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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:38:00 +0000

THE BOOK THAT I AM CURRENTLY READING…Who are we? - Samuel Huntington - on the nature of USATHE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE…The Early Years - C H Spurgeon  My introduction to CalvinismTHE BOOK I WISH I’D WRITTEN…How to recognise bipolar - I could have done with it decades before the diagnosis.THE BOOK THAT HELPED ME IN MY PREACHING…Not a book at all but listening to Lloyd-Jones at The Chapel, 1964-67.THE BOOK THAT I THINK IS MOST UNDERRATED…Promise and deliverance - D De Graaf. Simply the best for understanding the Old Testament.THE BOOK THAT MADE ME SAY AMEN AS I READ…Calvin's InstitutesTHE LAST BOOK THAT MADE ME WEEP…I often weep but ore likely when reading aloud. The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings & Islamic Militancy in Nigeria by Helon Habila made me eellike it.THE BOOK THAT I AM ASHAMED NOT TO HAVE READ… Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion second volume still unfinished.THE BOOK THAT I MOST OFTEN GIVE TO NEW CHURCH MEMBERS AND YOUNG CHRISTIANS…A Way to Pray: A Biblical Method for Enriching Your Prayer Life and Language by Shaping Your Words with Scripture by Matthew Henry  (Author),‎ O Palmer Robertson (Editor)THE BOOK THAT I GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE THINKING OF BECOMING A CHRISTIAN…John's GospelTHE BOOK THAT I WISH I WERE ABLE TO WRITE AND WANT SOMEONE TO WRITE…The words in the English Bible that were never translated, from baptise to phylacteries.THE BEST BOOK FOR CHILDREN…Pilgrim's Progress[...]

David Robertson on Brexit

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:18:00 +0000

'That was some week for the Prime Minister. At the beginning of the week she was dead in the water and a complete flop. At the end she is superwoman – having faced down the might of the EU and taken the Brexit negotiation on to another level. Her job is now safe (until after Christmas) and almost everyone is satisfied. Those who want Brexit are saying that we are on our way – out of the ECJ, out of the Single Market and Customs Union – and into a bright new world of free trade alliances and freedom.   Those who want the EU are saying that we are on our way to staying in the SM and CU so whats the point of Brexit anyway?   (Its ironic that they do not see that claiming the British people did not vote to leave the SM doesn’t quite square with s'taying in the SM is basically the same as staying in the EU').   It all depends what paper you read and whose Twitter feeds or Facebook page you follow.As regards Mrs May it is possible that as Juncker and Barnier declared, she is a brilliant leader and negotiator who has compelled the EU to back down and compromise. She could be the first Tory Premier in living memory who has either been deceived by the EU or deceived the British people.  Where Margaret Thatcher failed, she will succeed.Or it could be that she is just the same as the rest. Living in a fantasy world, thinking that the EU will compromise and give her what she wants. When Juncker and Barnier are putting their arms around you and telling you ‘welcome to the club’, you know there is something wrong! When the arch-europhile Ken Clark congratulates the Prime Minister on her negotiations one wonders what is going on.   Perhaps rather than being Thatcher, she is like Chamberlain, returning from Brussells with a piece of paper saying ‘Brexit in our time’!But there is a third option.   My fear is not that the Prime Minister is being fooled but that she knows exactly what is going on, and that she will get exactly what she wants.   Remember she did vote to remain. Britain will in effect remain in the EU – if not in name- at least in practice.   The EU will use the excuse of the Irish border to ensure that the UK stays regulated and controlled by the EU. Then they will have the best of all worlds – a Britain unable to trade freely with the rest of the world and a Europe unhindered by British politicians who don’t buy into the federalist dream of Schulz et al. It is the latter case that seems to me the most likely.   The political class are as a whole, thoroughly wedded to the EU. Most of the Tories, the Nationalists (whether Irish, Scottish or Welsh), the Lib-Dems and the Blairite Labourites will go along with this vision/nightmare. A sign of this establishment unity is indicated by a grand banquet which was held in London recently. The guest speakers were strongly anti-Brexit; Chuka Umunna, Anna Soubry and Nick Clegg.  The dinner cost £2,000 a head so it is no surprise that it was the elites city fat cats, the bankers and politicians, all determined to overturn Brexit. In that sense I do not see much difference between most of the political parties. Brown/Blair/Campbell/Osbourn/May/Hammond/Starmer/Sturgeon/Lucas/Cable are all basically of the same ilk.   Its strange to say but probably the only hope for those who want Britain out of the EU is Corbyn, who if he remains consistent to his life time political philosophy is Bennite in his rejection of the centralized Thatcherite Single Market.One of the many ironies of this is that the DUP will end up giving up the independence of the UK, in order to keep Northern Ireland in the UK. But the question then arises – if the UK is subject to the EU does it really matter whether Northern Ireland is subject to the EU, in or out of the UK?“We’d go from being a member of the internal market to being a subject of it. We’d check out but never leave.” - Spiked'[...]

HB Alexander Solzhenitsyn 11 Dec 1918

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:01:00 +0000

Bless you, prison, for having been in my life. The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

Five decades? Six? Seven? How long should it take to understand that the life of a community cannot be reduced to politics or wholly encompassed by government? The time in which we live has unfathomable depths beneath it. Our age is a mere film on the surface of time. --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, _November 1916_

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Our envy of others devours us most of all. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
I'd rather the United States be the world's policeman than the Soviet Union be the world's jailer.-- Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I willtell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Call no day happy til it is done; call no man happy til he is dead. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, _The Oak and the Calf_

At no time has the world been without war. Not in seven or ten or twenty thousand years. Neither the wisest of leaders, nor the noblest of kings, nor yet the Church--none of them has been able to stop it. And don't succumb to the facile belief that wars will be stopped by hotheaded socialists. Or that rational and just wars can be sorted out from the rest. There will always be thousands of thousands to whom even such a war will be senseless and unjustified. Quite simply, no state can live without war, that is one of the state's essential functions. ... War is the price we pay for living in a state. Before you can abolish war you will have to abolish all states. But that is unthinkable until the propensity to violence and evil is rooted out of human beings. The state was created to protect us from evil. ... In ordinary life thousands of bad impulses, from a thousand foci of evil, move chaotically, randomly, against the vulnerable. The state is called upon to check these impulses--but it generates others of its own, still more powerful, and this time one-directional. At times it throws them all in a single direction--and that is war. --"Father Severyan", in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's _November 1916_

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives devildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

God of the Universe! I believe again! Though I renounced You, You were with me! = A Solzhenitsyn

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I willtell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Recognition of Jerusalem marks Centenary

