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

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Ealing's abortion clinic

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:21:00 +0000

Ealing has one of England's busiest abortion clinics and the local MP wants to curtail protests against it. The local press seems to be on her side as does the council so I wrote to the local paper and the internet forum for Ealing.

    I consider your November 17 coverage of Rupa Huq's campaign against the Mattock Lane protesters to be grossly unbalanced. 
   First the street has never become impassable. It is wide with a wide verge too. I have never seen protesters there. Friends have sometimes seen them but the problem seem exaggerated. 
   But the real imbalance is failure to present the other side of the argument as an MP related at the Westminster Hall debate. He read a letter from woman who on going to the clinic for an abortion was quietly handed a leaflet offering an alternative. She left the clinic and had the baby, now a healthy three year old. So good may come from opposition to terminations.

The changing world (12) 1969 - single

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:35:00 +0000

Five course New Year's lunch with wine and liqueur , a treat from dad at the Red Lion, South Stainley, the best restaurant in the area. The owners did racecourse catering Yorkshire. IMO never equalled there and perhaps elsewhere too. Family favourite.
   Back to Accrington. a second fortnight my longest locus and worst accommodation.. SUM prayer meeting at the Churchman's Preston. Bob was with SUM in Borno.. He was described to me by an old pastor as the first missionary who loved us. for he was the first to eat Nigerian chop. His predecessors were afraid lest they die said David Telta my informant. He also would have Nigerians in his house without removal of shoes and would give them lifts in his car. This marked Bob out in African eyes.
   Sunday in Colne, Dalbys the Independent Methodists, a small evangelical denomination strong there in Lancashire. £5/5/0 retention fee paid the The Pharmaceutical Society to keep me M.P.S. Heard from Anthony Robson who left ANMC last year. He was we said a rag bag of useless information, the railwayman who could spout out details of all manner of routes and timetables.
   Dick took me back to ANMC in his minivan, three and a half hours with fog on M1 and A5. Met Dele Onamusi at Welwyn, Yoruba bakery student from Kano, best friend in Nigeria. An inspirational Christian witness.
   ANMC practical courses included tropical hyena, car maintenance, radio, animal husbandry, book keeping, managemen, voice productiont, building. After I left it became ANCC as that was deemed more acceptable on certificates for overseas. They also merged with Mount Hermon Ladies Missionary College in Ealing and I believe Redcliffe Ladies too. New umbrella £2/19/11.
   Linguistics called from Bill Lees, OMF. Went to Spurs 0 Leeds 0. Katy and I went with my parents to Th Red lion at half term to celebrate their silver wedding. I continued to hitch hike and at Easter did a round trip from Skipton to ANMC and back, 420 miles in 13 hours of one day!
   At Easter my parents took Katy and I for a week in the Lakes at Howtown on Ullswater and we enjoyed climbing the fells. Concorde 002 maiden flight. Yakubu Yako stayed with us at Skipton. Hitched to central London in a little over four hours, very fast.  Leeds league champions.
    Fellowship of Faith For Muslims conference at Herne Bay with a very cold outdoor swimming pool.Lionel Gurney of Red Sea Mission Team speaking. Attended with Norman Norris, ANMC, bound for Pakistan. At SUM meeting, Wilf Bellamy and David Carling spoke.
  Watched investiture of the Prince of Wales on TV.  Started a year at Bruces Chemist, The Avenue, West Ealing lodging with Miss Riley by the gyrator while I flat hunt. A half hour walk to work. Wednesday half day. Found Kingsley Avenue flat at £7/17/6 a week out of my £40 pay.My wedding suit cost £24/10/-. Visited the Halletts for the first time with their eight children and granny. Katy recruited for girl's Crusaders.
   Argued with IanTait at Welwyn over his refusal to have the vow, With this ring I thee wed. A silly Puritan hangover.
   First moon landing, then Armstrong's first steps the next day. Katy passed her driving test first time. I found Ranald Macaulay and L'Abri Fellowship was ten minutes walk and they were about to start a church there. This was great news as so far Ealing churches had been Anglican or Baptist Union so not acceptable. Bought Morris 1100 which turned out to be a rust bucket for £300. Last day of old halfpennies as legal tender. Rioting in Belfast.

Top books to help prayer each day

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:04:00 +0000

These are in the chronological order I discovered them.

1. Psalms - all of life is there and prayer and praise for all occasions

2. The Valley of Vision  
- somewhat dated language. The author lectured when I was a student at All Nations. Much better than his lectures.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

3. A Way to Pray: A Biblical Method for Enriching Your Prayer Life and Language by Shaping Your Words with Scripture 
 - Henry's commentary is famous but this is of more practical help

4.  Knowing God and Ourselves: Reading Calvin's Institutes Devotionally,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch Calvin's Institutes are the warmest of theologies and this is great on them.

