Jon blackwell
June 27, 2020

Things you need to know

Next Sunday we are returning to Pearse Street to meet together after three months apart. Please read this note carefully as it contains some important instructions. Note carefully that THE SERVICES TIMES HAVE CHANGED. The first service is at 10.30 and is ONLY  for adults without families. The second service, which is ONLY for families […]

June 27, 2020

Government at last

Government at last              Word on the Week                          27th June 2020. Sometimes democratic elections can produce unwelcome results!    In the case of Ireland, the three main parties came close to tying for the most votes.   The people had spoken but their vote required 140 days and hundreds of thousands of words of political negotiating until a […]

June 20, 2020

The Glory of God

Dear brothers and sisters It is a very good practice for Christians to read old books. We live in a hyper present-tense moment, largely disengaged from the past and consuming a constant stream of (mis)information that allows for little or no reflection. Old writers allow us to step out of the stream and remember truths […]

June 20, 2020

Father’s Day

Father’s Day                         Word on the Week                          20th June 2020. As the culture continues to slip away from the bedrock of Biblical Marriage the role of Father increasingly is seen by some to be redundant.    We had better cherish what remains of it and celebrate this imported day from the United States of America. We […]

June 13, 2020

We are coming back to Pearse St.!

Dear Brothers and Sisters. We have great news this week! Because the programme for coming out of lock-down has been accelerated by the Government, we are allowed to restart services on the 5th July. We thank God that this is possible and that for most of us the period of isolation as believers is at […]

June 13, 2020

For the Birds and US

For the Birds and Us                        Word on the Week              13th June 2020. Through the struggles and strains of lockdown one of the things we have become more aware of has been the ‘Dawn Chorus’.    The birdsong which contributes to this does not need an alarm clock – the brightening sky to the North-East wakens […]

June 6, 2020

Human Fault Lines

Human Fault Lines               Word on the Week                          6th June 2020. My earliest memory of a fault line was not human at all.   It was a fissure in the rock which bounded the coast line.   The North Sea swept into it twice a day with each high tide.   It lay across our path to an inlet […]

June 6, 2020

The Death of George Floyd

Dear brothers and sisters, When a society rejects God, it does not entirely reject morality. We are moral creatures, made to have a conscience, and we cannot deny ourselves. This has been obvious in the international outrage following the merciless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an event that no reasonable person could fail to […]

May 30, 2020

Fruit Growing

Sandra and I have just got an allotment. I recommend it. Growing your own fruit and veg. has got to be good for the mind as well as the body. Having said that, one of the hazards is the fellow allotment holders. Not that they are unfriendly – quite the reverse – but the pressure […]

May 30, 2020

Riots and Race

Race and Riots                       Word on the Week                          30th May 2020. On Monday this week in Minneapolis the Police arrested George Floyd.     He died by suffocation when handcuffed he lay on the ground with a policeman’s knee on his neck.    This position lasted for some 5 minutes while three other policemen stood around.     We are […]

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