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English Christian male who is not backward in coming forward with opinions.

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IM Billy Graham (1918-2018)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:42:00 +0000

Jesus invited us, not to a picnic, but to a pilgrimage; not to a frolic, but to a fight.  He offered us, not an excursion, but an execution.  Our Savior said that we would have to be ready to die to self, sin, and the world.      --Billy Graham (1918-2018)       (In Martin H. Manser's _The Westminster Collection        of Christian Quotations_ [2001], "Discipleship") Jesus invited us, not to a picnic, but to a pilgrimage; not to a frolic, but to a fight.  He offered us, not an excursion, but an execution.  Our Savior said that we would have to be ready to die to self, sin, and the world.      --Billy Graham (1918-2018)       (In Martin H. Manser's _The Westminster Collection        of Christian Quotations_ [2001], "Discipleship") If I didn't have spiritual faith, I would be a pessimist. But I'm an optimist. I've read the last page in the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.--Billy GrahamAnxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short God and His will for us.--Billy GrahamNo matter how hard we try words simply cannot express the horror, the shock, and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a day to remember.--Billy Graham, Speech, "Nat ional Day of Prayer and Remembrance" (14 September 2001)We've always needed God from the very beginning of this nation but today we need Him especially. We're facing a new kind of enemy. We're involved in a new kind of warfare and we need the help of the Spirit of God. The Bible's words are our hope... --Billy Graham, Speech, "National Day of Prayer anRemembrance" (14 September 2001) [...]

The changing world (45) May 76

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:35:00 +0000

May 1st   Holiday.Family to Jos  and met up with Bulmers at the Lutheran Dogon Dutse accommodation.2nd         All to church at Hillcrest except for me to our EKAN Church - the Hausa title for COCIN, Eklessia Kiristi in Nigeria - not a word of Hausa in fact!3rd         Two family’s children very happy together. Enjoying seeing the steam trains.4th         Travel restricted by the new governor touring the city.Saw him at the station5th          Took the boys to the zoo.6th         Visited friends who were leaving the Institute of Linguistics. That was the name taken, in error by Wycliffe Bible Tranlators. They were to change again to Nigeria Bible Translation Trust.8th           Ate with Jones of SIM, pharmacist with whom we did Hausa school in 1971.9th           With boys to EKAN in the morning and with Katy and Dick to Hillcrest in the evening.10th       Bought cloth to have a riga (gown) made. Sorry to hear Clarks to go home soon as Elizabeth is pregnant and they fear hepatitis at term. David locked himself in the toilet.11th       Ate with the Williams our pharmacist who suppose all the missions from Jos.14th       Took Jonathan to see Hillcrest School. He is not yet ready to board aged five.15th       Governor Gomwalk and murderer Dimka executed in Lagos. Back to Langtang via Gills for lunch at Vom.16th        Boys had Sunday School with the Campus Crusade teachers children. Heavy rain.18th        Bokkos TEE teachers then to Mushere. overnight.19th        Mushere TEE student class. Pastor Joshua led well. Books overnight.20th        Rev Dauda led Bokkos student class well. Took Geof Kimber back to Langtang.21st        To Kwalla class in landrover taking Geof Kimber. Came back due to heavy rain lest the river prevented our return tomorrow.22nd        Shendam TEE led well by James. Kimber complains I drive too fast. Not the first to complain but I have many miles to travel and never had an accident in a country full of hazardous roads.23rd         The boys cried at secondary school Sunday school. David unsettled by my travelling so much.24th          Mwari TEE. Heard Hausa Bible read with lack of understaning bringing hilarity to me alone. Abraham looked for a city with foundations = birne mai tusa (plural of tussa - foundation) Instead was read, mai tusa - owner of a fart. No-one else laughed. All our Christians are second language speakers not versed in the intricacies of Hausa. Later I was to be told how  the Hausa Muslims despise the Christians mudering their mother tongue. For the Christians ignorance of the finer points is bliss.   Boi overnight.25th Mart TEE on Honda but  Yakubu the teacher had failed to distribute the book and so get the course started.26th On Honda to Tadnum TEE after rain. Fell where the road was washed away with the Honda exhaust on the back of my naked knee. I was wearing short. Home with a painful burn.27th  Kimbers have been staying at Langtand. Breakfast with them. Leg stiff.28th   Dressed a weepy painful legend hobbled to church.29th Katy drove us to Vom. Dr Thomas said I was to be admitted for four days as the leg was infected. In Private Ward with a Fulani alhaji here after crashing his Mercedes. 30th Managing with difficulty to walk to the toilet. Dressing changing very painful. I was cheered to be told that they normally give children morphine before such a dressing change.31st The doctor says it will take three weeks before I am fully mobile. The alhaji has gone and now I have another one here with piles.He is very sociable.[...]

The changing world (46) Jun 76

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:31:00 +0000

June 1st  More mobile known hospital. Alhaji Ahmadi in agony after his piles operation. He has brought his TV but the programmes are not up to much at all.2nd   Dressing change less painful. Visits from Joyce McQuone, Bulleys, Christine potter and Peter Dominy.3rd   Discharged to the great house where the family have been. Visits from Hugh Jones and Bentleys.4th   Looked after Rachel while Katy took car into Jos for generator repair. Still weak at knee.5th   Back to Langtang with Hugh Jones6th   To Zamko to pickup Clark’s cook Zechariah who is to work for us.7th   Editing TEE book on Old Testament introduction. Visit from Phylis Shorter and Elizabeth Burns.9th   Kurgwi TEE with Hugh driving. Back via Bakin Ciyawa we stuck in mud. 10th  Jos with Hugh and editing the OT Introduction with Ernie of SIM.11th  Jos to Vom to Pankshin TEE led by Rev Joel. Vehicle had to be lifted out od a hole on way home.12th  Piapung class. 14/14. No food but good book sales.14th Garkawa class well led by Rev Daniel. 15th Family and Hugh to Bokkos TEE then to stay at Gindiri. Supper with Birches.16th Gave three talks at Pastors College on TEE. Dined at Birches then Bulls and Rev Luther’s.17th Kabwir TEE class. Lunch with Gulas. Can leave bandage off the leg now.18th Kwalla teasers at Bakin Kogi. Good discussion on predestination.19th Tuttung class with Hugh and Amos from TCNN.21st Mwari with Hugh over roads made difficult by erosion after rain. Stayed overnight.22nd Mrari to Lusa where we were stuck in clay. Boi, Tapshin, Gindiri where we stayed after supper at Mathers.23rd  Chat with Rev John Audu then rocky road Zango, Lere Gindiri. Chat with Wibberleys and supper at Drews.24th  Kabwir teachers. Brought Dick Tyler to Langtang for two days.25th Full class of Langtang teachers.26th With family to Jos then with Hugh to Bauchi TEE and back to Jos.27th  Disgusted by Rev Ezekiel at EKAN’s sermon on road safety. Greeted Koops of CRC. 28th Back to Langtang. Rev Damina agrees I am travelling too much so I dropped going to Garga TEE tomorrow.29th  Very tired so no study after lunch and no visit to class at Garga.30th  Found morning very tired but some afternoon study[...]

