The similar phrase 'Worldly Christianity' is one used by Bonhoeffer. 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.

10 Examples of claims of unfitness for office

I think I've spotted a new trend. You no longer say a person is not any good at their job, you say, rather, that they are not fit to be doing it. It's a stronger statement but I wonder if it really helps. Here are ten real (though not very well doccumented examples).

1. We have long known Donald Trump is unfit for office. (Daily Mirror)
2. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said Theresa May is “not fit for office” due to her conduct throughout the Brexit process. (Press and Journal)
3. The leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson is not fit for the office of prime minister and thinks he is above the law. (BBC) "If he can't stand the scrutiny of his peers then he is not fit for office." .
4. Tom Watson. Sir Richard Henriques "By misusing his public office to recklessly repeat false allegations, and to characterise himself as a victim, he has shown that he is unfit to hold the office of MP." (The Times)
5. Trevor Kavanagh "The fact is Corbyn was never fit to be PM, even before he entered Parliament half a century ago as a Che Guevara lookalike. Indeed, he is unfit for office of any kind, not because of failing memory, a saggy eye muscle or a rumoured mini-stroke. He is unsuited because he regards all Britain’s enemies as his friends and prizes the IRA, Hamas and even Putin’s Kremlin above the interests of the country he aspires to lead."
6. "Remove John Bercow speaker of The House of Commons. He's not impartial & unfit for office" Online petition.
7. The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has proved himself to be ‘unprincipled and unfit to hold one of the great offices of state’ after turning the UK’s back on opposing the death penalty, according to the lawyer. Ben Emmerson QC.
8. Priti Patel is not only not fit to be Tory Leader, she is not fit to be trusted with any kind of ministerial office. She is unfit to serve and should be removed from Parliament. Found on a blog by a man from Crewe.
9/10. A vicar who says his disclosures about being sexually abused as a teenager were ignored by senior clerics has told an inquiry the archbishops of Canterbury and York are not "fit for office".

10 Republics of various sorts

1. Plato's Republic - Socratic dialogue by Plato (c 380 BC) about justice, the order and character of the just city-state and the just man.
2. Dominican Republic - Country in the Caribbean
3. Banana Republic - Fashion chain owned by Gap.
Also used to refer to describes a politically unstable country with an economy dependent on the exportation of a limited-resource product, such as bananas or minerals. In 1901, American author O. Henry coined the term to describe Honduras and its neighbours under economic exploitation by US corporations, such as the United Fruit Company
4. Coffee Republic - Coffee chain
5. OneRepublic - American pop rock band formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2002
6. Constitutional Republic - a form of indirect democracy where the represenatives are elected and the rules set down in a written constitution. It is often simply called a "republic". The head of state and other representatives are elected. They do not have uncontrolled power.
7. People's Republic - a title used by some sovereign states with republican constitutions. The term was initially associated with populist movements in the 19th century (ege German Völkisch movement and Narodniks in Russia). A number of the short-lived states created during WWI and its aftermath called themselves people's republics. Many of these were in the territory of the former Russian Empire which collapsed following the Russian Revolution. 1917. Additional people's republics were created following the Allied victory in WWII. The term has become associated with countries adhering to Marxism–Leninism, although its use is not unique to such states.
8. Pizza Republic - Pizza chain
9. Weimar Republic - Germany's government 1919-1933, the period after WWI until the rise of Nazi Germany. It was named after the town where Germany's new government was formed by a national assembly after Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated.
10. Urban Republic - Clothing chain

Lord's Day October 13 2019

A good day last Lord's Day as we carried on with Acts and Matthew 27. In the morning it was Paul before Felix and a good opportunity to cover some Christian basics. In the evning it was again basic, looking at the words of the mockers at the cross. We had tea together before th evening meeting. That was well attended and a lovely time. One or two visitors and various ones away as ever.

Another induction

Another Saturday, another induction. This one was nearer home - in Hemel Hempstead, at the Congregational Church in Alexander Rad where John Marshall ministered at one time. The new minister is Chris Bennett who was at Wilton Community Church. The chairman was Gwynne Evans of Hayes and the sermons was given by Jeremy Marshall. There was a good turn out (over a hundred) in their beautifully redesigned church building which now has the preaching point on the longer wall and chairs have replaced pews. The entrance way has also been remodelled and other improvements made. Great to meet with various ones and chat over tea. It has been some time since the church had a pastor and it is good that they now have one. Chris sounds like a good fit.

