P.S.

Welcome to p.s., an email and web discussion forum from Contemporary Christianity.

We issue p.s. every every month. In line with our aims, it seeks to "provide informed, credible and practical comment and analysis, rooted in biblical reflection and theological thought" on contemporary matters of broad public concern in Ireland.

We are aiming to engage Christian minds with issues in the public square, to inject new perspectives and provoke discussion.

 
Please note that the statements and views expressed in this articles are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Contemporary Christianity.

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Sharing in the Past

In the approach to Remembrance Day, Many people in the north of Ireland begin to think about all those men and women who died in two world wars and in subsequent conflicts. One of the most dramatic of all locations for solemn remembrance in the whole of Northern Ireland is the recently restored monument on the heights of Knockagh, where the war-dead of County Antrim are honoured each November, overlooking the waters of Belfast Lough and my home town of Carrickfergus. Continue reading

Harmonious living

‘Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers and sisters, be compassionate and humble.’ 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV) Peter urges the readers of his first letter to ‘live in harmony with…’ What does ‘harmonious living’ look like? Harmonious living is partly explained by Peter’s next phrases - being sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble - but is Eugene Peterson’s ‘Be agreeable’ sufficient? Continue reading

How the local church is contributing to dealing with the horror of Aids?

I've travelled across much of sub-Saharan Africa for the purpose of meeting families and communities, described as living in "absolute poverty". Each time I expect to be confronted with images of despair and hopelessness I could not be more wrong. Children giggle uncontrollably at "the westerner" trying to say hello in their local dialect, and women living with HIV radiate hope and faith for a better tomorrow. Continue reading

God’s Story and Earth’s Story

All good stories have a beginning, middle and an end. The Earth’s story is no different. The bible begins with God’s creation of the heavens and the Earth, in Genesis, and ends with the new creation, in Revelation – a new heavens and a new Earth. This is part of God’s story – which is what the bible is all about – who God is and what he is doing. Our story is intimately involved in both God’s story and the Earth’s story – we are living in the middle of the Earth’s story. We are part of God’s creation (Genesis 1) but because of the fall (Genesis 3) we know that the Earth is not all God intended it to be. To a large extent that is because we have not looked after our planet very well. Continue reading