Diary w/e 17 Feb 18

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:28:00 +0000

Sun 11 FebLevy good on the second half of the Beatitudes. David and family here from lunchtime. Excellent roast beef. He came with me to evening service, Chris Roberts on Ps 139 part 2.Mon 12 FebLove your enemies, yes. But for hackers I am looking up imprecatory Psalms.Since I cleared my cache on advice I now have lost much stored on my mac like log ins and the facility to post a page to f/b in one click. The cache clearing did no good only the opposite. All this is a spin off of the hack. I am 54th out ofTotal players: 397167After seven and a half months of leg ulcers I am pronounced cured PTL! Doppler in 3 months DV.Continuing to give thanks for my healed legs. I am now wearing shoes for the first time in eight months. Goodbye sandals until summer.Lovely visit to Hampton Court, Henry VII apartments and garden - but I cannot upload any of the photos.Tues 13 FebTravelled the E10 to one stop from its Northolt terminus to pick up a parcel the P.O. could not get through our letter box nor return to deliver on the date requested. They came the wrong day. E10 to Ealing for bargain lunch at the Weatherspoons which has the best real ale selection in Ealing. Good chat with Levy concerning my determination to go to USA without full medical insurance. Gethin Jones at ELT the pastoral visit with a phone call from our member's solicitor in which I was nominated to be her attorney, able to give consent on her behalf in all matters including finances and medical.I am honoured tone given such a responsibility. Her family approves her decision. Back from Ealing Historical Society lecture on Luther by Lyndal Roper 24th Regius Professor of history at Oxford.Wed 14 FebMy U3A history only had one person join me so we enjoyed a chat in preparation for our postponed topic, Indian History. Anyone care to comment of the religious breakdown in the subcontinent before the British? The person leading us found no statistics.Packing for two weeks near Sacramento visiting my friend recovering from major surgery and collapse. Thankful for my wife every day for the past 48+ years.Shopping and library via the Greenford E10.Good house group on 1 Sam lead by Chris Craddock.Thur 15 FebAt noon Debbie dropped me at Northfields for the tube to Heathrow T3 three hours early to check in for 3:20 Virgin to LA, an 11 hour flight. I foolishly chose window seat. With my diuretic it should have been aisle There was little to see for we flew north over Iceland, Greenland before going south over Canada. Nothing was really visible and we merely followed he dusk to land 6pm in LA. Virgin service was rather lacking in liquid on refreshment rounds. I managed little reading and reverted to the entertainment system. It is sophisticated but the in the classical..I watched two films. music is lacking. The selection is secular. No gospel nor oratorio. We were into LA on time. I foolishly declined a wheelchair offered when I had my stick. The immigration was very slow. Their electronic check in was inoperative. An official on hearing I had a connection make called a wheelchair and I was whisked through immigration, bag reclaim, customs and the long trek to the domestic terminal. There I asked for and got priority boarding on a full plane to Sacramento. It arrived early before Julie met me. She drove me to their new home where I could give Dennis my greeting at midnight. He is in pain, in bed but ever so pleased to see me. I have the top of the house to myself. Luxury to end my 29 hour long day. Fri 16 Feb Early morning colder than expected. Glad I brought a jumper.Up before Julie I see this house is more than twice the size of ours for much less than half the price. It is over a century old which ia ancient here where settlement in the modern era dates from the 1849 gold rush centred nearby..]I was up before the  family with Dennis then up, a pleasant surprise. Joanna cam and I met her four for the[...]

Fims seen in February 2018

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:37:00 +0000

1. Victoria & Abdul (DVD) Judi Dench (Actor),‎ Ali Fazal (Actor),‎ Stephen Frears (Director) I have seen this criticised as pro-Islam. It is very positive on Islam and lacking in Christianity. Would Victoria start a banquet with no grace? This smacks of the secularism in Downton Abbey where they never showed grace said. I do not believe Victoria's death bed was so bereft of Christian prayer. The Munshi was a delight. His friend was so loyal to him too. The court and Bertie were so prejudiced and wicked. Dench and Izzard were very good. Great cinematography. Captivating story. Most enjoyable despite the Islam. Do women wear burkas outside of Afghanistan? A very human queen and never mad though lonely.2. Viceroy's House Hugh Bonneville (Actor),‎ Gillian Anderson (Actor),‎ Gurinder Chadha This is too horrible a subject for pleasant entertainment. The horrors of partition. Bonneville and Anderson brilliant. He took his promotion from Downton well. The part suits him. I  think the romantic interest was an overdone sub-plot. The politics of it seem realistic. Mountbatten was betrayed by those he was sent o represent.[...]

The changing world (43) Mar 76

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:34:00 +0000

Mar 1st  Kabwir to Mwari teachers’ meeting. To Jos via Kabwir and Vom. 2nd        Bible School Committee in Jos. To Katy at Vom   .3rd         Took Katy back to Langtang.4th          Kabwir TEE teachers. Photographed grave of Rev Lloyd from Newport, pioneer Anglican there. I have a plate of Newport Castle which I presume he brought out.5th         Langtang TEE teachers’ meeting. Sold many books. Dimka, murderer of Murtala apprehended.6th         On Honda to Marti TEE via Boi. Tough ride. Back to Langtang.7th         Brought American teachers to Hausa service. Preached in English in afternoon.8th         Mban class in Zamko landrover on bad road. Given bananas and mangos.9th         Tuttung class. Unusually not given food or drink. 10th       Sabon Gida classs. Given yams and bananas. Greeted water driplers at Yelwa.11th       Long journey to Bokkos class. Plateu cold and cloudy. Langtang hot and sticky. Theirty plotters executed in Lagos. The first relatives knew was seeing executions on TV.12th       Bakin Rijiya, Was class. Katy upset at my many travels away.13th       Road blocks still with soldiers saying it was a Plateau coup. Dimka was Ngas but exiled Gowon was accused and stripped of rank and pension. He did a PhD in Warwick, settled in N London and served as a church warden. Years later he was reinstated and the new Jos airport named in his honour.14th       Once again brought the secondary teachers to Hausa service and translated for them15th        Richa class then Daffo and Kwalla. Chat with Joyce McQuone at Panama,16th       Daffo class. Slept in church vestry Tapshin. Heard Harold Wilson resigned from premier. No-One knew why but years later it was because he saw signs of the dementia which ran in the family. Later events proved him right. The last Labour leader I supported.17th      Tapshin class. Very hospitable. Katy a bit easyer about my travels.18th      Kurgwi class in Landrover.Carried yams back.19th      Tafawa Balewa classs. Stayed with pastor who had been to the Emir of Bauchi with a dispute over butchers. They would be Muslims, the locals not. They are building a church with local stone not mud bricks. This is Sayawa country. They still resent the fact that the British put them under the Bauchi Hausa rulers.20th   Bauchi class overnight  pastor’s home 21st    Preached to mainly young people at Bauchi. Two lunches, one Nigerian, one European.22nd   Mrai class on Honda. Then Kabwir where Katy and the children spend the weekend.23rd    Bokkos class. Took family back to Langtang where the church convention has started.24th    Class at Pie. Given a chicken. Selling books at convention. Ten to supper including Jill Joy, Peter clark, Keith Black, Bitrus Pam and Joseph Jibi.25th   Took class at Kabwir.26th   Kwalla  in landcover. Overnight  there after Bakin Ciyawa class.27th   Kwalla class. Home to Langtang where convention has ended.28th   Very tired in hot and sticky weather relieved a little by nearby rain.29th   Mwari teachers. Still very tired. Stayed overnight.30th  . Boi class. To Kabwir feeling weak. Stayed overnight.31st    Home to longhand after Kabwir class and pleased with the arrival of a new fridge.[...]