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:42:00 +0000

Anniversaries, Islam, Israelby StephenJerusalem showing the Dome of the Rock Mosque and the Western or ‘Wailing’ wall of the Temple MountOn 7th December 2017, the United States of America recognised Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.Donald Trump announced the move the day before. The US president said: ‘I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.’Moreover, he said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The BBC points out the decision fulfils a promise made by Mr Trump in his presidential campaign.Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was, firstly, ‘nothing more or less than a recognition of reality’, said the president. He added, secondly: ‘It is also the right thing to do.’Israel ‘profoundly grateful’Binyamin NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was profoundly grateful to Mr Trump, who had ‘bound himself forever with the history of the capital’.He also said Israel was ‘in touch with other countries to follow suit’. He did not name any of these countries, although the Philippines and the Czech Republic have been mentioned in Israeli media.Reaction from Muslim Arab countries has been less enthusiastic. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Mr Trump he was ‘throwing the region into a ring of fire.’  The BBC reports that Saudi Arabia, another armaments customer of the US, described the move as ‘unjustified and irresponsible’.Eight of the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council called for a briefing on the US president’s decision. They included permanent council members France and the UK. The Arab League will meet in the coming days to decide its response.‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem recognitionIsmail Haniyeh, leader of Hamas, called inevitably for a ‘Day of Rage’In the Holy Land itself, the Islamist Hamas terrorist group dominates the Gaza Strip. Its ruling Charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel. Its leader, Ismail Haniya, called inevitably for a ‘day of rage’ the following Friday. He said it should ‘be the first day of the intifada against the occupier’, meaning Israel.In the so-called ‘West Bank’, Fatah is the largest faction in the multi-party Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). It is filing a complaint to the UN Security Council and pushing for a strong stance by the Arab League.‘We are going to declare the United States disqualified as co-sponsor of any peace process or political process,’ said spokesman Dr Nasser Al-Kidwa. ‘In our mind, it has lost its ability to do or perform any efforts in this regard.’Fatah have also cancelled a meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence. Jibril Rajoub, a senior official in Mr Abbas’ Fatah party, said Mr Pence was ‘not welcome’ in the Palestinian territories. The meeting ‘would not take place’, he added.Jerusalem ‘sacred’ to MuslimsThe mainstream media describes Jerusalem as ‘holy’ to those of three faiths. These are Jews, Muslims and Christians. But Christians are not seeking Jerusalem as their capital. Jews do, obviously, and Muslims want East Jerusalem as the capital of a Muslim Palestinian state.The city is sacred to Muslims because they believe Mohammed visited it. According to CBN News, ‘Muslim tradition says the prophet Mohammed traveled to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on his famous night journey’. It goes on: ‘that tradition is the basis for the Palestinians’ claim to Jerusalem.’The Al-Aqsa Mosque was built in 705 AD over the Church of St Mary on the wall of the Temple Mount. It is not to be confused with the Dome of the Rock. Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan built the latter between AD 685 and 691. It was intended, not as a mosque for public worship but rather as a shrine for pilgrims.Mohammed was never in[...]

The changing world (28) Jul 1974

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:18:00 +0000

Found a chameleon on our verandah. Spoke at hospital weekly staff prayer meeting. Had to break news of a relative drowning to an hysterical Italian family. "Oh tar out my heart' the mother wailed. David Carling, medical superintendent told staff we were to receive government grants bu the price was accepting non-christian students. Our policy has been a Christian hospital training only Christians who have to be prepared to participate in services on the wards and ray before procedures,
  We had regular visits from UK medical students on elective placements. Non-one so memorable as the lively and Reformed Marianne Sced (later James and consultant in psychiatry and geriatric medicine). She was the first person I met who had confronted fellow students on homosexuality.In my day there were no gay societies. They had not been out of the closet long enough to be so bold. Looking round the new pharmacy built on the upper site where wards and theatre have operated for several years. Enjoyed fellowship with Ivor Thomas, Reformed Australian medic.
 Packing for the pharmacy to be transferred to the new building. July 23 took our effects to Jos for transport to Borno and pleased to find our sea loads have arrived safely. July 26 collected the Landrover in Jos for our Limankara stay. As we prepared to move once again we enjoyed the hospitality of colleagues for meals. David Calcott administrator and wife Ruth, nurse. Wells, Trevor accountant and Jean, medic. Kitchens, Aussie medic and Carlings. I recall David being away a lot speaking in various countries and we were asked to pray for such strenuous ministry. my reaction was how much he must love it. I would as one with speaking gifts. I was of the opinion that there were two kinds of missionaries, those who did the work and those who travelled the world talking about it. Tho be fair, David Carling did lots of both and I am probably open to accusations of envy of the globe trotters. However David did give birth to SUM's biggest white elephant the floating operating theatre on Lake Chad. A marvellous project and who was to know the lake would shrink. I presume that is why we heard no more of the boat. July 31 Katy flew to Maiduguri with the boys. I drove 459 miles in 12 hours, a long and boring drive with a Nigerian to share the wheel. Via Bauchi, Gombe and Bus. A journey no expat would be doing in recent years thanks to Boko Haram. Dinner with Janet Blackburn.

The changing world (26) Mar 1974

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:50:00 +0000

March began with heath trying to form a minority government. Visited people in Aylsebury and Amersham discussing programmed instruction for TEE work. First Sunday, Welwyn Evangelical the ]n Potters bar FIEC in a new building . They are formerly Brethren. Mar 4 Liberals refuse coalition with heaths Wilson is PM. Spoke at Balls Park College of Education. Talked with War on Want for them to take on Vom Hospital as a project also met ECHO who supply missions. Saw Prof Fairbairn at The Square and Jack and Alison Jenner who are considering Nigeria (they did not come). Spoke at SUM day conference at Winchmore Hill Baptist.
Sunday 10th spoke at Ealing IPC lunching with Cradocks. She is a member. He is not, a BBC Radio producer later to die tragically. Arranging supplies and sending drug samples to Vom. Spoke at Welwyn. Visited Brian Boddy's mother and brother in Bedford. £30 stereo bought. Visited ANCC to talk TEE with EUSA missionaries. Met the Kimbers who are applying to SUM. Geoff was an undergraduate contemporary of mine in London. He read classics. His original upbringing was Gospel Standard (hypercalvinist) Strict Baptist. After Nigeria he was ordained Anglican - quite a journey, But then I went form Methodist via FIEC to Presbyterian.
21st failed attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in The Mall. Visited colleagues the Clarks on leave in Thame. 24th our boys had their first evening service at Welwyn. 26th Banner of Truth Ministers' Conference, Leicester. Donald MacLeod on assurance. Brilliant but what a strange presentation with quiet Lewisian voice and cultural attuned to the Free Church not the evangelical context in England. Visited mu uncle, Roy Weeks, a grocer and still Brethren as he was raised. Back to London saw The Exorcist. Scariest film ever. Brilliant production suited to all who do not believe in the reality of the supernatural and evil.Tole people giggling with the tension to shut up. Evangelicals had tended to protest it. They should have told their non-Christian friends to go and then witness to them. There is a much better end to this story than the priest's suicide portrayed in the film. Saw Leeds lose at West Ham. Peter Geear preached at Ealing IPC. He was much better than the Potters bar FIEC preacher in the evening 31st.

The changing world (27) Apr-Jun 1974

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:48:00 +0000

Saw Leeds beat Derby then heard Lloyd-Jones at Hunslet Baptist which was the last time I heard him. Returned there two days later for reformed Ministers' Fellowship. Took Katy to Leeds to hear St John's Passion in German in a dirty parish church. Enjoyed a journey from Pickering on North Yorks Moor Railway. Easter day afternoon walk with family by the Swale to the old railway bridge site. Then to Wilslow to stay with Kay's Uncle Joe and Aunt Lucy and the luxury of their colour TV, the first seen by all the family. A passer by came to the door to tell us we had a toddler siting on the windowsill of an open upstairs window. David not yet two years old.  Katy spoke at Wilmslow URC the family church,  without receiving a donation. Liberals illiberal!
On to caravan holiday on Anglesey. Visited Holyhead and Beaumaris. Leeds win the league. Overnight B&B on a farm near Aberystwith then with Kinnear family in Newport. Spoke to young people at Malpas Road Presbyterian. Newport. Back in Potters Bar we heard our next position will be Limankara covering Bulmer's leave. Barnet Hospital diagnosed Jonathan with slight spasticity of left foot. Spoke at Potters bar FIEC and Harringey Rotary Club. Stayed with Kat'y sister Elizabeth and her husband Rodney in Southend. He is engineer in charge of the Shoeburyness firing ranges but I never got to see a tank. I worshipped with Prittlewell Strict Baptists. Children enjoyed beach and pier. Back to Potters bar spoke at South Hatfield Evangelical. I had hopes of driving back across the desert but the mission was not in favour. Spoke Potters bar Methodists. Family visit to Birdland at Bourton on the Water.
   Preached at Welwyn. At York for mission day conference. Anxiety about packing for our return. Visited katy's cousin Hazel in Golcar. Went to stay with the Scotts near Kilmarnoc overnight before holiday on Arran. First Free Church experience at Whiting Bay we found strange, sitting to sing unaccompanied psalms and standing to pray. David to doctor with earache. saw red deer.
   Back to Skipton the Potters Bar. Cholera vaccinations now required. Preached Ealing and Potters Bar. Back to Skipton for sale of Mini and next day to Potters bar and the day after, Sabina to Kano via Brussels. Overnight Central Hotel then flew to Jos and driven to Vom where we were accommodated in the Private wards before moving to our house. Ian Rathbone, Australian pharmacist had covered my leave and I did not find the pharmacy in very good order.
   As well as finding things forgotten or remembered wrongly I marvel at how things that seemed very bog and significant when recorded have faded from memory and therefore significance, My diary describes the pharmacy as chaotic on my return from leave but all had been forgotten and my Aussie replacement remembered with affection.
    June 27 Elizabeth born to Kathleen and Daniel Gula. She had previously lost a baby.

