Neil’s Blog 2017-07-27T08:22:38+00:00

Neil’s Blog

Most Mondays Rev Neil blogs on issues that get his soul, cells and creative juices working. It’s a discipline he has valued since blogging from Delhi’s CW Games in 2010.

Neil loves connecting with people and especially enjoys comments and conversations resulting from his blogs. Locally, The Irvine Times print his blogs and photos, while internationally they reach a wider audience and community of world-wide bloggers.

Neil Urquhart

Bonkers 4 Conkers

Sights and smells can summon sharp memories! Waterside’s horse chestnut trees are almost bare again, having shed another heavy harvest of ‘conkers’. Back, when I were a lad in Largs, many autumn afternoons, after school, I crossed Noddle Burn to Netherhall in search of these brown nuggets, launching sticks high to knock them from their branch shies. Such was our determination to bag the best [...]

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Autumn Glory

15 October 2018|

I hear that Hurricane Callum was downgraded to a ‘Scottish Summer’. Call me an optimist, but I’m still holding out for an Indian Summer, a sweep of sweet sunshine before the cold winds blow, trees [...]

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Hanky Pranky

8 October 2018|

I confess to being a bit of a prankster in younger years & still play the odd trick on friends & family. I seriously disturbed one flat mate, of a nervous disposition, with my nighttime [...]

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Disappointing Church

1 October 2018|

I suspect there is not one person involved in a Christian church, past or present, who hasn’t been sorely disappointed. As someone said, “If you find the perfect church, don’t join it, for sure as [...]

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Canoeing the Mountains

24 September 2018|

Joining our paid staff, 100+ volunteers work weekly to keep Fullarton ConneXions ticking. The photos are from our 2nd annual volunteers ‘Thank You Party’. Until reading the book ‘Canoeing the Mountains’ the best description of [...]

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3D Coaching

17 September 2018|

I had the pleasure of hosting 3D Coaching’s Mark Hull, from Wisconsin, setting up a few meetings to introduce Scottish coaches to their excellent online coaching course. Surveys in North America suggest that 80% of [...]

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Ya Dancer!

27 August 2018|

Embarrassing or Inspiring? Freelance dancing in a Church of Scotland (BBQ Praise) Service! I blame my noticing the Bible story Israel’s King David dancing ‘taps aff’ (tops off) before the Lord when the Ark of [...]

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Rev I M Lonely

20 August 2018|

I’m quite a sociable soul and thrive on human interaction. Being a church minister can be a lonely existence and there have been periods in my 29 Irvine years when I felt quite alone. This [...]

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Body Building

13 August 2018|

I’ve exercises to make my left leg stronger and many excuses to avoid them, but the target of being better able to run and play team football can trump excuses and strengthen my resolve to [...]

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Never Tire!

30 July 2018|

2,000 years ago, in a foreign country far-away, Jesus Christ died, so it’s no surprise some ask, “What Difference Can His Death Make To Me Today?”   On Remembrance Day it’s understandable that we, who [...]

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Gravity & Grace

23 July 2018|

“To boldly go where no man has gone before!” for decades we humans have sent signals and probes into the universe, attempting to connect with intelligent life beyond. 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped on [...]

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Doom or Dream?

16 July 2018|

Fantastic News - VaVaVaVoom! 2.2 billion World Christians, 1/3 of the world’s population. In China 4 million Christians 80 years ago is now 67 million, and growing about 7% per annum! TODAY Christ’s Worldwide Church [...]

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