Calvin on Civil Government

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:43:00 +0000

Calvin ends his Institutes with a chapter on civil government. The world has changed since the 16th century but has the obedience required of a Christian changed and if so, how? In the 18th century American Presbyterian amended the Westminster Confession removing sections on the power of the magistrate. Give the time and historical context it was no surprise but IMO they were sawing off the bough on which the WCF sat for it was the magistrate who had called the Assembly in the first place. The Confession originated from Parliament, the state, not the church. But to Calvin.First to show there is a separate civil power demanding of obedience.1. But he who knows to distinguish between the body and the soul, between the present fleeting life and that which is future and eternal, will have no difficulty in understanding that the spiritual kingdom of Christ and civil government are things very widely separated....Scripture clearly teaches, that the blessings which we derive from Christ are spiritual, remember to confine the liberty which is promised and offered to us in him within its proper limits. For why is it that the very same apostle who bids us "stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not again entangled with the yoke of bondage" (Gal. 5:1), in another passage forbids slaves to be solicitous about their state (1 Cor. 7:21).Civil government is matter of to foster and maintain the external worship of God, to defend sound doctrine and the condition of the Church, to adapt our conduct to human society, to form our manners to civil justice, to conciliate us to each other, to cherish common peace and tranquillity.But now, separating church and state we dissent from,' to foster and maintain the external worship of God, to defend sound doctrine and the condition of the Church'. 3. ...the use of civil idolatry, no blasphemy against the name of God, no calumnies against his truth, nor other offences to religion, break out and be disseminated among the people; that the public quiet be not disturbed, that every man's property be kept secure, that men may carry on innocent commerce with each other, that honesty and modesty be cultivated; in short, that a public form of religion may exist among Christians, and humanity among men. Let no one be surprised that I now attribute the task of constituting religion aright to human polity, though I seem above to have placed it beyond the will of man, since I no more than formerly allow men at pleasure to enact laws concerning religion and the worship of God, when I approve of civil order which is directed to this end--viz. to prevent the true religion, which is contained in the law of God, from being with impunity openly violated and polluted by public blasphemy.... we treat of each of its parts separately. Now these are three: The Magistrate, who is president and guardian of the laws; the Laws, according to which he governs; and the People, who are governed by the laws, and obey the magistrate. Let us consider, then, first, What is the function of the magistrate? 4. With regard to the function of magistrates, the Lord has not only declared that he approves and is pleased with it, but, moreover, has strongly recommended it to us by the very honourable titles which he has conferred upon it. To mention a, few. [682] When those who bear the office of magistrate are called gods, let no one suppose that there is little weight in that appellation. It is thereby intimated that they have a commission from God, that they are invested with divine authority, and, in fact, represent the person of God, as whose substitutes they in a manner act. ... For he says that "there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God;" that rulers are the ministers of God, "not a terror to good works, but to the [...]

February 5: John Witherspoon

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:13:00 +0000

by archivistA Force for God and Country is bornby Rev. David T. MyersOn July 4, 1776, the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence was John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian pastor and educator who was at that time serving as the president of the College of New Jersey (later to become Princeton University).  We will in this year’s historical devotions focus on this man in five separate days because he was  such an effective influence for God and country.Born February 5, 1723, John Witherspoon would grow up in a church manse in the tiny town of Gifford, Scotland, which was fourteen miles from Edinburgh, Scotland.  We have a scarcity of information about his parents.His father, the Rev. James Witherspoon, was a Church of Scotland minister who served the parish of Yester from 1720 until his death in 1759. We do know that he attended the denomination’s General Assembly as a delegate, and even preached before that Assembly on one occasion, and was appointed a royal chaplain in 1744.  We have no doubt that like many faithful Scottish pastors, he was eminent for his holiness, learning, and faithfulness.John’s mother, Ann Walker,  was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister.  She was to bear six children from this union with James, all in the space of ten years.  John Witherspoon later gave credit to his mother for his early religious education in the Bible, reading it through for the first time when he was only four years of age, and later hiding a lot of it in his heart by way of memory. Some historians have concluded that she was a descendant of the Reformer John Knox, while others are unconvinced. Whatever may be said, the training of John Witherspoon began early in the home and continued at the Haddington Grammar School, which had also trained John Knox. Along with secular subjects, the Westminster Shorter Catechism was part of the training at that school. When he left at age thirteen for the University of Edinburgh in 1736, he had a good command of Latin, Greek, and French.  He also had a solid foundation in biblical Christianity.  All of this was to bear him well as he continued preparing for the divine calling which was his in both Scotland, his native country, and in the colonies and United States of America.Continuing his education in divinity at the University of Edinburgh, Witherspoon was licensed in 1743 and ordained and installed as the minister of the parish of Beith in the Church of Scotland, on April 11, 1745.  He was twenty-two years old.  Two years later,  he married Elizabeth Montgomery.  They would both learn the sorrow connected with  a family when of the ten children which came from this union, only five would survive to adulthood.This young Church of Scotland minister soon gained a reputation beyond his own parish.  The national body was divided into two splinters composed of the Popular party and the Moderates.  The first was akin to our orthodox party and the latter was akin to the liberals.  The former emphasized the important of the Westminster Standards as a summary of the Scriptures, while the latter group generally ignored the proper place of the Westminster Standards in the church.  Witherspoon was a solid member of the Popular party, and attacked the Moderates in the pulpit and by the pen.  Even in his second pastorate at Laigh Parish, his reputation as an orthodox minister began to expand in Scotland, and extended across the Atlantic to the colonies of America.[more on Rev. Witherspoon’s story at a later date.]Words to Live By:God prepares His own people for present and future work.  As Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (ESV)  Remember this as you rear your children in t[...]

Idiot Sightings

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 03:57:00 +0000

IDIOT SIGHTING No.1     My daughter and I went to the McDonald's check-out to pay our bill and I gave the clerk a £5 note.     Our total bill was £4.20, so I also handed her a 20 pence piece.    She said, 'You gave me too much money.'    I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me £1 back.'    She sighed and went to get the Manager who asked me to repeat my request.     I did so, and he handed me back the 20 pence and said 'We're sorry but we do not do that kind of thing.'    The clerk then proceeded to give me back 80 pence in change.    Do not confuse the clerks at MacDonald's in  St Albans , Hertfordshire.!!    IDIOT SIGHTING No2    We had to have the garage door repaired. The GARADOR repairman told us    that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.    I thought for a moment, and said that we had the largest one GARADOR made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.    He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.'     I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, 'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two..'    We haven't used Garador repair since. Happened in Moor Park, near Watford.    IDIOT SIGHTING No3    I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the    Highways Department to request the removal of the 'DEER CROSSING' sign    from our road.    The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars on this stretch of road! I don't    think this is a good place for them to be crossing, any-more.'    Story from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.    IDIOT SIGHTING No 4    My daughter went to a local Kentucky Fried Chicken and ordered a Taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'     He said he was sorry, but they only had Iceberg Lettuce.    From South Oxhey, Hertfordshire.    IDIOT SIGHTING No 5    I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,     'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'     To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'     He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'    Happened at Luton Airport    IDIOT SIGHTING No 6    The traffic light on the corner buzzes when the lights turn red and it is safe to cross the road.    I was crossing with an intellectually challenged friend of mine.    She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.    I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.     Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'    She is a Local County Council employee in St Albans, Hertfordshire. (And she's NOT blonde)     IDIOT SIGHTING No7    When my husband and I arrived at our local Ford dealer to pick up our car,     we were told the keys had been locked in it.     We went to the Service Department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the Driver's door.    As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door-handle and discovered that it was unlocked.     'Hey,' I announced to the Fitter/Mechanic, 'it’s open!'    His reply: 'I know. I already did that side.' &[...]

