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July 11, 2020

Lockdown Blues

Lockdown Blues                   Word on the Week                          11th July 2020. As the corona virus rages globally commercial demands put pressure on the leaders of countries.   Some would argue that the damage to the work-scene has created a financial cost that makes the medicine worse (i.e. the lockdown) than the disease!     Disharmony abounds as political considerations […]

July 4, 2020

Independence Day USA

Independence Day USA                  Word on the Week               4th July 2020. The concluding words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address have lost none of their impact… “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”    […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

May 9, 2020

Darkness into Light

Darkness into Light                 Word on the Week                       9th May 2020. This is the morning when those wishing to empathise with the suicide prevention work of Pieta House get out of bed at sunrise and go on a fundraising walk.   The sun rises early and the recommended time of 4.15 am may not appeal to everyone!    However, […]

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