Testimony Generator

A week or so ago I shared an image of a Testimony Generator on a social media platform that shall remain nameless. It reminded me of an experience I had shortly after Liz and I moved to Ithaca, NY. The churches we were involved with back then placed a big emphasis on...

The Opposite of Fear is…

When you are the parent of a special needs child, you often find yourself the recipient of all types of advice from people. (I wanted to say “well-meaning” people, but I’m not feeling that generous today.)  Some parents, who have raised kids without special...

Please Just Listen

Although we are a continent away, Liz and I have been grieved as we watch the news from our home country. Like many of you have experienced profound sadness and outrage.  The murder of George Floyd. The videos out of NYC and Minneapolis of white individual threatening...

Thinking About Soil

I spent most of my life in Upstate NY. It was a place full of farms, orchards, vineyards, and corn fields as far as the eye could see. I grew up in a village next store to where Thomas Welch built his first grape juice factory and simply had to hop over our back fence to grab all the concord grapes I could eat (or use in a grape war against my brother).

Drawing a Crowd

As the Table – Dublin is getting off the ground, I wanted to repost some of what I’ve written over the past few years…specifically regarding church planting. I’d love to get your thoughts. ::originally posted 18 December 2018:: David Fitch shared a post over...
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 down to...

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 Road Less...

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 like using a global...

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 other side of this...which...

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 latest,...

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 the main...

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...

Netflix and Missions

Netflix and Missions

Yesterday I read Rachel Kleppen’s article in Christianity Today entitled, Netflix Is Making It Harder to Be a Missionary. Kleppen is a missionary in Taipei, Taiwan and the article was and focused on how the internet and social media (among other advances) make being a...