Belfast, General, Ireland

Since I am on holiday back home here are a few things you must do if you visit my home town of Belfast.

  • Titanic Walking Tours – I enjoyed this tour so much I did it twice. The tour guides, Ed and Mepggan were great. There is a shorter tour which takes in the Titanic Pump house and the Thompson dry dock which lasts about 40mins. However there is a longer tour, over two hours, which will guide you from the birth of the Titanic right through to the day it left Belfast. This takes you through to the Harland and Wolff headquarters and the famous drawing halls, to the slip ways on which the Titanic was built to finally the Thompson graving dock where she was completed. There is a half hour break for a snack at the pump house cafe. Click Here for their homepage
  • The Maedb

  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museum– I love history and all things engineered and this place covers all bases. On one side of the road you have the transport museum which has exhibits from all over Ireland and beyond. It’s collection of steam trains is wonderful and in particular the “Maedb” (Meave). This train is not only the largest train in the collection but it was also the largest train ever built and used in Ireland.On the other side of the road is the Ulster Folk Park. Continue Reading
Belfast, General, History, Ireland

Ten Things I learned about the Titanic today!

H&W LogoI grew up in Belfast and as a boy I remember being fascinated by the Titanic. I remember watching such films as, “A night to Remember” and “The raising of the Titanic”. Not to mention the big block buster, “Titanic”. Anyway, I went for a tour of the “Titanic Quarter” in Belfast today and learned some great stuff about this mighty ship of the seas.

  1. Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard where the Titanic was built was founded in 1861.
  2. The Titanic was the second of three ships to be built by Harland and Wolff for the White Star Line. The Olympic was completed first in 1911 and the final ship, the Britannic, was completed in 1915.
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General, theology

Undoubtedly one of the greatest preachers and Christian writers of the last century, John Stott died last week on the 27th July.  When I attended seminary John Stott was compulsory for all us would-be preachers and every year the homiletics class made it’s annual pilgrimage to All Souls to hear him preach.  Although he was not the most dynamic speaker his sermons carried a power and simplicity that was unmatched and that we as young pastors could only aspire too.  Several of his books grace my shelves and which often get picked up.  His commentary on Romans is a favourite of mine.  Another book that I have read a few times which was published in 2007 is “The Living church” where he expands on a sermon he gave in 1974.  In this book he shares his thoughts on what it means to be a genuine living church.

John Stott will be sorely missed.  Here are some links below, worth checking out if you want to know more:

A memorial site has been set up.

John’s obituary in Christianity Today.

John Stott’s own website.

A collection of memorial posts From Adrian Warnock