My funeral instructions

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 03:54:00 +0000

Some years ago one of our church members died. She had said I was to take her funeral and she had left instructions at home. We could not find them when the time came. So 'action this day' as Churchill would write. I may well alter these instructions as one does with a will; but here goes.I am prepared to go whenever the Lord decides. My father the longest lived in my direct line went at 75. 17 males I have recorded with death ages 0 to 90 and average 50 so I am above average. Only two others died older than my father. This is from the family tree back into the 18th century. I was not allowed to go to my grandfather's funeral in 1953. Five year olds were  a protected species at the time. All my grandchildren are to attend and the next generation too if I am blessed to see it. Christian children should learn to mourn their loss and rejoice in sure and certain hope of resurrection.So Paul Levy to take the service and preach on resurrection from the text Malcolm Peters preached at my father's funeral. Psalm 17:15 - As for me, I shall behold your face In rIrighteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied wIth your likeness."Blessed Be Your Name" - Matt Redman In the land that is plentifulWhere Your streams of abundance flowBlessed be Your nameBlessed Be Your nameWhen I'm found in the desert placeThough I walk through the wildernessBlessed Be Your nameEvery blessing You pour outI'll turn back to praiseWhen the darkness closes in, LordStill I will sayBlessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your nameBlessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your glorious nameBlessed be Your nameWhen the sun's shining down on meWhen the world's 'all as it should be'Blessed be Your nameBlessed be Your nameOn the road marked with sufferingThough there's pain in the offeringBlessed be Your nameEvery blessing You pour outI'll turn back to praiseWhen the darkness closes in, LordStill I will sayBlessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your nameBlessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your glorious nameBlessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your nameBlessed be the name of the LordBlessed be Your glorious nameYou give and take awayYou give and take awayMy heart will choose to sayLord, blessed be Your nameMemories from family and friends. David if he can do it and any others    Do from family first, sing then, from friends in the middle of the hymn.Next my favourite; singing as many verses as you are able. To be kind to you I have chopped it in two and will miss out my third original choice of hymn. Anwoth is where Samuel Rutherford ministered and from which he was exiled to Aberdeen from where he wrote most of his letters.THE SANDS OF TIME ARE SinkingThe sands of time are sinking, the dawn of Heaven breaks;The summer morn I’ve sighed for—the fair, sweet morn awakes:Dark, dark hath been the midnight, but dayspring is at hand,And glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.O Christ, He is the fountain, the deep, sweet well of love!The streams of earth I’ve tasted more deep I’ll drink above:There to an ocean fullness His mercy doth expand,And glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.Oh! Well it is forever, Oh! well forevermore,My nest hung in no forest of all this death doomed shore:Yea, let the vain world vanish, as from the ship the strand,While glory—glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.There the Red Rose of Sharon unfolds its heartsome bloomAnd fills the air of heaven with ravishing perfume:Oh! To behold it blossom, while by its fragrance fannedWhere glory—glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.The King there in His beauty, without a veil is seen:It were a well spent journey, though seven deaths lay between:The Lamb with His fair army, doth on Mount Zion stand,And glory—glory dwelleth in Immanuel’[...]

Diary w/e 10 Feb 18

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:26:00 +0000

Sun 4 FebGood adult SS on why we eat and drink together, Gethin Jones top rate as ever.Excellent Levy sermon on the first four beatitudes. Be need to keep on defending on God, mourning for sin, meekly waiting on His vindication and seeking His righteous kingdom's coming. Wales won yesterday so back to rugby illustrations.   We has a Portuguese/Brazilian church family to lunch. They have moved from Northolt to Hanwell. Most unusual to find someone can afford to move nearer to the church. We could not.   Roast chicken bought for lunch as the pork I put in the oven had not been switched on to roast. Chis Roberts was excellent in the evening on Ps 139:1-6, God knows. The I presided at the Lord's Table.Mon 5 FebFourth tooth extraction went well at Ealing Hospital. A most frustrating waste of at least a couple of hours failing to unlock my mobile for insertion of a new SIM. But the good news is curtains fitted to four rooms for the first time so now we are in the light. After failure to unlock my ancient Nokia to take a Sky SIM I now, thanks to Debbie, have an iPhone 5 but with little idea how to use it.Tues 5 FebLively U3A current affairs on Iran. Our Czech member has a natural inclination to go off topic with some daft things too. e.g. the Queen is a supreme leader like those of Iran and N Korea. 'Rot' , I expostulated.Wed 7 FebEncouraging monthly IPC Prayer Meeting led by Chris Roberts for Paul Levy is in Belfast speaking at their CU mission. Sorting family photos dating back to at least 1889.Thur 8 FebMy first weekly Ealing U3A meeting for many months was not encouraging. A retired archivist on Ramsey MacDonald. All personal nothing political. Very poor IMO and the place was cold. Lunch at Pillars Restaurant the catering school of the University of West London. High standard. Exceptional value.Fri 9 FebI have been gifted a copy by the author. He liked a review I did of another historical novel so wants me to review. I intend to read en route to California on Thursday DV. The is the second time an author has asked me. The first was a Nigerian's biography.1066: What Fates Impose by G. K. Holloway  (Author)Third injection into left eye went well. Two and a half hours in OPD. Cecilia my favourite nurse injected me while we conversed in Hausa with translation for her Philippine colleague. Other staff from Goa and Ukraine.Injection into eye, minimal pain but sore and watery now, lubricant drops hourly today.Enjoyed Compassion Service Society of India curry evening, Hounslow.Sat 10 FebFull marks to Debbie and Katy for at last packing all we moved from Lee Road shed and greenhouse into our new smaller shed. These things had been under tarpaulin on the patio since our October move. Cheered by England's win over Wales at Twickenham. Wretched hacker messed me up on Facebook spamming my friends. Love your enemies, yes. But for hackers I am looking up imprecatory Psalms.[...]

Diary w/e 3 Feb 18

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:44:00 +0000

Sun 28 Jan 18Worshipped in Cambridge, Queen Edith Chapel where our son Jonathan and family are now in fellowship. It was a fine evangelical service, innovative and contemporary. Most songs were new to us and I was particularly struck by the opening one based on Job's confession, 'Blessed be the name of the Lord'. The music was well done. It was a baptismal service. The teenager being baptised gave lengthy testimony after some dramatic interludes in the service explaining what baptism is not, including not washing away sins, a denial which is surprising to me. Now on reflection I perceive that what was missing from the teaching here on baptism was that it was all about witnessing to the faith of the believer and nothing at all about anything supernaturally done by God in a sacrament.The chapel name led me to search out Qeen Edith and I was surprised what I found and how little she is known Our lunch and the rest of the day was with the Burroughs, our daughter in laws parents.Mon 29 Jan 18My right leg is still in compression bandaging but not for too long now as the ulcers have healed and the lymphoedema of nearly twenty years has gone. I also have put on my old suit for a funeral and am pleased I can now fit into what is about 25 years old. Not worn for about fifteen years.   To Hounslow West for the funeral of an elder there, David Biddiscombe whose son I had not seen for eighteen years. I never met the deceased but I am always ready to go and grieve with those who grieve and rejoice in sure and certain hope of resurrection.Tues 30 JanGethin Jones good at Ealing Lunchtime talk on Gen 6-9, judgement and salvation. Good point on creation's waters which were divided now united in the flood. Shemites are Semites who have the tent of salvation into which Japhethites = Gentiles will come. Made a pastoral visit then to cardiology nurse who is pleased with my state of health. Cooking chicken curry. Fell asleep and woke up in the chair thinking I had been to bed. Then realised I was fully clothed so had never been to bed and Katy had come in from her music group and my sleep had been so sound I never heard her ring the bell. Very odd.Wed 31 JanMuch in prayer for mu friend Dennis undergoing surgery in California. Reduced the price of my Sky TV with an 18 month contract - £36 less a month with the loss of some not needed channels. Also switched my mobile to Sky from Virgin saving £7 monthly. Podiatry at Greenford Green. A pleasant surprise to be treated by the excellent Paul from the Philippine who looked after me well a year ago in Mattock Lane. Led out house group on 1 Sam 10 - God shows Israel that Saul is his choice for king if they must have one.Thur 1 FebGreenford lunchtime talks. Once again Paul levy did a dry run for his forthcoming Belfast CU mission week. Mark 8 What are we here for - to deny self, take up the cross, follow Jesus.Fri 2 FebManaged four medical appointments at two clinics this morning. Blood test for the anticoagulants, nurse check-up, echo cardiogram then ECG and halter heart monitor arranged for the next 24 hours - with instruction not to stand in front of the microwave. My evening cooking was a hearty soup on the stove. Lentil curry with tomato. I do not usually enthuse one vegetarian dishes but will blow my own trumpet over this one.Sat 3 FebTonight were out at a quiz evening at Gunnersbury Baptist. Given the venue I hoped for a less secular quiz. Religion in general and bible in particular is my strong suit. We did have a Bible round with our table getting full marks there. And the quiz was not dumbed down much to popular culture so a decent quiz. One member of our team was the mother of Milton Jones the comedian. [...]

