I came across a shocking statistic the other day. It was part of an article published at the beginning of the year in ‘Psychology Today’ and was written by the US psychologist Ana Nogales. And the statistic is this: ‘When a child becomes a legal adult, they will have seen 16,000 assassinations and 200,000 acts … More Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment
This is the text of a sermon delivered at Cliftonville Moravian Church (www.cliftonvillemoravian.org) on 1st July 2018: One of the recurring motifs in the biblical narrative is that of redemption. There are three words for ‘redemption’ that we come across in the Bible. In the Old Testament Hebrew, there is one word, and two in … More Reflecting on Redemption: The Doctor & A Complicated Life
The psychiatrist Professor Viktor Frankl recounted in one of his many books an experience a student of his had whilst a patient in a psychiatric hospital. It refers to a time when psychiatry was much less enlightened and sophisticated than it is today. Nonetheless, it is demonstrative of the fact that we can find meaning … More God, Psychiatric Illness & Uncovering Meaning
I came across an article recently that resonated with me. It was ‘Choosing to be free is to choose to believe in God’ by Canon Niall Ahern and published in ‘The Sligo Champion’ on 1st August 2012. The article is a wonderful reflection on the words of Kari Torjesen Malcolm a daughter of Missionary parents and … More The Freedom To Choose
I often have people ask me what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder; It’s hard to explain the feelings that accompany a catastrophic low or the euphoria that signals hypomania. In my opinion, the most realistic summary is written by Psychiatry Professor, Kay Redfield-Jamison, in her book ‘An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods … More Living With Bipolar Disorder
“Totally without hope one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live. Hell is hopelessness. It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante’s hell is the inscription: “Leave behind all hope, you who enter here.” Prof. Jürgen Moltmann, in ‘Theology of Hope’. Moltmann articulates the truth at the heart of … More Moltmann: ‘Without Hope One Cannot Live’
The novelist Ralph Ellison wrote in ‘Invisible Man’: “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” There is much wisdom in that short quote; it takes seriously the work of discovery and the individual nature of that quest. Identity is important It gives us a sense of well-being and self worth; it celebrates our … More Logotherapy & Identity: Who Am I?
We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself . . . We know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil. Carl Gustav Jung.
It often strikes me just how convoluted we make our Christian faith appear, when in reality, at its core, it is relatively straightforward. Granted, the Disciples often misunderstood Jesus and struggled with the countercultural essence of his narrative; and so do we. But in essence, Jesus’ message was clear, especially when we consider the pragmatism … More ‘When I Needed A Neighbour?’