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 culturehere. 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.
These strange days continue and I tried to keep yesterday as a day off which meant reading another chunk if Hilary Mantel. I am now beyond the first 500 pages. Spoiler alert Jane Seymour is dead and the search for a new wife is on. I have enjoyed the Tyndale thread and much else. It is interesting to note how in recent pages the whole idea of social distancing is there (because of fear of plague). I also read a little more of the Calvin book and the newspaper, of course. There were one or two other things that needed to be done and I did a bit more tidying and clean, which we are doing a lot of in this lockdown. Then in the evening we watched the film Vice about Dick Cheney. The film comes with heavy bias but didn't seem overly unfair. US policy in the middle east has been a mess for aeons I fear.
We followed the a similar pattern to previous weeks. At 10 am several of us gathered on Zoom to sing hymns. That went well for us but I'm not sure how it is if you are on your own. Then around 11 we tuned into the audio service available on our website. As we would normally be sitting down to communion on this Sunday I decided to preach from 1 Corinthians 11:26. It is one of the hundred texts that I have spoken of often enough here. I'm not sure when else I might have preached that sermon. In the evening we zoomed again and I preached on another psalm, Psalm 23. I think I found it easier this time (technically speaking). The sermons can be found here and here.
Last week we found time to hear my son in Aber twice as well as all that but this week we were tireder and somehow and his morning sermon was recorded not live as previously.
We are also having Junior Church on Saturday mornings and I have started doing a verse of the day on our whatsapp group. I also had a a Zoom officers meeting (and a fraternal) this week so we are doing what we can. Keeping busy then. It was good to have one or two around today that we have not had so much but still lots missing.
A Baptist there was, name of Beddome He wrote down his sermons then said 'em He also spent time on Christian rhyme They're good - I should know cos I've read 'em.
Benjamin Beddome A saved Son of Adam For 55 years preached in Bourton, The blast from his trump not uncertain.
This is one of my biggest blogs. I began it in 2007. It can be found here. There are over 400 posts there at present and there have been over 80,000 hits. It collates material concerning the 18th century Particular Baptist Benjamin Beddome. The blog has been the means of putting me in touch with more than one person I would not have known otherwise and in opart led to my contribution to a book on Beddome that came out a short while ago.
We met via Zoom once again. We were a good number and I gave a full message from Proverbs, from Proverbs 24:10. Towards the end I said
1. How are you doing? Have you
found yourself feeling weak at this time of crisis?
How have you been doing? Perhaps
you are embarrassed by the question. Yes, you know that as a
Christian you should be strong and standing firm but it has all
rather knocked you back. Well. don't be surprised. That is what is to
be expected. People do falter in times of trouble. They may do very
well when the waters are calm but come the storm, like the disciples,
they begin to panic. We shouldn't worry or panic but if we have been
doing that then it reminds us of how weak we really are and, as Paul
says, when I am weak then I am strong. Those feelings of weakness are
reminders that we need to rely on the Lord.
2. What do you see around you?
Are people faltering in this time of trouble?
I don't know about you but I have
seen more people in tears on the TV screens and more people crying
phoning into radio stations than I have for a long time. Some people
have really been hit for six by this. I am thinking of people in
government and in the caring professions who are overwhelmed, people
whose schemes are in tatters because of the changes, people stuck the
other side of the word, people in quarantine on their own, parents
trying to do their work from home and dealing with their children
home from school, quite apart from those worried that they have the
virus or might catch it or whose relatives have gone down with it.
plenty of people are faltering. It is not unusual. If
you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
3. How are you doing? Now is
the time to be strong, now in this time of crisis.
other thing that is right to say from this proverb is that if we take
the right attitude we can be strong even in this crisis. The house is
still being built, the rooms are still being filled. Now, perhaps it
is more difficult to build as we ought to, to find those rare
treasures that will suit best. But is we look to the Lord we will go
on, we will stand firm. Many have remarked on how it is like being
ina war this coronavirus crisis. Well at such times Surely
you need guidance .. and victory is won through many advisers. So
let's got to God's Word - to psalms like Psalm 46 and 91 and 23,
let's go to the Sermon on the Mount and Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 13
and every place else we can find help. Let's strengthen each other
with Scriptures and with other encouragements by means of word and
deed. if we look to the Lord there is no reason why we cannot come
I then went to the end of Isaiah 40 and Hebrews 12:1-3 an closed with a nice Spurgeon illustration.
And since 2011 that's what this blog has attempted to tackle
So if today you find this blog and are tempted to mock or cackle
I hope you desist and become a fan, even though it's all a bit ramshackle.
This blog is even more niche than any of the others. I began it in 2011. It can be found here. There are over a hundred posts there at present. I like the album, which contains music from Elizabethan lute through to modern rock, and wanted to know all I could about it. Hence the blog.
Most popular post on the blog, not sure why, is one on Thomas Morley who wrote a pavane that Jan Akkerman plays on lute on the album. You can find it here.
And so another Sunday of virtual meetings. As last week, we began with some singing, kindly organised by our church musicians. When that was over, we joined the broadcast service from Aberystwyth on Youtube, persuaded by our son Gwion now with us from university and the fact it was live. When that had finished we listened to the recorded audio our own church had provided online. I preached from Mark 7:1-23 on how washing your hands is never enough.
The afternoon soon whizzed by and at five we were in Aber to hear my son again. He spoke on the cherubim of Revelation 4 in the morning and in the evening from Leviticus 8 and Psalm 133 on Christian fellowship. At 6.30 pm we Childs Hillians gathered for evening worship. I preached from Psalm 91. No hymns, just the sermon. Nineteen listening in again. A long day then and not much movement from me. Perhaps we could get used to this.
Here are 10 common and less common names that I think of as Welsh but that are not Welsh in origin (Aled, Gareth, Hywel, etc). After each one I have given a rough figure of how many were born in Wales with that name between 1880 and 1990. The names tend to start off in England then spread to Wales where they dominate.