Saturday, May 31, 2008


Here's something I snagged from tallskinnykiwi's blog some time ago that should bring a smile to your long face.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Heading to London

So CIYD are hosting our Diocesan Youth Officers on our annual DYO retreat to London for the next couple of days. It should be good 'craic' and also good for the overall youth ministry strategy of the Church of Ireland. I am so excited these days about the sense of unity and teamwork that is happening right across the board in regards to youth ministry within the Church. I know from my Greek class days with Dr. Heth at Taylor University that unity is the major theme from the book of Ephesians in Scripture and coincidentally, the most important statement for the veracity of Jesus' claims and work to the rest of the world. Remember . . "They'll know you are my disciples by the love you have for one another . ."?? If we can't get it right amongst ourselves - what hope is there?

So, I'm hopeful and expectant for what God may have in store for us in London!

And I'm looking forward to hopefully catching up with some friends of old and older.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What the . . . ???

Okay, I know they probably pick the worst ones to use to make their point but I was amazed at what I witnessed!

And for the counter-point . . .

Google on God: Dr. Timothy Keller Speaks

Here's a 30+ minute discourse from respected minister, author and speaker Dr. Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Google invited him to speak for their Authors@Google series in the Google HQ in March. Dr. Keller is an inspiration for me on many levels: he is a gifted communicator, he is (at least) sympathetic to the significant role of the arts in society, he [seems to be] a good team leader and empowerer, etc.

In this video he gives some philosophical, theological and social background on the reasons for belief, or disbelief, in God. It's an okay presentation but it relies heavily on logic, reasoning and absolutes (truth) to work well. Some would say in this (post) post-modern era we're currently experiencing you can't approach a conversation (or argument) that way. It's better to speak from a place of personal experience, possibilities and 'sensations' rather than absolutes, probabilities and evidence.

Truthfully (hah!), I don't know if we're ever in a social dynamic where it's either all one set of conversant parameters or the other. In my opinion, it is, and probably (hah! again!) always will be a healthy mix of parameters or characteristics from both the modern and post-modern polemics - or of whatever era humanity inhabits. We simply operate out of who we ARE, generally emphasizing certain aspects of our humanity over others over some nondescript length of time.

Our response to God - must be a whole person response - neither giving unhealthy over-significance to encountering God in our intellects, emotions or bodies. All spheres of our humanity should be held in a unified whole when when engaging with God - reserving nothing for ourselves. In this sort of existence we will begin to lose words like 'religious', 'spiritual', 'secular' and 'sacred' from our inherited vernacular.

The Reason for God site

Unofficial extensive site post on Dr. Timothy Keller

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

'Here I Am'

Here's a little ditty I wrote about a month ago while in a workshop with the Gardner's from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity. They asked us to write a poem using only the phrase 'I am' as the opener for each line. So below is my little submission to you discerning art critics (whom don't seem to make comments on posts anyway - so I must be safe!).

Here I am - You are here too.
I am fragile - Your tenderness mends.
I am darkness - Your luminosity casts shadows of truth.
I am wandering - Your gentleness invites me home.
I am wearing [down] - Your patience is crafting Art in me.
I am growing - Your beauty shines, radiating in my pain . . .
I am hope-filled - Your faith-fullness pervades all spheres.
I am dreaming - You have come, saturating my senses.
You are, You are, You are . . .

Friday, May 16, 2008

Closing the 'Spiritual' Gap

From a post by friend Canon Stephen Neill: Night at the Movies

Everything is Spiritual

Invitation to Cloughjordan, Tipperary

In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for "spiritual." And Jesus never used the phrase "spiritual life."

Why? Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual. Rob Bell explores what this means.

St. Kieran’s Hall, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

Sunday 18th May at 7.30pm

All Welcome

Admission Free

In cooperation with Cloughjordan Cine Club

For Directions: email me at stephen 'dot' neill 'at' gmail 'dot'com

I have met the speaker and seen this film and can recommend it as an excellent and thought provoking production. Not just of interest to those of faith, but also to doubters, agnostics and atheists. - This film makes an important contribution to the sacred/secular debate which is so much a part of Irish society today. Come along and see/hear a fresh perspective! Why not go for a pint afterwards and continue the debate?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Fun w/ Fam in Barcelona!

We're having a blast with Christy's parents in Barcelona seeing the sites and eating good food. Christy's enjoying practicing her Spanish and the kids love being w/ grandparents. It's all good!

Friday, May 09, 2008

I've been OUT, but I'm coming BACK

So it's been nearly two weeks since I last posted anything. For all you knew I could have been hit by a car, died of a heart attack from too much McDonalds' or been blown off the Cliffs of Moher - no one noticed . . but should you've?? ;-)

So, I'm heading to Barcelona tomorrow for a week and when I get back I'm going to be posting regularly again - AND I think I'd like to be more vulnerable in my posts. So, this is where all of you who were visiting just to see what my hours of trawling the web produced should protest.

Anyway, I'm unplugging again for a while and (after soaking up some much needed sun with loved ones) I'll soon be back.

Blessings on you wherever this moment finds you!