10 ipper words

1. Dipper as in on the Big Dipper
2. Whipper as in whipper snapper
3. Ripper as in Jack the Ripper
4. Nipper as in our nipper likes to tease
5. Flipper as in Flipper the dolphin
6. Tipper as in she's a good tipper or that tipper truck is full
7. Kipper as in that kipper taste nice at breakfast and all too day
8. Quipper as in he's a fast and funny quipper
9. Slipper as in he hit me with his slipper
10. Zipper as in zip that zipper up

Midweek Meeting October 9 2019

Bit behind here. Eleven of us were there Wednesday as we looked at the final section in Haggai 1. Good interaction for once (I learned a lot). The fear of God and his "withness" are great themes. This is where things get going in Haggai. Oh for such a  revival today. Good prayer time too with most praying. 

Pixar Onward Official Trailer

Interesting to see this, especially from around 1'09" where a favourite piece of music kicks in

Day Off Week 40

Managed my 10,000 steps today but not much else done last Tuesday. Caffe Nero really is much better than its rivals. Dabbled in different books, did some blogging and watched the last David Gorman and the current University Challenge. Tried going to Keats House in Hampstead but it is not open Mondays and Tuesdays. Had a little look in the Library and bought two books (William Styron on depression Darkness Visible and a book of Jane Austen quotes). Went to Brent Cross and bought a new wallet. In the evening we watched the final episode of The capture. Not a patch on the five preceding episodes.

10 Moon words

1. Moonshine - originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits usually produced illicitly, without government authorisation.
2. Moonstruck - unable to think or act normally, especially as a result of being in love.
3. Mooncalf - a foolish person
4. Moonbeam - a ray of moonlight
5. Moon blindness - a recurrent inflammation of the eye of the horse, also called periodic ophthalmia
6. Moonmilk - a white, creamy substance found inside limestone caves. It is a precipitate from limestone comprising aggregates of fine crystals of varying composition usually made of carbonates such as calcite, aragonite, hydromagnesite and/or monohydrocalcite.
7. Moon knife - a crescent-shaped knife with a handle across the center used in leather finishing
8. Moon letter - an Arabic consonant to which the l of a preceding definite article al is not assimilated in pronunciation
9. Moon buggy - Lunar roving behicle as used in the Apollo mission
10. Mooncake - A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste surrounded by a thin, (2 or 3 mm) crust. It can contain yolks from salted duck eggs. They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by tea.

(Inspired by my 10 last August on Sun words. See here.)

Downton Abbey

Monday was a full day with Westminster Fellowship followed by an Evangelical Library. After that though my good wife picked me up and we went to see the film version 
Downton Abbey.
We have left a bit late so we were in a smaller room in our local Vue than I would have wished but the film's own merits soon overcame any distractions.
We could have done without the homosexual story strand (why did Julian not go for something about racism we would have preferred that - maybe). The film does try to take it self seriously with observations on the decline of England's stately homes but its great strength is its gentle humour. It is very well written and exploits the potentialities of the old English class system to the full. This time Molesely (Kevin Doyle) even outshone Lady Grantham (Maggie Smith) for humour. They feasibly managed to get Mr Carson (Jim Carson) back (and found a part for his real life wife) but couldn't find anything for Bates to do in such a crowded cast.
Do seek it out,

Westminster Fellowship Pastoralia

We had a very good couple of sessions on Monday with Bill James, Principal of the London Seminary, on pastoral care and counselling. Bill spoke about our goal as pastors and the means to it in very helpful terms. About twenty of us were there and we had a good time discussing. The Westminster Fellowship meets in Westminster Baptist Church on the first Monday of most months October-July. The above picture is of what was happening a hundred or so yards from the venue. This was the means of blocking access to Vauxhall Bridge from one side. I have highlighted the fact that several of these protesters were from Aberystwyth where this is very much a  live issue.

