2020/04 Coronavirus and the Christian: The Rainbow through the Rain The lockdown, as a result of Covid-19, has generated an explosion of colourful rainbows in the front windows of many homes. It has been refreshing to witness this child-led, innocent solidarity and to recapture this Biblical symbol of promise and hope from the hands
2020/04 Why do we have a Sunday Evening Service? The practice of holding a Sunday evening service has completely disappeared in many churches. Those who do keep an evening service have found that attendance is usually in decline. In light of this, we need to consider whether the practice of holding both a morning
2018/09 The Jehovah’s Witnesses One of the most prevalent religious sects active in our province today is the self-styled Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW). They are active in 240 lands with a claimed 120,053 congregations. As of 2017, they had 8,457,107 active members. Their yearly “Memorial of Christ’s Death” was attended by 20,175,477 people last year,
2018/07 The Drugs Problem Humanly speaking, man is unable to solve the drugs dilemma. This is because man fails to address the core issue - the real problem. The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. The problem of drug use in Northern Ireland has become an increasing concern. A decade ago
2018/07 The Protestant at the Mass - Should I Attend or Not? This is a question that arises from time to time. A Roman Catholic whom we know through work, social connections or family links passes away and we ask, “Should I attend the funeral mass? Would it be rude if I do not attend?
2018/05 Chris-like Christians According to his teaching, “neighbour” crosses all boundaries, real or imagined, of culture, class or creed; and according to the commandment we are to love them as ourselves. So we are Christians – but what does that really mean? Followers of Christ, yes; devoted to His Word, of course; and having a
2017/09 Martin Luther and Christian Education For you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, and it is hard to reform old sinners, but it is easy to train and bend young trees. Martin Luther recognised the importance of establishing Christian schools as part of the work of Reformation. It is sometimes forgotten that the
2015/05 Guarding the Pulpit A few months back, in the aftermath of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s failure to elect a first female Moderator, a prominent Religion Correspondent, himself a Presbyterian, railed against the “male brotherhood” in his denomination. He went on to express dismay that “some male ministers are still able to bar women