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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:15:00 +0000Fatima Salaria – its second Muslim executive to take control of its faith-based output and serve as the new commissioning editor for religion and ethics. I believe this is totally inappropriate in a Christian country. Muslims are a minority. A Muslim's understanding of what the Christian majority want cannot be adequate. To have a Muslim in charge of Songs of Praise, well you might as well have an atheist. I regard this appointment as BBC bias towards Islam. - I await response
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:49:00 +0000Thursday 17th Had my second colonoscopy in two weeks at St Mask's Hospital, Harrow. I had injections for sedation making this time a less uncomfortable experience.I was encouraged by the surgeon's conclusion that I do not need to have all the colon removed for that would have necessitated a stoma (bag). He says the polyps (non-malignant growths) were mainly in the lower colon so he will recommend removal of that when the cancer is removed. That was Thursday morning. In the afternoon I had a community cardiologist appointment in Hanwell. The consultant said my heart condition was not a cause for concern at present but he continues to want regular monitoring. This follows my treatment for cardiac arrhythmias in Hammersmith Hospital about 8 years ago.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:39:00 +0000by davidtmyersTrust in God, and you shall not fearThe subject of today’s historical devotional was not a Presbyterian, but in the closing days of his life and ministry on earth, he was the president of the foremost Presbyterian college in America. Jonathan Edwards was born into a ministerial families in 1703. Trained in the home, he entered into scholarly pursuits by attending Yale College at age 13. In the latter portion of his collegiate training, the Holy Spirit convicted his heart and convinced him of his need of Jesus Christ. He received Jesus as Lord and Savior at that pivotal time. Graduating from Yale in 1720, he continued his studies for the gospel ministry. When a congregation in what is now the New England area of our country became vacant, he went as the pastor in 1729, following his father-in-law as the minister. It was there under the preaching of the Word, including the famous sermon “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God,” that the Great Awakening movement came to the church and area. Over three hundred souls were awakened to their sinfulness and brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.Jonathan Edwards was not only effective as an awakening pastor, but through his writings, the then known world of Christendom was challenged as to the authority of God’s Word in the life of the church and the sphere of culture. He was America’s foremost apologist, or defender of the faith. Even in the midst of church controversy, such as developed in that Northampton congregation over the issue of qualified participants of the Lord’s Supper, he did not allow his departure to stop him in his ministry. He evangelized among the native Americans for six years in the Stockton, Massachusetts area.It was in 1758, that a delegation came from the College of New Jersey, with an offer to become the president of that Presbyterian school of the prophets. After some objections were answered satisfactorily, he did accept the offer in January of 1758 and became associated with what would later become Princeton University. As smallpox was present in the area, a noted physician came down from Philadelphia on February 23, 1758 to inoculate President Edwards and two of his daughters. Edwards was inoculated with pus from a patient with smallpox, a practice of the time called variolation (variola=smallpox virus). Vaccination using coxpox virus (vacca=cow) came about 40 years later. Edwards had never been in the best of health and as the effects of the inoculation were subsiding, a secondary fever took hold and Jonathan Edwards died of small pox approximately one month later, March 22, 1758.Just before his death, some people were attending him on his death-bed, and remarked about the approaching effect of this certain demise on the Christian church. Jonathan Edwards, hearing those remarks, spoke to those attending him with his dying words “Trust in God, and ye need not fear.”Words to Live By: Let us ever and always trust in God, indeed the God of providence, with whom there is no mistake in life or death.[...]