Why the Beard?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:47:00 +0000

I thought to write this after someone gave his beard reasons on Facebook. I dissented from some of his so have adapted his list with some of my own. Mu beard will be 48 years old this year. I started letting it grow when we arrived in Nigeria which was also the time our first child was born I had always wanted to grow on but had a special reason not to grow one in England. Hitchhiking.   As a student I hitched a lot. My best =t ride was over 300 miles, Portsmouth to home near Thirsk, North Yorkshire. My fastest was 200+ miles from home to London in four hours. To get lifts I set out to be as smart as possible. I was clean shaven, suit and with a sign to show my intended destination. Married, I stopped that mode of travel and after a year was in Nigeria and ready to abandon the razor.   So the reasons - not in a particular order.Here are the reasons Why I have my Beard.1. I beard because I am a man - God created me to beard. Shaving goes against the natural order of my masculinity. God placed hair follicles on my face, and he gave me testosterone to make them grow. This reason alone should be enough to satisfy the harshest critic of the beard.2. I beard because Jesus had a beard.3. I beard because no one has ever mistaken me for a lady.4. I beard because my beard covers a multitude of chins.5. I beard because my beard hides a serious deformity called my face.6. I beard because my beard keeps my face warm in the winter.7. I beard because I save money on expensive razors.8. I beard because I do not like to shave.9. I beard because I save time every morning not shaving.10. I beard because I have a round face and my long beard helps make my face look longer and thinner.11. I beard because I like having a beard.12. I beard because I am a rebel, a nonconformist and in my youth conformity was clean shaven.13. I beard because I now have a natural bib which protects my shirts and ties.14. I beard because I now have a place to hide things like snacks, sandwiches, tools, and weapons.15. I beard because it is a sign of peace. Soldiers were clean shaven so they could not be grabbed in hand to hand combat.16. I beard because Charles Spurgeon said, “Growing a beard is a habit most natural, Scriptural, manly and beneficial”.17. I beard because it bothers legalists and Pharisees.18. I beard because I can.19. I beard because my beard prevents sunburn in the summer.20. I beard because my beard prevents 95% of harmful UV rays from reaching my face, thus helping prevent skin cancer.21. I beard because shaving can cause acne.22. I beard because my beard serves as a natural filter which prevents microscopic allergens and airborne bacteria from entering my mouth and nose, leading to less hay fever and overall better health.23. I beard because my beard helps prevents wrinkles on my face.24. I beard because my beard helps keep my skin moist.25. I beard because it marks me out as memorable.26. I beard because if I shaved my children and grandchildren would not know me.There you have it friends. Twenty-six reasons Why I Beard. Why do you not beard? If I get asked is, “Why don’t you shave?” My response is always, “I like my legs the way they are”. After a while in Nigeria I heard that a young man with a full beard is a rebel. This was the country that had in the year of my arrival ended the Biafran civil war led by the arch rebel, Ojukwu, who had a full beard. In the Northern Nigerian culture a beard was more of a chin tuft for an old man. I did not care. I am the nonconformist rebel. So I for decades had a fairly well trimmed full beard. But beards became more common. So I went for something bigger. I was going grey. The Father Christmas look was in for me. For a number of years [...]

The changing world (42) Feb 76

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:47:00 +0000

Feb 1 At home in sticky Langtang.
2nd  To Mwari TEE. 103 students, 9 teachers, full attendance. Surprised by rain on what back
3rd Seven new states created. Benue Plateau is no more. We are now Plateau State. Rain in the night. Visits by Gills, Eric Middleton and Pam Spendlove.
4th New house help no very good.
5th Kabwir TEE teachers. Visit by Alan White and Jim Hamilton. Jim from Belfast. Women's fellowship annual meetings.
6th Langtang TEE started. Visited Wase over very corrugated unsurfaced road.
7th Took visitors to Kwalla in landrover.
8th Visitors preaching.
9th Took visitors to Jos via Panama, Mangu and Gindiri.
10th Duplicating test papers for our 1300 students. probably the world's biggest TEE programme. 12th Supper with Assistant District Officer.
13th Murtala Mohammed murdered in Lagos in failed coup.
14th To Pyapun via Shendam. 10 student out of 15 present.
65th Hinda to Panama. Fell hard near Bokkos. 14 there out of 16. Capable Pastor Dauda. To Boi overnight.
16th Boi TEE started. 13/15 there under Evangelist Iliya (Elijah).
18th Another village for TEE. back to sticky Langtang.
19th Gidan Adamu TEE 14/15. Campus Crusade have put some American teachers in the secondary school They came to eat. Isaak family, Ronda fritz and Sue Tibbles.
20th Pankshin TEE 10/15. Sold many books.
21st Jonathan vomiting prevented Katy going handover meeting at Gindiri. We are now under the church, inter-church workers. Amper TEE 13/15.
22nd I translated the hausa service for the new Americans.
23rd To Panama, Bokkos. Rain made road slippery. Mushere TEE. Bokkos. Panama. Langtang.
24th Tutting via Pic. Dengi. Amper. Langtang on a Honda leaking oil.
25th Zamko. Oil TEE only 6/15.
26th Rain.
27th Katy and children to Vom via Kabwir. I went to Kwalla. Two military road blocks. TEE 8/9. Stayed overnight and unusually no food brought for me. Road blocks policed by southerners so Hausa no help. They were troublesome asking forces to be opened by ladies and sanitary wear questioned. Some mission houses searched in Kabwir, an unprecedented intrusion but the murderer of the head of state was from this area.
28th baking Ciyawa. 14/15 TEE. Shendam Langtang. Overnight Kabwir.

Books read in February 2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:32:00 +0000

1. Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for FreedomHardcover by Thomas E. Ricks  (Author)The historical comparison of these two men is good and informative. Both were dissidents, men who spoke out and suffered for telling the truth they saw. Both fought for it and made a living writing about it. An aristocratic rebel and a privileged missile class one. Nature and nurture interplay in both. Both are involved in war, one seemingly with enjoyment, the other with near fatal injury. One has a brief life, the other long. Not really explored are their mental states. Churchill's black dog is there but does he not show the hallmarks of someone who is bipolar. Nor is the likelihood of depression influencing Orwell considered and a man suddenly bereft of his wife and dying of tuberculosis must have been depressed. Ricks fails to identify the prejudices of Joseph Kennedy as this of an Irish American. At least his son had more courage. One gets a good feel for the early Nazi onslaught and the isolation of the UK. I do not agree with Rick's assessment of Churchill's attitude to Ireland's neutrality. Ricks is not kind to Churchill as the war progresses and concerning his subsequent career. The book does show why Orwell hated the totalitarians. For a start, they nearly killed him in Spain when they were both there to fight a common enemy. The admiration of Churchill and Orwell for each other shows great men rise above the prejudices of petty minds. Ricks is not without his own prejudices on post war history and here my appreciation of the book declined. Iraq was a mistake but I would not join in the condemnation of Bush and Blair.2. Treasury of David: 7 volumes by C H Spurgeon (Author)Mine is a 1950 edition. Spurgeon expounds each Psalm after a traditional introduction based on the title and the Psalm's main divisions. He then quotes extensively from old authors. It is a great devotional and preaching resource but no modern analysis of course.3. The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders Do God by Nick Spencer (Author)Spencer is in fact the editor with twelve authors writing on twenty four politicians starting with Thatcher and ending with Trump. Their personal faith, public profession of it and how it has influences their politics is examined. The subjects vary from the well known to the relatively obscure, Urban, Sirleaf, Myung-bak and Lugo. Havel is there despite his own denial of any Christian faith. For some one was surprised to learn how Christian was their background e.g. Reagan, Clinton, Sarkosy. There is no constant line to be drawn between Christian profession and the politics though it is fair to see a connection between liberal theology and liberal politics. The editor shows that you can use Scripture and Christian theology as your base for most political viewpoints. There is no one line to politics from theology and none of the political leaders has any theological expertise except Lugo.   The perspective of the authors and editors position shows after a while.It is the of Theos which exists to undertake research and provide commentary on social and political arrangements. Theos aims to impact opinion around issues of faith and belief in society. Theos was launched in November 2006 with the support of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, and maintains an ecumenical position. It is that of mainstream Western Christianity. This is most evident when one reads the chapter on Goodluck Jonathan. The African anti[...]

