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  • The Pain of Pretended Omniscience

    The Pain of Pretended Omniscience

    There can be little doubt that in the present day most of us are awash with knowledge and parched for wisdom. We have rationalised the processes for understanding until we assume answers, are impatient with the process of learning, and struggle to confess genuine ignorance. We are constantly consuming unfiltered and mostly insignificant information, and…

  • A Timeshare in Babylon

    A Timeshare in Babylon

    One of the greatest acts of Christian mislabelling is our ongoing use of the term ‘personal sin’. Ours is a privatised and individualised world, a space of readily agreed boundaries where the great measure of morals is whether or not our behaviour ‘harms anyone else’. If the answer to that loaded question is in the…

  • October 2019

    October 2019

    (written on the occasion of new abortion laws being introduced in Northern Ireland) Mid-autumn clear, the October morning colours cold with summer tones, the trees are crimson veterans who have watched this all before – beauty’s burn, the rage of something final, the headlong rush into the shortened days, our steady forgetting of winters past.…

  • Hope and holidays

    Hope and holidays

    If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work; But when they seldom come, they wished-for come, And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents. – Prince Hal, in Henry IV Pt.I The summer holiday season can be a time of mixed emotions, of brilliant highs and deep rest, of sweet…

  • The Wiersbe Option – an appreciation

    The Wiersbe Option – an appreciation

    In the past day news has filtered through that Warren W. Wiersbe has gone home to be with the Saviour whom he loved, and whose name he published on the hearts of many people. At a time his name was synonymous with popular Bible commentary, and scores of students at the Irish Baptist College were…

  • No private matter – Pt.2

    No private matter – Pt.2

    For the present generation the private sphere has been sacrificed on the altar of easy publicity, and the democratic platforms of social media. The days wherein a public figure could hold private opinions unmolested are largely over, and as ordinary citizens we have come to believe that even our thoughts need a forum in order…

  • There and Back Again: 10 years on from a fork in the road

    There and Back Again: 10 years on from a fork in the road

    ’It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to’ – from The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien Tomorrow (12th January) marks ten years since my wife and I, along with our…

  • The Pursuit of Harmlessness

    The Pursuit of Harmlessness

    The world sells us a vision of integrated commitments, of big things broken down to make them compatible with other dreams and aspirations. We are encouraged to change our diets and increase our exercise through piecemeal measures, with minimal cost or inconvenience. The model of paying off big debts in small instalments has migrated from…

  • Sorry, not sorry

    Sorry, not sorry

    It seems that on at least a weekly basis some public figure says something regrettable, is publicly censured for their words, and issues an apology. Whether it is the sexist content of an after dinner speech, or an editorial piece which lapses into the old tropes of racism, it seems that people cannot help but…

  • Appreciating the arts to the glory of God

    Appreciating the arts to the glory of God

    From as early as I can remember, books, poetry, and literature have mattered to me a great deal. That interest intensified in my teens, and eventually led me to study English as a single honours subject at university – I had no career plans back in those care free, fee-free, days of undergrad education! Lurking…