10 puns for remembering Welsh words

1. Crud - From his cradle, he was taught the creed
2. Crys - My shirt has a crease
3. Byd - The world is round like a bead
4. Caws - Cheese is made from the milk of cows
5. Duw - In all things give God his due
6. Ffordd - He came along the road driving a Ford(d)
7. Dim - He knows nothing; he's rather dim
8. Wedyn - The barn dance was afterwards - later the barn dance but first the weddin'
9. Ateb - Question: When do I look for shells on the beach? Answer: When the tide is at ebb 
10. Bedd - Teach me to live, that I may dread the grave as little as my bed

Lord's Day October 6 2019

Last Lord's Day began with one of those unlooked for moments when technology let me down, I write my sermons on my laptop and then transfer them to my kindle. That failed for some reason and so I was forced to lug tthe laptop to church. It is not a large machine but if I put it on the pulpit lectern it can be seen. Typically, when I was ready to start it had turned itself off and when I wanted to input my password, caps lock was on and wouldn't budge necessitating a slight delay. Anyway. we got through it not too distracted. I had chosen last Sunday as harvest  - that is when we sing the harvest hymns and I preach a suitable message - this time on Revelation 14. Before the service it was communion (I again used some useful notes from J C Ryle) and in the evening I preached on the cross from Matthew 27:32-38. It was good to see some missing people back in the morning but some are still astray. It is beginning to become clear who might come to us from the seminary.

Induction at Emmanuel Cardiff

We were so glad to be with the folk in Emmanuel, Gabalfa in Cardiff last Saturday. This is the church where my sister-in-law and her family and two of my sons are members. Fflur's husband Glyn Ellis is an elder there and Dylan is one of the ministers in training. They have been without a pastor for some time but have recently called Paul Whitely, previously at Penyrheol in Gorseinon, Saturday was his induction. Paul and his wife Lynsey are from Swansea. They have three kids. The meeting was chaired by Peter Milsom. The preacher was Steffan Jones from Pontardawe who preached to Paul and the congregation, helpfully, on Philip the evangelist. A lovely tea followed. Nice to meet Geoff Gobbett, Meirion Thomas, Dave Lewis, family members et al. There must have been 15 or more ministers present. The trip home was very straightforward, which we appreciated. We wish the church well.

10 Parodies of the Abbey Road LP cover

There's been some fuss recently about the Beatles album Abbey Road, now 50 years old. The cover has become iconic and day after day people flock to the zebra crossing to re-enact that moment. You can see it for yourself here on this webcam site. For further parodies see here

1. Snoopy characters
2. Disney characters
3. Simpson characers
4./Dr Who, asistant and daleks
5. Fantastic 4
6. Volkswagen Beetles
7. Sesame Street charcaters
8. Teletubbies characters
9. Ministry of silly walks
10. Star Trek characters

There is another zebra crossing further up Abbet Road. I used to have achuurch member who lived near it and would take a perverse delight in seeing fans taking photographs at the wrong one.

Midweek meeting October 2 2019

Nine of us gathered last Wednesday for the midweek meeting. We carried on with the next bit in Haggai (1:5-11). That was nice and brief and so we had plenty of time for gathering prayer material (always plenty of that around) and then praying for a good little while. Six of us took turns to lead in prayer. I wish we'd all prayed.

Day off Week 39 2019

This week's day off was quite similar to last week's. I wanted to make it different as it is easy to get stale but there we are. I read a chunk of Kevin DeYoung's book on the Synod of Dort Grace defined and defended and one or two stories from a collection called Capital Crimes. The former is beautifully produced - hard back with a lovely dust wrapper. Both books were good contnewise but in different ways. I also watched the latest Dave Gorman and then when Eleri came home we caught up on our TV (Sanditon, The Capture, A Confession). 

10 Dairy Alternative Milks

1. Soya
2. Almond
3. Oat
4. Hemp
5. Flax
6. Cashew
7. Peanut
8. Coconut
9. Pea
10. Rice

Lord's Day September 30 2019

It was pretty much the usual mix of regulars, visitors and missing people on Sunday. There was a visitor who I do not think had been in a church like ours in a long time so I hope he got on okay. I preached the next part of Acts in the morning and from Matthew 27 in the evening on the soldiers mocking Jesus. Wonderful hymns again. The morning passage had not mention of Christ so I began with this quote from Spurgeon, which I hope helped.