How America got its Presbyterians

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:28:00 +0000

Waves of Presbyterians Arrive in Americaby Rev. David T. MyersAn early American journal called the Pennsylvania Gazette put it succinctly for wave after wave of Scot-Irish from Ulster, Ireland to our shores. Published on this day, November 20, 1729, it stated, “Poverty, Wretchedness, Misery, and Want are become almost universal among them, . . . . so that there is not Corn enough rais'd for their Subsistence one Year with another; and at the same Time the Trade and Manufactures of the Nation being cramp'd and discourag'd, the laboring People have little to do, and consequently are not able to purchase Bread at its present Rate; That the Taxes are nevertheless exceeding heavy, and Money very scarce; and add to all this, that their griping, avaricious Landlords exercise over them the most merciless Racking Tyranny and Oppression. Hence it is that such Swarms of them are driven over into America.” To this listing of woes is the oppressive treatment of Irish Roman Catholics and the Anglican Church upon Ulster Presbyterians.The first wave took place in the years of 1717 – 1718. Under the leadership of their pastor, the Rev. James McGregor, Presbyterian Covenanters from Aghadowey, Ulster shipped out for Boston, Massachusetts, expecting a warm welcome from the Puritans in that seaport town. However, this warm welcome was not forthcoming. In fact, those who followed this initial entrance were brought into the realization that they were unwelcome, period! But they persevered and ultimately settled throughout the New England colonies.The second wave took place in the years from 1725 to 1729. The fact that the Pennsylvania Gazette recorded in our first paragraph of this post proves that this immigration was from Ulster to and through Pennsylvania. Indeed, the presence of many early Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania from this time period proves the point. It was so large in its day that the English Parliament searched for causes for the massive fleeing of Presbyterians to America.The third wave of immigration was in 1740 – 1741. Famine was its main cause, as nearly half a million Irishmen died at this time. Beginning this year and in the next decade, there was a large percentage of Scot-Irish Presbyterians making their exodus. And as important as Pennsylvania was as an entry point, countless Irish families cast a vote by their feet as they followed the Great Wagon Road into the rich Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and later on into the Carolina's, Georgia, and Tennessee.Fifteen years later, in 1754 – 1755, invitations came from governors of North Carolina to Ulstermen which, added to a devastating droughts in the province, brought a fourth wave of immigrants to America. It wasn't easy to come over during these years either. The French and Indian War was raging in the colonies, and would for seven years. But they still came.The last wave was 1771 – 1775, just prior to the Revolutionary War, in which a hundred ships brought to our shores, close to 25, 000 to 30, 000 immigrants, mostly Presbyterian.Words to Live By:The great majority of transfers were Presbyterian Scot-Irish immigrants. We can be thankful for their courage and convictions. They were to have a tremendous influence in the Revolutionary War as our Presbyterian forefathers had no problem fighting the British. But more than fighting for liberty was their desire to lay the spiritual foundations for historic Presbyterianism in the new land. We stand in their shadows as we seek to build Presbyterian churches to remain true to the Scriptures, the Reformed Faith, and the good news of Jesus Christ. Are you, the reader, in one of those congregations, supporting it by your membership, spiritual gifts, and tithes?[...]

On this day in 1672 Richard Baxter defies the English law forbidding him to preach, “preaching as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:08:00 +0000

Richard Baxter (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer,[1] theologian, and controversialist. Dean Stanley called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer. After the Restoration he refused preferment, while retaining a non-separatist Presbyterian approach, and became one of the most influential leaders of the Nonconformists, spending time in prison. His views on justification and sanctification are somewhat controversial within the Calvinist tradition because his teachings seem, to some, to undermine salvation by faith, in that he emphasizes the necessity of repentance and faithfulness.Contents [hide] 1Early life and education2Early ministry, 1638–16602.1Dudley and Bridgnorth2.2Kidderminster2.3The English Civil War2.4Return to Kidderminster3Ministry following the Restoration, 1660–16913.1Legal troubles4Later writings and last years5Theology6Legacy6.1Literary Legacy and Mentions6.2Monuments7Notes8References9See also10Further reading11External linksEarly life and education Baxter was born at Rowton, Shropshire, at the house of his maternal grandfather (probably on 12 November 1615),[2] and baptised at its then parish church at High Ercall.[3] In February 1626 he was removed to his parents' home (now called Baxter's House) in Eaton Constantine.[3] Richard's early education was poor, being mainly in the hands of the local clergy, themselves virtually illiterate. He was helped by John Owen, master of the free school at Wroxeter, where he studied from about 1629 to 1632, and made fair progress in Latin. On Owen's advice he did not proceed to Oxford (a step which he afterwards regretted), but went to Ludlow Castle to read with Richard Wickstead, chaplain to the Council of Wales and the Marches.[2]He was reluctantly persuaded to go to court, and he went to London under the patronage of Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels, with the intention of doing so, but soon returned home, resolved to study divinity. He was confirmed in the decision by the death of his mother.[2]After three months spent working for the dying Owen as a teacher at Wroxeter, Baxter read theology with Francis Garbet, the local clergyman,[2] adding to his reading (initially in devotional writings, of Richard Sibbes, William Perkins and Ezekiel Culverwell, as well as the Calvinist Edmund Bunny at age 14,[4] and then in the scholastic philosophers) orthodox Church of England theology in Richard Hooker and George Downham, and arguments from conforming puritans in John Sprint and John Burges. In about 1634, he met Joseph Symonds (assistant to Thomas Gataker) and Walter Cradock, two Nonconformists.[5][2]Early ministry, 1638–1660Dudley and Bridgnorthn 1638, Baxter became master of the free grammar school at Dudley, where he commenced his ministry, having been ordained and licensed by John Thornborough, Bishop of Worcester. His success as a preacher was at first small; but he was soon transferred to Bridgnorth, in Shropshire, where, as assistant to a Mr Madstard, he established a reputation for vigorously discharging the duties of his office.[2]Baxter remained at Bridgnorth for nearly two years, during which time he took a special interest in the controversy relating to Nonconformityand the Church of England. He soon became alienated from the Church on several matters; and after the requirement of the "et cetera oath", he rejected episcopacy in its English form. He became a moderate Nonconformist; and[...]

