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July 20, 2019

The Man on the Moon

The Man on the Moon                           Word on the Week                                   20th July 2019. Full moons presented a great time for youthful imaginations to examine the surface to try to trace the face of the man on the moon.    We all imagined we saw it among the blotches that appeared on the surface.     The cross-legged […]

July 13, 2019

The 12th of July

The 12th of July                     Word on the Week                          13th July 2019. Towering above the neighbouring houses stood the gigantic 12th of July bonfire.   Belfast has not seen a bigger one!    Built with thousands of wooden pallets and adorned with a necklace of rubber tyres it was formidable – an incendiary device the like of which […]

July 6, 2019

Lord’s Table

Lord’s Table                           Word on the Week                          6th July 2019. The regular task of preparing the bread for the Lord’s Table made me think about the wisdom of the ordinance being repeated regularly.  We forget so easily.  The first recorded incident of Sunday worship including, or possibly composed entirely of, the Lord’s Table took place […]

June 29, 2019

Using the Smartphone

Using the Smartphone                    Word on the Week                  29th June 2019. It could be said that to use the Smart Phone you need to have smart people!   But then again it depends on how adventuresome you are in opening all those pretty icons.   I expect for many of us we are content to use […]

June 22, 2019

Cultural Change

We are in the season of Pride Parades.   The LGBT turn out in their millions whether it be in New York, Sao Paulo or London their upbeat colours brightening up the street-scape.   Our Dublin effort grows larger by the year but you really know things are changing when in Belfast the Pride Parade is the […]

June 15, 2019

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter                Word on the Week                     15th June 2019. The conversation in the Men’s Shed this week seemed to focus on the heart.   The various paraphernalia used to keep it going came under review.   These included stents, replacement valves and that long-time favourite, the pace-maker. The introduction of stents had, […]

June 8, 2019

The Great Skua

The Great Skua                     Word on the Week                          8th June 2019. While on a bird-watching expedition last Wednesday to Loop Head in Co Clare a solitary Great Skua flew past heading for Blasket Island.    It was undisturbed by the presence of another big bird which had landed at Doonbeg some 6 miles away and with whom […]

June 1, 2019

Getting into the Swing

Getting into the Swing                    Word on the Week              1st June 2019. I invariably find it difficult to select a topic for the weekly blog.   It’s not the shortage of material that is the problem but the volume!   So much happens in a week and, believe it or not, the Bible always has a view which […]

May 25, 2019

What are you like

“What are you like”             Word on the Week                          25th May 2019 The phrase can have either an exclamation or a question mark.   An exclamation at something you have done or a question of where you come from.    The Bible says: – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens anover the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creep on the earth.”    So God created man in his own image, the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis Chapter 1 verses 26/7). It […]

May 18, 2019

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come                         Word on the Week                   18th May 2019. It is the first time Jesus was asked by his followers to teach prayer so what he asked for should be of primary importance.    Like others they got it wrong.   They thought ‘kingdom equals territory’ – and much of our debate is slanted […]

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