There are times when you want to hide under a rock in life and for a good proportion of mine that was Father’s Day. I know friends who for them it is Mother’s Day or Christmas or Birthdays or anytime England play in the World Cup. Continue reading
Shame and guilt are one of the ways that many people have been put down and controlled by others and sometimes by themselves. We’re told constantly that as a Christian you can let go of guilt and shame. For some people this is extremely difficult to do. I mess up and it’s there greeting me with a snarky smug smile. Almost in a strange inevitable way I knew it would be there. Continue reading
At times it strikes me so obviously and clear, that I try to bring it to words but it’s as if the words are a fish in my hands. I can see it, I can feel and even smell it, but I never have a full grasp on it. Every time I think I have it, is the very moment that I don’t.
This is faith. Continue reading
If you follow politics in Northern Ireland and are on twitter you will most likely have heard of Jamie Bryson. Jamie is a Loyalist activist who was an early member of the Protestant Coalition and a leading light in the Flag Protests that began in December 2012 after the Belfast City Council voted to only fly the Union Flag on designated days and not all year round, which until that point it had. Continue reading
When I read my friend Gemma’s tweet asking her followers how they felt about Northern Ireland, I was hard pressed to think of anything positive to say.
Her tweet, coming off the back of remarks by a Pastor in Belfast that were derogatory to Muslims and Islam, left me wondering if there was anything good I could say about my home country. Continue reading