Be nice!

Psalm 43 1 Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation.Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.2 You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me?Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by...

Back to school with God in Helensburgh

We recently hosted a joint Back to School with God service on a Sunday afternoon in Helensburgh, headed up by myself as the Contraflow Youth Trust worker. We realised that some churches had been trying to use the material, but...

Body, Soul & Spirit

Psalm 42 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?3 My tears have been...

Journeying with Christ

One of the best parts about my joint appointment with SU Scotland is seeing the journeys that young people take in their walk with Christ. This was brought home to me during the summer at the Badenoch and Strathspey mission....

Regard for the weak

Psalm 41 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.2 The Lord protects and preserves them – they are counted among the blessed in the land – he does not...

A roller-coaster of circumstances

If your life is anything like normal it will contain many ups and downs. I've been reflecting on this recently in the life of Jesus. The circumstances of his life took many turns. Mark compresses things in his fast-paced, relatively short gospel, but you cannot read it without being struck by the massive ups and downs in the life of the Lord Jesus.

So good

Psalm 40 1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;he set my feet on a rock and gave me...

Hope in the shadow of Barlinnie

Junction 12 (J12) is a youth project based in the east end of Glasgow, one of the most deprived areas of the city. Libby Lobban and Gordon McKie, the two full-time members of staff, work in a variety of schools,...

Unleashing the torrent

Psalm 39 1 I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin;I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.’2 So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good.But...

Not knowing

Psalm 38 1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.2 Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my...

Christian Values in Education new website

After a year's hard work, the brand new Christian Values in Education website launched earlier this month. Here is SU Scotland Chief Exec, Andy Bathgate, to introduce it... It is described as a "one-stop shop website" for Christian teachers, schools...

Top tips for starting uni

Do as I say not as I do. I learn by doing, therefore learn by making mistakes. Maybe this life methodology is why I am a sceptical follower of advice and fashion. But being over 30 and a father, I am in a position to liberally douse any victim who happens to be in the way with advice, even though I would scarcely have heeded it myself.