Author Archives: crookedshore

There is One in the Darkness

“The Psalms are profoundly subversive of the dominant culture, which wants to deny and cover over the darkness we are called to enter. Personally we shun negativity. Publicly we deny the the failure of our attempts to exercise control. The … Continue reading

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Psalm 138: Settling and Unsettling

Psa. 138     Of David. 1    I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. 2          I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for … Continue reading

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In late November 1992 Queen Elizabeth gave a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Famously she described the year as her “annus horribilis,” a horrible year. Many are thinking something similar of 2016. Regardless of … Continue reading

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St Augustine for Christmas Day

“My mouth will utter praise of the Lord, of the Lord through whom all things have been made and who has been made amidst all things; who is the Revealer of His Father, Creator of His Mother; who is the … Continue reading

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Meeting the Incarnation

I scheduled the following some time ago to post on crookedshore today. I’d forgotten all about it until I read it again this lunchtime. I thought it would be better posted here. Working, as I do, in inner city Belfast … Continue reading


The Word at Advent

In the face of death, live humanly. In the middle of chaos, celebrate the Word. Amidst Babel…speak the truth. Confront the noise and verbiage and falsehood of death with the truth and potency and efficacy of the Word of God. … Continue reading

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Hope Between Advents

In the First Advent, Christ the Lord comes into the World; in the next Advent, Christ the Lord comes as Judge of the world and of all the world’s thrones and pretenders, sovereignties and dominions, principalities and authorities, presidencies and … Continue reading

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