Diary w/e 9 Dec 17

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

Sun 3 DecSunday a great day. In the morning a teenage Iranian convert from Islam baptised then Chris Roberts excellent on Hebrews 1, Christ superior to angels. Brave to quote the Athanasian and Owen. In the evening Paul's excellent on Num 5&6. Fine exegesis, christocentric and pointed application.Thankful and challenged.Mon 4 DecGreat evening with best friends, the Larsons, here for dinner.Tues 5 DecNearly finished the Christmas cards. Letters emailed last month. I gave the second part of my Luther talk at U3A. IPC session, always encouraging and my son in law is an excellent chauffeur, one of our four new elders.Wed 6 DecU3A current affairs at our house on funding higher education. I was one of a privileged few of my generation who had grants (means tested) and no fees. As ever encouraging church monthly prayer.Th 7 DecEaling Hospital's Moorfield''s eye clinic for injection into my eye to prevent increased vision loss. The Nigerian nurse remembered me and Hausa conversation resumed. Staff from England, Ukraine, Cameroon, Portugal and Philippines too.Injected into left eye. Anticipation worse than the needle. Now still in the hospital but for a pastoral visit to a sick church member. Our member has dementia developing but was very alert and bright.   Evening I spoke to our church youth group, Route 66, on the role of women in the church - what complementarian means.Fri 8 DecChristmas lunch for members of the U3A groups I convene at the excellent Pillars Restaurant run by the catering students of our local University of West London. Good food and company. Happy afternoon. New blinds fitted in main room. Rachel and family here with Elissa's piano lesson from Grandma and Auntie Debbie's pizza for dinner.Sat 9 DecSome Christmas shopping at Waitrose then Katy drove to Hauxton to celebrate eldest granddaughter Bethany's 17th. Great Chinese takeaway dinner. Quiet clear cold road home as low as -1C. Debbie surprised us with illuminations outside and the tree inside. [...]

The changing world (25) Jan 1973 - Feb 1974

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:13:00 +0000

1973 was a year with no daily diary nor can I find an appointments one either so recollections are minimal. At Vom we had Saratu (Sarah) as cook. She would be cooing with bottled gas but sometimes a wood burning stove. Boyi was the youth looking after Jonathan,    Going on leave game me my second favourite smell in Nigeria after the one of rain coming ending the dry season. As we walked across the tarmac at Kano to the KLM jet we were greeted by the aroma of real Dutch coffee. After three years of only being able to afford instant, it was a heavenly smell. Post Nigeria we have only drunk the real stuff.   Our first leave was from September 73 having completed a three year initial tour. IIRC we flew to the Leeds/Bradford airport. England's green and pleasant land made a big impression after dry desert and dusty southern Europe.   Jonathan was nearly three, David coming up to his first birthday. Jonathan was a chatterbox. Grandma Overend said he was vaccinated with a gramophone needle. Out nine month leave was between Skipton where we started and Potters Bar, both with our parents. It was their first time seeing their grandsons. We travelled in a mini, quite a squash. On one occasion we had the front passenger seat paced with cases etc and this pressed in the cigarette lighter setting the dashboard on fire as it overheated.   The new year 1974 started with lunch at the excellent Red Lion, South Stainley, the best in the land. Then on to stay in Leeds for the Carey Conference. I had sympathies with the Reformed Baptists in those days. Now I am drier and more catholic in the subjects of the sacrament. That is with a lower case 'c'. There were papers from Geoff Thomas, David Kingdom , Errol Hulse and Herbert Carson.   Next we visited Marshes in Stony Stratford and Balfours in Liverpool. We were into the time of short industrial working and petrol coupons. The miners were on strike and Heath was to prove how ineffective he was as PM.  I took deputation meetings in Preston and Birstall, West Yorks. I attended the Yorkshire Reformed Ministers fellowship in Hunslet and spoke at two places in Bradford. There I met my old All Nations friend John Thompson who had confided in me about his same sex attraction, which problem led to his later suicide. Meetings in Scarborough and Garforth then Pontefract, Stockton, Hartlepool, Sunderland. The family were staying with my parents until the end of January when we moved to Potters Bar and Katy's family.   Deputation in Ealing and High Barnet Baptist. In Ealing it would be the last time we saw elder Peter Geear who died young of testicular cancer. Returned to my alma mater CU. IRA kill 11 soldiers n M62. Drove to stay with berry's in Portsmouth. He was Vom's first pharmacist who had challenged me to serve there nine years before. Meetings in Fratton, Bedhampton, Portsmouth, Southsea and Farnham. First visit to Greatham to see Daphne Boddington wife of our pastor there and sister in law of my eldest cousin Roger in New Zealand. In Southampton visited the Durhams. He was my contemporary as a pharmacy student. I met on this trip both Mrs Maxwell, widow of one of the first SUM missionaries. He was one of the first four pioneers. I also saw Mrs Barnden, widow of the founder of Vom Hospital. Meetings at Bognor and Littlehampton, the Costa geriatric where all present seemed at least 30 plus years my seniors. Westergate and Worthing meetings and finally Goring before return to the family in Potters bar. An unusual venue was Tottenham Rotary lunch thanks to brother in law Rodney's father's arranging.   Another forgotten event was being received into membership at Welwyn Evangelical. Katy had been a member there since before our marriage there. We had been members of IPC Ealing since 1969 then of Vom Hospital[...]

Christian street preacher cleared of hate speech conviction

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:57:00 +0000

Daniel Courney had his conviction overturned by the Crown CourtA Christian street preacher has had his conviction for using ‘threatening and discriminatory language’ whilst preaching in Lincoln overturned by the Crown Court. Daniel Courney, aged 33, had been convicted by Lincoln Magistrates on 14 September after the Crown Prosecution Service pressed charges over complaints by Muslims in the area. But at the Crown Court on Thursday, his conviction was overturned. Above: Daniel (middle) with his street preacher friendsA crowd gathered, shouting him downDaniel, an American missionary who served in the United States military and has been a missionary in Nepal and India for 8 years, was preaching on Lincoln High Street. During his sermon a heckling crowd gathered, shouting him down when he explained that Jesus is the only way to God. A Muslim woman and her family who were walking by claimed the preacher singled her out and reported to the police that Mr Courney called her “ISIS” and said “go back to your country”. He denied making such a comment and the Crown Court agreed, quashing the sentence imposed by the Magistrates.Freedom to preach the Christian messageMr Courney had been arrested by police under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and was charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. In court, Christian Legal Centre's allied solicitor Michael Phillips argued that the law provides the freedom for him to preach the Christian message, a freedom which has been upheld in the courts for many years."I want to thank the Christian Legal Centre"Following the case, Daniel said: "I came to the United Kingdom with its rich Christian history, to bring back the message of Jesus Christ. The message is a simple one: repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and do not follow false religions. Unfortunately I've had to travel to and from the United Kingdom four times in the last three months. I have had other restrictions on my liberty during that time. I have been held in police custody and accused of being a hate preacher. At all times I simply wanted to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to thank the Christian Legal Centre for the help and support and their free legal counsel." Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre said: “We are proud to represent street preachers in our country as they share the love of Jesus Christ with people on the street. This case once again highlights the need for police operating in these situations to understand how the law protects free speech.”[...]


Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:25:00 +0000

Notes for Adult Sunday School Reformation HeroesWilliam Tyndale : A TimelineRead 1Cor13 from 1534… analysis of the Authorised Version ….  shows that Tyndale’s words account for 84% of the New Testament, and for 75.8% of the Old Testament books that he translated. - Brian Moynahan, Book of Fire p.1  William Tyndale wrote  ‘the most influential book there has ever been in the history of language, English or any other. - The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg quoted in Travel with William Tyndale.This book a thriller.NT modern reprint to see.  Original 6x`4x11/2”Travel with …A hell hound in the kennel of the devil - More’s verdict on Tyndale another biographies are entwined. Both were pious men martyred for their beliefs but very different characters. One ordained. One punished himself for not being a priest. One was driven into exile relying on the gifts of supporters. One Lord Chancellor, rich and an influential politician with the ear of the king. The other an inept man politically alternatively detested, sought, offered protection by H. One beheaded as a traitor on Tower Green, the king being merciful. The other burned as a heretic in Belgium. One canonised saint, man for all seasons but in reality a hater, persecutor, torturer and burner of protestants. The other recognised by his enemies as a godly scholar, a man who influenced the English language more than anyone else. The greatest Englishman God’s providence.A number of partial translations had been made from the seventh century onward, but the spread of Wycliffe's Bible in the late 14th century led to the death penalty for anyone found in unlicensed possession of Scripture in English—though translations were available in all other major European languages.Important Moments in his Life1491 - 1494  His exact date of birth is unknown. Most likely he was born in Gloucestershire, probably from a family living in or near Stinchcombe. Tyndale's family had moved to Gloucestershire at some point in the 15th century, probably as a result of the Wars of the Roses. The family emigrated from Northumberland via East Anglia. Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 21 April 1509, year he married CoA b14851506 - 16 began a Bachelor of Arts degree at Magdalen Hall (later Hertford College) of Oxford University1512 - 20 - B.A.  1514- 22 He was ordained a sub-deacon by the Bishop of Hereford. Being ordained a sub-deacon was one of several stages towards becoming a priest.1515 - 23 M.A. and was held to be a man of virtuous disposition, leading an unblemished life.The M.A. allowed him to start studying theology, but the official course did not include the systematic study of Scripture. As Tyndale later complained:’They have ordained that no man shall look on the Scripture, until he be noselled in heathen learning eight or nine years and armed with false principles, with which he is clean shut out of the understanding of the Scripture.’He was a gifted linguist and became fluent over the years in French, Greek, Hebrew, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. In London he was ordained as a deacon and then as a priest.  Wolsey cardinal and chancellor and  A of York. 2nd highest man in England, above A o Cantuar.1516 - 1522 -24-30 Little is known for certain about his life in these years. He may have spent some time at Cambridge University. Also he may have worked as a priest in Gloucestershire at Frampton on Severn and Breadstone. Erasmus greek NT.1517 and 1521, he went to the University of Cambridge. Erasmus had been the leading teacher of Greek there from August 1511 to January 1512, but not during Tyndale's time at the university.[1517 ML 95 theses He said H was a pig who should be rolled in his own dirt. For H wrote against [...]


Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:22:00 +0000

My notes for adult Sunday School Reformation heroesJohn WycliffeENGLISH THEOLOGIANBORN c. 1330 Yorkshire, England DIED December 31, 1384 Lutterworth, EnglandEnglish theologian, philosopher, church reformer, and promoter of the first complete translation of the Bible into English. He was one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation. The politico-ecclesiastical theories that he developed required the church to give up its worldly possessions, and in 1378 he began a systematic attack on the beliefs and practices of the church. The Lollards, a heretical group, propagated his controversial views.Early Life And CareerWycliffe was born in the North Riding of Yorkshire and received his formal education at the University of Oxford, where his name has been associated with three colleges, Queen’s, Merton, and Balliol, but with some uncertainty. He became a regent master in arts at Balliol in 1360 and was appointed master of the college, but he resigned in 1361 to become vicar of Fillingham, the college’s choicest living, or church post. There is some doubt as to whether or not he became soon afterward warden of Canterbury Hall, a house for secular (pastoral) and regular (monastic) clergy; but there was a petition from the university to the pope in 1362 to “provide” for him, and he was given a prebend (a stipend) at Aust in the church of Westbury-on-Trym. He drew his prebend while residing elsewhere, a practice he condemned in others. In 1363 and 1368 he was granted permission from the bishop of Lincoln to absent himself from Fillingham in order to study at Oxford, though in 1368 he exchanged Fillingham for Ludgershall, a parish nearer the university. He became a bachelor of divinity about 1369 and a doctor of divinity in 1372.Political Activities And TheoriesOn April 7, 1374, Edward III appointed Wycliffe to the rectory of Lutterworth in place of Ludgershall, and about this time the theologian began to show an interest in politics. He received a royal commission to the deputation sent to discuss with the papal representatives at Brugge the outstanding differences between England and Rome, such as papal taxes and appointments to church posts. In this work, Wycliffe showed himself to be both a patriot and a king’s man.He complemented this activity with his political treatises on divine and civil dominion (De dominio divino libri tres and Tractatus de civili dominio), in which he argued men exercised “dominion” (the word is used of possession and authority) straight from God and that if they were in a state of mortal sin, then their dominion was in appearance only. The righteous alone could properly have dominion, even if they were not free to assert it. He then proceeded to say that, as the church was in sin, it ought to give up its possessions and return to evangelical poverty. Such disendowment was, in his view, to be carried out by the state, and particularly by the king. These politico-ecclesiastical theories, devised with ingenuity and written up at inordinate length, may be criticized as the work of a theorizer with a limited sense of what was possible in the real world. Exhibiting an ingenuousness and lack of worldly wisdom, he became a tool in the hands of John of Gaunt (1340–99), Duke of Lancaster and a younger son of Edward III, who, from motives less scrupulous than those of Wycliffe, was opposed to the wealth and power of the clergy.Wycliffe preached acceptably in London in support of moderate disendowment, but the alliance with Gaunt led to the displeasure of his ecclesiastical superiors, and he was summoned to appear before them in February 1377. The proceedings broke up in disorder, and Wycliffe retired unmolested and uncondemned. That year saw Wycliffe at the height of his popularity and i[...]


Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:18:00 +0000

My notes or rather compilation for adult Sunday School Reformation heroesJohn Huss (Jan Hus) was born in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) in about 1371. He received a master's degree from Charles University in Prague in 1396, became a professor of theology in 1398, was ordained to the priesthood in 1400, was made rector of the University in 1402, and in 1404 received a bachelor's degree in theology (presumably a more advanced degree than the term suggests today).In his day, there was a crisis of authority in the Western Church. In 1305, under pressure from the King of France, the seat of the Popes was move from Rome to Avignon in France, where it remained for 70 years. (This period is called the Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy, suggesting the 70 years that Jerusalem lay desolate after when the Jews were deported to Babylon.) In 1376, the then pope returned to Rome. When he died soon after, the cardinals, mostly French, were disposed to elect a French Pope, but the people of Rome objected, fearing that a Frence Pope would move the Papacy back to France. The cardinals therefore elected an Italian Pope, and then fled elsewhere, where they elected a French Pope and said that the first election had been under duress, and was void. Thus there were two (later three) claimants for the Papal Office. The Council of Constance was called to settle the matter. One claimant recognized the Council and then abdicated. The Council responded by proclaiming that he had been the true Pope. It then deposed the other two, and elected a new Pope, thus healing the schism.Meanwhile, Huss had begun to denounce various church abuses in his sermons. His disputes with authority did not concern basic theological issues, but rather matters of church discipline and practice. The custom had arisen, at celebrations of the Lord's Supper, of distributing the consecrated bread to all Christians in good standing who desired to receive it, but restricting the chalice to the celebrant alone. Huss denounced this restriction as contrary to Holy Scripture and to the ancient tradition of the Church. He also held that Church officials ought to exercise spiritual powers only, and not be earthly governors. In 1412 his archbishop excommunicated him, not for heresy, but for insubordination. (The real problem was that Huss supported one papal claimant and the archbishop another. Huss's candidate was ultimately declared to be the true pope.) Matters came to a head when one claimant (later declared unfit) proclaimed a sale of indulgences to raise money for a war against his rivals. Huss was horrified at the idea of selling spiritual benefits to finance a war between two claimants to the title "Servant of the Servants of God," and said so.In 1414 he was summoned to the Council of Constance, with the Emperor guaranteeing his personal safety even if found guilty. He was tried, and ordered to recant certain heretical doctrines. He replied that he had never held or taught the doctrines in question, and was willing to declare the doctrines false, but not willing to declare on oath that he had once taught them. The one point on which Huss could be said to have a doctrinal difference with the Council was that he taught that the office of the pope did no exist by Divine command, but was established by the Church that things might be done in an orderly fashion (a view that he shared with Thomas More). The Council, having just narrowly succeeded in uniting Western Christendom under a single pope after years of chaos, was not about to have its work undone. It accordingly found him guilty of heresy, and he was burned at the stake on 6 July 1415.After his death, his followers continued to insist on the importance of administering the Holy Communion in b[...]

