I feel like I don’t know who to trust or where to turn, since those whom I have trusted with my life and ministry seem to be on a mission to destroy me and everything I stand for.  I’ve contemplated the kind of drastic action that would end my life, but am determined not to […]

What happens when a place of safety becomes a place of risk, when danger is more clearly present than peace and security?  And how many refugees are currently asking this question?  I’m thinking about those migrants in the Calais “jungle” whose places of worship have been destroyed…  Two days ago, French authorities bulldozed both the […]

I have spent many years living with the reality of crippling chronic illness.  Like others, I find that those closest to me, particularly my spouse, often bear the brunt of this.  Not that I want to hurt others, especially those who show me the greatest care and concern, but that is, almost inevitably although unfortunately, what […]

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It is estimated that at least 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945. Of those, approximately 1.1 million were murdered. Just 10 days before the liberation, the Nazis gave the order that […]

A provocative image, isn’t this?  Eyes pouring out tears for drinking.  But this is not a new picture at all.  Having been recently diagnosed with a common strain of clinical depression, I have been taking some time to reacquaint myself with what the Scriptures say about depression.  There are very few people in the world who […]

   As someone who has dealt, and is dealing, with the institutional coldness of a Church overcome with legislation, I thought I’d offer a couple of jokes to lighten the mood (dreadful pun intended)… #Britishhumour How many Presbyterians does it take to change a lightbulb?  Change?!! or  How many Presbyterians does it take to change […]

Thinking a lot yesterday about the fact that “God has set eternity, as well as ignorance, in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) seems to have made me think a lot more about the condition of the human heart. A starting point may be Jeremiah 17:9, which says: Nothing is as unreliable, crafty, perverse, depraved, defiant, […]