Imagine you’re waking up on New Year’s Day, 1901.  What a sense of hope and progress you would have had!  The world is heading in the right direction as the 20th Century dawns.  All the trappings of the old world are falling to the wayside, and the modern age is in full swing.  There is […]

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Once I read an online article on the topic of guns and ammunition.  If you don’t know anything about guns and ammunition, fear not – the topic isn’t really my point.  In essence, the author was making a case through careful analysis, reasonable use of studies and statistics, and a dose or two of common […]

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The last couple weeks I’ve been writing a paper on 1 Samuel.  It’s been an enjoyable project, and I hope the mark matches the effort!  Whatever the outcome there, a key verse that in some ways sums up the message of the book is as follows: The Lord does not look at the things people […]

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Before I had my driver’s license (the American kind you get at 16, not the Irish one), I naturally had to rely on others to drive me places.  Usually this was my parents, but occasionally I’d catch a ride with a friend.  I can remember one particular occasion, where a friend who lived close by […]

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Pope Francis is visiting Ireland this weekend, the first pope to come since 1979. Of course, much has changed since Donna Summer and the Village People were on top of the music charts. This time, instead of an adoring crowd equivalent to a third of the population of Ireland, the pontiff is walking into protests, […]

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When my oldest son was a preschooler, he was fun, lively, and energetic essentially all the time.  We knew he was awake from the thump of his feet on the floor beside his bed, followed soon by a quick – if unsteady – run down the hall.  Weekend, weekday… it made little difference.  He was awake, and […]

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So far this year, we’ve hosted 7 short-term teams and been involved with many ministry partners, projects, and events.  As a result, we were just talking the with kids about how this is the fastest summer of all time!  It’s been great to be involved and active in the community. If you haven’t found it, […]

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At long last, I can finally say I have my Irish driver’s license. This is the culmination of a lengthy process with sometimes completely hidden steps along the way. There’s the theory test, which was made all the more stressful by the fact that the system crashed when I first went to take it, meaning […]

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Everybody rides the bus here. Now, I don’t mean to take anything away from the snobs who ride commuter rail, nor from anyone who inexplicably rides the Luas. I’m sure even those odd folks step aboard a blue and yellow Dublin Bus from time to time. The important thing to note is that, if you […]

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There are cardboard signs everywhere.  Notes on social media.  Protests.  Blog posts (like the one you just started reading!).  Pundits.  Politicians.  The topic of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution seems overall inescapable.  If you’re not aware, the 8th Amendment holds that an unborn child has as much right to life as that of […]

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