"Excuse me!" cried a desperate voice from behind. Paul, lead chaplain for Heathrow's Terminal 2, and I both turned to see a family - mother, father, adolescent son - hurrying toward us across the concourse, dragging an assortment of hand luggage with them, the woman waving a piece of paper in the air. "We checked … Continue reading The Small Thing
The other day I had my first real bout of missing Canada since arriving in the UK three months ago. Our new table top stereo had arrived from Amazon the day before, replacing and closely resembling the unit we gave away when we left Vancouver, another casualty of the voltage difference between the continents. … Continue reading Homeland Insecurity
This morning I had my first ever flight with Ireland's national pride, Aer Lingus, LHR - BHD, on an A320. Aer Lingus is an easy carrier to identify from a distance, as I learned during my years at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, sporting as they do a dark green livery with a shamrock on the tail. … Continue reading Nothing But Blue Skies…
Two thousand years ago a man appeared on the human stage whose titles included Son of God, Lord, Saviour of the World, God from God, Divine, God Incarnate, Liberator and Redeemer. His name was Caesar Augustus. Augustus (“the illustrious one”) was worshipped as a deity and promoted a form of world peace, a Pax Romana … Continue reading I resolve…
As I sip my coffee in a cozy shop at an upscale mall in western Canada, reading the international press on my laptop, I find I am quite concerned with the plight of Syrian refugees washing up on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm also upset about climate change and the attitudes of Big Oil, … Continue reading Just between you and me
I agree, I dislike them too: those internet headlines whose primary purpose is to entice the reader to click on them. "Five things every man should know about women." "You won't believe what she did next..." "I lost 100 pounds by changing one simple habit." Etc. etc. But bear with me; I'm quite earnest with … Continue reading You can’t follow Christ if you’re not a liberal.
Pornography is famously hard to define but, whatever it is (and we all know it when we see it), it is hardly something new or more prevalent today than it used to be. If you believe that it is, you need to take a refresher course in art history or anthropology. Go visit the Larco … Continue reading Porn – 4 strategies for dealing with it.