Thank Christ for a Message of Resurrection

As we pull away from a cold and dark winter, the embrace of spring offers brighter mornings, warmer days and lighter nights. It is the most hopeful season of nature’s calendar at the epicentre of which is April – a month traditionally associated with rebirth, renewal and resurrection. April includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday andContinue reading “Thank Christ for a Message of Resurrection”

Education as the Best Days of Life?

“School is the best days o’ yer life” was a phrase that rankled with me as a young man. For those of an academic or attentive disposition this may undoubtedly have been true. Sadly, my report cards conveyed a different story – one of a young man with a propensity for being “easily distracted”. HavingContinue reading “Education as the Best Days of Life?”

The Advance of Technology in 2022

Are you as glad 2022 has arrived as I am? After the last two years, it feels as if the most appropriate individual, sadly no longer with us, to deliver an opening address for this new year would have been Rikki Fulton’s Rev IM Jolly with his iconic and withering “Hullo”. Rarely do I bidContinue reading “The Advance of Technology in 2022”

Universities and the Stifling of Free Speech

“At no point, have I ever regarded defining a woman as someone who has a vagina as a contentious idea.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 21/06/2021 I would never have regarded defining a woman as someone who has a vagina and the capacity to reproduce nor stating men have a geneticContinue reading “Universities and the Stifling of Free Speech”

The Pornification of Scottish Education

“Do you remember your curricular experience of sex education? I recall the day I was first confronted with explicit images.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 31/05/2021 Do you remember your curricular experience of sex education? I recall vividly the day I and my primary school peers were offered a book andContinue reading “The Pornification of Scottish Education”

The Radical Roots of International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day affords us all a vital annual reminder of the historical struggle women, and other groups, have faced.” Ewan Gurr: Remembering my gran on International Women’s Day 2021 (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 08/03/2021 Today is International Women’s Day and it is 110 years since the first oneContinue reading “The Radical Roots of International Women’s Day”

Thank God Churches Are Finally Waking Up

“Even during the Spanish flu epidemic, Christians did not socially-distance, self-isolate and shield themselves from the evident needs of society.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Thank God churches are finally waking up to crisis’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 08/02/2021 A group of Scottish church leaders from various denominations have submitted aContinue reading “Thank God Churches Are Finally Waking Up”

The Advance of Alternative Routes to Education

“It comes down to a simple question – who do I want to teach my kids as they grow up?” Ewan Gurr: ‘Home-school was already a success for some families’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 25/01/2021 As many parents across Scotland expected, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon extended the period schoolsContinue reading “The Advance of Alternative Routes to Education”

Education Failings Extend Beyond Longer Holidays

“Once the global leader, a victim of the pandemic has been Scotland’s education system with its meteoric drop in standards.” Ewan Gurr: Scottish education system a victim of coronavirus failings (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 11/01/2021 When the Scottish Government announced in November its “cautious and limited” five-day amnesty forContinue reading “Education Failings Extend Beyond Longer Holidays”

How Would Jesus Respond to Lockdown?

“When we lock down our ability to love our neighbours, we invite a more vicious pandemic than the current one.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Society must once again treat people with humanity’ – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 21/12/2020 History will refer to 2020 as the year of the pandemicContinue reading “How Would Jesus Respond to Lockdown?”