Breaking Point

Earlier this summer I picked up a newly published novel by broadcaster and journalist Edel Coffey. What caught my eye about this book was neither its genre (I am not a great fiction reader), nor its author (this is her debut work). What drew me to this book was quite...
Silence – the good and the bad

Silence – the good and the bad

I recently attended a moving service at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, that included times of silence as part of the liturgy.  It was arranged by Corrymeela and was entitled “Courage of Lament”.  After set prayers we were offered silence, to apply these prayers and let...
UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES?

UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES?

Even though I am not a prophet or the son of a prophet (to quote from Amos 7), nor am I like one of the sons of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what the people of God should do in perilous circumstances (I Chronicles 12), I am a committed follower of Jesus...
THE CALL TO CARE FOR OUR EARTHLY HOME

THE CALL TO CARE FOR OUR EARTHLY HOME

In a few weeks, global leaders will convene in Glasgow for the UN’s annual talks on climate change, also known as COP26. This is the first time since the signing of 2015’s Paris Agreement that countries will have a chance to review progress against targets aimed to...

Plumbing the well of unhappiness

In western societies we have pushed back the tide of physical causes of harm to the extent that most achieve the milestone of 80 years of age before dying, with a majority enjoying good health up until their final years. However, the conditions that have been kind to...