“I believe that those sermons which are fullest of Christ are the most likely to be blessed to the conversion of the hearers. Let your sermons be full of Christ, from beginning to end crammed full of the gospel. As for myself, brethren, I cannot preach anything else but Christ and His cross, for I know nothing else, and long ago, like the apostle Paul, I determined not to know anything else save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. People have often asked me, “What is the secret of your success?” I always answer that I have no other secret but this, that I have preached the gospel,—not about the gospel, but the gospel,—the full, free, glorious gospel of the living Christ who is the incarnation of the good news. Preach Jesus Christ, brethren, always and everywhere; and every time you preach be sure to have much of Jesus Christ in the sermon. You remember the story of the old minister who heard a sermon by a young man, and when he was asked by the preacher what he thought of it he was rather slow to answer, but at last he said, “If I must tell you, I did not like it at all; there was no Christ in your sermon.” “No,” answered the young man, “because I did not see that Christ was in the text.” “Oh!” said the old minister, “but do you not know that from every little town and village and tiny hamlet in England there is a road leading to London? Whenever I get hold of a text, I say to myself, ‘There is a road from here to Jesus Christ, and I mean to keep on His track till I get to Him.'” “Well,” said the young man, “but suppose you are preaching from a text that says nothing about Christ?” “Then I will go over hedge and ditch but what I will get at Him.” So must we do, brethren; we must have Christ in all our discourses, whatever else is in or not in them. There ought to be enough of the gospel in every sermon to save a soul. Take care that it is so when you are called to preach before Her Majesty the Queen, and if you have to preach to charwomen or chairmen, still always take care that there is the real gospel in every sermon.”

C H Spurgeon, The Soul Winner

Ligonier London Conference

Mike Reeves and Mez McConnell on the question panel proving that these Reformed types are all just clones of each other
Today and yesterday evening I have been attending the first Ligonier Conference on the British mainland. We met in the huge Westminster Central Hall. I guess there were about 800 present. I know about 10% of the people present, mostly ministers. A diverse group gathered not just from the UK but further afield too. I met people from Germany, Italy and the USA plus Scots, Welsh, English and the pastor of the Korean church that meets in our building on Sunday afternoons. Two of my sons and their wives and several other family members were present.
The conference was well organised and what one might have expected from a group like Ligonier keen to expand their work among the Lord's people and beyond. Several men spoke - Mark Johnston and Alistair Begg on the Friday night; Al Mohler and Sinclair Ferguson this morning; Mike Reeves and Burk Parsons this afternoon. There was also a panel with Drs Ferguson and Reeves plus Jeremy Walker from Crawley, Paul Levy from London and Mez McConnell from Edinburgh.
Obviously some speakers got on better than others but it was all worth hearing. The applause got a bit much, it is true, but our American hosts did their very best to adapt otherwise. Lovely to see so many old friends.

Midweek Meeting September 25 2019

For the sake of completeness let me repeat that we did meet as  church on Wednesday night and it was, "only a prayer meeting". We briefly sang and I read from Zechariah 12:10, we discussed topics briefly and then we prayed. All over by nine. It is one of several prayer meetings this week.

Day off week 39 2019

Not the best organised of days off. I did have a prayer meeting mid-morning with a good turn out. The milk was off so I could not provide the advertised coffee or tea for most but no-one complained. Otherwise I tried to get out of the house and walk and do some reading. I am still trying to finish Hot Protestants by Michael Winship, a history of Puritanism. It is proving harder going than it was in the beginning. I also did some catch up on the TV - the latest editions of University Challenge and Dave Gorman's Modern life is goodish. With Eleri I watched a bit more of The capture (I think it was that). I also did a bit of blogging.

Busy Days

The last few weeks have been pretty busy. My daughter-in-law's younger sister was married on the 14th and it was good to be there. The wedding was held at King Alfred's School, where my first son's wedding reception was held ten years back. Lovely day. Nice to have family around for that and for some days before. The following Saturday (21st) we headed down to Crawley where our friends the Saywells were having a house warming cum birthday party for their boys. Nice to meet Jeremy and Alyssa Walker and many others new and old. We were able to pop in and see our friend Georgina too before she heads back to New Zealand. I'm glad we did. These are not easy days. before that Eleri and Owain had gone to Essex to view birds of prey and I had been at a men's meeting followed by tract giving in Golders Green. I then took the train to meet Eleri and lost my wallet en route somehow.
This week is a week of prayer and so I was up early on Monday for the first of these. The next was on Tuesday morning and then we gave our midweek meeting over to prayer and will meet again, God willing. We have had seven or eight at each meeting and most have prayed aloud. My wife's brother-in-law was with us last night and that was nice.

