Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

Gracelife Summer Institute 2019 Day 4

The final day of the Steadfast Conference at Grace Life was a bit different in some ways. The first session featured Rick Holland on 1 Peter 2 and the call to be aliens and strangers in this world. Excellent. This was followed by an impromptu prayer time before the break. I then spoke on The Great Ejection 1662. I looked at three men - Thomas Manton, Joseph Alleine and Philip Henry - and mentioned others. That seemed the best way to go at it. The message was appreciated by many. I spoke afterwards to a Dan Pugh who told me about a new documentary he has filmed with Philip H Eveson on Henry's son Matthew. See here for more. After lunch Phil Johnson spoke from Hebrews 10:21 on the powerful, penetrating and precise Word of God. I was always taught that the verse referred to the preached Word which was implied though not stated. Interestingly Owen saw it as a reference to Christ the incarnate Word. Paul Washer then spoke in his typical forthright way. Then came a question panel, which I was involved in. I seemed slightly out of kilter with the others but may be that is just my perception. Over all I felt in line with these men although may be there was a fundamentalist and premillennial message in there that I would find hard to fully sign up to. I missed the last session of the conference as I needed to back home. What a privilege to have sat with these men of God and to have heard them and to have met so many believers present to hear. A great foru days. Next year it will be on the church.

Gracelife Summer Institute 2019 Day 3

Another good day down in Clerkenwell. We only had one slot of Rick Holland today on Romans 8:28 as he graciously stepped aside for Paul Washer who is still taking it comparatively easy with his health issues. Always challenging. Paul Johnson spoke for the first time today - twice - and was very helpful both times from 1 John 4:10 and 1 Corinthians 1:21. He began the latter evening session, appropriately, with his testimony, which can be found here in another form. There was also another good question and answer session. It is quite difficult for Americans to bridge the gap to our situation here but with a little aptitude one could modify the answers given I guess. Nice talking to various people during the day once again.

Book on Beddome Coming Soon

It's been a long time in the making but a new academic book on  Beddome is coming soon.

Midweek Meeting August 7 2019

We were only four last night and one was late. Lots away at the moment. We looked at Psalm 130 and then prayed in turn - we must have prayed for twenty minutes I guess. Lots to pray for. Glad those who came did come.

Gracelife Summer Institute 2019 Day 2

Another really good day yeseterday. Owen Strachan continued his strand on male and female. I liked the way he carefully nuanced what he said about male and female without saying some of unhelpful things that can sometimes sneak through when the roles of men and women are discussed. Rick Holland has had quite some trouble getting to England so it was good to see he has finally arrived. I do not know this gentleman at all but it was good to hear him begun to open up on Romans 8:28 - such a crucial verse (I had to miss the second of his two sections as I needed to be back in Childs Hill). We also had a good if rambling question and answer session.

Gracelife Summer Institute 2019 Day 1

Most often I spend the first week in August in Wales but this week I am in London attending the Gracelife Summer Institute in Clerkenwell. We had a good full day in a packed church - warm but bearable. In the end, slightly outside the original plan, Tom Drion led us off very well from Matthew 5:10 giving many examples of the trouble Christians are getting into these days when they take a stand for the truth. That set the tone well for the conference theme - remaining steadfast. During the day they played a message from John Macarthur to the conference and then, at different times, we heard two messages on Romans 1  - one here.  It is not an ideal set up but one understands how this has happened. We heard live from Paul Washer preaching from Daniel on Antiochus Epiphanes and other matters. I have not met or heard Paul Washer before so it was good to be there. We also had two sessions from Owen Strachan of CBMW. See here. I only knew three or four people here before coming but it has been good to meet others. Most people here are not ministers. Most are from the church here. We are quite ethnically diverse and dominated by under-40s. A very good day.