Diary w/e 27 Jan 18

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 20:21:00 +0000

Sun 21st JanSunday I did so well with my sabbath off the computer that I did not even check on the cricket score. I was not at my wide awake best in church but we had special visitors there and to lunch, missionary members who work in a very hard field. It was a joy to have them and their four well behaved children who are a credit to their parents and a good advert for home schooling. Great time over our tandoori chicken lunch with conversation ranging far and wide but especially on Islam and mission, race and politics.Mon 22 JanMy dental extractions at Ealing Hospital proved worse in anticipation than actuality. There in 30 minutes by bus. Seen 15 minutes late for half an hour to extract three teeth or parts of three on the right of the mouth. One left to do on the left I will not now have such dread over especially if I have the same dentist next time. Young, female and efficient. The only pain was the local anaesthetic being injected. Extractions accomplished with stitches to stop bleeding. Home within three hours of leaving. Cooking sausage and been casserole now in the slow cooker for dinner.Tues 23 JanExcellent Ealing Lunchtime Talk by Gethin Jones, his second in his series of the Bible in 80 minutes. Today, Gen 2-3, The Fall. Cooked park casserole which is enhanced by apple cooked therein.Wed 24 JanA most enjoyable pastoral visit of two and a half hours with our elderly Kenyan member. He has a masters in linguistics and would like to borrow my academic papers from the Yorkshire Dialect Society.Blessed in house group on 1 Sam 9-10. Tried not to be led down bypath meadow by donkeys. Thur 25 JanHand held scanner arrived and once again a product without a manual in box or online. Arranged contract to have two new windows replacing the only ones not double glazed. Cooked spaghetti carbonara. Evening at the Drayton Court. Burns Night with six different whiskys and four matching cheeses.Fri 26 JanI honestly report this has been the morning after the night before, unusual for me. Ealing Hospital Eye OPD. With travel over three and a half hours. All is as before. No change for better or worse which is what I expected. Drayton High School PTA quiz. We had two tables from our church. About 100 parents, students and friends. Out table was last but one in the scores. Credit to the quiz masters for being original and with rounds the students would be better at than we oldies. But two rounds on pop music was too much. My general criticism of quizzes, local or in the the they are wholly secular and dominated by popular culture. I want literature questions that do not concentrate on modernity, cinema,  music that is from before the 1970s, pop or classical, history, geography, politics etc.Sat 27 JunKaty drove me to The Evangelical Library, Bounds Green for my first day of volunteering since September last. She insists I do not drive at present. In the evening it was walk, tube and bus home to see the end of the amazing Newport County 1 Spurs 1. Will I get a ticket for the replay at Wembley? [...]


Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:45:00 +0000

140 verses in ESV. 1Sam 9-10 started me thinking.1 Samuel 9:3 - Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”1 Samuel 9:5 - When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.”1 Samuel 9:20 - As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's house?”1 Samuel 10:2 - When you depart from me today, you will meet two men by Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has ceased to care about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’1 Samuel 10:14 - Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To seek the donkeys. And when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.”1 Samuel 10:16 - And Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything.All we like donkeys have gone astray? Yes but there are significant donkeys to be found. (Pun?)Of Ishmael, Genesis 16:12 - He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”thenGen 49;14 Issachar is a strong donkey,crouching between the sheepfolds.15 He saw that a resting place was good,and that the land was pleasant,so he bowed his shoulder to bear,and became a servant at forced labour.The most famous early donkey -Numbers 22:21 - So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.Numbers 22:22 - But God's anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.Numbers 22:23 - And the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road.Numbers 22:25 - And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam's foot against the wall. So he struck her again.Numbers 22:27 - When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff.Numbers 22:28 - Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”Numbers 22:29 - And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.”Numbers 22:30 - And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”Numbers 22:32 - And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkeythese three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me.Num[...]

The changing world (41) Dec 1975 to Jan 76

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:13:00 +0000

Dec 1st Bulmers staying with us.3rd Gills from Vom called.4th Bulmers left.6th Our cook Rimkat not at work as her had had fever.7th Baptismal service for 82.8th TEE book on evangelism being edited. Katy at choir rehearsal.10th Rachel now sleeping through without 2am feed.11th Book editing going well. Katy conducted her school concert.15th Muslim holiday. Book editing . Weather windy and cool.16th Visit from Brian Boddy and David Molyneux of faith and Farm who were taking Lilian Blenko with her loads from Kwalla.18th Paul and Janet Baxter visited from Jos and stayed.19th Rimkat unreliable in work and will have to go20th We found David pounding a dead bat with a stone to see if it had blood in it.21st Two hour carol service,22nd Took Baxters to see retired pastor Bali, the first Langtang pastor.23rd To Jos to get a new TEE book from the publisher but it is not ready. The typesetting and printing were done by SIM?ECWA bookshops.24th Dry grass around the house caught fire but no threat to us. Started cooking the Christmas chicken and found a snake in the kitchen.25th A day of surprises starting with rain at 4am. That is not expected until Easter. Then back to sleep only to be awakened an hour later by carol singers and Jonathan opening his stocking. Christmas service with 2000 there lasted 3 hours so lunch at 2:45.26th Pumped up the boys presents of space hoppers.30th Our first drive south of the Venue to holiday at the Boers of CRC in Baissa on the Mambila Plateau. Over 200 miles. Ferry across Benue. Ibi. Wukari. Rafin Kada. Dnga. Marraba.31st Really enjoying our stay with the Boers. Visited Abong on the Cameroon border. John and I enjoyed cigars together and we all saw in the new year with sherry. With the reformed one finds proper Christian liberty.Jan 1st Went with John to the installation of a local evangelist. That is a church leader who is not an ordained pastor. Our families enjoyed visiting a local river.2nd Picnic lunch in Baissa forest.4th Boers breed rabbits for meat and we really enjoyed rabbit stew.5th Left Baissa laden with fruit. At the Benue the ferry was over the other side and we were at the end of a queue. It looked as if we would be stretched to get on the next crossing. As the boat came in and unloaded the vehicles, a Peugeot with one white passenger jumped the queue and got on first. I was livid. There we were in the midday hear with two children and a baby and an expat had jumped the queue. If it had been a rich Nigerian in a big car I would have accepted it as local behaviour but I was not going to tolerated this from a European. I went down to the ferry and started remonstrate with the white man. He was Italian from a construction firm. He said it was their ferry. I told him he was talking rot as the ferry with his company's name was idle in the water nearby. he quickly moved away from me to the far side of his vehicle fearing I think that he might be thrown into the river and the crocodiles. I would have done no such thing but I was happy he was frightened. Then the ferry operator came. I told him what I thought in Hausa. He said to bring my car. He squeezed it on with the back hanging over the edge of the boat. Katy was embarrassed at us jumping the queue. I was happy to have got the family out of the noontime sun and across the river. The Italian kept far away from our vehicle. This is the only time I recall getting really angry, showing temper and it working to our advantage.Jan 6 To Panama to confer with David Molyneux about his starting Daffo TEE today, then to Vom for Rachel's triple vaccine and Jos shopping.Jan 7 From Jos back to Langt[...]

