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?’
The concept of self-transcendence and service to others is at the core of Christian belief and practice. Consider as an example Isaiah 58:10 – ‘If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday’. Or in the New … More A Call To Service
‘Every form of wealth acquired at the cost of other nations, and every kind of economic imperialism, debases the dignity of men and women, and is an infringement of God’s glory.’ Jürgen Moltmann. The view of wealth articulated by Moltmann, has a solid biblical foundation. Specifically, Jesus’ teachings emphasise stewardship and the true value of … More Faith & Wealth
I am quite a fan of TEDtalks – there have been many fabulous talks and enlightening speakers presenting on a wide-range of subjects from surviving a suicide attempt to becoming an activist, with almost every conceivable topic in-between. Strangely enough religious leaders often do not make the best speakers, regardless of the topic they’re exploring. … More Equality, Solidarity & Tenderness – A Unique TEDtalk
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: German Lutheran Minister, Activist & Theologian (image was provided to Wikimedia Commons by the German Federal Archive (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)). “God travels wonderful ways with human beings, but he does not comply with the views and opinions of people. God does not go the way that people want to prescribe for him; rather, his … More Bonhoeffer On God In The Manger
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
According to Kristin Neff, Professor of Human Development & Culture at the University of Texas at Austin: ‘People can use their skills of compassion for others to learn how to be more self-compassionate. Whenever you find yourself being very harsh with yourself, you can think of the types of warm, supportive things you’d say to … More Can Being More Compassionate Toward Others Make Us More Self-Compassionate?
I have finally got round to watching Velcrow Ripper’s award-winning documentary, ‘Scared Sacred’. Against the backdrop of a world overwhelmed by turmoil and suffering, Ripper sets out on a unique, and often difficult, pilgrimage. His task is to visit what he calls the ‘Ground Zeros’ of the planet, and in doing so, he poses the … More Film Review: ‘Scared Sacred’
McAleese makes plea over suicide – Republic of Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. Once again, Mary McAleese reminds us that as outgoing President of the RoI, she’ll be a hard act to follow. In this piece in the Belfast Telegraph, McAleese laments the toll that suicide has on families and society at large. She … More McAleese makes plea over suicide – Republic of Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Was Jeremiah a Failure?. This is an excellent article that has raised a number of issues for me! I wonder – is it possible to be a successful ‘parish minister’ and still retain anything more than a tenuous link to an authentic prophetic calling? The temptation to live a comfortable life devoid of controversy would … More Was Jeremiah a Failure?