10 More Scots Football Teams

  1. Albion Rovers
  2. Airdrieonians
  3. Brechin City
  4. Falkirk
  5. Morton
  6. Partick Thistle
  7. Queen of the South.
  8. Queen's Park
  9. Raith Robers
  10. St Johnstone
  11. Stenhousemuir

10 Scots Football Teams

The beginning of a new football season has set my mind back on getting a new poster or whatever at the strt of the season with all those Scottish teams on it. Most of the names mean nothing to me but I haave onderful feelings of nostalgia for them.
  1. Alloa Athletic
  2. Berwick Rangers
  3. Cowdenbeath
  4. Dunfermline Athletic
  5. East Stirlingshire
  6. Forfar Athletic
  7. Hamilton Academicals
  8. Montrose
  9. Raith Rovers
  10. St Mirren

Lord's Day August 4 2019

We began with communion and then I preached morning and evening on Hebrews 9:22 about the blood of Christ and Matthew 26:47-56 about Jesus's arrest. I thought I might have done better in the morning but it was good to be laying down clearly that it is the blood of Christ alone that can save us. Lots missing as ever, one visitor, plenty of people all told. Good to be there. Spoke to the children about adoption. Started the New City Catechism in the evening and remembered to mention the memory verse at the beginning of the month.

Rice Noodles Yum

I've not read this book but it arrived in our house recently and my wife is enjoying it.
The author is married to a former assistant here.

Helpful Jim Packer Book on Old age

Jim Packer's last book came out in 2014. It's called Finishing our course with joy and is subtitled Ageing with hope (by the by Ageing is the British spelling; I think the content is in American or Canadian spelling). I have mentioned it before but this is an attempt todraw attention to it once again. It is aimed at people slightly older than myself but I found it helpful as I approach retirement or whatever. The thesis is that as we approach old age people tell us to slow down, take it easy, etc. Packer says no. If you have an eternal perspective you will not take that approach. I found his arguments surprisingly helpful. I have not entirely enjoyed turning 60 and this book helped me to see that my problem is exactly this impetus to wind down. Packer argues well that this is not the way forward. The book is not long and the publishers (IVP) have thoughtfully printed it in large print.

How Can I Aim to Please God in Everything?

My father-in-law has a little booklet out with Reformed Heritage Books called How Can I Aim to Please God in Everything? It simply sets out the importance of faith and then says that we must go on to glorify God in all we do. The four examples he gives concern 
1. Being a faithful witness for his glory 
2. Going about our dauily duties in a godly way for his glory 
3. Keeping the Lord's Day to his glory 
4. By having a Christian hime that is for his glory 
The book is cram full of illustrations from nineteenth century missionaries and other sources. Really worth getting hold of.

The Old Rising Sun

Recently placed on one of my other blogs

There was a pub in Newport town
They called the Rising Sun
They changed it to the Harlequin;
It's now a restaurant.
My mother was a Thomas
She sewed my old blue jeans,
My father came from Corpor Road
They lived up in Cwmbran.

I once met gransha in that pub,
Into that haunt he'd slunk.
He looked so very satisfied,
He was a little drunk.
Oh mother tell your children
Why the name of Harlequin
Is still found on the roundabout
And how it was The Rising Sun

I have one foot on the platform
The other on a train
And I'm goin' back to Newport town,
It looks like it might rain.
Yeah, there was a pub in Newport town
They called The Rising Sun,
I remember it from when a boy
And I'm not the only one.

Preview Lord's Day August 4 2019

Midweek Meeting July 31 2019

Eight of us gathered last Wednesday. We are continuing to look at Psalms of ascent, looking this week at Psalm 129. So we re back to persecution but in a different way with plenty of references to Foxe's Book of Martyrs. I included this story of Roger Holland.