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:41:00 +0000Sunday, 19th Adult Sunday School was an interview of a young missionary couple about to start work with a team taking the gospel to an unreached people group in North Africa. For security, the country was not disclosed, nor am I posting their names. Paul preached form Is 53, good as ever . Then for lunch we lived up to our name of International Presbyterian Church. Our guests were form Kenya and a couple whose background is Canadian, Peruvian and Scottish. Evening sermon as Paul concluding his Jonah series. He told us the main point of both book and chapter is that Jonah had to learn, 'you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, 'Monday 20th, I finished Spencer's Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. In the evening we watched the very moving autobiographical WWI film, Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth. Both reviewed on this blog.Tuesday 21st, There were 8 of us at early IPC prayers, our monthly early meeting. Ealing Lunchtime Talks saw Paul expound all of Rom 11. He gave us the two views of 'all Israel will be saved' declining to state his own choice. I mentioned that for me it could not mean a future large scale conversion of ethnic Israel for if so we lose the doctrine of the immanent return of Christ. There are no remaining signs preceding the coming of the Lord. He might come today. Back to no fibre diet in preparation for a second colostomy procedure.Wednesday 22nd Cardiologist consultant tells me the since my atrial fibrillation 8 years ago, the heart is stable but he will continue annual appointments but now these are at a Hanwell surgery. I so not need to be a hospital outpatient. I will not describe the messy details of the evening save to say overdosing on laxatives as per the hospital's instruction is a case of 'Runs rabbit runs' together with fasting from noon.[...]
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:26:00 +0000by archivistAll Good Things Must EndThe last numbered meeting of the Westminster Assembly, marked as “Session 1163”, met on this day, February 22d, 1649. The Assembly was never officially dissolved. Finally the last pretense of a meeting occurred on March 25, 1652.In his History of the Westminster Assembly, (1856), William Hetherington writes of those final days:—“The business of the Assembly was now virtually at an end. The subjects brought before them by Parliament had been all fully discussed, and the result of their long and well-matured deliberations presented to both Houses, to be approved or rejected by the supreme civil power on its own responsibility. But the Parliament neither fully approved nor rejected the Assembly’s productions, nor yet issued an ordinance for a formal dissolution of that venerable body. Negotiations were still going on with the king; and in one of the papers which passed between his majesty and the Parliament, he signified his willingness to sanction the continuation of Presbyterian Church government for three years; and also, that the Assembly should continue to sit and deliberate, his majesty being allowed to nominate twenty Episcopalian divines to be added to it, for the purpose of having the whole subject of religion again formally debated. To this proposal the Parliament refused to consent; but it probably tended to prevent them from formally dissolving the Assembly, so long as there remained any shadow of hope that a pacific arrangement might be effected with his majesty.In the meantime many members of the Assembly, especially those from the country, returned to their own homes and ordinary duties; and those who remained in London were chiefly engaged in the examination of such ministers as presented themselves for ordination, or induction into vacant charges. They continued to maintain their formal existence till the 22d of February 1649, about three weeks after the king’s decapitation, having sat five years, six months, and twenty-two days; in which time they had held one thousand one hundred and sixty-three sessions. They were then changed into a committee for conducting the trial and examination of ministers, and continued to hold meetings for this purpose every Thursday morning till the 25th of March 1652, when Oliver Cromwell having forcible dissolved the Long Parliament, by whose authority the Assembly had been at first called together, that committee also broke up, and separated without any formal dissolution, and as a matter of necessity.Words to Live By:Having served its purpose, the Westminster Assembly at last closed its sessions. All good things must eventually come to an end. Ministries wax and wane. Lives come to an end. It is part of the human condition, given our fallen, sinful nature. It is part of the curse of sin. But it will not be so in heaven, when we are changed from corruptible to incorruptible. Then not just our existence, but our very reason for existence and our purpose in life will be eternal, for we will, without sin, perfectly worship and serve the one eternal Lord God.But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV)From the Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643-1652, Vol. 4, pp. 799-800, the recorded content of that last numbered session of the Westminster Assembly:—Sess. 1163. Feb. 22, 1649. Thursday morning.Mr Johnson to pray.Mr Craddock be approved.R.: Mr Savory respited till this day forthnight.Ord[ered]: Mr Dawson be approved upon his ordination.Ord[ered]: Mr be approved upon his former Ord[ered]: Mr Ackworth be examined.Ord[ered]: Mr Mason be approved.R.: The hundred pounds now to be distributed shall be distributed according to the rule observed in the last distribution.It was done accordingly, and approved off.“From this point f[...]