Diary w/e Nov 18

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:03:00 +0000

Sunday 12 Nov 17We left in good time in the morning to avoid any Remembrance Sunday road closures. Gethin Jones was good with his third and final adult Sunday School on spiritual growth. He is gifted with power point. Paul preached om Mat 2. The wise men story showed important people, place, politics and providence. We were out for lunch and I did my first shepherding visit since the flock was divided among the now tenders. Evening service Paul taught Him 2, the pattern of the camp. Curch should be ordered, entered on Christ and moving forward with him. We are to go on in faith. Unbelief made an eleven day journey take forty years. After the service we honoured three members who turned 80, 09 and 90 recently. I asked them for early memories. Terry's was of a narrow escape in the blitz.Mon 13 NovUlcerated legs bandaged again. No improvement in the last fortnight. St Mark's physiology discharges me as the bowels are more or less under control now. Fed up with carpenters. Seven contacted. One would not quote as I said I may want the work before January. Three not returned calls and three said they would quote. Only one has come when promised. So another round of calls. One would not estimate unless I said I would wait until January for the work. Two did nt return calls. One came promptly to estimate and one non-responder from the first six said he would come and estimate. Over half an hour to sort out stupid Lloyds bank who failed to put through a payment I authorised for IPC and never told us. When the other signatory asked me to contact them they had blocked my log in too. All because I wanted to authorise payment of £99,999 to the church's builders. If they wanted to check the security why did they not contact me instead of blocking payment and wasting the time of our treasurer and m?. Bankers are one of the lower forms of life.Tues 14 NovAfter Ealing Lunchtime talks my final meeting as loan elder to IPC Immanuel Brentford, and a Korean lunch. Took two and a half hours to get home from Ealing E10 stopped on Ruislip Road. All passengers out except me. Chatted with the driver. After half an hour was told to turn round in the road and go back to Ealing. I got off at Argyle and caught a diverted E3 with a grumpy driver after the accident was cleared. Off at Lidl and Debbie picked me up en route home from work. At ELT Chris Roberts was as usual excellent, this time on Ecc 3 - God's time for everything.Wed 15 NovTwo men came and erected out new garden shed. U3A history group here on the history of Spain and Catalonia. Educationally instructive. Back to Perivale for podiatry. Led house group on 1 Sam 2-3.Thur 16 NovEarly morning elders prayer always encouraging though only six of us. Two away, one asleep, one forgot.Newest member of our congregation born this morning Edward Joseph Young. Both well.17, an increase of over 100%, at the second Greenford Lunchtime talk. Chris Roberts speaking from John 3 on 'What Jesus Says To The Religious'. Excellent as ever.Last cut of the lawn for this year?A fourth carpenter to estimate, an Israeli then our curtain making friend who was late but my fault in part as I gave her our old postcode. Force of habit.Cooked chicken tikka masala, sarso ka saag and rice. We have a large Indian supermarket in Greenford.Fi 17 NovFacebook can be a blessing. Conversation with the son of a Nigerian octogenarian I taught over 40 years ago! I have now got the hang of predictive text on my phone. Still I shall resist both getting a smart phone and also texting if poss. First ground frost. Cars' windows earlier in week. Warm enough to read outside in the sun until the clouds came. Ordering window blinds for our main room, thermal ones for insulation.Sat 18 NovCelebrated Debbie's birthday with breakfast at Big Boys' Cafe and the most substantial breakfast ever. You can choose a la carte ingredients for your fry up. We then started work on the shed, shelves and mov[...]

Brexit at The Golf Club

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:19:00 +0000

I would have posted this under the Brexit thread I started on the Ealing Forum internet but they are such a bunch of remoaners it would be wasted on them.Dave Davis is at the golf club returning his locker key when Mr Barnier the membership secretary sees him."Hello Mr Davis", says Mr Barnier. "I'm sorry to hear you are no longer renewing your club membership, if you would like to come to my office we can settle your account"."I have settled my bar bill" says Mr Davis.."Ah yes Mr Davis", says Mr Barnier, "but there are other matters that need settlement"In Mr Barniers office Mr Davis explains that he has settled his bar bill so wonders what else he can possibly owe the Golf Club? "Well Mr Davis" begins Mr Barnier, "you did agree to buy one of our Club Jackets"."Yes" agrees Mr Davis "I did agree to buy a jacket but I haven't received it yet". "As soon as you supply the jacket I             will send you a cheque for the full amount"."That will not be possible" explains Mr Barnier. "As you are no longer a club member you will not be entitled to buy one of our jackets"!"But you still want me to pay for it" exclaims Mr Davis."Yes" says Mr Barnier, "That will be £500 for the jacket. "There is also your bar bill"."But I've already settled my bar bill" says Mr Davis."Yes" says Mr Barnier, "but as you can appreciate, we need to place our orders from the Brewery in advance to ensure our bar is properly stocked".. "You regularly used to spend at least £50 a week in the bar so we have placed orders with the brewery accordingly for the coming year". "You therefore owe us £2600 for the year".."Will you still allow me to have these drinks?" asks Mr Davis. "No of course not Mr Davis". "You are no longer a club member!" says Mr Barnier."Next is your restaurant bill" continues Mr Barnier. "In the same manner we have to make arrangements in advance with our catering suppliers". "Your average restaurant bill was in the order of £300 a month, so we'll require payment of £3600 for the next year"."I don't suppose you'll be letting me have these meals either" asks Mr Davis."No, of course not" says an irritated Mr Barnier, "you are no longer a club member!""Then of course" Mr Barnier continues, "there are repairs to the clubhouse roof"."Clubhouse roof" exclaims Mr Davis, "What's that got to do with me?""Well it still needs to be repaired and the builders are coming in next week", your share of the bill is £2000"."I see" says Mr Davis, "anything else?"."Now you mention it" says Mr Barnier, "there is Fred the Barman's pension". "We would like you to pay £5 a week towards Fred's pension when he retires next month". "He's not well you know so I doubt we'll need to ask you for payment for longer than about five years, so £1300 should do it". "This brings your total bill to £10,000" says Mr Barnier."Let me get this straight" says Mr Davis, "you want me to pay £500 for a jacket you won't let me have, £2600 for beverages you won't let me drink and £3600 for food you won't let me eat, all under a roof I won't be allowed under and not served by a bloke who's going to retire next month!""Yes, it's all perfectly clear and quite reasonable" says Mr Barnier."Pxxs off!" says Mr DavisNow we understand what Brexit is all about.[...]


