Thursday, 31 March 2016

THE BRIEFING



A superb edition of Dr Mohler’s The Briefing, a programme which forms an important ingredient in my daily dose of sanity from across the pond.

 The items dealt with today are some of the most important issues that bible-believing Christians will come across today and are well worth 22 minutes of your time.

 He begins with the growing pressures being exerted by big corporate giants like Coca-Cola against those holding to biblical values (is it my imagination or is the US losing its religious liberties even faster than the UK these days?).

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

SEVEN LETTERS FOR SEVEN CHURCHES

Smyrna (modern Izmir)

The Book of Revelation (Part 2) : Seven Letters for Seven Churches 

The series is adapted from ten hour-long teachings given in the Oxbridge Church a few years ago 


Revelation Chapters 2 & 3




The Book of Revelation is a letter with seven other letters built into it. These seven are addressed to churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.


  We ought not to think that these were sent as separate epistles to each church however, rather the whole of the book of Revelation would have been sent to each church. Nor is it likely that John would have produced seven different copies: probably he just sent the original to the first church with instruction for them to copy it and pass it on. This is a practice that Paul would also have followed (Col 4:16).   

Sunday, 27 March 2016

FROM THE BEGINNING

An interesting post on Patheos about the supposed pagan roots of Easter.

"We know that Christians were celebrating the Resurrection of Christ definitely by the 2nd century, probably by the 1st century."

Actually we know from the Book of Acts that they were celebrating it every Lord's Day from the very beginning!






HE IS NOT HERE...


Friday, 25 March 2016

THE D.R.WHAT?



If I asked you to name the deadliest conflict since the Second World War, what would you opt for?

The Korean War or Vietnam?   Maybe the Balkan conflicts of the 90s or the current carnage in Syria?  

What if I told you that it is none of these but the only recently abated violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

GOD HANGING FROM A CROSS


“Many indeed are the wondrous happenings of that time: God hanging from a cross, the sun made dark and again flaming out; for it was fitting that creation should mourn with its creator. The temple veil rent, blood and water flowing from his side: the one as from a man, the other as from what was above man; the earth shaken, the rocks shattered because of the rock; the dead risen to bear witness to the final and universal resurrection of the dead. The happenings at the sepulcher and after the sepulcher, who can fittingly recount them? Yet no one of them can be compared to the miracle of my salvation."

                                                                                                   (Gregory of Nazianzus)

Monday, 21 March 2016

THE BOOK OF REVELATION (1)




The following is adapted from a series of ten hour-long teachings given in the Oxbridge Church a few years ago 

                                  Part One: An Overview (Revelation 1:1-20)

 “There was a man called John who knew all about this book and concealed it. Every commentator since has revealed the book whilst knowing nothing at all about it”  

                                                                                                       (Ramsey Michaels)

“…he has but the slightest foothold in the time-and-space world with which he is familiar. He is carried, not into some never-never land of fancy, but into the Ever-ever land of God’s eternal values & judgements ”                                                                                  
                                                                                                        (J B Phillips)

 Two of the myriad of views that have been expressed concerning this most baffling of books. Another commentator aptly calls it “John’s revenge” upon the learned scribes who had once called him “untaught” (Acts 4:13). Indeed, what better vengeance upon such academic snobbery than to produce a document that has baffled every scholar for 2,000 years! 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

KNOW THEM BY THEIR COMEBACK PLANS



  I have a theory about how we can know whether a fallen celebrity pastor has truly repented: if you never hear from him again then it was the real deal. 

 A man who is painfully aware of the damage he has done to the cause of Christ will be content to find an anonymous church someplace & disappear into the congregation...for keeps.

  As for the rest, as Jesus said, you shall know them by their six-month comeback plans

#Driscoll #Tchividjian

THE ROCK OF ESCAPE



 Our Wednesday night bible studies through the enthralling book of 1 Samuel continue. My own understanding of the psalms has really deepened through these studies as all those references to the pursuit of David’s enemies have come alive!

I especially enjoyed dealing with Chapter 23 last night so I have transposed my notes below. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

ICHABOD TV

Anyone who has to ask what is wrong with this probably wouldn't understand the answer...

Friday, 11 March 2016

THE HOUSE SWEPT CLEAN



The views of the always provocative Peter Hitchens (surely one of the last prophetic warning voices left in the UK) on the demise of a once great nation.

His insights into a society now to be ruled by “threat & reward” and with an increasingly heavy-handed state having to compensate for our lack of self-government are alarming and yet apt.       

 Ultimately he says it will be “a shortage of believing Christians [that] will lead to society’s decay” with the incalculable loss of the “millions of small and tedious good deeds that are required for a society to function with charity, honesty and kindness”

Thursday, 10 March 2016

WHY I DON'T WANT TO BAN THE BURQA



Judging by my Facebook feed this post risks generating some unpopularity but since it is something that needs to be said here goes…

 I cannot help but notice the persistent thread running through social media content here in the UK constantly seeking to garner support for a ban on the burqa, the full-length garment worn by many Islamic women.

 In some countries, like France, such a ban already exists (strictly speaking the prohibition there is on face coverings such as the niqab veil & it also restricts balaclavas and hoods).

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

"THE CROOK & THE FASCIST"



Well, the blog has a heartbeat once more, at least for the moment. And no issue was more likely to drive me out of cyber-retirement than current events across the pond; events which I can only view with real sorrow & concern.

Unless something remarkable happens (and it will need to happen very, very soon) then it appears inevitable that Americans will soon be going into a general election faced with a ballot paper bearing the names of Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump.

Could any nation be deserving of such a fate?