Today we made our way out beyond Aberfeldy to distribute Good News Postcards to homes in the small villages of Dull and Fortingall. Dull has been in the news in the past year due to its unusual and slightly unfortunate name, but it certainly didn't live up to it today as Perthshire continued to enjoy scorching sunshine!
Fortingall is another interesting little place. Within the churchyard lies what is believed to be one of the oldest trees in the world, a Yew tree dating back several thousand years. According to legend, Fortingall was also the birthplace of one of the most important characters in the Bible, the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, who ultimately sentenced Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion.
It is thought that his father was a high-ranked Roman diplomat who had traveled to Scotland on business and married a local woman who gave birth to their son, Pilate, in Fortingall. When confronted with Christ 2000 years ago, Pilate asked the question each one of us must ask ourselves, "What will I do then with Jesus Christ?" It is a question which undoubtedly divides humanity, decides eternity and demands urgency as we consider it today.