10 Three letter short form girls names

1. Abi
2. Ali
3. Bev
4. Deb
5. Dot
6. Jen
7. Pam
8. Pat
9. Sue
10. Vic

10 Three letter short form boys names

1. Abe
2. Ben
3. Bob
4. Dan
5. Hal
6. Joe
7. Ron
8. Sam
9. Tim
10. Tom

10 Three letter words for family members

1. Nan
2. Pop
3. Dad
4. Mam (Mum, Mom)
5. Bro
6. Sis
7. Hub
8. Coz
9. Unc
8. Nev
10. Son
(All are abbreviations except the last. I started on this on seeing the way funeral flowers often use three letters. I assume this is parlty driven by economy.).

Wales win opening game

Glad to see Wales beat Georgia 43-14. They rather slacked off in the second half but there we are.

Lord's Day September 22 2019

We had interesting sermons yesterday as we carried on in Acts and Matthew. In the morning I found myself quoting the European Convention on Human Rights and in the evening we were talking about dreams. These are not things I've ever found myself doing in my long ministry before. The ECHR reference arose as I wanted to remind my listeners that just as Paul had some protections and made use of them as a Roman citizen s we are in a  similar situation. Dreams came up as I was looking at Matthew 27:19. I made liberal use of B B Warfield's article on the subject which I have long been aware of. Do seek it out. Our friend Mohammad was back plus two other Iranians, a teenager and her mother, in the morning. There was also a young woman from Ecuador. I do not recall someone from Ecuador attending before. Our Colombian friend was missing, as were some others. Whole Dutch family with us in the evening. Good day though and great old fashioned hymns.

Midweek Meeting September 18 2019

Behind with this too. My apologies. Some 11 of us gathered on Wednesday and we started a new series on Haggai (just the first four verses). We prayed too a usual but did not go on too late as there was a members meeting the next night.

Day off week 38 2019

Sorry to be late with this. It is very busy at the moment and it is hard to decide on things like Days off. Last week it was so busy I did not take an official one but felt I ought to this week. It fell on Eleri's birthday but she was working much of the day. She enjoyed opening her presents when she came home. We talked about going out to eat as a family but in the end we sent out for Domino pizza. Very nice. We two caught up on the itv drama A confession based on real life. During th day I was reading a book recently publsihed called Books fo furnish a painting. Very interesting.

Lunch Time Lecture at the Evangelical Library

It was most gratifying to see such a good turn out at the Evangelical Library recently for the first of this Autumn's lunch time lectures. A special thanks to Stan Evers who gave an excellent overview if the life of the 18th century preacher George Whitefield with a helpful PowerPoint presentation adding to the pleasure. Whitefield's life is one that ought to be kept in the public eye as it is easy to forget how powerfully God used him in time of revival. The talk was videoed as well as being recorded in audio and will soon be available. Do join us next time on October 14 at 1 pm when Rob Childs from Manchester will speak about John Wycliffe.

Lord's Day September 15 2019

An odd thing happened last Sunday morning. I preached on Paul's speech to the Jews in the Temple in Acts 22 and in my manuscript wrote "thankfully this sermon has not been interrupted" (as was Paul's). When I wrote it I did think "we'll see". You guessed it. Near the beginning of the sermon a local character I have mentioned here before popped in and started a conversation with me about football. (It has happened before but not to this extent). Anyway when you've been preaching for 45 years you have an idea how to deal with things and we managed to get through it. The whole service was a joy as was the evening meeting, looking at Jesus and Barabbas. We had a decent turn out morning and evening - the congregation swollen by visitors, including some of my own family, and a number of seminary students deciding where they will worship this year. I'm not sure how it will all pan out but as there are 21 children on site this year we may have a significant number joining us, which would be great. This Sunday four children were away but I had five children to speak to (the last in the series of what Jesus' became -  this time curse). Glad to have a man back who has been away several weeks after falling down. Loved the singing today - we sang some good old fashioned hymns and it was a good day a round despite three or four people being away for no reason I know.

Midweek Meeting September 11 2019

Ten of us gathered last night for the midweek meeting. We looked at Psalm 132, the last of the songs of ascents we are planning to look at for now. Psalm 132 is a little longer than the others and has some difficulties but it did not take too long to go through and there were good lessons about prayer. Not sure what we'll do next. We had a good time of prayer too. 