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:07:00 +0000ON THIS DAY IN 1945 Eric Liddell, Olympian for Christ, died in a Japanese concentration camp.IN CHINA, Eric Liddell asked his students if they believed Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. When they said they did, he would say “let’s add it on to the end of the Apostles Creed and when you finish saying the Apostles Creed say, ‘I believe in the Sermon on the Mount’.” This was more than rhetoric with him. After the Japanese incarcerated him in a detention camp, he prayed for them. Had not Christ said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you?” He challenged fellow-prisoners to pray for the Japanese, too. This was in keeping with his entire adult life. Born the son of missionaries, Liddell was a highly athletic rugby star and running champion while studying for the ministry in Scotland. Eventually his swift feet took him to the 1924 Olympics in Paris, where he set a world record in the four hundred meters. His refusal to run on Sunday drew world attention to his faith. After his victory, a friend says the two of them took a pair of American girls to a Tango Tea Dance. Following the Olympics, he completed his education and became a missionary in China, where he met and married his wife Florence. He sent her and their daughters to safety in Canada after the Japanese invaded China, but remained himself in danger from Chinese Communists and Japanese invaders. He and Kenneth McAll learned to trust God implicitly for their safety. When McAll was offered a pistol to protect himself against bandits, Eric shouted, “Don’t touch it! If you have that in your pocket you will depend on it rather than God and I would refuse to travel with you.” The Japanese incarcerated foreigners in concentration camps. There Eric worked selflessly as a teacher, prisoner representative, and volunteer toting loads for weaker prisoners. Even after he developed headaches from a massive brain tumor, he never complained. Finally he was assigned to one of the camp’s hospital beds. He often wrote to Florence and his three girls, the youngest of whom he had never seen. In a letter near the end of his life, he told Florence he had suffered a “slight nervous breakdown” but assured her he was much better after a month in hospital. “Special love to you and the children,” he added. He then turned to his friend Annie Buchan and said, “It’s full surrender” before drifting into a coma from which he never recovered. Eric Liddell died on this day, 21 February 1945. Everyone in the camp mourned, for by then his infectious smile and concern for others were widely known. Norman Cliff, one of the young men who witnessed Liddell’s life in the prison camp, believes the champion runner would have taken no credit for his life, but would have said instead, “When you speak of me, give the glory to my master, Jesus Christ.”[...]
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:15:00 +00001. Testament of Youth [DVD]   Alicia Vikander (Actor), Kit Harington (Actor), James Kent (Director) I had read the book before I saw the film. In fact I own a first edition. But unlike the usual complaint that the film is not as good, this one is excellent. Cinematography and acting are very good. It starts with Armistice Day celebration then reprises to upper middle class England before WWI. Vera is a strong willed teenager determined to enter Oxford which she does despite the odds and the start of romance, the latter duly chaperoned. But her boyfriend and brother join up at the outbreak of war and soon Vera leaves Oxford to be a nurse, caring for the wounded in England. On leave boyfriend becomes fiancé only to be killed as Vera awaits his next leave and marriage. She does not believe the news that he suffered a quick death and bravely goes to find out the truth. Next she nurses in France, caring at first for injured Germans , then Brits, and among the latter she finds a dying family friend then her brother. He recovers only to die in service. The was over there is a brief but moving portrayal of Vera becoming an outspoken pacifist. I do not usually go for romantic films. This one is a romance and a tragedy, all the more moving for being autobiography. Watch it and weep for the dead, wounded and bereaved of WWI.2. The Man Who Cried Ciarán Hinds (Actor), Kate Buffery (Actor), Michael Whyte (Director) At first I did not find this very attractive with an adulterer leaving home with his son, but the story grew on me. He turns down the offer of a relationship with a moneyed widow and tramps the road with his son in search of work. A good deed for a wealthy man brings hime work and a secure lodging. But it is at the cost of lying about his background and his son's to consent to the lie. I will not do a spoiler but say the story involves bigamy, another unhappy marriage and infidelity. It moves from 1932 toWW2 and raises questions about hatred and forgiveness. Classic Cookson.[...]
