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PS is an email and web-based blog format issued regularly by Contemporary Christianity. The format provides an online space for writers toexplore issues relating to church, culture and life in Northern Ireland, seeking to understand the times through insights from Scripture, theology, reason and the observations that flow from lived experience.

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Reflections on Epiphany 2022

The Christmas trees have gone for recycling, decorations are down and Christmas messages perused again. One e-card caused me both to smile and frown – showing Jesus in the manger, watched over by Mary and Joseph, shepherds adoring, oxen standing by and the angel...

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Do I really love my (foreign) neighbour?

“The Missionaries accompanied the Colonialists, bringing Bibles and guns!” So stated my lecturer as he explained the background to postcolonial fiction. I was horrified. His lecture on the socio-political aspects of the colonial period highlighted that, although...

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MATTERS OF PRINCIPLE AND MATTERS OF THE HEART

Allegations of sleaze are making headline news. The response to the proposed sanction of Conservative MP Owen Paterson led to his resignation from the House of Commons, and now in Westminster, moves are afoot to change the regulations on what jobs MPs can have...

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A STORY NEEDING TO BE TOLD…

A STORY NEEDING TO BE TOLD…

Amongst the many daily demands on time, I am struggling to fulfil a task, which I see as my chief calling at present. For the last twelve years, I have been writing a biography of someone whose life is the best illustration I know of deep human love and committed...

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Reflections on a World at Work

The world of work and our experience of it is changing. Office workers wish to work from home and cafes and bars want them back in the office because city centre trade is falling. Doctors are finding that telephone appointments are giving greater efficiency and an...

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Candour: the quality of being open and honest

“You shouldn’t need to say ‘I swear’.  If you’re a truthful person, then it’s enough to say what you mean and leave it at that.  It’s better to be honest and careful with the words you choose, and then people will know they can trust what you say.” As I said these...

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This Earth Belongs To God

This Earth Belongs To God

Growing up in the rural heartland of County Derry in the 1950s has had a profound impact on me.  I have always loved the countryside and appreciated the beauty of the landscape. Our home in Bovevagh did not have had many mod cons! What we lacked in amenities was...

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The change that’s all around us

The change that’s all around us

Change.  It’s happening all the time, and sometimes very rapidly.  Some of us thrive in that environment, but most of us struggle when there is too much of it too quickly.  These last 18 months have seen massive change affecting every one of us as a result of Brexit...

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Ah, look at all the lonely people

Ah, look at all the lonely people

It turns out that peace and quiet is good for a while, but not if it goes on for too long.  Too much peace and quiet can damage your health.  During Covid many of us struggled to juggle multiple responsibilities- work from home, housework, home schooling etc. and we...

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Harvest – God the Provider – God the environmentalist?

Harvest – God the Provider – God the environmentalist?

Harvest for me means picking crab apples. Last year was a bumper year; the tree was laden with fruit and as the tiny pink-red spheres were picked, the branches rose as the weight of apples was lifted off them. This year, the tree is lighter; it’s taking a breather!...

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How do we debate and differ well on ideas for a New Ireland?

How do we debate and differ well on ideas for a New Ireland?

The old joke goes that an Irishman asked for directions by a stranger started his reply by saying “If I was you, I wouldn’t start from here!” But here and now is our starting place. Looking back over the recent PS reflections on ‘Northern Ireland at 100 years’, I am struck by how ‘Protestant and Unionist’ and ‘Nationalist and Roman Catholic’ still remain largely synonymous.

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