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CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Work reflects conviction that God cares for us

18 February 2024
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Work reflects conviction that God cares for us

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Work reflects conviction that God cares for us

18 February 2024

Christians believe God is the source of wisdom to both discern what is happening, and understand how to respond, says our columnist.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: These days, we look despairingly for messiahs

11 February 2024
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: These days, we look despairingly for messiahs

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: These days, we look despairingly for messiahs

11 February 2024

Our columnist asks: Who will break the hold of the unjust powers and systems which oppress us?


OPINION: Christians sometimes face pressures telling us ‘this is the way to love God’

04 February 2024
OPINION: Christians sometimes face pressures telling us ‘this is the way to love God’

OPINION: Christians sometimes face pressures telling us ‘this is the way to love God’

04 February 2024

His marvellous cavasses express something of the unseen Creator, says our columnist about Van Gogh.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Jesus would have been at home at Inverness Men’s Shed

28 January 2024
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Jesus would have been at home at Inverness Men’s Shed

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Jesus would have been at home at Inverness Men’s Shed

28 January 2024

God is at work in the Men’s Shed in every conversation, every kind word, says our columnist.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: God, do something to remind me that you’re real

21 January 2024
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: God, do something to remind me that you’re real

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: God, do something to remind me that you’re real

21 January 2024

I often find the days of winter’s darkness difficult and testing, says our columnist.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Triple bottom-line seen in way world does business?

14 January 2024
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Triple bottom-line seen in way world does business?

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Triple bottom-line seen in way world does business?

14 January 2024

Geoff described two men at a business conference in Mexico. One, a millionaire, the other a corner shop owner, yet they chat together as equals.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Small moments are able to reveal bigger truth

07 January 2024
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Small moments are able to reveal bigger truth

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Small moments are able to reveal bigger truth

07 January 2024

In many Nativity scenes, the Wise Men show up at Christmas. But traditionally it was not until January 6, Epiphany, that these Magi reached Bethlehem.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Finding an echo of the greatest story in Inverness Eden Court pantomime

31 December 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Finding an echo of the greatest story in Inverness Eden Court pantomime

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Finding an echo of the greatest story in Inverness Eden Court pantomime

31 December 2023

When I meet Prince Callum at Eden Court he has just come from giving Princess Beauty the kiss that awakens in a rehearsal of Sleeping Beauty.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: What aspects of the spectrum of knowing are some of us yet to explore?

24 December 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: What aspects of the spectrum of knowing are some of us yet to explore?

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: What aspects of the spectrum of knowing are some of us yet to explore?

24 December 2023

The baby Jesus reveals the extent of God’s love for us. This Jesus sets free all who welcome him, says our columnist.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: God can be our director of music with song in us

17 December 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: God can be our director of music with song in us

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: God can be our director of music with song in us

17 December 2023

Once in royal David’s city: the first words of the carol which opens the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Inverness Cathedral tonight at 5.30pm.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Our faith rests not in institutions, but in God who calls on us to build up others

10 December 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Our faith rests not in institutions, but in God who calls on us to build up others

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Our faith rests not in institutions, but in God who calls on us to build up others

10 December 2023

I love the emphasis that the one family of God exists in two dimensions, says our columnist about the book Sweet Mercies.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Working to overcome ‘spiritual abuse’

03 December 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Working to overcome ‘spiritual abuse’

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Working to overcome ‘spiritual abuse’

03 December 2023

We’re aware of the scandal of sexual abuse in churches, which should be among the safest places on Earth.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Called to shine a light through acts of creativity

26 November 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Called to shine a light through acts of creativity

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Called to shine a light through acts of creativity

26 November 2023

‘And God said “Let there be light”,’ the choir intones. ‘And there was light.’ And on the final word, a powerful explosion of rich sound erupts.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: How do we cope with growing older?

19 November 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: How do we cope with growing older?

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: How do we cope with growing older?

19 November 2023

For many, the years of ageing are the most difficult of all, as we face frailty and ill-health, says our columnist.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: How open are Highland students to discussing spirituality?

12 November 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: How open are Highland students to discussing spirituality?

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: How open are Highland students to discussing spirituality?

12 November 2023

Michelle Ross's words could have come from each student I spoke to recently: "God made the difference for me, and he can for other people as well."


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The healing king may be seen in our darkest of days

05 November 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The healing king may be seen in our darkest of days

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The healing king may be seen in our darkest of days

05 November 2023

I remember that autumn 50 years ago, its fearful darkness: war in the Middle East; strikes; a three-day week and power cuts to conserve electricity.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Teaching resource is a joyful take on faith in life

29 October 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Teaching resource is a joyful take on faith in life

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Teaching resource is a joyful take on faith in life

29 October 2023

Presenter Alex MacQueen says “it’s like a key that unlocks the door to something huge and mysterious,” as her car drives across a remote terrain.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: It’s easy to be sceptical in our troubled world

22 October 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: It’s easy to be sceptical in our troubled world

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: It’s easy to be sceptical in our troubled world

22 October 2023

Lorna and I spent a week recently in Inverallochy, a former fishing village in Aberdeenshire.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Help to handle financial woes can bring some joy

15 October 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Help to handle financial woes can bring some joy

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Help to handle financial woes can bring some joy

15 October 2023

I was a little concerned that clients, out of gratitude to Christians Against Poverty might feel pressurised to explore the faith, says our columnist.


CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Tragedy can confront us with preciousness of life

08 October 2023
CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Tragedy can confront us with preciousness of life

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Tragedy can confront us with preciousness of life

08 October 2023

It is like we are running towards God, but that God’s love is also the wind that is pushing us on, says our columnist.


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