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:12:00 +0000In a speech on Sunday Mr Sanusi said that a connection had been established between polygamy, poverty and terrorism, Nigeria's widely read Punch newspaper reports. Local media quotes the powerful religious leader and former governor of the central bank saying: Those of us in the [mainly Muslim] north have all seen the economic consequences of men who are not capable of maintaining one wife, marrying four. They end up producing 20 children, not educating them, leaving them on the streets, and they end up as thugs and terrorists."The emir discussed different areas to be covered by the wide-ranging family law, which he said would be passed by the Kano state government:The law will address what Islam says on marriage, it will outlaw forced marriages, it will make domestic violence illegal, it will put in conditions that you need to fulfil before you can marry a second wife, it will spell out the responsibilities of a father beyond producing a child."He added: It is a big law which covers a whole range of issues from consent to marriage, to maintenance to divorce, to maintenance of children and inheritance. It will be the first time in northern Nigeria that a Muslim law on personal status will be codified."[...]
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:12:00 +0000This first quote is from a friend.'Trump Derangement Syndrome. It sounds like a joke, but it's symptoms are everywhere. Once someone knows that he is dealing with a person who supports Trump in any, way, shape or form, he concludes that the person with whom he is dealing with is mentally deficient, dangerous, a kook and must be refuted in the most vigorous manner possible.So, if you once indicated that you thought Trump makes a good point about illegal immigration and then make a comment that it was cold last night, the person with Trump Derangement Syndrome is obligated to contradict you. He will explain that it's February and it really wasn't that cold due to global warming which Trump is 'responsible for'I have friends with TDS even in England. Any comment of mine which does not judge Trump adversely, any suggestion one should not rush to judgement and I stand accused of abdicating any moral consideration. But TDS is a minor consideration here in UK. More relevant is Brexit Derangement Syndrome BDS. With my openly declared vote for Brexit I am labelled among those who are less well educated, old, nationalistic and xenophobic. The BDS sufferer states he cannot understand the rationale of theBrexit supporter. .I have on this blog stated my reasons for Brexit and refutes the above slanders. Is there a cure for BDS A prospering UK separated from the EU should do it I hope. After all, most of those with BDS are not old enough to have known a UK not tied to the EU. Perhaps when they grow up minds will be changed.Have now found more on TDS and BDS too [...]
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:59:00 +0000Thursday 16th I received notification of a holiday booking which was Katy's idea. We did several years ago take all the family to the Plas de Calais. Next year (2018) we are to go together to a farmhouse in Norfolk. All booked for nine adults, six children and one dog. I am thankful to be able to afford it. The other seven adults are assigned the catering. Thursday afternoon was outpatients at St Mark's. A very pleasant consultant and specialist nurse explained the situation as far as it is known. I have a small cancerouss lesion at the end of the colon. It could be removed with minor surgery needing only one night in hospital. But first the surgeon is booking an ultrasound scan to see how deep the cancer goes into the colon wall. All polyps were removed last week but as they were about 10 scattered along the colon, removal of most of the colon could be a possibility to prevent further growths which could be malignant. But that would mean lager in hospital and a stoma so that is not what I would want. So that was fine until ...
