Popcorn and Prayer: What’s so offensive about the Lord’s Prayer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUXh4mx4gI A sixty second commercial shows a former oil executive, a weight lifter, a child and some refugees uttering sixty-three words. These words are instantly recognizable. They are uttered by billions of people around the world every day. They are powerful and life transforming. They have changed the world, and will continue to. They are … Continue reading Popcorn and Prayer: What’s so offensive about the Lord’s Prayer

The 12th July – Re-imagining Twaddell

https://vimeo.com/133093608 The ‘new normal’ is a phrase being used by a group of Christian leaders to capture something of what we are seeing of the kingdom of God at work in this time in our land. It describes what we are already seeing and what we hope to see. This post is one of a … Continue reading The 12th July – Re-imagining Twaddell

Cakes and Handshakes

The headlines this week have been dominated by the Ashers decision and Prince Charles' visit. This vlog reflects on both. https://vimeo.com/128612679 You can read more about the Ashers decision int he post below. I was, and remain concerned about how the judge found that ‘support for same sex marriage is indissociable from sexual orientation.’ Essentially, if … Continue reading Cakes and Handshakes

Ashers – A Blow for Freedom and Equality

In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications, a judge in Northern Ireland has restricted the freedom of business owners to decide which goods and services they can supply. The law, which rightly protects people from discrimination, has now been extended to protect ideas. The judge decided what the bakers were really thinking and whether it … Continue reading Ashers – A Blow for Freedom and Equality

Ashers – a Blow to Freedom

In a ruling with far-reaching implications, a judge has today decided that business owners cannot choose which goods and services they can supply. The judge ruled that the McArthur family, who run Ashers bakery, were not entitled to decline to make a cake supporting same sex marriage and in doing so were guilty of discrimination. … Continue reading Ashers – a Blow to Freedom

Ashers – the end of the beginning

After all the media attention the Ashers case was finally listed for hearing on 26th and 27th March. In the end it took an extra half a day on Monday 30th to conclude proceedings. The Judge has reserved her decision – no expected date was given. The case was heard at Belfast County Court - … Continue reading Ashers – the end of the beginning

Freedom, secularism, blasphemy and Charlie Hebdo

♯Jesuischarlie has been trending around the world, but what is an appropriate Christian response to the attacks in Paris? There has been a lot talk about freedom and religious liberty. There was also a suggestion this week that it was time to abolish the blasphemy laws here in Northern Ireland. The vlog (apparently that is … Continue reading Freedom, secularism, blasphemy and Charlie Hebdo

Abortion – thinking through the arguments

Abortion is a difficult and controversial subject. It often pits the mother against her unborn child in a way that fails to properly respect either. As Mother Theresa comments, The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the … Continue reading Abortion – thinking through the arguments

How Herod the Grinch almost stole the first Christmas

Herod got more about that first Christmas that most - he understood the implications of a new king being born. I was asked to speak at our family Christmas Eve service and thought that Herod was like the original Christmas Grinch. I discover someone else had had the same idea and so borrowing from them I … Continue reading How Herod the Grinch almost stole the first Christmas