An upside down world

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:36:00 +0000

‏ 'When I think what an aid tobacco is to friendship and Christian patience, I have sometimes regretted that I never began to smoke.'- Gresham Machen@jg_machen Reading this it struck me that no-one would say this today. The world has changed. Look at old films or TV recordings and see how pervasive was tobacco, the ubiquitous smoke. In the first episode of The Crown the king's valet lights the cigarette, takes an initial puff and hands it to his majesty. The king is told he is dying of lung cancer with only one lung remaining yet his doctor does not advise him to stop smoking. Time has changed everything. Could I think of any such dramatic change? I found one.An activity that has gone from criminality to social approval in my lifetime, an even more radical change. I illustrate this with quotes from two very respectable figures in the arts who lived before the era of so called same sex marriage.The middle age of buggers is not to be contemplated without horror.--Virginia WoolfEverything is controlled by the sods. The country is riddled with homosexuals who are teaching the world how to behave--a spectacle of revolting hypocrisy.--Sir Thomas BeechamThe world is indeed upside down. An actor cannot portray Churchill enjoying a cigar on the stage and an open air preacher dare not quote Leviticus.[...]

The right to protest to be curtailed as a pro-choice virtue?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:55:00 +0000

Ealing Council has voted for a public consultation on plans to ban protests outside a Marie Stopes abortion clinic using a public spaces protection order (PSPO). The Good Counsel Network has been present for over 23 years outside the clinic without the police ever needing to intervene.
   23 years takes us back to 1995. I worked down the road from this leading abortion provider between 1993 and 1998. The abortions started before that IIRC and there have been various protests outside. I joined in in peaceful protest before 1993. The only law breaking I recall is when a protester trespassed inside to clinic but I cannot recap if this was merely a civil offence of trespass or a criminal charge of something more.
   I will be responding to the public consultation as I regard the imposition of a PSPO as an unwarranted restriction on the free speech of pro-life protesters. I believe the pro-lifers have been slandered in media coverage. It has been said that they intimidate women coming to the clinic and that they block the road. 23 years and the police never needed so why a PSPO demanded? The police can deal with intimidation if it happens. Where is the evidence other than the subjective views of those happy with abortion provision? The local paper has reported accusations of the road being blocked. Nonsense. Have you seen how wide it is? Of course images of unborn children that may be aborted are shocking. But that is the point. The child in the womb is a living person not a mere extension of the mother's body over which she has absolute rights. Does the presence of the protesters distress those coming to the clinic? I hope so. Abortion kills babies. That is distressing. The pro-choicers say it does not murder babies. If that is true then the pro-lifers are talking nonsense and can be ignored. But of course they do distress women wanting abortion and rightly so. They are also able to offer alternatives to abortion. Does Marie Stopes do that or are they there for the money?
   The local paper has been a keen advocate of the pro-abortion local MP. It failed to report the case of a man who came to abort, received a leaflet from protesters, fled the clinic and friends who had brought her and now is the happy mother of a three year old. So the protesters have saved life. But the local paper will not report it.
   I also note that no councillor protested against the proposed restriction when it was debated in council.There are times I regret I lost my seat on the council in 1998. I would have spoken out unlike the present silent Conservative councillors. I have no regrets that I resigned from their party soon after I lost my seat for they have stopped being the party of  the family and Christian ethics. Obviously no local councillors have the Christian ethics of Rees-Mogg.

Diary w/e 20 jan 18

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:17:00 +0000

Sunday 14 JanWe had a very memorable morning service. In the middle of his sermon on Mat 3, Jesus's baptism, Paul stopped and called for help. An elderly member had slumped in her chair. Paul led in prayer for her as our medically qualified members came to her aid, one consultant cardiologist and three nurses. Strong men carried the unconscious lady out on the chair in which she was seated. later one came back and said it was a faint not a stroke. Paul finished the sermon and as we left the patient was in an attending ambulance. In the evening we learnt she was resting at home and had not needed hospital admission.   I cooked chicken jambalaya for lunch with eight visitors. We were the appointed members for lunchtime hospitality. Four of our eight were family who brought some of their own food so we had roast pork too. With Katy providing three deserts it was a feast.   Evening service at Dean Hall. Paul gave a memorable children's talk on foundations before Gethin preached what IIRC was his 11th and penultimate. sermon on 1 JohnMon 15 JanGood news at the leg ulcer clinic. Ulcers healed both legs and they are the same size, that is, after about 15 years the lymphoma post-cellutis has gone.After ridiculous insurance quotes for USA I have found a firm that will exclude pre-existing conditions for a fraction of the price that others quote.Tues 16 JanI have found that two of my work experience students became pharmacists. I did not encourage them but it is satisfying to know I helped two young British Asian ladies become professionals.Another good news day. Car insurers who have not refunded our excess from March and not corresponded since June have apologised with £150 ex gratia compensation and seem hopeful about the excess. I had threatened never to renew with them.Excellent Ealing Lunchtime talk at the Town Hall. Gethin Jones first talk of four on the Bible in 80 minutes. So we had creation. The world is divided between the oneists and the twists. We considered creation, climax and call and how we respond as oneists or twoists. Do you see a distinction between creator and creation or is it all one?Pastoral visit to a member struggling with memory loss/dementia. Her faiths is an encouragement to any visitor.Wed 17 JanU3A history here on India and Partition. We will do it again next month as we want more research on India before the Raj as the source of the conflict together with the rise of Sikhism. Encouraging house group on 1 Sam 8 . God is the king to reign over us.Th 18 Jan Started to get quotes for replacing our only two windows that are not double glazed. Ealing Hospital dentistry says I should have four teeth out and it will be at least two extraction appointments. I am having this in hospital as I am on anti-coagulants. The advantage to me is no fees payable in hospital unlike the local NHS dentist. Excellent lunch at Cafe Rouge , Ruislip with Littles, a vegetable tagine.Fri 19 JanNew blinds sorted by the installers. Two out of five were dropping when raised. Our excellent plumber serviced our central heating. I never knew he was from Yorkshire. He is from Rotherham but does not want to own up to it. Sad and a very sad reason nothing to do with real Tykes. It took a while to calculate but I have the evidence that this house should not be placed in council tax band F and have put in an official appeal for reduction back to band E. When I found out where to do it the Valuation Office Agency were very helpful over the phone and reckon I have a[...]


Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:50:00 +0000

I am doing this.Dear marriage supporter,Today we launch our guide on responding to the call for evidence on Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE in England.The guide summarises why the call for evidence is important and how to respond, and provides some points you may wish to consider in your answers.DOWNLOAD THE GUIDEYou can help protect childrenPlease share the link with parents and other interested parties. It is vital that many people speak up to protect the teaching of marriage, the role of parents and the innocence of young children.In particular, we believe that parents should have the right to withdraw primary school age children from Relationships Education classes.We also believe they should be consulted on the materials to be used by the school, or at the very least have the right to review them before lessons begin.Equally importantly, marriage should be taught in secondary schools as the ‘gold-standard’ for adult relationships, not simply one option amongst many.The deadline for responses to the consultation is Monday 12th February. Please do respond.Yours sincerely,Thomas PascoeCampaign DirectorCoalition for Marriage (C4M)[...]

