Frank J

Yet again you're very good at bashing the DUP but still haven't answered the hypocrisy of the Presbyterian church.

Many many members of the DUP are Presbyterians....indeed maybe you didn't realise but one of their talks team is a Presbyterian Minister (have you spoken directly to him? He is a leader in the same church as you! I suspect not) if they are failures in their Christian faith (including a fellow ordained presbyterian minister), as you allege, is this not an indictment on you and your fellow ministers of religion? perhaps starting closer to home might be best?

Lets pray for some better church leaders eh Steve? Starting with you?


Much appreciated Steve. NI, not just DUP and Presby ministers, need to hear this. Keep on keeping on.

Lesley hutton

It can be all too easy to follow rules and regulations, but God called us to love those around us.....the sinners and the saints, Those on the edges of society, shunned by churches. We want Gods grace but have difficulty showing it to those we meet who don't agree with what we believe. Words are easy....showing Gods love is more difficult.


I suspect the adjournment is more to do with taking the heat off rather than any deep-seated religious belief. Cynical? Perhaps, though possibly also accurate!

To continue in that vein: The Haas Talks aren't vital, nor are they an outworking of God's Kingdom on Earth, and they certainly aren't about "bringing us peace". Hyping them in this way isn't a good idea. Most people are utterly clueless as to why this Haas chap (God bless him!) has arrived here, with apparently less local knowledge than might be desirable, to sort out within a matter of weeks a variety of issues that are at best tangentially related in the extreme. It's hardly surprising, as no effort has been made to explain them to the folks who will be expected to knuckle down to deliver whatever serving of Horlicks our politicians come up with/are forced to accept*.

I love this blog, it's brought more than its fair share of blessings to me personally, but I have real problems with the conscription of Christ to political causes, no matter how ostensibly worthy.

* delete etc.


Stocki, you have stumbled into the mistake made by many a political commentator.... You weren't there. How do you know what the DUP or any other party said? Also is agreeing to everything the same as grace or mercy? Doubtful. Surely grace was shown by walking in and sitting down in the first place.

What is clear from the early days is that Dr Haass didn't do his homework properly and spent a fair few days on a naïve document which made a fair few angry at having wasted their time listening to him. And yes I did hear this from someone who was there. It may very well be that Dr. Haass simply wasn't up to the job.

There is still hope for some points of the agreement, so don't be so quick to point fingers when there is still hope. Cynicism can't help right now.

Frank J

I'm waiting for Stocki's post blaming the DUP for failure

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