Reformation Sunday sermon - The Five Solas

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:00:00 +0000

33year old Martin Luther nailes his theses to the door 23 Oct 1517.Sola Scriptura ("by Scripture alone")– The Bible alone is our highest and ultimate authority. scripture must govern over church traditions and interpretations which are themselves held to be subject to scripture. All church traditions, creeds, and teachings must be in unity with the teachings of scripture as the divinely inspired Word of God.18 Apr 1521 Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.[Sola Scriptura asserts that the Bible can and is to be interpreted through itself, with one area of Scripture being useful for interpreting others. "All Scripture is God breathed..." 2 Timothy 3:16. That scripture can interpret itself is a means by which to show the unity of Scripture as a whole. As all doctrines are formed via scriptural understandings, all doctrines must be found to align with Scripture and as such are then subject to scripture before the believer can begin to apply them.This particular sola is sometimes called the formal principle of the Reformation, since it is the source and norm of the material cause or principle, the gospel of Jesus Christ that is received sola fide ("through faith alone") sola gratia (by God's favor or "grace alone"). the Bible does not stand alone apart from God, but rather that it is the instrument of God by which he reveals himself for salvation through faith in Christ (solus Christus or solo Christo).This stands against church tradition or teaching being an ultimate authority. Our reformed confessions and the ecumenical creeds are secondary confessions subject to Scripture. Nor is human reason an  equal or ultimate authority and cerainly not contemporary prophecy.The contrary: Scripture + Church dogma and traditionIs. 8:20 To the law and to the testimonyMark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men,Luther made Scripture available in German.Guttenderg gave the technology. Tyndale the Bible in English.Sola Fide – We are not saved or justified through our many good works. It is only faith in Christ that saves. Good works are not a means or requisite for salvation. Sola fide is the teaching that justification (interpreted in the Lutheran and Reformed theologies as "being declared just by God") is received by faith alone, without any need for good works on the part of the individual. In classical Lutheran and Reformed theologies, good works are seen to be evidence of saving faith, but the good works themselves do not determine salvation. Some Protestants see this doctrine as being summarized with the formula "Faith yields justification and good works" and as contrasted with the Roman Catholic formula "Faith and good works yield justification." The Catholic side of the argument is based on James 2:14-17. "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be warmed and filled', but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:14-17, NKJV) In understanding Sola fide, it is important to understand the nuances of difference between Catholic and Lutheran/Reformed notions of the term "ju[...]


Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:58:00 +0000

My presentation to Ealing U3A.Luther was born in 1483 to a copper miner. His Father moved the family and eventually became a mine owner. Luther grew up in a peasant society where the everyday reality of the supernatural was taken very seriously and it helped shape him…. And so events that we think today as natural - such as thunder and lightning - were credited to evil spirits.  Places too were thought to be home of dark powers. Luther held this view – never outgrowing it however he also believed in forces of good – saints and angels and the power of God channeled through the church. At age of 12 he was sent to a boarding school and then at age 18 went to the University of Erfurt where his father intended him to become a lawyer. But after a month he left law school to become a monk joining the Augustinian order of friars. This angered his dad however Martin saw something more crucial than obeying even his father’s wish… something had taken hold of him ……He had two significant experiences that shaped his decision. The death of a school friend and a narrow escape from a lightning bolt –which hit so close that it knocked him to the ground….. these awakened in him an overwhelming passion for religion and the salvation of his own soul that trumped even honouring his father’s wishes. He was struck with a sense of his sinfulness and as a result a fear of divine judgement and in medieval Europe the best way to increase ones chance of salvation was to become a monk or nun. And so Luther’s quest for salvation and assurance of it had begun. Others in the order thought Luther was very holy for all his diligence at religion. He yearned for peace with God. He was therefore scrupulous in obeying the monastic rules and observed every spiritual discipline to the nth degree -> yet he could never attain an assurance that he had made himself worthy before God. He was quickly seen as an outstanding scholar and started as junior lecturer at Wittenberg University. At this stage Johanes von Staupitz became his spiritual guide and friend. He was professor of biblical studies at the university. He was also vice-general of Augustinian friars in Saxony. One way Luther was seen as very holy was that he would spend a long time in confession. One time when he spent 6 hours in confession, Staupitz burst out “God is not angry with you…. You are angry with God! Do you not know that God commands you to hope?” Luther was indeed angry with God as he saw God demanding a perfection Luther could never give and who condemned him for not giving it.Staupitz sent Luther off to Rome in 1511 on business for the Augustinian order. For Luther, who was in awe of Rome, the trip was profoundly disenchanting. He never forgot the cynical attitude to religion he found there or the obsession with money. He was later found repeating the Italian proverb “if there is a hell, Rome is built over it”. And so this event helped plant seeds of doubt in his mind with regard to the church and its practices.Staupitz encouraged Luther to study for his doctorate in theology. He received his degree in 1512 and then took over from Staupitz as professor of biblical studies at Wittenberg University. Staupitz felt that in teaching others Luther would find the answers to his own problems. Luther used a new way of interpreting scripture rejecting the traditional scholastic theology which Luther saw as a betrayal of the bible’s message. He violently opposed how the traditional way of interpreting scripture blended Christianity with the philosophy of Aristotle. Luther was now a disciple of Augustine’s doctrine of the sovereign grace of God who chooses helpless sinners for salvat[...]

