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Singing is serious business

I read somewhere recently that ‘singing is serious business’. In fact, it seems to me, it’s more than that, it’s big business. And it’s risky. You’re only as good as your last hit in the top ten.

Spiritual Metamorphosis

I bumped into an old friend in Belfast the other week. I hadn’t seen Joe for donkey’s years. We used to be the best of pals. We stood there and exchanged stories for a while, catching up on each other’s news. You know, my old friend was just the same, he hadn’t changed. He was a real wit with a warped sense of humour—always batting on the front foot, especially if he thought he could pull a quick one.

31 years on ... coping with life after death ...

March 1987 is a month which my wife Lois and I will never forget!

Guinea pig for lunch

Guinea pig for lunch. Ever had it? If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing! The Quichua of the snow capped Andes call it cuy. I remember the first time I had it, I prayed! ‘Lord, I’ll get it down, if you keep it down!’

Profile of St Patrick

Irish eyes are smiling around the world on 17 March—the one day in the calendar on which Ireland’s patron saint is remembered with fond affection.

Excuses! Excuses! Excuses!

Moses spent the best part of forty years in a palace in Egypt as a scholar – then, he spent another forty years in the desert as a shepherd – then, at the grand old age of eighty, when most folk are wanting to slow down and take life easy, God called him, and the rest is history ... for Moses spent his last forty years as a saviour to the nation.

Africa Needs Jesus

A while back I was in four African countries – Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, and South Africa. ‘Memorable’ is one word that springs to mind as I try to adequately describe it. ‘Life-changing’ is another. You see, I saw things in Africa that I hadn’t ever seen before. Yes, I was aware of them and had come across them, but in Africa, they just seemed much more obvious. It was an in-your-face encounter and, when that happens, it is something you don’t quickly get over.

A new vision of Jesus

One of my favourite hymn writers is a retired Welsh pastor – Rev Vernon Higham. He’s the man who wrote that magnificently wonderful hymn: Great is the gospel of our glorious God. At a very low point in his life, he wrote another inspirational song: I saw a new vision of Jesus, A view I’d not seen here before, Beholding in glory so wondrous, With beauty I had to adore.

Danger of Losing Christmas

We are in serious danger of losing Christmas. Oh yes, today it may be the most popular of all our once-a-year holidays, but Christmas is in jeopardy just the same. It seems to me that a subtle but sure erosion is eating away the season’s true significance.

God Saves a King

The autobiography of Nebuchadnezzar is compelling reading (cf. Daniel 4). It makes the hair stand on the back of your neck. It would bring tears to a stone as it underscores the lengths to which God is prepared to go to draw someone to himself. It gently reminds us that none are beyond the reach of an awesome God – a God of amazing grace.