Wednesday, 30 July 2014

KNOW YOUR ENEMY



“President Obama was reportedly furious over (insert latest international outrage).

           He continued to be furious for the full 18 holes.”


 So goes the joke in the US where many citizens are becoming worried that their President has got less than his full attention on the world situation.

The Daily Telegraph has noticed it over here too, reporting recently on how Obama seems to be just “phoning it in” for his second term.   

Friday, 25 July 2014

THOSE EXPERTS AGAIN...



Never question the science: it can get you fired

 “The discovery stunned members of the scientific community because it indicates that dinosaurs roamed the earth only thousands of years in the past rather than going extinct 60 million years ago.”

(h/t @Voddie Baucham on Twitter)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

PILLAR & GROUND OF THE TRUTH



“…because the Church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15)  by which the world is to be saved, the Lord has not left its advising to us but has given us instruction as to how it ought to be behaved in the Church of the Living God…I cannot help believing that there is no line so wise or well or so loyal as simply to let God order His own house in His own way and gladly range ourselves by His side. Let us beware lest, in arranging things for oneself and so as to fit our personal prejudices, we build up a kingdom indeed, but not to God or one which He will neither own nor bless.”


    B B Warfield quoted from The Theology of B B Warfield Fred G Zaspel IVP p393

Saturday, 19 July 2014

I AM THE VINE







 
"The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus."  

                                  Hudson Taylor
                                                                                                 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

GAZA



 I do not normally blog about these matters (it being done far more ably here and here for one thing) but such is the lack of impartiality being shown by most western media in relation to Israel’s Gaza operation that I feel it is incumbent upon all others to do what we can to provide necessary context.   

 A few under-reported facts …

 The Gazan fatality figures given are assumed to be entirely the result of Israel’s assault but in fact a significant number are caused by malfunctioning Hamas missiles which explode on their own side. Hamas is entirely responsible for those deaths and can end this particular toll any time it chooses. Most media sources are simply not reporting this.

 Moreover the death toll needs to be understood in context: Israel has launched many hundreds of airstrikes into a densely populated urban area. Imagine what the death toll would have been like if this assault really were as indiscriminate as those certain media sources would have us believe. 

 By now they could have flattened Gaza and decimated its entire population.  But even NATO during its various “smart bomb” campaigns has never had anywhere near as low a ratio of civilian deaths as the IDF consistently manages.

 The hugely disproportionate number of Gazan victims versus Israeli (the first death has recently been reported) is no reflection on the relative morality of each side’s activity. The fact is that these figures reflect the reality that one side is protecting its citizens, whilst the other is deliberately putting them in harm’s way.  In the words of Benjamin Netanyahu, “Israel is using its missiles to protect its citizens; Hamas is using its citizens to protect its missiles.”

 Finally in reply to the accusation from a Guardian correspondent recently that Israel’s action in Gaza was like watching Mike Tyson punch a toddler who had spat at him.  
  
 I would suggest that a far better analogy would be Mike Tyson being set upon by a gang of thugs in an alley. He is doing rather well & the thugs are perhaps wishing they hadn’t bothered. Nevertheless he was attacked & is entitled to defend himself.

The media in this analogy is the neighbour looking out of a nearby window choosing to see only a bully and ignoring all context.







Tuesday, 15 July 2014

KESWICK

It's Keswick time again!

...which means fantastic scenery...



...terrific bible teaching...




...and picking up awesome books!


 "Fred G Zaspel has spent many years studying Warfield's published and unpublished writings, and presents them here in summary as a concise and coherent systematic theology."

I usually find that having time for summer reading is just something that happens to other people, but I will definitely be making space for this one.

"BB" and I would never have seen eye-to-eye on spiritual gifts - he being the father of modern Reformed cessationism- but I am sure that we will still find much to agree on.

 :)   

Saturday, 12 July 2014

ANOTHER ONE DOWN?



 As I have opined recently, the accelerating spiral into moral insanity will be all the more painful for believers because it will involve the departure from our ranks of many we once considered sound.

Cue Lord Carey’s sad announcement that he has changed his mind about euthanasia.

 I must confess that I was not a huge admirer of Carey during his tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury. He arrived in the post with the reputation of an evangelical but it seemed to me that he did his level-best to hide the fact throughout his time in office.     

Thursday, 10 July 2014

OPEN TO QUESTION



Dr James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries debated Open Theism proponent Bob Enyart the other night in Denver.

 Here is the rather interesting cross examination, during which we learn that Judas did not have to betray Jesus, that Jesus could have hated the Father, and that at the Incarnation there was a possibility that the Godhead could have ceased to exist.

Well, if you say so, Bob.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

"THE PROTEST IS OVER"



So declares (19:30 onwards) Kenneth Copeland ending any doubt over where he now stands with regards to Rome (h/t Phil Johnson on Twitter).

Now the only question is how many of his theologically illiterate band of disciples will follow. Judging by the applause it could be quite a few.  

NO SEED, NO HARVEST




“If a man had broken no ground and had spread no seed, would he be justified in blaming God because he had no harvest?”
                                                                                            Leonard Ravenhill

Saturday, 5 July 2014

EXPERTS IN THE DOCK



The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him” (Prov 18:17)

 The truth of this verse was vividly revealed to me this week whilst I was watching the latest twists and turns in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa.

I have found these proceedings to be fascinating on many levels, not least the simple human drama of it all. But  theology is never far below the surface of my thoughts, and here was a case in point.

 Earlier this week the trial heard from a very plausible-sounding medical professional who for several hours gave patient and considered testimony to the court. His thoughts were cogent, and his facts seemed compelling. I thought him an impressive witness.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

CAESAR OR SWEEPER






“If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth’s grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will, and with equal joy they would lift a Lazarus in his rags to Abraham’s bosom, or be a chariot of fire to carry an Elijah home.”
 
                                                  John Newton