Somewhere near St John's Wood I think it was that some 40 gathered for worship. The meeting was interrupted and 27 were brought before Sir Roger Cholmly. Some women managed to escape but 22 were committed to Newgate and remained there seven weeks. The jail keeper explained to them all they needed to do to be released was to hear mass but this they could not do, so 13 were burnt, seven in Smithfield and six at Brentford (two others died in prison, the other seven survived). The seven who died in Smithfield were called Pond, Estland, Southam, Ricarby, Floyd, Holiday and Roger Holland. They were sent to Newgate, June 16 1558 and executed June 27.
Roger Holland, a merchant-tailor of London, was first an apprentice with one Master Kemption, at the Black Boy in Watling Street, giving himself to dancing, fencing, gaming, banqueting and wanton company. He had received for his master certain money, to the sum of £30 and lost it all at dice. This set him on escaping to the continent.
He shared this with a fellow servant in the house, Elizabeth, a believer. She had recently inherited a legacy and so she gave him £30 to cover the losses on condition that he reformed his way of life and come and hear the gospel preached and read the Bible, calling on God for grace in prayer.
Within six months Holland had become a zealous Christian and was used in the conversion of his father and others when he visited Lancashire. His father gave him £40 to start a business in London. He used this to repay Elizabeth and shortly after the two were married. It was the first year of Queen Mary. He was not martyred until the sixth and final year of her reign. He was among the last to die in Smithfield.

We had a good prayer time too.

Day off week 31 2019

This week's day off on Tuesday was quite people oriented, which is good. Early on I nipped over to Finchley in the car to see if I could help with our good friends moving to Crawley. As it turned out, it was limited what I could do but hopefully I was of some help. In the afternoon I ha a nice long chat with one of my sons on the 'phone. In the evening we had three friends from church around and after an excellent meal (my wife is a brilliant cook - moussaka this time) we enjoyed chatting until not too late. I also enjoyed doing some blogging and made a slight dent into the new Joel Beeke Systematic Theology from Crossway that has come out. I am through Section A of Part 1, the Prolegomena. Great stuff- clear, warm, nuanced, stimulating Scriptural. Managed to get out for a quick coffee and crossword too.

Subliminal marketing in John Lewis

John Lewis Brent Cross today - no need for this

Lion King

Cinema is cheaper on Mondays than other days so we took advantage and the three of us headed off this week to see the new Lion King. Disney are currently engaged in a plan to remake in sort of live action form all their cartoons. This is the first I've seen and I thought it was okay. It's still not live action. Apparently the opening shot is the only live action shot in the movie.
Rather than slavishly follow the original script they have shown some flexibility which seems wise. Perhaps the main problem is that it is not likely that the new film will outstrip the original. It is simply a different form of the previous one, something like a remake. Often it is as good sometimes, other time the task is impossible (how can anyone top Rowan Atkinson's original Zazu?).


Probably need to click to see this

Lord's Day July 28 2019

Really good Lord's Day. I am tempted to wonder if things are improving. Of course, there were plenty of people missing for reasons good and bad and we were rather a small number at the start of the morning service but lots of encouragements too. Three women were there who have begun to attend more recently and it was good to talk to them and get to know them a bit better. It was good to have a local family present who almost never come to us. I also had a good chat with someone who attends but is unconverted but edging closer, I hope. We have at least three apparently unsaved people who regularly attend with family members. I preached from 2 Peter 1:21 in the morning. It is good to be covering such ground, as basic as it is. In the evening we carried on in Matthew 26, Gethsemane this time, You are bound to feel you failed with such a subject but I tried hard. One factor in the evening was the presence of a whole family, including three younger children and a Venezualan lady from Galicia in Spain who is a believer but has no English (she is the first person I have met who used her phone to translate - speaking into it in Spanish and letting it speak in English).