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:22:00 +0000

Dear marriage supporter,The Coalition for Marriage’s campaign to protect children from the politicians, schools and businesses targeting them with transgender propaganda has won important support from The Times.In an editorial published yesterday (£) the newspaper argues that:It is time the lobbyists stopped being so irresponsible and it is time that the medical and the political establishments took their duty of care seriously, ignored the charge of not being politically correct and stood firmly against this damaging trend.The front page of yesterday’s Sun newspaper also features a story which we highlighted in an article last week covering the state-funded London nurseries holding what the paper calls “trans classes for kids age 2”.This support comes shortly after the announcement (£) that the Government has delayed a consultation exercise on its plans to make it easier to change gender in England and Wales owing to the difficulties raised by campaign groups such as ours.Scottish warningThe Scottish Government announced the launch of its own consultation exercise on making gender transition easier last week.These deeply illiberal proposals threaten the fabric of family life in Scotland. They include:Creating a third legal gender, neither male nor female.Allowing children as young as 12 to become transgender through the courts even without parental consent.In addition, separate guidance endorsed last week by the Scottish Government advised schools to allow children to switch and become transgender without parental consent (£).As I told the Scotsman: “Instead of turning these vulnerable children against their parents, the Scottish Government should be supporting families as the best environment to provide the love and support confused children need.”The consultation closes on 1st March 2018. The Coalition will write to its Scottish supporters before this date to advise them how they can participate in the consultation.Our campaign is making a differenceThere are enough bad people in the world for parents to worry about. They should not be in constant fear of bad government too.Stories like that of the teacher who was suspended for ‘mis-gendering’ a girl who had decided to transition to become a boy are frustrating for all of those who believe in free speech and family life.However, working with politicians and the media we have been able to help make the transgender assault on families and children a mainstream issue. With your support we continue to work to solidify the opposition to this damaging trend and halt its progress into law.DONATEYours sincerely,Thomas PascoeCampaign DirectorCoalition for Marriage (C4M)[...]


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:22:00 +0000

Alexander Nevsky was one of Russia’s most extraordinary rulers. Born into nobility, he was just a teenager when it fell to him to hold together a coalition of quarrelsome and independent rulers. His personal charm and devout faith helped him succeed. Alexander’s parents had taught him to honor God, and even as a boy delighted in the Bible. Impressed by his qualities, the people of Novgorod invited him to be their prince. A chronicler wrote “He was taller than others and his voice reached the people as a trumpet, and his face was like the face of Joseph, whom the Egyptian Pharaoh placed as next to the king after him of Egypt. His power was a part of the power of Samson and God gave him the wisdom of Solomon...” In 1240, Catholic Swedes planned an invasion of Orthodox Russia. Alexander planted sentries to warn him when their ships arrived. He feared the Swedes would crush Russian Orthodoxy, which he regarded as the soul of his nation. When the Swedes arrived, he marched a small force through treacherous marshes to the Neva River, where he told his men, “God is not on the side of force, but of the just cause, the truth.” Attacking out of a mist, before the Swedes were fully disembarked, he caught the Swedish general lolling in a golden chair. The Russian victory was complete and earned him the name “Nevsky” to refer to his victory on the Neva. Nevsky went on to defeat a Lithuanian invasion and fought the powerful Teutonic Knights in a famous battle on ice. In the west he was successful, but threats from the east proved harder to deal with. Realizing Russia could not defeat the Golden Horde of Gengis Khan, he became the Khan’s vassal. But in a visit to the Khan, Nevsky boldly refused to worship pagan gods, knowing this could mean his death. Khan Batu admired his spirit and waived the obligatory ceremony. During a second meeting, the Khan increased Nevsky's domain. Nevsky’s ambition caused him trouble with Novgorod, as did the heavy taxes he paid to the Tatars. After the Russians killed some tax collectors, Nevsky traveled with a few followers to negotiate on behalf of his people. He was rudely treated but achieved his goal. Exhausted by the ordeal, he headed home. At a monastery in Gorodetz he rested, his body no longer as strong as his spirit. He died on this day, 14 November 1263. At his death, he was dressed in a monk's clothes. When Metropolitan Cyril learned of his demise, he said, “Brethren, know that the sun of the Russian Land has now set.” Nevsky was just forty-three but had become a legend in his short life. He was one of the greatest military geniuses Russia ever produced, and regarded by many Russians as a saint because he did so much to preserve the Orthodox church from the Catholics in the west and the Mongols in the east.[...]

The changing world (11) 1968 end

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:32:00 +0000

   October were civil rights riots in Londonderry. Preached for the Brethren in Saffron Walden. Francis Williams, SUM pharmacist at Vom, studying in at ANMC says they need me there. So far I did not doubt my calling was pharmacy. When I arrived in Nigeria I found others realised I had other gifts too.  I was now doing the college course only and was head student. Stan Bruce joined the staff and taught Greek. I was organiser for a S E Asia prayer group.Now lectures on Romans and biblical theology from Non Davies who is reformed baptist. At this stage I was definitely the militant Calvinist ready to challenge anyone showing any Arminian colour. Sharing a room with Ken Cowell who I believe went to Japan. Met Bo and Jean Balfour. He was obstetrician at Mom with us and a practical joker, a mad medic who went on to become one of the few pro-life jobs & gynaecologist consultants,
   Playing table tennis. Listened to Schaeffer's three semons on Job on reel to reel tape. Excellent exposition. Linesman for college football. Nixon wins presidential election. Johnson stops bombing North Vietnam.
   First visit to Elland Road. We lost 0-1 to Spurs against the run of play. Went to White Hart Lane with Dick Bulmer for Spurs 5 Sunderland 1. Enoch Powell in trouble over Rivers of Blood. Introduced to hausa study. Christmas holiday locus in Accrington in large cold flat. Scruffy one assistant shop owned by the family of a former Square student contemporary. Visited Stephen Procter in Brnley an ANMC student who was toward as an accountant for an Arab company in Saudi and London and be an elder in Less IPC, Hampshire. He also generously help our first house purchase in 1984. Apollo 3 off round the moon. Home by bus for Christmas. Visited Bill Foggit the eccentric Thirsk Methodist who had become a TV weather pundit and family friend. Back to Accrington. Visited the Dalbys in Colne, independent Methodists. Peter had done national service in the RAF at Tolcliffe and worshipped in Skipton. Katy came up to Accrington and we went to Skipton by train and Dad's car.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +0000

