For Syrian refugees, ’tis the season to survive

(The Baptist Standard) For many Americans, ’tis the season to snuggle by the fireplace with family and friends, sing Christmas carols and enjoy Grandma’s cooking.

Why all research findings are false

(Disclaimer: For those who have not seen this blog before, I must again point out that the views expressed here are those of the demonic Devil’s Neuroscientist, not those of the poor hapless Sam Schwarzkopf whose body I am possessing. We may occasionally agree on some things but we disagree on many more. So if […]


Kyon, Christmas, and a Humble Love

In my household this year, we’ve had so much conversation about how to really emphasize Christ in the season.  As I mentioned yesterday, we do the whole Santa thing with our kids (I actually feel like I’m the only parent at my church that does!), but in spite of that, I think we keep a […]

“THE” Gift

When your children are young, their anticipation over what is in the shiny wrapped boxes under the tree is about as big as waiting to find out if your team is going to make it into the college football playoffs. (For some of us, that anticipation may actually be bigger…) When I think back to […]

Glasgow’s motto (in full)

The city motto “Let Glasgow Flourish”, registered at the Lyon Court in 1866, is a curtailment of the text inscribed on the bell of the Tron Church cast in 1631 –

“Lord let Glasgow flourish through the preaching of thy word and praising thy name.

Lord may the good people of Glasgow and Scotland be strengthened at this sad time and be with all the bereaved and those in the care of the doctors and nursing staff.


‘…You are my refuge and my hope in the day of evil.’ Jeremiah 17:17 (Amplified Bible)

The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine, there are days as dark as any short winter day; Christians have their seasons of darkness and of storm. At certain times, days like yesterday in Glasgow happen, bringing sad gloomy clouds, and darkness and no light. We struggle with the ‘why?’ There are no easy answers, if indeed, any answers exist.

There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for years; they have enjoyed the light and joy of faith in the earlier stages of their Christian journey; they have walked along the “green pastures” by the side of the “still waters,” but suddenly they find the glorious sky is clouded; instead of the promised land they have to plod the sandy desert; and they say, “Surely, if I were a child of God, this would not happen!”

All Christians must carry their ‘cross.’ No Christian has enjoyed perpetual peace & joy. Perhaps the Lord blessed you at first with a smooth and unclouded path, because you needed it. Now the reality of real living faith has made those ‘golden days’ seem a distant memory, yet our metal is tested in such circumstances. We need toils and troubles to build our faith, to tear out the rotten parts of our character, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.

glasgow tragedy

This afternoon about 14:30hrs a bin lorry went out of control hitting many people in central glasgow right at George Square. So far 6 poor souls have been fatally injured and a similar number are in hospital. Let us pray for those affected by these dreadful circumstances.

God, please be with those families who are suddenly bereaved this afternoon of cherished loved ones. Please help those who were caught up in the chaos of this situation to come to terms with what happened. For those recovering in hospital, please bless them and heal their fragile bodies , and also the medical staff dealing with them. Bless the emergency services, the Police and all the passers-by who were suddenly called upon to tend their injured and dying fellow citizens. Amen.