The death of gracious listening

I once worked in a bookshop in a university area, and as a young Christian I learned a lot about respect, mutual tolerance and intellectual difference. The workforce was composed of people from right across the Belfast community, as well as those from outside of Northern Ireland altogether. Every conceivable view on intellectual and moral … Continue reading The death of gracious listening

Review: The Unaccompanied by Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage Faber & Faber, 2017 74pp., hbk, £14.99 ISBN: 978 0 571 33384 4 Simon Armitage’s latest collection of poems is a sustained reflection on life in today’s Britain. Combining the beauty and banality of modern existence, these lyrical pieces are equally at home in charting the dart of a snipe out of undergrowth, … Continue reading Review: The Unaccompanied by Simon Armitage

Book review: Martin Amis – The Rub of Time

‘The Rub of Time’ forms a working miscellany of the non-fiction prose of novelist Martin Amis, dating from 1994 to 2016. Given his proclivity for tightly phrased narrative and dialogue in his fiction, it comes as no surprise that this volume is articulate, intelligent, and ruthless in its observation of the world. The subjects covered … Continue reading Book review: Martin Amis – The Rub of Time

Recovering intolerants

As conservative evangelicals what we are asking for is not all that difficult to understand, nor to grant. Rather than wanting to exert a form of cultural hegemony we wish to exercise spiritual humility in articulating our beliefs, without fear of prejudicial treatment or social ostracisation. We are pleading for true tolerance, where each person … Continue reading Recovering intolerants

Bishop Curry comes to sermon workshop

Feedback on our preaching can be a humbling and helpful thing. At Bible college students often face the fearful frontline of having their message and manner in the pulpit analysed and constructively criticised. In the assistantships that I have been privileged to be part of in Millisle Baptist I have been sharpened and corrected by … Continue reading Bishop Curry comes to sermon workshop