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
Here is an excerpt from a short reflection delivered this morning at Cliftonville Moravian Church. You can listen to the entire audio file by clicking on the link below: ‘We come here every Sunday, to seek some form of healing. And we do so, not necessarily to expect the miraculous, although we can never … More The Search For Healing
Despite our differences and denominational affiliations, it is possible, and indeed essential, that we live together in unity of purpose and faith. That said, this is no easy task. Here is a reflection I offered today at Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast, on this very topic. You can listen to it here; the text is reproduced … More Listening To The Apostle Paul: The Necessity Of Unity
I normally don’t record my sermons, but here’s one from a few years ago. My text is Philippians 4:13 – ‘I can do everything through Him who gives me strength’ – here I explore the background to this Pauline epistle and try to draw some lessons for contemporary Christian living.
This is the text of my reflection/sermon shared with the congregation today at Cliftonville Moravian Church: Today, I want to reflect on Genesis 8: 1 ‘But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded’. … More Finite Disappointment; Infinite Hope!
Here is the text of my sermon from today’s service at Cliftonville Moravian Church: Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope! On Wednesday evening, I was teaching dream analysis in Glengormley to a group of therapists and other interested individuals. Here, in our church, I have spoken briefly about dreams as they occur in the Biblical … More Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope!
The text from the Holocaust Memorial Service held in Cliftonville Moravian Church on 29/1/17: In our Old Testament lesson, the prophet Micah brings to the fore a community that has suffered much hardship, but has brought justice and mercy to the forefront of their thinking. Interestingly, there is a recognition that with such enormous injustice, … More Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: How Can Life Go On? Looking To Viktor Frankl
Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton My Sermon from Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast, 25th December 2016 We come here this morning, in the midst of a hectic time of commemoration and celebration, to sit in this sacred space – a place of calm and reverence. This year has been a tough one – it is … More Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton
This is the text of a sermon preached at Cliftonville Moravian Church on 25th September: Yesterday, I was following the news more closely than I normally do. I can’t say that politics excites me, but I do tune in when there is something vaguely interesting happening. In that context, many of you will know that … More ‘Understanding Leadership: Trump, Clinton, Corbyn & the Biblical example of Joshua.