Knox - the ultimate male chauvinist

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Notes for a talk to IPC teenagers on the subject of women in the church.John Knox, the most famous Scottish Reformer, was born near Edinburgh in 1505. He went to his local school and then to university in St Andrews, before becoming a deacon and a priest in the (Roman Catholic) Church.From 1542, Scotland was governed by Regent Arran as Mary Queen of Scots [link to First Reformation – Monarchs – Mary QOS] was still a baby. Arran benefited reform in Scotland in a number of ways. Firstly, he passed a law that allowed people to read the Bible in their own language. He then appointed the Protestant Thomas Guillame to preach around Scotland, and it was through his preaching that John Knox was converted. The biggest influence on Knox’s life however was George Wishart.After Wishart’s death in 1546, Knox taught the sons of a number of Protestants who had captured St Andrews Castle. Some of those in the castle called Knox to become their minister. At this he burst into tears and ran off to his room because of what a responsibility he knew it would be. A few days later however he accepted the call. In the summer of 1547 French warships attacked the castle. Knox was taken prisoner, kept aboard in one of the ships and forced to row it in chains with other galley slaves. After 19 months however he was set free, and went to England where Archbishop Cranmer was working to promote the Reformation, and he was appointed as a preacher [in Berwick]. He attacked the Roman Catholic mass as idolatry because it was ‘invented by the brain of man’ and not commanded by God. In 1551 he was invited to live in London and preach before king Edward VI.In 1553, the Roman Catholic Mary I became Queen. Knox was now in danger so he left for Europe. He became minister in Frankfurt in Germany and then in Geneva in Switzerland where John Calvin was also a minister. In between he returned to Scotland to get married and preach, and was surprised at how far the teaching of the Reformers was spreading.In 1559, he came back to Scotland for good. The Scottish people were now ready to end Roman Catholicism once and for all, after the death of Walter Mill. Knox began to preach throughout Scotland, and God saved many people. In the autumn, he became minister at St Andrews. The people in St Andrews had been convinced by Knox’s preaching and had taken all the pictures and images out of the church.1560 was the key year in the First Scottish Reformation. The Scottish Parliament passed laws getting rid of the mass and the Pope’s power in Scotland. Knox and five other men, all called John, wrote important documents such as the Scots Confession of Faith, which explained what the church believed. In the summer, Knox became minister in Edinburgh. In December, the first General Assembly met in Edinburgh.From 1567 until he was assassinated three years later, Scotland was ruled by the Protestant Regent Moray. The second Reformation Parliament met in the same year and passed more laws in favour of the Reformation. The years from 1560 onwards saw worship simplified, evangelism, care of the poor and more education, so the ordinary people could read the Bible. Instead of the outward forms of Roman Catholicism, public worship was now based around reading, preaching and singing from God’s word.Knox continued preaching for the rest of his life and died in 1572. When he was buried, it was said that ‘Here lies a man who in his life never feared the face of man’.The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstruous Regiment of Women[1] is a polemical work by the Scottish reformer John Knox, published in 1558. It attacks female monarchs, arguing that rule by females i[...]


Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:06:00 +0000

Our church (IPC) only does proper marriage not homosexual fornication blessings.Dear marriage supporter,The overwhelming majority of places of worship in Britain have rejected same-sex marriage, a new study has found.There are around 40,000 places of worship in Britain in which a traditional marriage may be solemnised. Only 182 of these are registered to conduct same-sex weddings.The study also found that amongst those places of worship registered to conduct same-sex marriages, half of those which responded to the researchers had never done so.An important victoryThe study by academics at the University of York highlights the impact of protections for freedom of religion which we campaigned for and won when marriage was redefined in law.This means that same-sex marriages cannot be celebrated on religious premises or in a religious ceremony without express consent from the religious organisation concerned in most cases.We also secured a blanket legal protection for the Church of England and the Church in Wales from having to conduct same-sex marriages.All other denominations and faiths may choose to opt-in to conduct same-sex weddings, but are under no compulsion to do so.An ongoing battleIt is important to guard these freedoms. Earlier this year, Theresa May told the Church of England to “reflect” on a change to the law which would allow them to conduct same-sex marriages.Equalities Minister Justine Greening went further by saying that the Church of England needed to “keep up” with “modern attitudes” by conducting same-sex weddings.In fact these statistics show that far from falling behind, the Church of England is in line with the vast majority of religious congregations in refusing to validate these marriages.Church of England confusionIn a speech in Moscow last month the Archbishop of Canterbury claimed that “70-90% of people in the UK see [same-sex marriage] as acceptable and unchallengeable”.This cannot be true. As we wrote on our blog, less than two thirds of the general public say that same-sex relationships are “not wrong at all”, and only 55% of Anglicans.A consequence of confused remarks such as these is the ambiguous message which they send to both clergy and congregation.The clergyman who called on Christians to pray that Prince George grows up to be a homosexual said this to show his support for same-sex marriage across the Anglican Communion.However, in projecting adult sexuality onto a four-year-old, his remarks were wholly inappropriate.They were also misguided. We have seen a striking rejection of same-sex marriage across faiths and denominations. It is now time to concentrate on how we can restore traditional marriage to its status as a gold standard for society.DONATEYours sincerely,Thomas PascoeCampaign DirectorCoalition for Marriage (C4M)[...]

The changing world (24) Aug - Dec 1972

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:50:00 +0000

Mission conference at Miango with good expositions from John Dean.  Sept 1 received May allowance. Two fab terrorists shot a Munich Olympics. Regular preaching Hausa and English and leading Bible studies. I can now do the Hausa without first translating and writing it all down. Ernie Adicott of MAF Chad flew over low. Involved in our houseboys court case over marriage. Preached at Hillcrest School.
   I collected Nigerian stamps. Getting them locals was frustrating so I ordered commemoratives from Lagos. I have a complete selection from our years in Nigeria.
   Oct 20 at 2:45 a.m. David Malcolm Weeks made his appearance. No breech this time. 7ib 4oz.  Frances Barnden, daughter of Vom's pioneer arrived. to visit. Evangelists reported six conversions including one Muslim. Jonathan by November managed the greetings, sannu and lafiya.
   Nov 4 Vom's jubilee with the governor Police Commissioner Gomwalk as guest of honour. He was later executed after a failed military coup. I met a soldier imprisoned with him but released. I was told the trial was illegal. A civilian was tried by a military court in secret. His sister in law was given her release in exchange for incriminating testimony. He and others accused were publicly executed by firing squad on bar beech, Lagos. The first their families knew was seeing it live on TV. But that was three years ahead.
   I had tea with the local chief. All Nations taught us well on cultural anthropology but there was one huge mistake. No-one told us that on going to a new place the missionary should greet the chief and the head of local government.This is the opposite of our culture where visitors to London do not routinely greet the queen and mayor routinely. Nov 13 Timothy Bulmer born.
    A couple of days in bed with over. Consecutive Romans preaching. December holiday at Dogon Dutse the Lutheran place in Jos. Visited the nearby reservoir at Liberty Dam. Visited Cattos. Gordon told me that columbite mined locally yields tantalum and niobium. Swam at Elm House pool, a treat. No petty pool rules and Jos is warm enough that outdoor pool is warm except August and December at times but fine for us. On to Mango where once again we met the Koops of CRC. Mango cost us £14 for six days' stay. I must have ended the year on a down as the last two weeks went unrecorded, the first time in five years of daily diary.

The changing world (23) Jan - Jul 1972

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:35:00 +0000

New year's parade and dancing by locals at Vom. Ivor Thomas, Australian surgeon arrived with wife Rosemary. November allowance received mid February.   The third evangelist I supervised was Malam Ya'au, a converted Muslim Fulani who also ran the hospital bookshop. Nomadic Fulani did not always migrate. Some stayed on the plateau and brought us daily milk in calabash balanced on the head. Water being short, they used cow's urine to was h the calabashes. Wet season it was very creamy milk. Dry season it was watered down - with water though. Always boiled before use. Drinking water for our use was always filtered. Parliament votes to enter the EEC. Acting chaplain and pastor of hospital church but no ordination yet. Installed in May. So far Tom Owens was the only missionary ordained by our Nigerian church.   March 1 first rain but drizzly only. Reports of revival at Gindiri. Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria refused to register me saying it was because UK had no reciprocal registration of Nigerian qualifications. That sounds fine except it is irrelevant. If  a Nigerian had my degree from UK he could be registered here. I cannot. It is merely racial/nationalistic. March 18 first good rain. End of March, Miango holiday with Bulmers. Easter Sunday 6:30 hill top sunrise service with SIM. Next to Zamko on holiday.Hot and sticky south of the plateau. Visited Tase rock where SUM started in 1904.  Moved on to Gindiri calling at Kabwir. Meals with fares and Mathers.   Returning to Vom we moved from the old compound to the house the Balfours had vacated returning home to UK. Bob eventually became a constant obstetrician in Bridgend, one of the few pro=life consultants in UK. Dr John Barringer joined us.   One reason for high infant mortality was ulvulectomy. If a child had difficulty breathing or swallowing the witch doctor wold scrape out the uvula causing bleeding and often fatal anaemia. A woman brought in such a child . When t died the father was angry for his wife had had this done unknown to him. He agreed to bring charges and to give evidence against the witch doctor whose main defence evidence was the local chief who said ulvulectomy was harmless. Our doctor testifies as to it being lethal. The witch doctor was imprisoned for 18 months.   April 24 Katy diagnosed as due on October 19. This one, unlike the first, was planned. Leeds win cup final beating Arsenal 1-0. Our new nursing superintendent Danladi Garbs and wife Rhoda to dinner. Passed in Hausa exam by Bessie Barnie. May 28 preached my first Hausa sermon. Inherited two lovebirds. Duke of Windsor died. Revision of Hausa New testament published. Saw Jos beat the national football team 2-1 in Jos. Visited a Fulani wedding.   Mid June to Kabwir on holiday. Visited Pankshin and then stayed at  Boi, the latter being a very rough bush track crossing rivers too. Next stayed at Foron with Bulmers. Enjoyed a harvest of cisaki cherries, a local delicacy great in pies and jam.   July 2 presided at Communion for the first time. England drew the series so retained the Ashes. Munich Olympics. Sept 1 May allowance paid. Sept 6 terrorists kill 11 and are killed in Munich. Buried the Garba's still born baby, my first burial. Refereed TCNN 0 Vom 6 and abandoned it as the theology students were poor losers. Preaching regularly and taking Bible studies.   Our Dr Lang gave a Field Society talk on bird migration. he nets and rings migrants sometimes catching birds that previously entered his net.[...]

