You know you’re in Ireland when…

You know you are in Ireland ... when there are more Protestant churches than eating places... or perhaps we just got hungry in a particularly fervent part of Belfast? When the first thing you see when you step out of terminal one in Dublin is a large church tower in the middle of the car... Continue Reading →

On being defensive and self reliant…

When you have defended yourself for a long time against discouragement, despair, disappointment and doubt you assume the defensive posture of someone who is only afraid of more of the above and certainly not hopeful of alternative experiences such as joy, peace,  fun and hope. When you’ve battled through so much you can actually get... Continue Reading →

Finding Jesus in the gloom and uncertainty

This wonderful Easter reflection (used with permission) is by my friend Wendy Bray, a priest and author who lives with terminal cancer.  She is also quoting Debie Thomas   For anyone who finds Easter hard because it seems to be all about sunshine and brightness and life -all-sorted, this might be helpful for you. Happy Easter. (... Continue Reading →

God: No T’s and C’s?

I’m not sure if that title is entirely theologically correct and I’m happy to engage in conversation with anyone who disagrees with me. It was prompted by a typo in a caption my friend gave to a photo of his boys dressed as waiters. They had just made their mum Sunday lunch for Mother’s Day... Continue Reading →

This is Who I’m talking about…

A 14-year-old boy  called Walker whose heart is breaking prays and the next day Jesus turns up in his bedroom, long flowing robes, sandals and all. This short story/poem is absolutely amazing. The Jesus we meet is the Jesus I'd like everyone to meet. I often ask people to read one of the gospels to... Continue Reading →

Green Book – film Review

No plot spoilers   This is an awesome film, I loved it. Set in 1962, a very refined black American piano virtuoso hires an ignorantly racist Italian nightclub bouncer from the Bronx to be his driver on a two month concert tour of the deep South. It's hardly surprising that he needs more than a... Continue Reading →

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