Day off week 30 2019

I did take a formal day off last week and want to record it to encourage myself and other ministers to take it seriously. I chose Thursday, which turned out to be the hottest day of the year, etc. As we are now in the holiday season I spent the morning preparing for Sunday as I had rather frittered parts of the first three days of the week. The day was then dominated by two activities. First, I went with Eleri down to the Hilton on Park Lane for tea. This is not our usual patter. This was a kind gift from members of the church who arranged it in celebration of my turning 60 this year. Getting there was tough in the heat but then we sat in the lovely and cool lobby at the Hilton and then went into their Podium restaurant where we enjoyed open sandwiches, scones, beautiful cakes, tea and a champagne alternative. Very nice indeed. We then headed home and binge watched most of the BBC drama Keeping Faith. Can't recommend this to everyone due to the swearing but it is an amazingly good drama on its own terms. In Faith Howells they have created a very real flawed but attractive figure who is compelling. The supporting cast are brilliant too. The drama is recorded in Welsh and in English. My Welsh is insufficient to enjoy it. Eleri tells me, however, that because the Welsh one needs to be shorter to allow for S4C adverts there are minor plot differences, which is always interesting. Good day then.

10 New names for London Underground Stations

1. Baking Street
2. Swiss Hottage
3. Kilburns
4. Charredwing Cross
5. Sprayswater
6. Hotting Hill Gate
7. Templeture
8. Furn'cechurch Street
9. Searsden
10. Sultry Docks

Midweek Meeting July 24 2019

Despite the heat it was great to see eight of us (eventually) gathered to pray and to look at God;'s Word. We began with Psalm 131 - very brief but full of good stuff. We then discussed what to pray. Always loads - health, visa, an asylum application, people in danger, people in need, people struggling, old friends and new, babies coming sooner and later, a new PM, Sunday sermons, Beach missons, camps, etc, etc. A priviege to be there once again.

Lord's Day July 21 2019


I felt it was a very good day yesterday. I seemed to be able to pray well, which is not always the case I confess and the preaching was clear and to the point I hope. The only hiccough was missing the second hymn in the morning but that is not big deal (I had listened to most of the Keswick meeting on Radio 4 that morning and thought there was too much singing and not enough time for the "talk" as they called it, perhaps it was an unconscious protest on my part). Numbers were not great in the morning or evening - it's that time of the year. However, it was nice to have an old Filipina friend with us and another who hope to come regularly in future plus a local Nigerian lady who came for the first time last week. It was also to see a fomer Muslim member back after several weeks missing owing chiefly to a family crisis. In the morning we were saying goodbye to the Saywells who have been with us during their time at Childs Hill. We will miss them. Reuben is going to be working in Maidenbower Baptist. We had communion before the evening service and then I preached on Matthew 26:30-35 to ten people. The sermon was chockful with illustrations which we were all happy about I think. I recently started a sermon illustration blog, which may grow to a decent size. See here.

When I was 5

We're helping our oldest grandson celebrate his fifth birthday.
I remember what I had when I was five in 1964 - a Triang two wheel scooter.
I should add that I remember being in the kitchen of what was then our new home and seeing the scooter still in parts in its cardboard box. My dad then put it together. I am now 60 and my dad is long dead but there is an unfading picture in my head of being 5 and watching the scooter appear at my father's hands. He has set eternity in ourhearts.

Midweek Meeting July 17 2019

We did something unusual for us last night  - we combined our church members meeting and midweek meeting.  There are snags with doing that and we have avoided doing it before now. Anyway seven of met to kook at Psalm 134 and then to pray. This was followed by the members meeting. We still managed to finish by 9.35 so pretty good. Psalm 134 is a great psalm. We had not looked at it before.

