Crisis Mode

Crisis Mode

Last weekend, during a family video chat, one of my daughters said something that I have not been able to get out of my head.  While we are in Ireland, my parents are in the US, and one of our daughters is in Scotland. And as you might imagine, Covid-19 was a...
So, Yeah I am Still Angry About This…

So, Yeah I am Still Angry About This…

In the Old Testament, the concept of justice had to do with a few central ideas: Don’t cheat people (all that stuff in Proverbs about using proper scales).Don’t accuse the innocent and pardon the guilty. We can come up with a few more, but they all boil...
Ireland, M. Scott Peck, and Stage Four

Ireland, M. Scott Peck, and Stage Four

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.  Several years ago, a colleague in the States shared something M. Scott Peck wrote in his book Further Along the Road Less Travelled, which was a follow up to the much more successful The...
Pro-Life…unless it hurts the economy

Pro-Life…unless it hurts the economy

A couple of weeks ago I saw a stream of posts and comments about doctors in Italy having to decide who received a ventilator (and had a chance to live) and who didn’t. The point was, basically, “see what you get with socialized medicine?” Nothing...

Maybe Your Church Should NOT Live Stream…

What objections come up for you when you read that statement? This past Sunday many churches had begun using Facebook Live or other software to broadcast their Sunday morning service. I saw a few social media comments about all the great content that was being...
How much Netflix can you watch?

How much Netflix can you watch?

I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve seen over the past week entitle something like, “Top 10 movies to watch while you are on lockdown.” Okay, I enjoy watching movies and a good TV show as much as the next person, but when we get to the...
That was intense…

That was intense…

Yesterday we celebrated St Patrick’s day with an Irish Movie Marathon. Song of the Sea, Waking Ned Devine, & In Bruges (the latter after Méabh went to bed of course). Since like many of you we are checking our phones throughout the day to keep up with the...
How Would Jesus Wear His Baseball Cap?

How Would Jesus Wear His Baseball Cap?

I don’t think I’m a curmudgeon. But there are days… Over the past few days as I’ve logged into an online bible to track my daily reading, the first thing that shows up are various reading plans. For some reason though, the one that has been highlighted lately is...
A Scary Story

A Scary Story

“Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear,  and do not dread it.  – Isaiah 8:12 So I’m at a conference last year and I go to a workshop to hear one person I wanted to listen to. Turns out he wasn’t...
Engaging Culture

Engaging Culture

Certain words overtime become less and less useful. There has been a great deal of discussion around the word “Evangelical” in Ireland and in the US as many think of it referring a certain brand of politics than a certain type of Jesus follower. Missions is another of...