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:17:00 +0000by archivist Among the Papers of the Rev. Albert F. (“Bud”) Moginot, Jr., there is a modest collection of tracts, including some by the Rev. Francis A. Schaeffer. Each of these began as sermons delivered in the St. Louis church where he was pastor, and they were later published in tract form. Two of the tracts are Baptism and The Holy Catholic Church. A third, Peter Versus the Papacy is the subject of our post today.I had not previously seen a copy of this tract. The PCA Historical Center has multiple copies of the first two tracts, whereas this third one appears to be scarce.As with the other two tracts, this tract bears a date inside the front cover indicating when the message was originally delivered—in this case, February 17, 1946.Rev. Schaeffer’s message in this case is shorter than that of the previous tracts. The tract prints out to just fourteen pages in length. And there are no printed subdivisions of the text, as there were with the others. Rev. Schaeffer opens the message in this way:Tomorrow is February 18. This is a great date in the religious life of the world. It is a great date: (1) for the Roman Catholic Church, because the largest number of men ever to be named as Cardinals at one time will receive their official notification from the Pope; (2) for Protestants, although most Protestants do not seem to realize the significance of the day, because tomorrow marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther.. . .The falling of these two events on a single day could not be by coincidence. Rather, Rome has chosen this time to name her Cardinals to join the issue once more between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Since Rome has so seen fit, our theme for this morning will be “Peter Versus the Papacy.”The keystone of the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church is the primacy of Peter. Therefore, today let us see what the Word of God has to say concerning Peter and his teaching. . .Physical aspects: The construction of the tract is similar to that of the other two. Four sheets of tan 30-35 lbs. paper, measuring 6″ h. x 7″ w. and duplex printed with dark brown ink, folded and assembled to form the signature, with a single saddle-stitch staple for binding. And as I mentioned before, the Moginot collection has copies of the “Holy Catholic Church” tract with this same tan colored paper, as well as with a salmon colored paper. That message was first printed in 1944 and the one on “Peter versus the Papacy” in 1946. Given the related topics, it is easy to see how there might have been a need to reprint the first title.[...]
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:15:00 +0000Monday morning we visited yet another Greenford property for sale. Once again, too small. Monday evening were pleased to welcome our family from Canterbury including their new member, Inki. I cannot recall her breed except that she is a cross, small, black and white and hairy. She is very quiet, and for a puppy, very well behaved. I am not a fan of small dogs. But Inky has won me over. Her mistress, Sahara, still struggles with some undiagnosed chronic fatigue which is hampering her schooling and dad, David, may further reduce his work to do some home schooling. Unfortunately local homeschooling networks will not support the attempt unless the child is 100% home schooled. That to me seems ideological, not helpful.Her grammar school have helped with one to one maths and real understanding of the practicalities of her problems. Her young brother Zac is due to start boys' grammar school in September. The family were with us until Wednesday morning.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:58:00 +0000by archivistAs the Schaeffers were preparing to move to Europe, the following article was published in BIBLICAL MISSIONS, the newsletter of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, under whose auspices the Schaeffers initially moved onto the European field, with the intent of planting theologically sound churches. The picture shown here is from the January 1949 issue of that same newsletter.Some will remember that this same title “Revolutionary Christianity” appears as the title of the last chapter of Schaeffer’s book, THE CHURCH AT THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. The content of the 1948 article is entirely different, though it would be an interesting exercise to compare the two messages. Great minds are always building on prior accomplishments and advances, and I have to think that Schaeffer hadn’t forgotten this 1948 article when he so titled that last chapter of his book in 1970. For instance, does the latter contain an outworking of ideas first formulated in the earlier article.REVOLUTIONARY CHRISTIANITYRev. Francis A. Schaeffer[Biblical Missions 14.2 (February 1948): 27-31.]The International Missionary Council met at Whitby, Ontario, in the summer of 1947. In reporting on that meeting, Reinhold Niebuhr’s paper, “Christianity and Crisis,” in its issue of November 10, 1947, gave an account of one of the speeches in which account it stated: “Bishop Neill, successful Oxford missioner, warned lest the church cease to be revolutionary and identify itself with the status quo, the powers that be. ‘Then,’ he said, ‘the revolution goes forward under demonic powers, which God uses to discipline the Church.’ The church losing its mission becomes irrelevant.”This is a highly significant statement, for it is an illustration of the type of thinking that dominates the modernistic missionary movements, including those that are Barthian and neo-Barthian. Insofar as this statement was presented at this un-Biblical, but influential missionary conference, it is well to analyze carefully this problem in a Bible-believing missionary magazine.What is meant by “revolutionary Christianity” is that we now need a socialized gospel. To these men the revolutionary concept of Christianity is a part of world betterment through a revolution in the economic field; to them, socialization is the next upward step for Christianity to take. When therefore these men speak of “irrelevant Christianity” they mean Bible-believing Christianity. To them, our historic emphasis that the church’s task is to preach Christ crucified and raised from the dead that men might accept Christ as their personal Saviour and be justified by faith alone, is irrelevant and little more than magic.The sad thing is that there are some Bible-believing Christians who five excuse for such charges. Orthodoxy is in a constant danger of allowing hat orthodoxy to ossify so that it has no impact on life. Historic, Bible-believing Christianity believes that the task of the church is to preach Christ and Him crucified and that men are justified by faith alone; but his does not mean that after a man has accepted Christ as his Saviour his Christianity should not show, or need not show, in every aspect of his life. In spite of the minority of Bible-believing Christians who are irrelevant, historic Bible-believing Christianity has been and is the true revolutionary Christianity. We have the revolutionary Christianity, not the Modernists and neo-Barthians.SpirituallyHistoric Christianity is revolutionary Spiritually. By revolutionary, I mean that it is totally contrary to all the other religions of the world. Consider the prophets. They were the revolutionists, and they stood [...]