The Synod of Dort (also called the Synod of Dordrecht) was a church council that convened in 1618 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, to settle a dispute between two theological factions in the Dutch Reformed Church. The Synod of Dort has had a lasting impact on theology, as it was this synod that produced the summarized version of John Calvin’s teachings known today as the Five Points of Calvinism.On one side of the dispute in the Synod of Dort were the Arminians (also known as the Remonstrants) who followed the teachings of Jacobus Arminius. On the other side were the Calvinists (Counter-Remonstrants) who held true to the Reformed teachings of John Calvin. These two theological systems became nationalized, and Holland was split in two. The Synod of Dort was to bring resolution to the conflict. Representatives of the Reformed Church from eight foreign countries were invited to the synod, and church leaders from Great Britain, Germany, and Switzerland attended.From 1568 to 1648, Holland was in a long struggle with Spain, trying to gain independence from the rule of King Philip II, who was the sovereign of what was then called the Habsburg Netherlands. In 1581, the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands (the Dutch Republic) was formed, a significant step toward Dutch independence. However, there were still decades of conflict ahead between the Dutch and the Spanish. In the middle of this conflict came the rise of Arminianism, a theological system that emphasized man’s free will in salvation and rejected Calvinist doctrines, which emphasized God’s sovereignty in salvation. John Calvin’s teachings were rejected by Jacobus Arminius in his Five Articles of Remonstrance. The followers of Arminius were called “the Remonstrants” after this document. A pamphlet war began between the Remonstrants (Arminians) and the Counter-Remonstrants (Calvinists) that actually split the country. The Netherlands had no separation of church and state; what you believed politically was connected to what you believed theologically. Naturally, the theological split led also to a political split, and a rumor began that the Arminians were in league with Spain.A statesman by the name of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt sided with the Remonstrants in the name of religious tolerance. He helped the Arminians propose a national synod to justify their views as valid. The Calvinists refused, saying that it should be only a church synod, without involving the government. The Arminians refused that idea, and things escalated until both sides were militarized. The Dutch Republic backed the Counter-Remonstrants, and the States of Holland, under the leadership of van Oldenbarnevelt, supported the Arminians and formed their own small defense force of 4,000 men called waardgelders (“mercenaries in the pay of the town government”).Eventually, the Calvinists agreed to the Arminians’ proposal for a national synod, and the Synod of Dort was held in 1618–19. The Arminians presented a list of reasons why Calvinism was wrong, apparently in an effort to gain votes for their side. The Calvinists argued that, since the Remonstrants were departing from the Dutch Reformed Church, they had to justify their beliefs using Scripture. The Arminians did not like this plan and chose to withdraw from the proceedings. The leaders of the Reformed Church examined the five points put forward by the Arminians, compared them to Scripture, and found them lacking. Finding no scriptural support for the position of Arminius, the Synod of Dort unanimously rejected Arminianism.But the Synod of Dort went further than simply taking a stand against Arminianism; the delegates drafted their own five points to summarize Calvinistic doctrine, and the Canons of Dort published for the first time the Five Points of Calvinism. Ot[...]

The changing world (10) 1968 second quarter and vacation - All Nations

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:26:00 +0000

In the Easter vacation I did my first retail pharmacy locus, a three assistant shop in Runcorn. In those days one had to decipher doctors writing, no computerised or typed prescriptions. Our labels bore no drug names unless instructed to write them. No quantities, no dates, no warnings on the labels, no patient leaflets. Labels written by hand. I stayed in a hotel expenses paid. £9 for four nights   Bought the engagement ring, sapphires round a diamond, £44. I asked for her hand and Mr Overend agreed. Mrs O said Katy would never stand the African heat. But we were now officially engaged. ANMC had us do regular PE and sometimes a cross country run.    Took London exams at Alexandra Palace but walked out in Comparative Religion. I refused to be examined by unbelievers who think one is dealing with mere intellectual debate not truth and lies. You cannot say what the Bible says and leave it at that. It is as if I did pharmacy but for every question you could not only give the allopathic remedy but you had to give homoeopathic or Ayurvedic alternatives too. My message to the examiners would be Isaiah 66:2 - But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. The examiners did not tremble but judged God's word.    A three day college campus under canvas in the grounds of or next to the house of John Profuma the disgraced former Minister of War who devoted his later life to charitable work after his affair with Christine Keeler back in 1963.   Three week's locum in Wood Green with four part time assistants. Stayed at Overends. Then Irish Evangelical Trek college team together with Katy for two weeks. Train to Holyhead. Ferry to Dun Laoghaire. Train to Athlone. Our base is with a Protestant farmer in a mouse infested farmhouse. The second day ten were trapped. We took a Bible study in a modernist RC seminary. Open air meeting in Galway. Visited Knock and was sickened by the idolatry of The Virgin of Knock with holy water on tap. We used evangelistic questionnaires in Athlone. At Croagh Patrick we climbed the 2510' mountain with thousands of pilgrims some barefoot. It moved me to be bold and preach that evening in Athlone in the shade of the IRA memorial. A drunk disturbed our ladies. Colportage door to door in Roscommon.    Locus at Frodsham near Bedford, dispenser and three assistants in the most modern pharmacy yet. Visited the home of Bryan Boddy,ANMC student, agriculturalist who would spend all the rest of his working life in Nigeria. Also visited Uncle Steve, my grandfathers brother in law, a widower shepherd. Found the Bunyan museum very good indeed with his flute and violin. Visited Elstow Abbey, the Hill Difficulty and the House Beautiful. After a week there one back in Runcorn. Visited Chest and walked the walls. Then via home to Hull staying with a Methodist couplefor two weeks. Dispenser plus two assistants. Watched rugby league, Hull Kingston Rovers 10 Leeds 17. Sad that Russia invaded Czechoslovakia to put down rebellion. Visited Wilberfoce and Transport museums.     My old flame Margaret married Keith my classmate. Saw a dull Yorkshire v Surrey game at Harrogate. We won and should be champions. Met Mr Cullam the millionaire businessman who bankrolled the banner. Ezekil from Nigeria visited and we visited the Scots. John was ex-Nigerian forestry but now headmaster at Breckenbough School where they boarded boys from troubled home backgrounds. An earthquake killed 20,000 in Persia. I lodged in a hotel for a locus in Bletchley. My first colour TV. £9.10/- the[...]

