church is the people.' They often have axes (immaterial axes, of course) to grind, in opposition to some...

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Getting into Churches

Getting into Churches John Gifford The Buildings of Scotland A sizeable amount of my time spent working for the Buildings of Scotland Trust is taken up by visiting churches of all denominations. Often I just turn up. Occasionally, very occasionally, the...

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Be still and know

Be still and know The Revd Norman Drummond BBC National Governor and Chairman of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland The late Very Revd Dr Ronnie Selby Wright, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and much loved BBC Radio...

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Entertaining Angels

Entertaining Angels The Celtic tradition of Welcome Dr Ian Bradley Lecturer, Department of Divinity, Aberdeen University 'Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.' (Hebrews 13.2) Thanks to two...

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Scottish Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass Crear McCartney, Stained glass artist It is a sad consequence of Humanity's restless search for knowledge and understanding that we leave in the wake of that journey so many broken artefacts of previous similar endeavours. A walk...

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Post-War Churches In Scotland

Post-War Churches In Scotland Breaking The Mould John R Hume An incredible boom in church construction took place between 1840 and 1914, fuelled by denominational ļ¬ssion, amalgamation, rivalry, and most potently by population rise and migration. After the...

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A Thousand Years – A Thousand Churches

A Thousand Years - A Thousand Churches: Ten Years of Scotland's Churches Scheme A thousand years of surviving church buildings? Not quite yet. A thousand churches in the handbook? Yes! Ten years of Scotland's Churches Scheme? Yes, yes! In this 21st century...

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