The changing world (40) Nov 1975

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:49:00 +0000

Nov 1st A day of visitors for us in Langtang. Calcotts from Vom with her parents too, Maurice Cottom, Gindiri, and Tom Owens from Jos. Tom was our boss.
2nd Preached . A Youth Service Corps young woman came to chat after the service.
3rd Hot but dry so OK.
4th Rimkat the cook off ill.
5th To Jos on Hinda for its service.
6th Working on the guide for TEE teachers. Visited Rimkat our cook in hospital. Greeted  Indian doctor and dentist there
7th Langtand district will have 10 TEE centres.
8th Spoke on Eph.2 at local primary school's Fellowship of Christian Students.
9th Farewell service for local bible school students.
10th To Jos on Hand. TEE manuscript not finished typesetting.
12th To Kabwir where there will be 6 TEE centres.
13th Working out calendars to TEE classes.
14th Started work on TEE book on evangelism.Katy to the local secondary school to teach the choir.
Most church singing is from Gospel Bells in English or the Hausa hymnbook. It is dated and not great. But at the Kuru Government secondary near Vom they had a Welsh music teacher who conducted a very able choir so it an be done.
15th 150+at local primary school's Fellowship of Christian Students.
16th David did poo in his pants and said his brother had put it there!
17th Katy and David miserable with colds but she still made a Christmas pudding.
20th Christmas shopping in Jos. The boys to the zoo with the Clarks. Back to sticky Langtang with our three asleep en route - over 100 miles of good road.
21st Triggs staying with us. David not co-operating with potty training. katy at school choir.
22nd Over 200 at the primary school FCS.
23rg Rachel dedication service. Local practice. baptism IPC Ealing seven years later. Reading my favourite historical novel, Descant from the Hills by Yorkshireman Stanhope White, colonial era DO in Gwoza. I met him later in Yorkshire. Greeted local RC priest who seems a fine man. Irish of course. He says the difference between their missionary priests and Protestant missionaries is that they get fat on the field and we get fat on leave.
24th Working on TEE evangelism book. Triggs still here on holiday.
25th To Jos for what I thought was a course on audio-visuals but turned out to be on visualaids so I missed the second part.
26th back to sticky Langtang with a drum of petrol. Buy while one can.
27th Work on evangelism book. I am translating into Hausa.
28th School principal requests Katy do a Christmas concert.
29th Tom Owens here overnight. He is a gifted expositor, a former veterinary surgeon.
30th Tom preaching at Lagtang ordination but I was up to Bukuru for the end of a TEE course there.

The changing world (39) Sep - Oct 1975

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:29:00 +0000

4th Lunch at Kabwir with radishes. TEE planning there. To Boi overnight in Zamko landcover. The road, or rather track there very rough.
5th Landcover broke down and I had to walk and taxi back to Langtang after meeting with Lere leaders concerning TEE.
6th With Pater Clark and Brian Boddy to repair and retrieve the landcover.
8th To Vom for Katy's antenatal then Miango working on TEE manuscript.
10th Foron and Fobir TEE teachers meeting at Bukuru. Staying in Jos.
12th Fobir district church council in a car which stuck in the mud.
13th Back to Langtang which feels sticky after Plateau.
14th Church in Hausa in the morning. Lunch at Zamko with Clarks. Preached at Langttang.
15th Marmalide making. Gardening here a flop.
18th To Vom in anticipation of new arrival.
19th Bible school committee in Jos approved the TEE plans. Complimented on my Hausa .
20th Reading John Boer's work on the history of SUM. Papers for his doctoral thesis from Amsterdam.
21 Katy's waters broke 6:30 By 9:30 contractions so into private ward at Vom with me out again to look after the boys.
22 3:45am woken with news of 7ib 4oz Rachel Joy.All announcements sent. Boys missing their mother.
23rd Rachel feeding well. Jonathan thrilled but David wants his mother home.
26th To Jos for Nigeria Evangelical Fellowship TEE committee. Appointed to lead Hausa translation of the next book chichis on evangelism. These books were a co-operative venture in simple English for Africa.
27th To Panama for TEE on motorbike. To Jos in a trust taxi then Vom by car. To Mango to get a TEE MS on NT introduction then back to Vom.
29th To Panama on Honda then to daft for TEE but dave up part way as mud was impeding the Honda. Panama pastor keen to start TEE.
30th Katy out of hospital and we moved to the luxury of the Anglican's St Piran's vicarage in Jos.
Oct 1st Murtala the head of state announces civilian rule planned for 1979. Saw this on vicarage TV our first in Nigeria.
Oct 2 Katy not well but we have a good cook.
Oct 3 Good reception at Foron DCC with TEE plans.
4th Registered the birth in Jos.
5th Took boys to our Jos church wither 2000 there.
6th Muslim public holiday. Completed TEE book on NT intro so ready for printers or rather type setting.
7th Packing at the vicar for return of Dominys. Move to SUM HQ, a step down..
9th Back home to Langtang via Panama DCC.
12th 96F and sticky.
13th To Boi bt landcover then cycle to Marti. hard ride but enthusiastic men for TEE.
14th backhoe to Langtang then returned to landcover to zamko in exchange for our car.
15th David Molyneux of Faith and farm visited. he would like to transfer to TEE.
17th To Panama. Leaders agreed 16 centres for TEE with one teacher per centre. Teachers are evangelists or pastors and I and Enid Crane will teach the teachers.
18th To Daffo where four centres and two teachers are planned.
20th David's third birthday. Clarks came to celebrate. Local boys can be troublesome when they come to play and one toy car is missing.
22nd Working on TEE teachers guidebook.
31 Dry season brings less humidity now.

National Archive distorted history

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:25:00 +0000

From Christian VoiceAnniversaries, Islam, Political Engagementby StephenFreed slaves aboard HMS Daphne – but The National Archive pretended the British were tra The National Archive has withdrawn a series of displays at its headquarters after accusations it distorted history.A full account appears in The Times, but you have to register to read it.But the story allows us to mention an auspicious period in British history.Historian Tony Adler had said the UK government official archive was ’empire bashing’.The archive, based in Kew in west London, at first rejected the complaint. Later, it backed down and withdrew its entire display, entitled ‘Empire and Colonialism’.HMS Daphne’s sister ship, HMS Dryad (1866) – together they struck fear into the hearts of Arab slave traders.National Archive lacked ‘due impartiality’The National Archive admitted it was presenting a view of Britain’s colonial history without ‘due impartiality’ in its exhibition at its Keeper’s Gallery visitor centre.Central to the accusation was an accompanying early photograph captioned ‘East African slaves taken aboard HMS Daphne from a dhow 1 November 1868.’ A subtext implied they were victims of cruel British imperialists. The exhibition claimed that British rule over its colonies was ‘profoundly oppressive’.However, journalist Robert Hardman said the exhibition curators made a serious mistake. The poor souls on HMS Daphne were not victims of oppressive British slave-trading. On the contrary, the Royal Navy had just rescued them from an Arab slave ship.HMS Daphne incurred traders’ wrathAnother view on board HMS DaphneCaptain George Sullivan kept a record. This confirms he was a small but committed part of an aggressive program to eradicate the slave trade in the Indian Ocean. The campaign freed thousands of enslaved East Africans. Moreover, a number of British sailors lost their lives.Admiral Ballard spoke of HMS Daphne seventy years later, in July 1938: ‘Each of her commissions lasted four years, and her ever recurring appearance at so many successive slave running seasons earned a tradition of wrath at the mention of her name among the merchants in that line of business’.Following feeding, washing and attendance by the ship’s doctor, the former slaves shown in this early photograph were put ashore in the Seychelles to begin a new life of liberty. But the reality did not suit the anti-British narrative of the National Archives.Christians abolished slaveryWilliam Wilberforce (1759-1833). Portrait by Anton Hickel (Wilberforce House, Hull, UK)Above all, the National Archive failed to mention the prolonged and ultimately successful anti- slavery campaign by William Wilberforce. Firstly, the MP abolished the slave trade. The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act became law on 25th March 1807.On his death-bed Wilberforce heard that slavery itself would be abolished in Britain and its colonies. Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. As a result, thirty years later, HMS Daphne, launched in 1866, was rescuing slaves from Arabs in the Indian Ocean.Furthermore, we do not hesitate to mention the religious context. It was his Evangelical Christian faith which drove Wilberforce to see all men as equal.His friends in the ‘Clapham Sect’ were equally passionate to build the Kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth.  They will have been well aware[...]