Donald Coulter18 March 2019

One of the projects the OMS Portglenone Charity Shop supports is Ministry in Ireland. It has provided funds for printing literature being distributed in N Ireland and also gives financial support towards Ministry in the Republic of Ireland. In addition to this it also raises funds for projects in Haiti and Colombia:

Donald Coulter4 March 2019

OMS Ireland are carrying out a survey to ascertain spiritual questions Irish people are asking. There will be two different surveys. The first is a larger questionnaire to find out the attitudes and opinions of Irish people. This will inform us on how to formulate the second questionnaire.

Doug Atherton18 February 2019

Five for 41. The statistics were enough to secure me a standing ovation and a much-coveted place on the Lord’s honours board. The electronic scoreboard reflected the magnanimity of the victory as England clinched the deciding Test and, with it, the Ashes by an innings and 50 runs. My team-mates and I were near overwhelmed, barely holding back the tears of joy, as the ecstatic crowd enthusiastically hailed an unforgettably glorious and epoch-making occasion.  Everyone who loved me was there to witness my success. My father looked particularly proud, and why not!

Doug Atherton4 February 2019

Recently, my wife Deb and I were enjoying a coffee in a quaint little coffee house in the picturesque market town of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire. As I was enjoying my hazelnut latte my eye was taken by a quotation by the English Romantic Poet, William Wordsworth, written on the wall adjacent to where we sat: “Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.” I found myself admiring The Great Poet’s words and giving mental ascent to their wisdom.

Doug Atherton21 January 2019

In 1977 Bonnie Tyler had a hit with her romantic love-song Lost in France. A short while ago I was lost, but it certainly was not in such an exotic location as France. I was lost in Abertillery! It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? My somewhat embarrassing predicament was not made any better by a very friendly and, I’m sure, well-meaning pedestrian whose directions, sadly, sent me up a very narrow blind alley. It was so frustrating! I sat in my car, a preaching dead-line looming, reflecting upon just how much blind alleys are such ugly monuments to somebody’s stupidity!

Doug Atherton7 January 2019

Light has come into the world...”  (John 3:19)

Doug Atherton24 December 2018

Has Father Christmas upstaged Jesus?

Doug Atherton10 December 2018

Like many, I enjoy the challenge of solving a riddle - though, I suspect, I am not too good at them! See how you fair with this one:

My first is in hidden but not found in seen. My second’s in coming but not there in been. My third’s in promise and also expectant. My last is in Easter as well as in Advent. My whole is a word that can mean many things; from confident trusting to wishful thinking.

The answer, of course, is hope.

Doug Atherton26 November 2018

Opposites attract, they say! Personal experience suggests that ‘they’, whoever ‘they’ are, have it right. For all intent and purpose, both casual and informed observers could have been forgiven for doubting the longevity potential of the blossoming romance between a young Scouser and an ever so slightly-younger Prescotian. The former, a sports-mad historian with an irrational obsession with ‘smelly old’ second-hand books. The latter, a level-headed mathematician with a natural flair for home making.

Doug Atherton12 November 2018

En route to the African Crusades in 1960, Leighton Ford made a brief stop at Dakar, West Africa  A French missionary of the Reformed Church met with him for a coffee  This missionary had laboured in that Muslim country for ten years. During conversations one of Leighton Ford’s colleagues asked the missionary: “How many converts have you had?”  “Oh,” thought the missionary, “one, two, perhaps three.” “Three converts in ten years!” exclaimed the enquirer, “why do you stay?” The missionary’s face mirrored his surprise at the thoughtless question. “I stay because God has called me here!”