Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Summer Madness is here again!

Well, the family and I are off to Summer Madness tomorrow morning. It's Ireland's largest Christian youth festival held in Belfast. Christy and the kids will visit with friends while I camp - yes camp - onsite with 5,000 other young people. I'm excited! It's always a good time to connect and network with many people from around Ireland and the globe! Please pray for the young people attending and all those involved in the event. We want young people to connect with Jesus and continue that relationship long afterwards. That's where fuel comes into its own . . . more later. Blessings!

The Church of Ireland in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

This is our church. The images aren't the greatest but it's a beautiful church. God is at work and we're privileged to be a part of His plans for this community! The inside has quite uncharacteristically been renovated 10+ years ago (short for our standards!) with fresh paint, new surround sound system, new carpets and most interestingly - bog oak art from a local 'liturgical artist' called Fergus Costello. You can see some of his work online.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

cash flow

Four publications in nine months . . now to work on getting paid for writing!

'Meant for More' (aka Bohemian Christmas - June 2006)

Previous Publications

'Eucharistic Revelations' (September 2005) %5FSPIRITUALITY%5F64

'Lighted Lithos' (December 2005) %5FPOETRY%5F106

'Bona Fide Fire' (January 2006)

The Wonder and the Beauty

A couple of shots I took from our bedroom window Sunday night . . . I stand in awe.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

100th Post and a Special Announcement

It's not much (as so many others have posted into the hundreds, if not thousands), but for me it's a milestone! And to celebrate, I'd like to announce the first Dreamers of the Day event for 2006! It's an event for Artists (those who create for pleasure, a living or both). The theme for this year's Artist Circle is 'Heart to Art' and during it we will explore issues relevant to Artists' lives. The date will be one of the last two weekends in August. Specific details to be announced soon. Here is the blurb and event logo . . .

Artists' Circle - 'Heart to Art' (late August 2006)

Developing a community of like-hearted artists committed to Christ and cultural engagement

The Artists'’ Circle is a new initiative designed to offer artists opportunities for connecting with like-hearted individuals through discussion, collaboration and exploration. Each year will bring a new theme to light that will be of interest to intentional artists desiring to grow in awareness of and intimacy with Christ while '‘making their mark'’ on society. In addition, individuals will be encouraged to bring something they have been working on over the previous year for comment and critique by fellow artists. As always, space will be available for reflection, rest and inspiration.

You heard it first here! Details to be found at the Dreamers of the Day site soon.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Blog Connections

This cool little programme maps the web network of any website. Below is an example from this blog. Check it out here.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Prayers of Humility

"Lord, please make me into the kind of person my dog thinks I am. Amen."

Cute isn't she?

Err . . wrong one.

A true friend for seven years . . .

Abigail Aisling Tucker

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Dreams in the Dirt


"No matter how hard you try to hold a beach ball down, eventually it pops back up to the surface; it's irrepressible. So it is with dreams and visions: no matter how many times people, circumstances -- and even ourselves -- try to shove them down or stuff them in a hole somewhere, they keep popping back out and shooting up to the surface." read more . . .

Spirituality in the Next Millennium


"Mike Riddell points out that the church today is disregarded as a source of assistance in matters of spirituality. Christianity is perceived as old and tired, and past its use-by date. Mike observes that several hundred years of rationalism have produced a thin meal in soul food, particularly in the Evangelical tradition. [He] identifies some of the contributing factors. Salvation has been treated as if it were a place of arrival, rather than the departure point for a long and exciting pilgrimage. An obsession with faith propositions has all but drained away mystery through relentless explanation. And the few remaining spiritual practices, those of scripture and prayer, have been strip-mined to exhaustion. Mike lists some suggestions for renewal . . " read more . . .

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Coming soon . . . to souls everywhere!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

'Meant for More' at the Porpoise-Diving Life

Just found out yesterday that an old article has been picked up at The Porpoise-Diving Life under 'Full Breach' re-entitled 'Meant for More'. I'm just pushing buttons and hittin' switches to see what happens. Still hoping to get to work on that article about the Illuminated Imagination. Hitting the road soon for Belfast. Peace to you!