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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.

 PS will never claim to have all the answers, but we hope to prompt questions that leave our readers a little closer to the answer at the end of the piece than they were at the beginning.

 Our writers range from well-known names in academia and full-time ministry, to professionals with particular subject matter expertise, to lay people with passion for a subject and a gift for writing.

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To Live is to Change

To Live is to Change

In 1845, John Henry Newman, one time Anglican Priest and later Roman Catholic Cardinal wrote ‘To live is to change’. His comments described both the world as he observed it, and life, as he experienced it. Change is all around us in Ireland today. Finton O’Toole gives...

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Beyond and Between

Beyond and Between

Something shifted inside me when I became a dad. I could not put my finger on it until someone offered that to be a parent is forever to have a piece of your heart running around in the world outside of yourself. Little human beings, complete in and of the full span...

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Food and soil – reconnecting with our food

Food and soil – reconnecting with our food

The earth is running out of harvests, there may be only about 60 years left according to some experts[1].  There are many detractors from this view but, as with climate change and Covid vaccinations, the reasons for concern are many and varied.  Let us look at how...

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Harming Free Speech?

Harming Free Speech?

As Christians we instinctively want to defend the human right to free speech, because it encapsulates our right to worship God, proclaim the Gospel and explain the practice of our faith. Fortunately in the UK the legal framework and the political consensus is to...

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We don’t know ourselves!

We don’t know ourselves!

One of my Christmas presents in 2021 was Fintan O’Toole’s new book, “We don't know ourselves, a personal history of Ireland since 1958”. Being quarantined in the house for a week, I confess I devoured the book quicker than the Christmas cake. O’Toole, born in 1958, is...

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Who is my neighbour?

Who is my neighbour?

Following the St. Patrick’s Day joint statement by the Church Leaders’ Group (Ireland) last year, in which they personally lamented their lack of leadership in building a better quality of peace, I did some academic research as a Christian to explore how the Churches...

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Praying beyond ourselves and our shores

Praying beyond ourselves and our shores

After retiring in 2017 from ministry in Presbyterian churches in the Republic, we moved north and engaged in a bit of “church tasting”.  Although there was a friendly welcome everywhere and faithful biblical preaching, I was dissatisfied with the prayers for others,...

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Reflections on Epiphany 2022

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?

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

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

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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