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Everything is a blessing.

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. It was the maximum aggressiveness and three inches in size. It was a big scary tumour that threatened to take her life did not look good. It was probably the bleakest, darkest days of our life up to that point. When through mercy she at last […]

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Think Like A Cree?

Recently I was on the northern frontier of Canada. It was a small village of Cree speaking people. I was there to contribute to the music. Morning meetings could last up to four and a half hours and evening meetings as long as six. From Wednesday to Sunday night that was our schedule. One evening […]

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So the Ashers won their case. Horray!!   Is Mr Lee humiliated in his defeat? Probably not because his goal was possibly to highlight the discrimination against gay people and all people whose beliefs do not correspond to the mainstream conservative centre.   And in this Mr Lee has entirely succeeded. Every angry, triumphant vice […]

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Out There!

I was invited recently for a meeting. I wasn’t really sure what the purpose was before I got there and I’m not even that sure the person who called it knew. At one point they also asked me this question “ Do you realise how far “Out There” you are?” Now I guess if I […]

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Be Not Afraid.

Last year I was in Jerusalem. We toured the city and saw the “Holy” places, stood in long lines and bought Shofars. It was brilliant. Then they took us to see mount Zion. I’m sure you’ve all heard songs and stories that talk about going “up” to Zion? And that’s probably because the crusaders didn’t […]

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It’s time to be brave

On the side of a spacecraft speeding thru the cosmos is a recording of “Dark was the night, cold was the ground” by Blind Willie Johnson. If it should be encountered by other life forms one of the first things they’ll know about humanity is an instrumental track recorded in 1927 by a blind black […]

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What went wrong with worship music? 

Years ago my wife and I started going to a church called CFC in Belfast. We had previously been at City Church where the worship was very prophetic and creative. Our bar was set pretty high. At the new church the music was varied and led mainly by a guy who ran a business and […]

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A Poem Perhaps?

Here’s a secret, He’s not mad with you, He’s not disappointed in you. He’s not upset, let down nor disillusioned with you. He loves you and believes in you and thinks you’re incredible. His thoughts toward you are positive and kind and generous all the time. He has hope and a future for you. Do […]

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Flying or falling with style?

What is courage? I sometimes hear myself described as a pioneer and a trailblazer and the most shocking to me personally, an influential church leader. Truthfully I don’t perceive myself in any of these ways. I grew up in the Braniel estate in the 1970’s. I was raised in a culture that told me catholics […]

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