Monthly Archives: February 2016

House Group Questions on Mark 12:1-12

As usual, please just select the questions which seem most relevant to your group. (This passage seems to flow on from Mark 11: Jesus was in the temple, and had been approached by the religious leaders.) Duncan suggested that the ‘vineyard’ (though originally a symbol of Israel, and now perhaps a symbol of the Church)  is also symbol for each of us of something entrusted to us, for which we are responsible.  How does it help us to see our family,

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HTC Season of Prayer
HTC Prayer

Everything in Highland Theological College  is underpinned by prayer. Join us in our ‘Season of Prayer’: 28th Feb – 6th March. During our ‘Season of Prayer’ we invite you to join hundreds of HTC supporters around the world in using the daily prayer guide as we intercede for the work of HTC and the future of our students and graduates. Use the prayer points when you pray alone, in groups or at your church services. We’re grateful to you

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AMP’D video

Here's the video made to showcase the AMP'D Performing Arts Week which took place at the Church over the February holiday weekend, organised by Chris Watt and Out of the Box. Click here for details of AMP'D

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Hannah’s concert

This morning Hannah Whillis thanked everyone who was present at the concert last night which helped raise funds for her Gap Year project in Romania. The total was around £880!

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Losing and finding the plot

The last of 3 reflections from John on Duncan's sermon this  morning: Another strand in Duncan’s sermon this morning lay in his emphasis that the Jewish religious leaders had completely lost the plot – and that all of us are equally prone to the same mistake. Since the events described in last week’s passage (the spiritual awakening and healing of Bartimaeus), Jesus has taken the long climb up from Jericho to Jerusalem (an ascent greater than

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The second of 3 reflections from John on Duncan's sermon this morning. In his tribute this morning to Murdo Adams, Duncan mentioned that Murdo was present when the ‘foundation stone’ (or perhaps ‘dedication stone’, since it’s no-where near the foundations) in the foyer was put in place. There’s a stone in today’s Bible story as well – the Parable of the Tenants. (Mark 12:1-12)  Just as the tenant farmers in the story rejected not

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Murdo Campbell Adams

This morning, Duncan  payed tribute to Murdo Adams, a long-standing member of Hilton Church, who passed away in the course of the last week. Murdo was present when the ‘dedication’ stone in the foyer of the church was put in place on 20 September 1956. Shortly afterwards, he moved to 33 Temple Crescent, and thereafter committed himself to the church. He served for a time as Sunday School Superintendent and as Clerk to the Board, and for 37 years

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Beloved one, servant

First of three reflections from John on Duncan's sermon this morning. This morning’s service focused for me on our relationship with God – as beloved ones, and as servants. Murdo's example Duncan began with a tribute to Murdo Adams who died in the course of the last week, and whose funeral is on Wednesday coming. Duncan told us that Murdo had been present when the ‘foundation stone’ in the foyer was laid in 1956. Shortly afterwards, he moved

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God or Caesar? Reflection on tomorrow’s passage

Just a wee initial response to the passages for tomorrow: Mark 12:1-17, which include two episodes – I think Duncan is planning to speak on the first of these, ‘the parable of the tenants.’ A lesson from Jesus’ insightfulness The first thing which struck me last night when I read these verses was how wise Jesus was in dealing with people trying to catch him out – as here in verses 13-17. He always knew just the right thing to say – a

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Christ or Caesar? Bible passages for tomorrow’s service

Mark 12:1-17 The Parable of the Tenants 12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent

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