Books read December 2017

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000

1. Exposition on ancestral spirits by Samuel AdekoyaThe author gave me this when I met him on a coach en route to Leeds. Spirit possession is a real problem in Africa though rare in the West. The author is a Pentecostal pastor with a deliverance ministry in a large African denomination. I believe in spiritual warfare and the reality of the spirit world. but I believe this book goes beyond what the Bible says. Nimrod we are told was a mighty hunter. 'Semiramis (Assyrian;ܫܲܡܝܼܪܵܡ Shamiram, /sɛˈmɪrəməs/; Greek: Σεμίραμις, Armenian: ՇամիրամShamiram) was the legendary wife of Onnes, and Ninus later on, succeeding the latter to the throne of Assyria.The legends narrated by Diodorus Siculus, who drew from the works of Ctesias of Cnidus[4]describes her and her relationships to Onnes and King Ninus, a mythical king of Assyria not attested in the far older and more comprehensive Assyrian King List.The real and historical Shammuramat (the original Akkadian and Aramaic form of the name) was the Assyrian wife of Shamshi-Adad V (ruled 824 BC–811 BC), king of Assyria and ruler of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, and its regent for five years until her son Adad-nirari III came of age and took the reins of power.' - Wikipedia This is but the first extra-scriptural teachings here. 2. Victory over Spirit Husbands and Wives by Sam and Dami AdekoyaThe second book given to me by the author when travelling by coach to Leeds. I found this better than the first above. The Asmodee described as in control of 20,000 demons is according to Wiki,'The Asmodeus of the Book of Tobit is hostile to Sarah, Raguel's daughter, (Tobit 6:13); and slays seven successive husbands on their wedding nights, impeding the sexual consummation of the marriages. He is described as 'the worst of demons'. When the young Tobias is about to marry her, Asmodeus proposes the same fate for him, but Tobias is enabled, through the counsels of his attendant angel Raphael, to render him innocuous. By placing a fish's heart and liver on red-hot cinders, Tobias produces a smoky vapor that causes the demon to flee to Egypt, where Raphael binds him (Tobit 8:2-3). According to some translations Asmodeus is strangled.' So this fits.A couple of mistakes spotted, alter for altar and new for knew. So the proof reader needs to up their game. A very African bilk of benefit to others too.3. Breaking the Yoke of Ancestral Curse by Samuel O AdekoyeThe third book the author gave me. Such curses are feared by Africans but not mentioned in the West. There is indeed victory in Christ. I found the warning against souvenirs from Africa most interesting. Read and learn.4.The Path to Rome by Dwight Longenecker Editor),‎ Cyprian Blamires (Editor)I cannot give five stars as that is "I love it' and this is a subject I do not like. Yes this does explain why people have converted to Rome.most have gone via Canterbury. As one who cannot even get to Canterbury from Geneva, Rome has no attractions whatsoever. but here the attraction of the ancient tradition is explained. I once asked the late Malcolm Muggeridge, 'why Rome?'. He had a one word answer. Abortion. Rome certainly gives the impression it knows what it believes and is unashamed in teaching it. That has its attraction. For others there is the sticking to what has been the ancient tradition, e[...]


Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:12:00 +0000

And some people think he is evangelical. More evanjellyfish.Nov 29, 2017BLOGIn a speech in Moscow the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called same-sex marriage “equal marriage” and said that it “70-90% of people in the UK see it as acceptable and unchallengeable.”This is not true. The most recent British Social Attitudes report found that less than two thirds of the general public say that same-sex relationships are “not wrong at all” and only 55% of Anglicans.The most recent ComRes poll for the BBC on the issue found that in 2014 one in five Britons (22%) would refuse to attend a same-sex wedding if invited.Given the struggles and unhappiness faced by millions of children who are the main victims of the sexual revolution in Britain, this was an important opportunity to speak up for marriage as the form of adult relationship which puts the needs of others first.It is a great shame that the Archbishop chose to over-state acceptance of same-sex marriage to such a startling degree instead.[...]

Kidnappings, Threats of Massacre Terrorize Christians in Kano State, Nigeria Officials are complicit, security forces lax, church leaders say

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:33:00 +0000

By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service, who was born in Nigeria.KANO STATE, NIGERIA (ANS – November 29, 2017) -- When the 50-year-old church elder and leader of Kano state’s Samaila village heard gunshots shortly before midnight, he rushed out of his house to try to find security agents.According to the Nigeria Correspondent for Morning Star News, it was a natural reaction for Mai’angwa Samaila, given recent Islamist attacks in northern Nigeria. What the elder for the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) did not know was that the armed Islamic extremists, having killed two Christians in front of their Catholic church building, were coming for him next.Not finding him at home that night (Aug. 15), they instead kidnapped his wife, Safiya Samaila, 45. They then kidnapped two other women, 20-year-old Yaha Gabriel and Hauwa Bebi, 18, both members of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Samaila, in Tudun Wada Local Government Area (LGA).Such kidnappings, along with threats of massacres by Islamic extremists, are continuing with the approval of some state officials in a concerted effort to eliminate Christianity, church leaders said.Mai’angwa Samaila told Morning Star News how the killing of Yohanna Audu, 45, and Audu’s son, 18-year-old Micah Yohanna Audu, and the kidnappings were carried out. The gunmen first went to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, where Yohanna Audu, a church member whose house is beside the Catholic building, went outside.“He went to find out who were the men on the premises of the church at that time of the night when they shot him, and he died instantly,” Samaila said. “His son, who heard the sound of the gunshot, ran out to find out what had happened since his dad had just gone to the church; he too was shot and killed.”The armed Muslim extremists then went through the village to kidnap the three women, starting with his wife.“As the shooting and capturing of the women was going on, some residents in our village rushed to the Catholic church and rang the church’s bell, alerting others on the attack on the village,” he said. “This forced the armed Muslim men to beat a retreat. This saved so many lives that would have perished during the attack.”As the gunmen retreated, they shot at those who had run to the church building, Samaila said.“The three women kidnapped were taken away,” he said. “I frantically called on heads of security agencies in our area, the police and army, but I was told that they were unable to come to our aid because their vehicles had no fuel or were in bad working condition.”The gunmen contacted him and others the following day, demanding 10 million naira (US$27,510) for the release of the women, he said.“We pleaded with them to release the women, but they refused,” he said. “They threatened to kill the women unless we paid the ransom. We had no other option than to tax ourselves and pay the money.”The gunmen accepted 3 million naira (US$8,253) and released the women a week later, on Aug. 22, Samaila said. He and others recovered them in the Falgore Forest.“We believe that Christian communities here are being persecuted because of our faith,” he said. “The government is aware about such invasions of Christian communities but has not done anything to put an end to the menace. The sad thing is that it is only Christians that are being killed or kidnapped in our area, as there was never any Muslim community attacked or a Muslim kidnapped.”Death ThreatsM[...]