The changing world (9) 1968 first quarter - All Nations

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:06:00 +0000

From now one this account is much more comprehensive for Katy's Christmas gift to me in 1967 was a five year daily and from now on I have a daily account to follow as well as my ordinary appointments diaries - day except for periods when I was down. and not so communicative. . That this was a symptom of bipolar was not diagnosed for 45 years.   I started January at Skipton Bridge with Katy failing my driving test in Northallerton. I was later to fail in Ealing before passing. The only exam I need to pass and failed - twice. Fellow student, Dick Bulmer from Sunderland had a minivan and gave me lifts to and from college. He quipped then he was the only one who could call be a southerner and the best thing about Yorkshire ward dual carriageway all the way through.  To my surprise the North Riding continued to give me a full grant even though I had had one for three years before at university. I also received a book grant from a local charity via a farmer in our village.I attended the North Yorkshire Bible Reading in Northallerton with Howel Jones preaching. It was  organised by John Legg, a very gifted expositor and pastor of Northallerton Evangelical which met at that time in the Legg's home. John had been Congregational minister at Reeth in Swaledale but the Congregational Union went on to become the Congregational Church. This was not merely a contradiction terms of ecclesiology. They adopted a Barthian basis if faith saying the Bible contains the word of God. John,believing the Bible is the word of God left, moved to the county town and took up school teaching. He was a rarity in England, a real reformed paedobaptist.   I studied a lot of Greek in the vacation. I was to receive the college prize and eventually forget nearly all of it. Back o ANMC my room was now in the old stables sharing with Peter Harrison, later a missionary to Austria. The first Sunday I heard Trevor Routley, another student, at the localStanstead Abbots Countess of Huntingdon CongregationalChurch. Trevor is now a missionary in Argentina.   ANMC day started formal with assembly in college chapel. The staff processed in. Our pianist played them in. John Tuttlebee, later missionary to Ireland, had a good sense of humour. One day he played them in to. 'O I do like to be beside the seaside'. He was disciplined. ANMC was practical with all of us given chores. Tom Paget the maintenance man had me sorting plant pots with Gerald Mann, ex Church Army and future SUM Nigeria worker. Gerald had a great gift for personal evangelism. I was never comfortable door to door. Gerald was a duck to water. He could chat and pray with everyone. Second Sunday preached from 1Timothy in the village. Though depressed it went well.   David Morris advised Katy to do a year at Mount Hermon Ladies Missionary College in Ealing, known at ANMC as the hefelump house. But that advice was to affect our lives for most of our years ahead. That is why I am writing now from Ealing.   One relaxation at ANMC was on a quarter size snooker table. I often played against our Ethiopian student Habtom Asgodom. He taught me my one word of Amharic, gosh asha, rubbish, shouted by him when he missed or I flaked a pot. In Patters bar I asked Mr Overend for Katy's hand.   Katy and I conversed a lot by phone. She was disgusted when I once ended the call due to involvement in a pillow fight. I see my previous visit to White hart lane was wrongly place in an earlier year. It was now I went with Katy, Dick and Paul Clough. Paul, known as Fudge was a bolshy Yorkshireman. He was on the college football team playing Spurgeons. An away game. Te baptists showed the ANMC lads round the college pointing out Sprurgeon's[...]


Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:18:00 +0000

Who was Martin of Tours? First, he is one of the most famous fourth-century Christians. The son of a military tribune, he was born around 316. His parents were pagans who seemed to have moved to Italy when he was about nine. Over the objections of his parents, Martin prepared for baptism. He was thrilled to hear the stories of Christian martyrs and monks. An imperial edict required the sons of veterans to join the army. Although he was not quite sixteen—the minimum age—his father compelled Martin to enlist. Martin “kept completely free from those vices in which that class of men become too frequently involved,” wrote his disciple Sulpitius Severus. He donated most of his pay to charity. The best-known instance of Martin’s charity came during a severe winter, in which “extreme cold was proving fatal to many.” A poor man at the gate of Amiens was ill-clothed. Martin “recognized that a being to whom others showed no pity, was, in that respect, left to him.” Martin had already parted with all of his spare garments to help the poor and needed his cloak himself. Taking his sword, he divided it into two equal parts, giving half to the poor man. That night, Martin had a vision in which Jesus, wrapped in the beggar’s piece said, “Martin, who is still but a catechumen [one preparing for baptism], clothed me with this robe.” Martin recognized both praise and censure in Christ’s words. Why was he not yet baptized? He hurried to fulfill that Christian obligation. Soon afterward, he requested emperor Julius Constans to release him from military service. The emperor accused him of cowardice because a battle was impending, but that night the enemy sued for peace and Martin got his discharge. Martin studied under Bishop Hilary and lived as a hermit, emerging from solitude only to preach. Traveling to seek the conversion of his parents, he was captured by bandits, but won one of his captors over to Christ and the man released him. Martin’s mother became a Christian during that visit, but his father held out until later. Martin returned to Gaul where he built some of its first monasteries and impressed many with his holy life and miracles. Around 371, the people of Tours lured him to their city with a plea that he come pray over a sick woman. As soon as he entered the town, they surrounded him and made him Bishop by force. As a bishop, Martin never lost his warm sympathy for suffering people. While he preached the gospel, he also assisted the needy and championed political freedom. Excessive taxation had crushed the middle class in the Roman empire. Many were forced into slavery. Martin took the side of the people against the rulers and offered asylum to fugitives. He probably acted as Defensor for Tours, an advocacy position created by the empire. His monasteries provided security to many who were otherwise crushed by meaningless oppression. All this made him highly popular. Hundreds of churches and places are named for Martin and the church honors him with a feast on this day 11 November. Lecoy de la Marche observed about Martin, “he who attempts to measure his stature succeeds only in measuring his own littleness.”LikeLikeLoveHahaWowSadAngryCommentShare[...]