That controversial St Augustine quote

A quote from St Augustine has apparently been labelled hate speech by Facebook. The offending line appears to be "men are hopeless". The quote is part of Augustine's exposition of Psalm 51. On the psalm he writes
I acknowledge my transgression, says David. If I admit my fault, then you will pardon it. Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon.
But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticise, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.
This was not the way that David showed us how to pray and make amends to God, when he said: I acknowledge my transgression, and my sin is ever before me. David did not concentrate on others’ sins; he turned his thoughts on himself. He did not merely stroke the surface, but he plunged inside and went deep down within himself. So he did not spare himself, and therefore was not impudent in asking to be spared.
Do you want God to be appeased? Learn what you are to do that God may be pleased with you. Consider the psalm again: If you wanted sacrifice, I would indeed have given it; in burnt offerings you will take no delight. Are you then to be without sacrifice? Are you to offer nothing? Will you please God without an offering?
Consider what you read in the same psalm: If you wanted sacrifice, I would indeed have given it; in burnt offerings you will take no delight. But continue to listen, and say with David: A sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; God does not despise a contrite and humble heart.
Cast aside your former offerings, for now you have found out what you are to offer. In the days of your fathers you would have made offerings of cattle – these were the sacrifices. If you wanted sacrifice, I would indeed have given it. These then, Lord, you do not want, and yet you do want sacrifice.
You will take no delight in burnt offerings, David says. If you will not take delight in burnt offerings, will you remain without sacrifice? Not at all. A sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; God does not despise a contrite and humble heart.
You now have the offering you are to make. No need to examine the herd, no need to outfit ships and travel to the most remote provinces in search of incense. Search within your heart for what is pleasing to God. Your heart must be crushed. Are you afraid that it might perish so? You have the reply: Create a clean heart in me, O God. For a clean heart to be created, the unclean one must be crushed.
We should be displeased with ourselves when we commit sin, for sin is displeasing to God. Sinful though we are, let us at least be like God in this, that we are displeased at what displeases him. In some measure then you will be in harmony with God’s will, because you find displeasing in yourself what is abhorrent to your Creator.

10 Beatles songs featuring handclaps

1. Eight days a week
2. I wanna hold your hand
3. Hold me tight
4. I saw her standing there
5. All yiiu need is love
6. I'm looking through you
7. It's all too much
8. I'll get you
9. Here comes the sun
10. All together now

Lord's Day in Bradford on Avon

I was preaching last Lord's Day in Bradford on Avon. It was a full day as they begin with Sunday School where I gave my paper on John Cennick (this time entitled The Apostle of Wiltshire). I preached on Ephesians 2:8-10 and Isaiah 42:8. It was good to be there. We know quite a few there to some extent including the previous pastor Robert Oliver and his wife Rachel. We also know the present pastor, Robert Strivens. He an his wife were with us 10 years before moving there. It is an ageing congregation but faithful and prayerful. One oddity is that we had lunch with Eleri's sister and family. With several others they no longer belong to Bradford but worship in a new church in nearby Hilperton (where I have also preached in the past). Not all the issues that led to this state of affairs have been fully resolved or seem likely to be, sadly. It was good to be there, nevertheless. The sermons are currently on the church website. Reuben Saywell was preaching here.

10 White Horses Observable in the South of England

  1. Uffington White Horse Oxfordshire 1000 BC
  2. Westbury White Horse Wiltshire 1778
  3. Cherhill White Horse Wiltshire 1780
  4. Marlborough White Horse Wiltshire 1804
  5. Osmington White Horse Dorset 1808
  6. Alton Barnes White Horse Wiltshire 1812
  7. Hackpen White Horse Wiltshire 1838
  8. Broad Town White Horse Wiltshire 1864
  9. Pewsey White Horse Wiltshire 1937
  10. Devizes White Horse Wiltshire 1999

East Tytherton

Maud Heath's causeway, Wilts

E Tytherton Moravian Church

Maud Heath Monument

Maud Heath Monument on the causeway
We were in Wiltshire last weekend and so on the Saturday I took opportunity to visit East Tytherton near Chippenham. I knew about the place through my studies of John Cennick. He put the headquarters of the Moravian church there. The current buildings are 18th century ut later than Cennick's time. The other thing in the area is a causeway financed in Mediaeval times by one Maud Heath. We saw the causeway itself and two monuments to her.
On the smaller monument from 16 it says
"To the memory of the worthy Maud Heath of Langly Burrell Widow who in the year of Grace 1474 for the good of travellers did in Charity bestow in Lands and houses about Eight pounds a year for ever to be laid out on the Highways and Causey leading from Wick Hill to Chippenham Clift. This piller was set up by the feoffees in 1698. Injure me not."
On the larger monument from 1838, which overlooks the Chippenham flats, it says

'Thou who dost pause on this aerial height
Where Maud Heath's Pathway winds in shade and light
Christian wayfarer in a world of strife
Be still and consider the Path of Life.