The changing world (22) Aug - Dec 1971

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Internment without trial in Northern Ireland. 300 arrested. 14 killed in widespread violence there. Jeremy Hinds of CMS took us to see old and new mosques and the emir's palace. We also visited Mr Sanderson. This was therefore a day with the two greatest expatriate Hausa experts. Jeremy would try out his Hausa on blind beggars to see how long before they spotted he was not a native speaker. The Sandersons had produces a revised New Testament which was rejected by the churches. They had used Muslim informants because they were the first language speakers. Nearly all Christians are second language using Hausa as trade language. When the Sandersons changed the word for Holy Spirit it was too much. The Nigerian Christians said the Sandersons were accusing them of not understanding hausa and the Sandersons agreed. That this couple were South Africans did not help. Nigeria had already expelled all Dutch Reformed missionaries from Apartheid South Africa. Their 1966 New Testament was published but never accepted.Te Hausa Bible of 1932 was not revised until 1979.   Later, a Hausa Christian told me one reason so few Hausas converted was they had never heard the gospel for the Christians murdered their language. It was as if an Oxford don was listening to a hillbilly. A practical and humorous example was when I head in morning prayers the speaker say that Abraham sought a city with foundations. Well that is what he meant to say, birni mai tussa. But he said tusa which is a fart. No-one else saw the joke of bad hausa.    Visited an Indian Christian zoologist starting a zoo. Photographed with two pythons round my neck but definitely not the cobra.   A their stole from our room the radio, car blanket and some change. Police no help.  September 22 was the last rain. It stops earlier in Kano than the plateau. Met Pam Spendlove our new pharmacist. She was later to marry another colleague Eric Middleton. They had a severely handicapped son who dies a toddler and Pam died of cancer soon after. Spend quite some time over a period visiting Christopher and Ibo RC in the eye hospital for surgery. Our July allowances paid at the end of September. Visited the old city and saw the dye pits with traditional indigo tie dyeing. Also saw the SIM leprosarium at Yadakunya. The name means throw off shame. Some of the patients were heavily disfigured. I bought a hat embroidered by one of them. After colonisation the colonial administration's policy of indirect rule through the Muslim emirs kept missions out of the north until the government realised they had a leprosy problem. The only people to treat leprosy were missionaries. So missionaries were allowed to set up leprosariums but no evangelism bu missionaries. Of course Nigeria Christians could not be so restricted.   Our friends Dick and Mavis Bulmer arrived by air in mid October. Ramadan started so some bad tempered locals. The abiding memory is the scent of oranges freshly peeled before dusk in time to break the fast. Mid November was the end of fast holiday with thousands of people to see the emir's parade of horsemen, a truly royal splendid sight. Settlement of the Rhodesia UDI problem. Visited and photographed the groundnut pyramids. There were oil mills near the mission and one saw men carting huge loads of drums of oil on the street. Early December end of course exams.By this time I was starting to get over the hump of learning to speak without mentally t[...]

My complaint to the ASA

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:34:00 +0000

Dear Reverend Weeks,Thank you for contacting the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) with your complaint about Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd’s advertising.Your complaintI understand from your complaint that you found the ad to be offensive as it featured the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ in a commercial context. We have assessed the ad, carefully considering the issues you raised, and we will not be taking further action.  Our rulesAdvertising should contain nothing that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. We base our decisions on the content of the ad, when and where it appears, the audience and the type of product or service. When assessing complaints under our rules, we make judgments in areas which are subjective but we do not act if an ad is simply criticised for being in poor taste. Apart from freedom of speech considerations, even well-intentioned and thoughtful people will have different and sometimes contradictory opinions about what constitutes ‘bad taste’ or should be prohibited. We can only act if the ad, in our judgement, offends against widely accepted moral, social or cultural standards.Our decisionWe previously received a similar complaint that raised similar issues to your complaint, in that the ad featured the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ which the complainants found to be offensive given the nature of the product advertised. In that instance, we asked the independent ASA Council (the independent jury who decides whether advertisements have breached the Advertising Codes) to consider the issues raised. While Council appreciated that the use of this music to advertise the particular product was likely to be distasteful to a portion of its audience, they considered the relevance of the music was likely to be interpreted in relation to its use of ‘Hallelujah’ more broadly, as an expression of happiness. Council considered given the lack of any religious context in the ad otherwise, the ad would be unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.We consider that the concerns you raise are similar to those that Council have previously considered. Whilst we appreciate your concerns, and acknowledge that some listeners may find the use of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ to be distasteful in relation to the selling of flights, we consider listeners are likely to understand the song has been part of popular culture for many years. We note the religious significance of the song was not referenced in the ad, and so we consider its use would be unlikely to be broadly interpreted as mocking Christian beliefs. We consider the ad would be unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence, and for these reasons, the ad doesn’t break the rules on the basis that you suggest. For more information about our work, please visit our website, Your complaint will be kept on file and will be used for future consideration. Thank you for contacting us with your concerns. Yours sincerely,Laura BrewsterComplaints ExecutiveDirect line 020 7492 2245Advertising Standards AuthorityMid City Place, 71 High HolbornLondon WC1V 6QTTelephone 020 7492[...]

November 28: The Battle of Rullion Green

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:22:00 +0000

The Time Was Not Ripeby Rev. David T. MyersThis mysterious phrase is found on a stone memorial on the grounds of the Battle of Rullion Green which is located eight miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland. It tells the tragic story of defeat in the first battle of the Scot Covenanters—Presbyterians all—against the English government of Charles II.This battle was part of the Killing Times era of Scottish Covenanters. In essence, the Anglican government had declared war against the Presbyterians of Scotland, asking for unconditional surrender on their part. Their pastors—some 400 of them—had been ejected from their pulpits, their manses, and their parishes. When some of them began to preach to their people in the fields and moors, that whole scene became a dangerous practice, with fines leveled against the attenders, and imprisonment and death as well. All that was needed was a spark to ignite the smoldering indignation of the Scottish people of God.That spark occurred on November 13, 1666 when an old man by the name of John Grier was accosted by the soldiers of the English government. Unable to pay a fine for his absence from his church with its Anglican curate in the pulpit, he was beaten severely that day. Four local Covenanters  happened upon the scene, and tried first to reason with the soldiers. When that failed, words turned to actions, and one of the soldiers was shot. Other villagers joined in the fray and took the solders prisoners. At this point, the Covenanters numbered ninety people.Aware of the danger posed by their actions, they marched to Dunfries, Scotland, where they attacked other soldiers, killing one in the process. By this time, their numbers had reached two hundred and fifty. On the way, they captured Sir James Turner, the overall military commander in the area. Continuing further, they encountered a soldier friend by the name of James Wallace, who had experience in warfare. He and his military subordinates joined the Covenanter crowd. They then headed to Edinburgh, the capital city, to find more support for their actions to stop “the killing times,” though to their surprise, the weapons of the citizens were turned against them. The time was not ripe for a rebellion against English rule, evidently, despite their numbers having reached some three thousand or more by this time.The English government dispatched General Thomas Daiziel against them, who with an army of 3000 (some sources say 5000 soldiers), marched after them. The Covenanter force, with their inadequate weapons and supplies, began to fail, with many deserting the force, leaving some 900 left to do battle. On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 28, 1666, on a long slope in the country side south of Edinburgh, three thrusts by the government forces eventually brought a crushing of the valiant forces of the Covenanters. Some fifty were killed, including two Presbyterian ministers from Ulster. But that was only the beginning of the killing done that day. A bloody retribution was exacted upon the prisoners, including starvation, death by handing, and sending many on prison ships to the American colonies and the West Indies.Words to Life By:On the monument which marks the battlefield, there is carved a biblical text from Revelation 12:11, which reads, “And they overcame him because of the blood of the La[...]