Diary w/e Nov 11

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:06:00 +0000

Sunday Nov 5A memorable morning with three new elders ordained including my son in law Adrian. I believe it is the first time IPC has had so many ordained at once unless it might have happened when we received elders from a former Church of Scotland congregation. I feel justifiable pride to have, Adrian, a second generation of the family join the session, almost as proud as the day I gave him my daughter Rachel as his wife. Ian Hamilton preached from Is 42, very challenging awn serving as a servant of the Lord. Then we had two generations of the Littles round for roast beef and Yorkshires. I explained it was not quite as grand as my Nigerian ordination in 1978 when a bull of ordination was served at the feast - a whole bull!. In the evening anther treat with Ian Hamilton on the shrewd steward, Luke 16. We are to use our wealth wisely to receive our reward of welcome in heaven. Photos on Facebook.Mon 6 NovFirst draft of Christmas letter, a personal record time. First enlarged session meeting last night with the four new elders all participating.  Paul Levy reminded the session that our membership is not over 100 now but past 150. Children are members too. Tues 7 NovTo Brent Cross where John Lewis exchanged wrongly supplied electric bulbs without quibble but they will charge me £28 for a new glass shade on a light costing £35. I would not pay it but SWMBO wants it to make a new pair by our bed. Driving back she evidenced her gyratophobia. Once bumped, for ever shy, she will not do the gyratory so we diverted back via Alperton and Perivale, a nostalgic route. Wed 8 NovI am reading a book sent to me for review. It is by an Igbo, the biography of her great uncle an RC bishop from Onitsha and contains a comprehensive account of the start on missionary work there by Crowther and the CMS.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srchFirst house group on 1 Samuel.Thur 9 NovBlogging my autobiography for secondary school years. First Greenford lunchtime talks by Chris Roberts. Only IPC people there so far. Contacting joiners for a quote on alcove shelving. Cooked butter chicken with Dal and for the first time did not set off the smoke alarm which was fitted close to the cooker.For the first time ever, when I rang someone offering Sunday lunch at ours, they turned it around and will will eat at theirs. It will be my first pastoral visit since we elders received our shepherding lists dividing the flock among the 10 of us.Fri 10 NovGarden shed to be erected today then contents housed from under the patio tarpaulin their home for the three weeks we have been here. Shed erectors cancelled due to back injury. Now coming Wednesday next. First five gallons of chardonnay at the new house is in the fermenter. Next red for communion wine.Sat 11 NovJoiners to estimate on shelves in bedroom alcove. Some firms unobtainable, come do not return calls. Those coming Polish?, Indian and English. Been to garden centre for 11 concrete slabs as bases. Observed the two minutes silence in the store 11a.m.I enrolled for a quiz at the local parish church this time next week. Find I am placed on a team with our MP Steve Pound. We were on opposite sides of Ealing Council, 1990-98. He has been my MP ever since. We are good friends. He knows I never vote for him but on sexual moral issues he is very good being RC and he ia an excellent constituency MP. So I look forward to the evening.  Watching the Festival of Remembrance I recall seeing it in 1982[...]

The changing world (8) 1967

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:11:00 +0000

Started the year with IVF conference in Swanwick then to Sheffield visiting a girl, Elizabeth. I remember little except we went to a concert which included Stravisnski's Firebird. We were seated behind the orchestra. The percussion woke me up when the egg broke I think.   January also heard Bill Lees, ex OMF on Independence at the London Missionary Volunteer Fellowship. He would later lecture at All Nations. John Rosser of Irish Treks spoke at Bedford College. I twice went on these evangelistic ventures to the republic. Oliver Barclay, general secretary of IVF spoke at Prof Fairbairn's on The Christian View of Sex. I would cycle to Enfield for this. Mrs Fairbairn's buffet was a great attraction too. As well as the CU he would have his overseas doctoral students to the meeting. Te prof's invite was one they should not refuse. Alex Mother spoke at LIFCU. After Easter there was another Swanwick conference. As the same time a theological students conference was being addressed by Schaeffer. My friend John and I were alone in a lounge when a crowd of theology students walked in with FAS. He immediately said the room was take they would go elsewhere. John said that impressed him more than all I had told him about Schaeller's teaching.  In June I was at a CU house party at Mabledon near Tonbridge with Herbert Carson. What I remember was the library full of leather bound puritan volumes. Finals taken.  In July I went to Belfast from Liverpool on Irish Treks. The shock landing at Belfast was to see police with guns. Never seen that before. Most of the team were from the north. One lad reckoned a garden with orange lilies in the south betokened protestants. We were basically offering to distribute scriptures. We were warned not to criticised the Roman church even if people we met did as they would not welcome criticism from the English. We were based in Sligo.   August I got my degree results. 2.!. Prof was sorry I turned down the Ph.D opportunity. I now say I am Ph.D declined to any who boast of their degrees. So at 21 I was a qualified pharmacist on paying the entry fees. I had already passed the legal exam.    In September I was interviewed at SUM Sidcup. and examined by their Harley Street doctor. I took Katy out for the first time, Merchant of Venice at the Aldwych.   October I started at All Nations. We had two Nigerians, both senior pastors. Yakuby Yako was an accomplished evangelist with New Life for All which saw much church growth. He worked with Wilf Bellamy of SUM who sadly went astray after he left Nigeria for an American pastorate. Yakubu would always evangelise. While travelling he would ask fellow passengers if they were saved. His compatriot Panya Paba was leader in the missionary arm of his church, Evangelical Churches of West Africa, the product of Sudan Interior Mission work.   I was doing the London University Diploma in Theology course. Included were history of Israel, Ezra and Nehemiah, philosophy of religion, Islam and college subjects like pastoral epistles and systematic theology. Ron Warne was bursar and taught philosophy. Of one of my essays he remarked,   'A good Van Tillian perspective but there are others.' Ron Davis did systematics and Greek. He attended Welwyn Evangelical. I was given permission to worship there Sundays and he gave me a lift. Ian Tait ministered and taught homiletics a ANCC. Davis Morris taught Ezekiel. Other lecturers were Captain Godfrey Buxton MC of the family that had built Easneye the ANMC house. He was very godly but a hopeless expositor. Arthur Bennett, author of, Valley of Vision lectured but not to &nb[...]