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:24:00 +0000Thursday 9th we had our monthly lunch with Derek and Thelma Little, parents of our son in law Adrian. This time we were ar Cafe Rouge Ruislip and with a 50% off food voucher I enjoyed the luxury of fillet steak. The it was to Northwick Park Hospital again, this time for a CT scan of my whole body to see if there are signs of cancer beyond the colon. Results are due several days.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:02:00 +0000I think, therefore I am. 'Cogito, ergo sum' -- Rene Descartes 1596-1650: Le Discours de la methode (1637)
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:30:00 +0000First of all let me say most of the world's Moslems are peaceful people and many, for economic reasons mainly, would like to live in the West. But of all immigrant groups, it is from Moslem communities that the security of our country may be threatened. Most Muslims do not sympathise with the violent jihadis yet the threat is there and those radicalised may not be recognised even by family and friends. Violent radicalisation should surprise no-one who has studied Islam, its theology and history. Jihad, violent jihad, is truly part of Islam. In that the jihadis are correct. But Most Muslims are better than this. That incidentally is an interesting difference between Muslims and Christians. Most Muslims are better than what their religion teaches ( they will deny these parts of its teaching). But Christians always fall short God's demands, 'Be ye perfect for I am perfect.' So, to me it is evident that our Border Force should be very diligent in examining all applications by Muslims for entry to UK. Terrorist threats are most likely from Muslims, not those of no or other religions. The only terrorist fatality in UK since 7/7 was soldier Lee Rigby murdered by two men of Nigerian ethnicity who had converted to Islam. Converts are more likely to become jihadis.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:09:00 +0000On Monday I posted about my cancer diagnosis. This afternoon I am to have a CT scan. At least that will be more pleasant than an hour or so on an operating table with a TV camera tube up you know where which was my Monday afternoon. The CT is I understand to see if there is any cancer in other parts of the body.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:29:00 +0000We have so far visited around eight properties and none has ticked all our boxes as listed below.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:54:00 +0000We all know LOL, ROTFL IMO, AFAIK etc. But I want some new ones, especially for use on Facebook. I offer these and invite other.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:26:00 +0000by archivistHis Blood Baptized the Cause of Freedom, Conscience, and Pure ReligionEarls, barons, lords and marquis — these titles are foreign to countless Americans. Yet to those in Scotland and England, they are the stuff of ancient times, with some left over to the modern age. We are interested in the last title, but only as it referred to the Marquis of Argyle, Archibald Campbell. From an early period in Scottish history, his ancestors played a prominent part. Vast domains were under their rule, with great power exhibited by this house. It was said, for example, that today’s subject, Archibald Campbell, could have fielded an army of twenty thousand soldiers. Well, you could imagine the gratitude of God’s people when Archibald Campbell joined the Covenanting Presbyterians at a General Assembly in 1638.At the first and last coronation ceremony in which King Charles II was crowned in Scotland, which we developed for our readers on January 1, it was this Marquis himself who placed the crown on the head of Charles the Second. We also saw that such early support would be repaid with years of persecution for Scottish Presbyterians, including the Marquis of Argyle himself. When Charles finally ascended to the throne, Archibald Campbell traveled south to congratulate him. He never arrived in London, but was arrested on the journey there on February 7, 1661. Clapped into the Tower of London, he lay in chains until the following winter. Then he was sent back to Scotland to be tried on everything from having signed the Solemn League and Covenant, to submission to Oliver Cromwell, to being acquainted with the plot to kill King Charles the First.The trial would last several months and finally ended with the sentence that “Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyle, is found guilty of high treason, and is adjudged to be executed to death as a traitor, his head to be severed from his body at the Cross of Edinburgh on Monday, the twenty-seventh instance, and to be fixed in the same place where the Marquis of Montrose’s head was formerly.”One would think that such a sentence would be met with a grim spirit. But such was not the case with this Covenanting Christian. He commented upon hearing the news that “I had the honor to set the crown on the King’s head, and now he hastens me to a better crown than his own.” Ascending to the place of execution on the day, he “blessed the