Your Death

Death is a natural human fear. A terror of the unknown and we all must face it. None of us chose to be born and none of us can choose whether we die, but die we must. Terror is the right word too. Terror Management Theory reveals some important insights. From a 2015 book entitled... Continue Reading →

An Advent Poem

In our secret yearningswe wait for your coming,and in our grinding despairwe doubt that you will. And in this privileged placewe are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do weand by those who despair more deeply than do we. Look upon your church and its pastorsin this season of hopewhich runs so quickly to... Continue Reading →

Terror Darkness Waste Murder

"Like a tragedy, [the life and crucifixion of Jesus] stirs up pity and terror in us.  Like a tragedy it requires us to contemplate the world’s darkness.  Like a tragedy, it draws attention to waste.  It shows us a life that need not have been extinguished being extinguished, without particular malice, by the normal processes... Continue Reading →

Love Never Fails

Many people will be in despair and hopelessness.  Asking:  Where is the hope in the midst of such unusual events worldwide?   The Apostle Paul said that ‘Love never fails’ (1 Cor 13:8). He went on to say, “these three remain: faith, hope and love.  And the greatest of these is love” (v.13).   I’ll... Continue Reading →

Bloody Balfour Declaration Debacle

One hundred years ago today, a mischievous political promise gave rise to a mischievous political creed:  The Balfour Declaration of 1917. "His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use its best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly... Continue Reading →

Sleep as Trust

I offer the poem below that I have stumbled across recently, not as one who finds sleep easy but one who doesn't.  That means, given the poem's content, I struggled to wrestle with the starkness of some of the comments.  I think the point is true to all poetry, that we do not get lost... Continue Reading →

Christ and the World

This is stunning..... Subversive Preaching in a Postmodern World - A Targum based on Colossians 1:15-20 by Brian J Walsh In an image-saturated world, a world of ubiquitous corporate logos permeating your consciousness, a world of dehydrated and captive imaginations in which we are too numbed, satiated and co-opted, to be able to dream of... Continue Reading →

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