Jon blackwell
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 […]

May 23, 2020

A Miracle of Deliverance

Between the 26th May and the 2nd June 1940 – eighty years ago this month – one third of a million soldiers both of the British Expeditionary Force in France, and the French army, were taken from the beaches of Dunkirk, in what the British Prime Minister of the day, Winston Churchill, called “A miracle […]

May 23, 2020

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias 1946 – 2020            Word on the Week                23rd May 2020. Ravi Zacharias is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries an organisation whose members have carried the Gospel to every corner of the globe.   This week he went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ whom he served so faithfully […]

May 16, 2020

A task of eternal significance

Dear brothers and sisters, Just before Jesus’ ascension to heaven the disciples approached Him together. They had a question. “Lord,” they asked, “is it at this time you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) Jesus had spent the previous forty days, since his resurrection, teaching them about things “concerning the kingdom of God” […]

May 16, 2020

Irish Blessing

The WhatsApp site, created by Chinese Malaysian student returnees as a vehicle to sustain fellowship between those who studied in Dublin back in the 1980ies, hosted “A Malaysian Blessing” this week.   This was sung by singers from 80 churches in a fine show of unity.    They sang it first in English then in their local […]

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