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I am a church planter living on Dublin's Northside. I also serve as Director of Marketing for Communitas International. I write about various topics that happen to be going through my brain.

Family Update

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Stuff that caught my attention this week

A few things that I thought were worth sharing. Dublin Housing Crisis We’ve shared about this often. The link below is a feature done by the Guardian. Worth the time. My life in a hotel room: Ireland’s hidden homeless crisis – video #ChurchToo While these are sad stories, I am so glad they are coming to light. I had a...

I’ve Been Known to Lose Stuff…

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Drawing a Crowd

David Fitch shared a post over on Facebook that stirred up some things I’ve been thinking about off and on for the past 8 years. Fitch, of course, is writing this with North America in mind, and I think it applies at least as much to church planting in Europe. He writes: When we were first church planting in Ithaca 20...

Christmas in Ireland

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Voting for Jesus

Confession time. Sometimes a situation arises and my brain kicks into problem-solving mode. Occasionally that can be positive. I’m learning more and more that when the “something that happens” is a person, seeing them as a problem to solve is a mindset I need to give up.

A Scary Story

So I’m at a conference this summer and I go to a workshop to hear one person I wanted to listen to. Turns out he wasn’t the main speaker. Liz bailed after about 20 minutes into the talk...I wanted to, but there weren’t many people left at that point, and I felt guilty.

The Wilsons in Donegal

Our summer was a blur. We travelled a lot. We able to connect with many friends and family members in the States, but restful was not a word we’d use to describe a summer with as much travel as our’s had. So, as school began Liz and I were discussing a time when we could get away…at least for a...

The Bishop and the Singer

After seeing headlines all weekend saying “Bishop Apologizes for touching Ariana Grande,” I watched the video.  I am angry. I am frustrated. There are a number of things this brought up for me… 1) The bishop’s behaviour was completely inappropriate. To watch a person treated that way by a someone claiming* to represent God…how does that not make you angry?...

Relationship versus Efficiency

Liz and I returned last week from a conference near London. One of my goals, when I go to a conference, is to come away with some good book recommendations. And I got a few this time!   I’m currently about halfway through Rare Leadership and Building a Story Brand. The latter has been a great help as I start my...

Tried to capture the sky from the back garden. Rainbow to the left, sunset to the right. #Marino Source: New feed

Random Thoughts From Our Trip to the States

When you spend a lot of time driving or flying, you have time to think…here are some of the random thoughts from our 5 weeks in the States: I can’t remember ever seeing so many police on the roads. For a while it felt like they were following us. We actually did get followed from Fredonia to Brocton at 1:00...