It is sundial and there other inscriptions on three sides. On the side of the dia, facing the rising sun, the passenger is called on, generally, to remember the fleetness of the passing moment - Tempus volat (time flies). On the side fronting the meridian sun is the inscription to remind us Dum tempus habemus, Operemur bonum (while we have the time let us do good). The inscription fronting the setting sun, addressed to the evening traveller, is redibo tu nunquam (you will never return).
As Latn declined English words were added thus on the three sides

Haste, traveller, the sun is sinking now - He shall return again - but never thou.
Life steals away. This hour. oh man, is lent to thee. Patient to work the work of him who sent thee.
Oh early passenger, look up - be wise. And think how, night and day, time onward flies.

In the other direction one can see a white horse in the hillside (Cherhill?).

More on our current weird world

This time see this Spiked article here on the student kicked out of university because he expressed the view that homsosexuality is wrong.

Midweek Meeting July 10 2019

So last Wednesday we looked at the final two verses of James. There's quite a lot in there and we spent some time on it before we came to our time of prayer. It has been good to gothrough James once again, such a searchig and practical book.

Our weird transgender world

There is a report in the Telegraph about the ongoing tribunal of Dr David Mackereth. I have met Dr Mackereth. What a mess we are in when peple like that are being dismissed from their jobs. See here. This is an opportunity to highlight this video on Youtube.

Day off Week 28 2019

This week is a bit different and so I took Monday off, the traditional ministers' day off. I took opportunity to head down to Benjamin Franklin's House near Charing Cross. Like most of these places, there is not that much to see and you have to use your imagination. However, it was in this very parlour that Franklin entertained American ambassadors, on these very stairs he carried his dumb bells and before these very windows he would parade naked to dry himself after his bath. They also have a glass armonica, his invention, the very one used for the Harry Potter music. The man who showed us round, American, was quite knowledgeable but not pushy. Sadly, it was only me and a couple from Texas present. After that I kept up the American theme and had a burger in a Five Guys round the corner. A seventies theme was playing out on the music system so after listening to Thin Lizzy we had the whole of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven (the subject of our tract last Saturday). That was nice. Through the day I read most of Penelope Fitzgerald's masterful The Gate of Angels. I also managed my 10,000 steps for once. Watched some TV in the evening.

10 Benjamin Franklin Inventions

1. The lightning rod
2. Bifocals
3. The glass armonica
4. The Franklin stove
5. The library stepstool, a chair whose seat could be lifted and folded down to make a short ladder.
(Also a mechanical arm for reaching books on high shelves)
6. The rocking chair
7. The writing chair
8. The odometer
9. A pulley system that enabled him to lock and unlock his bedroom door from his bed
10. The flexible urinary catheter.

Lord's Day July 7 2019

We began as we do each month with communion. we were not a great number at that point, although it picked up a little. Lots away, mainly due to sickness. We took two texts again - 1 John 4:16 and the love of God and Ephesians 2:18 and prayer. I found it easier with the second than the first for some reason. We were a decent number in the evening (I think we have persuaded some oncers to be twicers [in fact thricers]). It was a bit different as Sajida Iqbal who came to us for the first time last year was around and she spoke again about the amazing work in Pakistan that is being done through education. I found what she had to say very stimulating. More about Noor Ministries on their Facebook page here.

