In a year dominated politically by uncertainty, rancour and lies, I want to end the year with joy. Joy is promised by the angels in Bethlehem to the shepherds. You may be a bit surprised by my joy list – it’s not exactly toe-tapping happiness. But it hints at the deep abiding hope and … Continue reading What does Joy look like this Christmas
Another week of revelations about abuse and cover-up in the Church. Pope Francis visits Ireland last week and the topic on everyone’s lips was unfortunately sexual abuse. Everyone who admired Willow Creek Church in Chicago, which has influenced thinking about effective church growth for a generation of evangelicals, has been stunned by allegations of sexual harassment … Continue reading An Open Wound
My facebook life is not me, it is a better version of me.
We sometimes think that Christians are better than the general population – we don’t swear, watch porn, abuse our loved ones or have affairs. Sadly the data and research shows that people who identify as Christians are just as likely to indulge in all those things. Behind closed doors, there is abuse. And unfortunately, some … Continue reading Miss-reading the Bible
Increasingly, in a media of half-truths and rushed, careless reporting, we tolerate what we agree with and hate everything else.
Common sense is not so common - Voltaire We need a spoonful of common sense and a large dose of wisdom in 2017 after the year that brought us post-truth. But it’s not looking hopeful. Some nonsensical (or worryingly dangerous) events that have caught my eye this year (and it’s only week 2!): Glasgow University … Continue reading A spoonful of reason