The Botanic Garden in Dublin

The Botanic Garden in Dublin was one of the first places we went, having gotten on our feet, May 19th, not least because my wife is a botanist and a flower lover, and besides, the Garden is right next to the famous Grave Digger's pub, which in turn is next to the famous Dublin cemetery where many an Irish bard lies resting, e.g. W.B. Yeats, and where better to put a pub than next to the entrance to the cemetery, so right after the funeral you can go in and drown your sorrows. Here are some shots … [Read more...]

Celtic and Gaelic

I'll bet you can't read this translation of the Bible, unless of course you are a native of Ireland. Yep, that's Gaelic which is a living, spoken language, and required to be learned in Irish schools. It's their native tongue. It is a language that, with variations, was also spoken in Scotland and Wales and Brittany. And it has everything to do with all things Celtic, which is the culture. Americans, who don't know any better, sometimes associate Celtic culture mainly with things in England, but … [Read more...]

Trinity College Dublin

It tells you a lot about Ireland, that the symbol of the country is a musical instrument (who does that), a harp facing in one direction whilst the symbol of its most famous beer-- Guinness is the same harp facing in the other direction--- music and beer. While that doesn't say it all, it tells you a lot about Ireland. And that harp is actually in Trinity College library, in the Long Room.Two decades ago, Sean Freyne, a very fine NT scholar who was a professor at Trinity College Dublin, … [Read more...]

Irish Blessings— Prologue

Ah Ireland, a country the size of Indiana, and with the population of New York City. And one of the most green and beautiful places in the whole world. No wonder they call it the Emerald Isle. Ann and I went on a sentimental journey to Ireland for our 40th anniversary last month. Sentimental not because we had been there before, even while living in England for 3 years. No we went because we had been told again and again how wonderful and magical the place was-- the land of Riverdance, Van … [Read more...]

Romans at the Irish Biblical Institute— a Riview

Here is a snapshot review by Patrick one of the leaders of the Irish Biblical Institute of the seminar I did for them June 2.... Cut and paste this into your browser. … [Read more...]

Tyndale Talks on the Sermon on the Mt. and Wesleyan Ethics

Here is a link to my various talks at Tyndale in Toronto last April. You'll need to cut and paste the link into your browser. Happy Listening.... BW3 … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

Proclamation. This is especially our Methodist heritage. Without it, the other two activities of the Church are incomplete. Without it Christians are like a doctor who studied medicine and then spent all his time taking his own temperature. It is these things that make a Church. A Church without them is a barren vine, only fit to be thrown on the gardener’s bonfire. And there is one way to this active Christian life. There is one way in which the branches of the vine can bear fruit. It is b … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

The Bible speaks one word to us—Christ, God’s love for people in Christ. That is why I am apt to be impatient with those who talk about hearing in the rushing breeze that God is love. I have never yet heard of a rushing breeze that converted anyone. But I have seen people brought to their knees in penitence by the story of Christ. I have known people who were impressed and awed by the beauty of nature, but I have never seen them because of that begin to lead a new life of charity, peace, and … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

For my part, I am not impressed by any fine “experiences” that people may have. I am not very interested in the state of their soul or their spiritual barometers. All that has to be submitted to as searching a test as we can make, the test of conformity with God’s Word, in our case of course, pre-eminently with Jesus Christ himself. That of course cuts both ways. It cuts against the folk that are all emotion and no motion. I am not teaching justification by works—I am protesting against just … [Read more...]