One of the most frustrating facets of ‘Cultural Christianity’, where there is a remnant of belief and a minimal adherence at best, is that it often leads people to become intellectually incurious. In such an environment doctrines and dogmas go unchallenged, and key tenets of the faith are accepted without question and go unexamined. I … More A Broad & Humble Mind
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!
Death, and dying are not topics that we discuss freely in our Western Christian culture; we tend to live life with the certainty of death hidden in the recesses of our mind. It is all around us, but we dare not think of it in case the impact of it is too much to bear. … More Reflections on Death & Dying: How to Journey Well
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?
This is the text of a short reflection I delivered today at Cliftonville Moravian Church in North Belfast: As we grow in years and experience of life it becomes evident, rather quickly, that life is complex; people are complex. Often what we see on the surface belies a much deeper level of complexity – very … More Looking Beyond Flaws, Failings & Brokenness: The Beauty of the Christian Message
It don’t often post my sermons on this blog, but here’s one I delivered today in All Souls Church in Elmwood Avenue, Belfast: Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl MEANING IN LIFE? In response to the question: ‘What is the most important lesson life has taught you?’, one of my favourite contemporary philosophers … More Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl
Viktor Frankl, founder of the third Viennese School of Psychotherapy – Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – makes a very important point about the meaningfulness in life and how a person of faith experiences life in a different dimension. It is this dimension that augments a person’s understanding of life as a task (or series of … More Existential Analysis: Faith Makes A Difference
For some time now I’ve been fascinated by Carl Jung and groundbreaking work in the field of psychology and psychoanalysis. Although for me, Jung was far more – he was a mystic and a very unconventional ‘holy man’ who gave us a profound insight into human nature and its interaction with the Divine. I was … More Jung On Religion In Therapy
Much media attention lately has focused on the difficult negotiations between the Iranian Government and representatives of what is commonly called the ‘P5 + 1’ (which consists of France, Germany, UK, USA, China and Russia). An atmosphere of distrust typically permeates such meetings, although recently this has abated somewhat. What many people are not aware … More Iran, Faith & Weapons Of Mass Destruction
A bishop who once famously threw his mitre in the River Thames, I have long been fascinated by the former Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh turned agnostic, Richard Holloway. A post-dogmatic liberal, Holloway is still very much impassioned by the figure of Jesus, but rejects the institutional church and its outdated certainties and failure to fully … More Retired Bishop Richard Holloway On Faith, Doubt And Christian Agnosticism