Lord,” adding “I pardon all men, as I desire to be pardoned myself.” With that, and other expressions of the forgiveness granted from Calvary, he went forth to be with His Lord and Savior.It is said that in life he had “piety for a Christian, sense for a counselor, courage for a martyr, and a soul for a king.” With all these characteristics, he was among the first of the Covenanters to lay down his life for the Covenanted Reformation.Words to Live By: Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 1:26, “not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth . . .” The apostle did not say “not any” were called, but “not many were called.” We have in the Marquis of Argyle one such wise, influential, powerful and high and noble individual, who was called to stand up for the faith.[...]
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:30:00 +0000I have today been to St Mark's Hospital, Harrow for a colonoscopy, not a procedure to be enjoyed. But the staff were very caring and nearly all except the surgeon were Philippino. The outcome was a diagnosis of multiple polyps and the start of a cancerous lesion. So I have the prospect of several teats, not unpleasant ones, before the oncologists and surgeons decide on the best course of action. I am not anxious but pray that family members are not. Next appointment in eight days.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:17:00 +0000I posted last week that I was spending too much time on social media so will cut back on Facebook. No more instant news updates unless for emergency prayer. I hope each week to look back on the past and where needed inform for prayer in the week ahead.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:31:00 +00001. The Whistler - John Grisham. I have read all of Grisham's adult fiction. His is one of my top two thriller writers and here he is back on top form after a couple of books which were slightly below par by his high standards. Here is a great thrilling mystery about a secretive whistleblower exposing a corrupt judge in league with gangsters whose crimes go all the way up to murder. There is real tension and surprise. Read and enjoy.2. Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now byAyaan Hirsi AliAyan Hirsi Ali gets better with each volume. She shows an in depth understanding Islam, Christianity and its Reformation and the West. She exposes the lie of Islam as the religion of peace which our politicians and liberal elites have been paroting for years. They are frightened to confront the true nature of Islam. AHA is not. She helpfully divides the Muslim world into three parts. The majority she calls the Meccan Muslims are peaceful, maybe traditional or modern, some pious, some not. OTOH the Medinan Muslims are the Islamists, the violent minority who want the jihad of ISIS and the suicide bomber. She shows this strand has always been there ever since Mohammed wrote his warlike verses form Medina. Her hope is in the last group, the smallest one, people like her who want to see a reformed Islam. She has five pillars for he reformed Islam, reform Mohammed's and the Quran's infallible status, move to invest in life now not in the next life, reform Shari'a, reform the empowering of individuals and families to enforce their views of right and wrong, reform the imperative of jihad. She has the practical suggestion for doing this, the same tactic that worked against the Soviets, subversive literature. However, my view is the subversive literature needed is not merely about Western freedoms. That could be counter productive. What is needed is Christian literature which exposes the false claims of Mohammed and promotes the gospel Of Jesus. This battle is no mere ideology but a spiritual battle.Islam isomer of an evil empire than the Soviet's. Secular ideology or military might will not defeat it, only a true spiritual power. AHA is surprisingly optimistic. On her atheism I cannot be optimistic, but long term, the battle is the Lord's. Finally, I would nominate AHA for the Nobel Peace Price. She is far more worthy than Obama and has contributed more than brave Mulala.3. Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faith by Robert Spencer Before I read this I wondered what the author had done to be banned by Theresa May, the then home secretary, banned from the UK for several years.There is nothing in this book to warrant a ban unless truth telling is now prohibited. Spencer was banned because he was coming to address the EDL. If like Wilders he had been coming to address the House of Lords he would have been granted entry. After all Wilders is far more offensive for he would ban the Koran altogether. No, Spencer is a Christian with a much calmer approach. He starts by questioning the epithet, religion of peace and then goes on to compare Islam and Christianity on beliefs, ethics, moral values, and human rights. He asks if Islam is compatible with liberal democracy, secularism and pluralism. Can science and culture flourish under Islam? Does Islam tolerate dissenting minorities? Has the West nothing to fear from Islam? This last chapter starts with these words[...]
