As the news has hit over the past day that “torture works” I’ve had an image in my mind. There’s a dark room, with a few strategically placed lights. Perhaps I watched too much 24 (although I instinctively looked away from the screen when ever the torture on that show began.) In this room is […]
When we moved to Dublin in 2012, we knew there would be a lot for us to figure out. Everything from learning a new banking system, to understanding how utilities operate, to figuring out where to buy various items you need (There are no mega-stores here and usually a pharmacy is only a pharmacy). That […]
When our family moved here in 2012, Elizabeth and I felt at home almost immediately. In a way we never did even in Ithaca where we’d lived for 18 years, raised our kids and made many good friends. When we’d share this with people we’d would often be asked why it was. And while there are […]
In September of this year, 500 million Yahoo email accounts were breached (USA Today Article). Then earlier this month it was reported that Yahoo allowed the US government to take a peak and check out your email account. (Washington post article). Well, now it has gotten personal! Yahoo email has shut down my MailChimp Account. So here […]
I spent too much of my life in churches where a person could use the phrase “Thus says the Lord,” and whatever followed would often carry the weight of scripture. When I was younger and less mature, I would go to conferences hoping that the person on stage would have a “thus says the Lord,” for me. As I got older and saw a lot of harmful and manipulative things follow those words, I hoped I wouldn’t be noticed.
Today was day 3 of our Communitas soul care retreat. We went to Glendalough for a day of solitude. Wanted to throw up a few of my favourite pictures of the day. You can see them here: http://www.thewilsonsindublin.com/?p=3533
We ended the first night looking at Philippians 4. One of my first thoughts was ‘think how different you facebook feed would look if people took that whole chapter seriously. Or even just these 3 verses. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he […]
When we first connected with Communitas, we noticed that one of the things we’d need to do early on was attend a “Soul Care Retreat.’ In 2010 Liz and I attended a two-week long Pastor’s Sabbath Retreat, which remains one of the best experiences we’ve had ministry wise. So, while we are not sure exactly […]
They don’t seem like important or powerful words. Not and enough. But those two words can cripple. And I’m not even talking about when you look at your budget and come to the realisation that there is not enough.
I’ve been thinking about violence a lot lately. It isn’t too hard given all the news that pours out of my home country week after week. And it isn’t just the gun violence that seems to headline so many of the stories. It is the way in we engage ‘the other.’ The person who isn’t like […]
Day One…Landing In Buffalo & Heading to Gramma & Grampa’s. Last month, four of us headed back to NY to take part in our first Home Missions Assignment (HMA)*. I wanted to share a few random thoughts, and some things we […]