“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’
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran Minister, Theologian and Anti-Nazi Activist, who was executed a few days before the end of the war, wrote this in ‘Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible: “It is not that God’s help and presence must still be proved in our life; rather God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for … More Bonhoeffer: The True Meaning of Easter
This quote and insight from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr still resonates today with the threat of a new arms race on the horizon: “Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man’s creative genius … More From Power To Peace
‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”’ (John 8:12).
It was English poet Alfred Tennyson who wrote: “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’” And so we embrace that hope as we move inexorably towards a new year. For many though, it can be difficult to focus entirely on the future. The year gone by may … More Learning from the Past; Looking to the Future
Here are a few of my recent reflections/poems: BY THE WELL Sychar in Samaria by Jacob’s well A shocking scene A Samaritan and a Jew Female and male Countercultural and perplexing, where shame meets perfection. Jesus does not recoil He interacts; he listens A stark reminder that everyone matters That in the heart of Christ ‘There … More Reflections: Faith & Life
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!
Rudyard Kipling was an exquisitely talented poet. There are many poems that I could pick out as specially noteworthy, but for me, ‘When Earth’s Last Picture is Painted‘ is one of his best. Here it is: When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted When Earth’s last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried, … More Hope and Expectation; All Shall be Well
This blog posting is the text of a sermon entitled ‘Stepping Out into the Unknown‘ preached by me on 4th January 2009. My text is Matthew Chapter Two, Verses Nine to Ten: “When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until … More Looking to a New Year: Stepping out into the Unknown