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:37:00 +0000After TV watching, social media are the most time consuming pastimes. I confess to more time on the latter than the former, especially Facebook.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:05:00 +0000Balfour Declaration motivated by British Cabinet’s Christian faithBy Charles Gardner, Special to ASSIST News ServiceLONDON, UK (ANS – January 31, 2017) -- A political document blamed by many for today’s Middle East crisis was motivated by the evangelical Christian faith of a uniquely international, cross-party, British war cabinet.This was the claim of Jerusalem-based Canadian Rev. Dr. David Schmidt in a London lecture marking the centenary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.1This refers to a letter to Britain’s Jewish leaders, signed by Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour, promising that the Government would do all in its power to facilitate a return to their ancient land of God’s chosen people who had been scattered throughout the globe for some 1,800 years.They weren’t at the time in a position to do so, for the region then known as Palestine was under Turkish Muslim control, but the situation changed within weeks following the capture of Jerusalem by British and Allied forces under the command of General Edmund Allenby.So it was that a brief 130-word letter became the basis for British rule of the territory, subsequently confirmed by the League of Nations (the UN’s predecessor) until such time as the Jews were ready for independence. But Britain later reneged on its agreement in a bid to appease Arab opposition. However, it did not stop the eventual creation of a Jewish state in 1948.As a Bible-believing academic, Dr. Schmidt is convinced that, far from being an embarrassing relic of the British Empire responsible for the current regional conflict, as many claim, the Balfour Declaration was part of God’s plan and Israel’s destiny, as foretold by the Old Testament prophets. “I believe what is written in the Bible regarding the Jewish people and prophecy; that the Jews would be exiled and scattered throughout the world, and in the last days return to the land in unbelief.”2Such a time would be marked by an increase in travel and knowledge (Daniel 12.4), among other phenomena, but specifically by fierce opposition of the nations to an independent state of Israel (Zechariah 14.2, Psalm 2.1-6).Various theories have been put forward for the motivation of David Lloyd George’s ten-strong War Cabinet of 1917 – such as empire expansion, remorse over Jewish persecution and even gratitude for the war efforts of Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, a top biochemist who had developed an important chemical ingredient for gunpowder.But Dr. Schmidt is convinced that Christian Zionism was at its heart, defining Zionism as the belief that Jews remain God’s chosen people and that they have a right to live in the land of Israel.Though from different social backgrounds and representing all contemporary political parties, these magnificent ten were, for the most part, non-Conformist evangelical Christians -- there were no Anglicans -- who were familiar with the Old Testament and aware of biblical prophecy. Ironically, the only Jewish member strongly opposed the policy. Many Jews at the time saw it as being herded into a “ghetto.” But their opposition gradually faded as the Zionist movement gained momentum.Lloyd George was the main figure behind the declaration, said Dr. Schmidt. Though “ethically challenged” -- he had a mistress, for one thing – the Welsh-born Liberal Prime Minister was raised on the Bible and retained a sentimental attachment to biblical value[...]