Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Christianity & A Call to Action.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently announced that they have moved the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 Seconds, to 2 minutes to midnight (the symbolic point of global annihilation); this is the closest to midnight recorded since 1953, the height of the Cold War. At the Doomsday Clock announcement at the National Press Club in … More Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Christianity & A Call to Action.

Re-framing Doubt: The Stuff of Faith & Spiritual Growth?

This is the text of my sermon preached today in Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast: When I was training to be a scientist, and later when I worked in that field professionally, it was very common for co-workers to get together and discuss their latest results from any experiments that had been done.  A very common … More Re-framing Doubt: The Stuff of Faith & Spiritual Growth?

Spending Time With ‘The Vicar Of Baghdad’

I recently came across a fantastic short documentary entitled ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’.  A well-known figure in both the ecclesiastical and popular realms, The Reverend Canon Andrew White is known for his dogged determination to provide a strong Christian witness in the war-torn suburbs of Iraq’s capital city. White is vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad, the only Anglican church left in … More Spending Time With ‘The Vicar Of Baghdad’

Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith

I don’t often post my sermons on this blog, but here is one I shared today with the congregation at All Souls’ in Belfast: Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith Identity I often think of the Bible, that collection of widely divergent genres – history, biography, allegory, metaphor and so … More Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith

Exploring Stoicism & Christianity: Unhappy Bedfellows?

Stoic philosophy, with its roots in Greek culture and developed before Jesus Christ was born, has a surprising affinity with Christianity. That it was regarded ostensibly as a pagan philosophy by the Early Church Fathers does not detract from the areas of overlap. For example, terms such as logos, Spirit, and conscience make their presence felt … More Exploring Stoicism & Christianity: Unhappy Bedfellows?

Rediscovering Unity

Today saw the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, arguably the most divisive Prime Minister the UK has ever had.  Some love her, some loath her; nobody has ‘no opinion’ when it come to assessing her legacy. When Thatcher swept to power in 1979, I was only 6 years of age. Over the next eleven and a-half … More Rediscovering Unity

The Rise of Spiritism and the Decline of the Church

The last decade or so has witnessed a surge of spiritism throughout Latin America which is often grafted on to, or developed from, the majority religion (which in most cases is Catholicism).  The creation of “folk saints” is one such phenomenon. Where the saints of the church may seem other-worldly and inaccessible, the “folks saints” … More The Rise of Spiritism and the Decline of the Church