Pastors' Academy 2019 Sons of Jacob Day 2

Numbers were slightly down for day 2. We had such a good day yesterday, it was hard to keep up the pace and the first two of the three papers were quite demanding. First, Mark Garcia continued his exploration of Genesis 38, especially taking in the story of the other Tamar in 2 Samuel 13. He sought to connect the reference to Joseph's long sleeved garment to that of Tamar in 2 Samuel and that, with much else he said, was very stimulating. Sadly, there was less discussion time on this second day and so we had no chance to discuss.
After lunch it was a change of pace as we were in the hands of Yannick Imbert from Aix en Provence who spoke on the remark in Genesis that God intended it for good. This was a thorough an academic, highly nuanced look at a difficult subject.
We ended the day with David Green who looked with us at the references to Egypt in Genesis. This was typically thorough and provocative. He argued for a nuanced understanding of this world and our place in it as believers. We had a good discussion to follow before parting.
This is a really worthwhile conference and one wishes it was better attended.

Pastors' Academy Conference 2019 Sons of Jacob Day 1

We had a very good first day of conference at the seminary today with Academy leader Garry Williams giving us two sessions and US based Mark Garcia, president of Greystones Theological Institute. About 40 of us were present. Garry spoke on the subject of typology, giving a brief and interesting history and urging a cautious but willing use of typology. His focus was on the story of Joseph. He sought to lay down parameters for the employment of this tool. We had a good couple of discussions on the subject with several taking part.
Mark Garcia spoke at the end of the day on Genesis 38. He began with these observations

1. We should be happy to admit that its placing is jarring and unexpected at first sight
2. Tamar reminds us of Eve and her desire to be blessed with children and to see Messiah
3. There is also the link forward to David and his family, including a namesake Tamar
4. Tamar is the first woman mentioned in the New Testament
5. At the very end of the canon we meet the final king Christ on his throne, the lion of the tribe of Judah who has a glorious bride, which takes us back not just to Eve but to Tamar.

The story is a smaller type scene of the larger Joseph type scene. Dr Garcia focussed on the moment where Tamar asks Judah to recognise whose beongings she had. This echoes the request of Jacob's sons to him to recognise Joseph's coat.

At the end of Ruth Tamar is remembered in reference to fruitfulness
Here in Genesis 38 is a type scene 
Expectation is followed by deception and counter-deception, admission of guilt and final denoument. There are many examples of this in Scripture.
Judah deceives Tamar just as his son has. It is Judah who in the wider Joseph narrative is the spokesman for the deception toward Jacob. Again in th wider narrative we have Joseph remaining unknown to his brothers adn so on, leading to a similar revealing and resolution moment.
When preaching we might want to back further and point out how the story refects the history of the world. Thecross is the final resolution.
Very stimulating stuff, and a good discussion again to follow.

Lord's Day September 8 2019 Plus

This weekend I was down in Wiltshire once again - preaching this time at Providence Baptist Chapel for Guy Davies at the church's anniversary. There was a Saturday afternoon meeting to which those from other churches were invited and we had a decent turn out for the meeting in the large chapel, followed by a nice tea. Psalm 133 had gone well at a recent midweek meeting and so I decided to look at that - it seemed an appropriate subject for a church anniversary. What I had not calculated on was the presence of at least some who were once in the same church but not now. Anyway, where angels fear to tread ... I put it down to the providence of God. It was nice to chat with Dr Oliver and others afterwards.
I spent the night with a widower in the church who I had met some years ago at a Grace Baptist Assembly. John is well on in age and not so well but he looked after me very well and we had some sweet fellowship. I noted how we were both converted through evangelists - they really have a knack of reaping.
Sunday went fine as we looked at John 4:13, 14 and 1 Corinthians  15:55-57 in the large back room. I found there were people I had met before and other connections, which is always delightful. I had a lovely afternoon with Guy and Sarah who saw me int the train to London after a quick look at the Westbury white horse. See here. (I had come by car with the family en route to Cardiff).

Carey Conference 2020

Bear Leap

A female bear shows an impressive leap as she pounces to catch salmon in the Ozernaya river, on the Kamchatka peninsula, in Russia’s far east ROIE GALITZ/SOLENT NEWS (As seen in my newspaper today) more here

Midweek Meeting September 4 2019

It was the usual select gathering last Wednesday as we looked at Psalm 128. About 8 of us there. There was little bit of interaction but mostly just me speaking. Most of us prayed. Unusually we sang a hymn at the end as well as at the beginning.