A busy week

I've struggled a little this week partly possibly due to a busy week. (Eleri was the busy one rather than me to be truthful. She works two days a week and spent one day in Macclesfield at the new Go Teach offices). I gave the paper on Proverbs on Monday to about 17 of us, all eager to hear and to ask questions. Good time. In the evening we went to see Toy Story 4 which was good (nice to see a reference to conscience in there, even if only as the pretext for a joke). It is great that there are still one or two films we can all see together.
I've reported on Tuesday, my day off. Wednesday I was out with the other ministers walking across Hampstead Heath. About six of us were present. Good times. Rest of the day went on preparing and then leading the Midweek meeting.
We should have had an officers meeting on Thursday evening but that God postponed. Otherwise the main thing has been preparing for the Lord's Day. I've also started reading Penelope Fitzgerald's The gate of angels (a kind birthday gift from friends). (I had intended writing a post called a month of celebration marking the way my May 22 birthday tumbled into June with a lovely barbecue organised by friends for me and another church member. I was given books, ties and other gifts)
This morning (Saturday) we were out giving tracts in Golders Green. There were five of us. That was good to do again. Otherwise the busyness has just been with visitors - two sons and their wives at different times going to different weddings and two friends with each couple. In the first case the friend is relation from America. She, her friend and Gwion (our son) have travelled to France for the world cup. We are hoping for three extra at church tomorrow then.

Westminster Conference Papers 2018 now out

Last year's papers have now been published. They begin with Paul Wells' clear and fair minded introduction to Amyraldianism. This is followed by Geoff Thomas on A W Pink urging us to love Pink despite his evident failures. Then comes Phil Arthur's paper on the Great War and modern Christianity. The fourth paper is James Eglinton's on Herman Bavinck and the fifth Jeremy Walker's on John Owen and the Person of Christ. Last but by noe mans least is Nigel Graham on David Brainerd.

Preview meeting Juy 7 2019

Sorry I've been a bit remiss with these

Midweek Meeting July 3 2019

We were down to six on Wednesday but we all prayed aloud and it was a happy time. We were looking at James 5:13-17 (almost at the end then). There are some controversial verses here. We would see the prayer of faith as a prayer offered in faith not a prayer that you know will be answered a certain way. We are happy to anoint with oil (ceremonially) and pray over any seriously sick, if asked. There is nothing here about last rites or auricular confession.

Day off week 27 2019

I made the mistake last Tuesday of not having much of a plan for the day. As I think I've mentioned before, even free time needs to be organised for it to work. I had planned to read a book but it was not quite what I thought it was so that did not work out. I did go out fora coffee and back here I did some blogging on the various blogs and some tidying and one or two jobs that needed doing. In the afternoon my friend Chris phoned and we had a good chat. I was able to put his mind to rest regarding two songs going round his head (There is a mountain by Donovan and Joy to the world by Three dog night so I'm useful for something). He also had bad news,which coupled with other recent bad news regarding Christian ministers was rather depressing to hear. In the evening I watched England USA  in the women's world cup.It was disappointing to see England lose, especially with a missed penalty (their disallowed goal was clearly offside).

Lord's Day June 20 2019

We were a good number once again this last Sunday. I decided to look at two proverbs because Proverbs was on my mind, although I don't think that made much difference. We looked at Proverbs 18:10 in the morning, on Chriist the strong tower to to run to and then at the fact a righteous man may fall five times and yet he rises again. There are many in the church or connected with it facing troubles at this time. I hope this was a help. There was a new lady present and another turned up after the morning service was over. I hpe she comes next week.

Saw Yesterday Today

The film Yesterday has been well trailed. It came out yesterday (appropriately enough) and today one of my sons and I went to see it on the big screen (should have gone yesteray thinking about it). Anyway, strange to say two men have just watched a romantic comedy together. What made it okay was the subject matter - the Beatles. It was not a perfect film but it was funny, fairly well thought through, had a nice little surprise near the end and, of course, features an unmatchable sound track. Recommended to any music fan. BTW for a bit on Something that is missing in the film see here.

Speaking on Proverbs at the Westminster Fellowship

If you belong to the Westminster Fellowship, this is a reminder that I will be speaking on Proverbs
on Monday July 1 from 11 am at Westminster Baptist Church.