This last week I made my first visit to a Mormon Church, where I attended a funeral service. Among a wealth of impressions and unanswered questions that played in my mind, the experience left me with two key impressions. I felt humbled by the deep interpersonal quality that pervaded the gathering. I felt I was … More Anyone who is not against us is for us.
I remember my father delighting in repeating two old world sayings which summed up his need for an easy solution in relation to his argumentative children: Do as I say, not as I do! and Children are meant to be seen and not heard! I don’t think for one moment he really believed these saying … More Children, Discipleship, and the Kingdom of God
Exploring and reading around this Sunday’s Gospel from Mark 8 I came across this comment from Matthew Skinner, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St Paul: As we journey soon into the new beginnings of post-Labor Day autumn, what will it mean to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus? … More Follow Me! Reflections on Mark 8:34
It is November 1916. On a wet and cold day a young 21 year-old Ulster woman sets sail from Belfast Docks to rendezvous in Liverpool with the ship that will take her away from everything that is familiar. She is beginning a new life in one of the self-governing dominions of the British Empire. She is contracted to … More Hopes and Dreams of Becoming
It is the 15th October 1978. A fresh-faced 22 year-old man arrives in London. The Labour Government of Jim Callaghan is on its last legs. The right wing of the Labour Party is preparing to jump ship and join-up with the Liberal Party to form the Social Democrats. The far left, known by the name … More Matters of the Heart