Day off week 36 2019

It was a very full day the latest day off, which is good. I had to visit the dentist first thing - all well there - and make a trip to collect something from the doctor's. Before and after that I did some emails and blogging before heading out with my son to St Giles, Cripplegate, near the Barbican. I had been reading recently about how Milton and Fox are buried there, etc. There's not much to see, as I expected but just to know such people once walked those streets is something. We had lunch in a  Wrap it up! which was knew to us - a nice wrap each (mine Mexican, his Portuguese). We then walked to Aldersgate Street where Wesley's heart was strangely warmed and had a quick look at Postman's Park. I not ice that this is where City Presbyterian Church now is. I had not realised that. Anyway, we were home fairly early and there was time to begin reading the latest Private Eye and I almost finished a lovely book on Bach by Horatio Clare. I did that listening to Focus 3 which is still an absolutely amazing album. After an evening meal I watched some TV - talking head documentaries on the Rise of the Nazis and on Harvey Weinstein. Interestingly, people have so low view of women that they assumed they were willing to give sexual favours to get parts. Also, Weinstein was not in trouble until he lost his power. Meanwhile I tried to follow the news of the day - strange times. Glad to see I managed to get over the 10,000 steps mark today.

Welsh rarebit day?

Seen at Golders Green today

10 Famous people with connections to St Giles Cripplegate, London

1. John Milton 1608-1674 Buried there (next to his father)
2. John Foxe 1517-1587 Buried there
3. Oliver Cromwell 1599-1658 Married there (1620)
4. Lancelot Andrewes 1555-1626 Vicar there 1588-1605
5. Sir Martin Frobisher c1539-1594 Buried in the church (though part of him is in Plymouth)
6. John Speed 1552-1629 Buried there (with his wife)
7. Daniel Defoe 1660-1731 Born in the street where the church is and buried nearby
8. John Bunyan 1628-1688 Often preached nearby
9. Ben Jonson 1572-1637 Lived in the parish and two of his sons are buried there
10. William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Lodged here; his rother Edmund had two sons christened there

It's still going on

Another recent piece of ignored news - see here.

That Book is now out

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Lord's Day September 1 2019

It was great to be preaching oncne again last Sunday. We looked at John 4:13, 14 in the morning - very evangelistic - and at the silence of Jesus before Pilate (Matthew 27) in the evening. We started with communion. Our two deacons are still away and so we were a miserable number at the start but then four men joined us and more or less doubled our numbers. In these situations one just has to ask quick questions and give out the elements as best you can. Three turned out to be Dutchmen (two just about to start at the seminary and one son) adn the other was an Iranian believer called Mohammed. I love it when I get opportunity to preach to people called Mohammed! At the table I used some notes I have from J C Ryle to focus minds. I spoke to the two children in the morning on Christ being made sin. In the evening there were two under 8s present so on a whim I got them to write down how many times I said silent or silence. The tallies differed widely but it must have been between 45 and 55 times or so, In the end we were not a bad number am (or pm either). It wa snice to have some members back for lunch. I noticed again how diverse we are congregationally - Filipinos, Nigerians, Jamaicans, the Dutchmen, the Iranian, a Ghanaian, an Indian, a Colombian, a New Zealander, etc. The hymns went well.

10 UK Products and the towns that traditionally manufactured them

1. Carpets - Kidderminster
2. Men's shoes and boots - Northampton
3. Hosiery - Hinckley and Loughborough
4. Lace - Nottingham
5. Hats - Luton
6. Pottery - Stoke
7. Brushes - Wymondham
8. Liquorice products - Pontefract
9. Mustard - Norwich
10. Ale - Burton on Trent

Day off Week 35 2019


This week's day off started just before lunch last Thursday and ended around lunch time the next day. With the last of my sixtieth birthday presents (vouchers for a 5 star hotel from the older boys) we booked to stay in the Celtic Manor in Newport. We went to see my sister and family first and then booked in to a very nice room with a view as far as the Severn and beyond and a lovely warm day. We had a meal in the Asian style restaurant Pad in the evening and breakfast in the Olive Tree before leaving the next morning. Very relaxing and served to celebrate our recent anniversary too. Thanks boys.

Preview meeting September 1 2019