The changing world (7) - undergraduate years, 1965-6

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 18:24:00 +0000

College Christian Union had weekly speakers. I have some notes but not names though I do remember Prof. J N D Anderson, chair of Islamic law at SOAS. He had owned the Ealing house bought by L'Abri where our IPC church started.   Ranald Macaulay spoke at a meeting in our hall. At the time he was an undergraduate at Kings but married to Susan, daughter of fancies Schaeffer had started English L'Abri. What he taught on apologetics helped me in witness to those like my fellow students who were happy to think their godless philosophy was rational. Schaeffer's teaching later published in "Escape from reason' gave a basis for destroying the thought strongholds of unbelief.     Among our weekly titles were, Can Christianity be proved true?Happiness, The historic faith ]we proclaim, Biblical wisdom, The person of Jesus, Judgement. In November David Sheppard did a university mission. I think it may have been before he was a bishop. Dr Spanner also spoke to our CU on, Is humanism the answer.   I managed to get to some top sport. England rugby at the old Twickenham for all the games except Wales which was sold out. I was not buying tickets in advance nor did I for football. The most memorable rugby moment was hank's try the length of the pitch against Scotland. From the French game I remember the cockerels.THE FIRST DIVISION SOCCER WAS A TRIAL OF STRENGTH THROUGH THE PRESS INTO THE GROUND AND ON THE STANDS, FOR STANDING WE WERE. THE TUBE TUNNELS AT HIGHBURY WERE THE WORST. MOST MEMORABLE WAS MAN U AT SPURS. CHARLTON SCORED A TYPICAL LONG DISTANCE STRIKE WHILE BEST WAS MAGIC. IN THE BOX, DEFENDER EITHER SIDE HE GETS THE BALL WITH HIS BACK TO GOAL AND BEFORE YOU BLINKED Y=THE BALL WAS IN THE NET. MAGIC.  I am fed up correcting caps lock so won't.  February 1966 the doctor was in Acts 5 in the evening. This was one of the two occasions he was memorably topical. He usually did not refer to current events. But that month Nkrumah, first president of Ghana, fist independent former British African colony was overthrown. The Doctor was preaching on Christ the cornerstone, Acts 4. He made reference to, Matthew 21:44 - And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Nkrumah had a statue with the blasphemous inscription, 'Seek ye first the political kingdom'. Politician overthrown and statue too. The rock had fallen on the politician.   In April I attended an IPF CU leaders conference at Swanwick. Met Gill from Bristol a medical student. She visited me in London and I went to hers but nothing came of it. I wanted two things. The right woman and guidance for the future. I was president of the college CU and missionary secretary for LIFCU. My second year exams in June saw 8 papers in the first week including a six hour chemistry practical. The next two weeks saw five more papers then leaving international hall I moved to the home of my cousin Roger in Woking for a couple of weeks. He was surgical registrar at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Portsmouth. His wife Hilary was a medic too, a Cambridge sailing blue. Their children Robert and Sara. Roger got me a job in his hospital's pharmacy. I stayed with a Christian family. The memorable event was the world cup final. Saw England win on my own in the nurses home where they had a TV. But more significant was meeting the Berry family. Tony had been the first pharmacist for the Sudan United Mission's hospital at Vom, Benue Plateau State , Nigeria, The country had entered the Biafran civil war. Tony challenged me about work in Nigeria. Welcom[...]

The Comprehensive List of Perpetrated Attacks in Plateau State from 29th May 2015 to October 2017.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:50:00 +0000

1. 29/05/15-Over 500 gunmen attacked Shonong Village, Barkin Ladi destroying and burning 250 houses and displacing over 1000 people. 2. 10/06/15-June 10-About 9 villages in BarkinLadi were attacked leaving 20 people dead. 3. 11/6/15-Rakung Village, Barkin Ladi was attacked leaving 4 dead. 4. 15/6/15-There was a gun battle at Hawon Kibo, Riyom LGA of Plateau State, supposedly between Berom and Fulani. 5. 16/6/15-Gun battle led to death of 6 persons at Rahoss, Riyom. 6. 17/6/15-It was alleged soldiers killed a woman and injured 1 in Heipang Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State. 7. 17/6/15-Fulani gunmen shot and killed the Pastor of Living Faith Church Kuru karma at Gada Bui area in Barakin Ladi LGA of Plateau State. 8. 23/6/15-At a military check point at Hawankibo, Riyom LGA of Plateau State, 4 persons were killed. 9. 1/7/15-Fulani terrorists had a gun battle with soldiers, it led to the death of 2 soldiers around Mararaban Foron; Barakin Ladi of Plateau State. 10. 4/7/15-A Fulani terrorist’s gun attack at Bisichi, Jos South, Plateau State which led to the death of a student and another critically injured. 11. 5/7/15-Twin bomb blasts rocked the city of Jos, Plateau State capital it led to the death of 48 persons. 12. 5/7/15-A man was shot and killed by Fulani terrorists, at Bom village around Mararaban Kantoma on Barakin Ladi/Mangu LGA border in Plateau State. 13. 5/7/15-In reaction to the 5/7/15 blast at Yantaya Mosque in Jos, Muslims mob set ablaze the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Dilimi. 14. 7/7/15-About 13 persons in Sho, Barkin Ladi were attacked and killed by marauders. No one was held responsible. 15. 12/7/15-2 bombs were detonated at ECWA Gospel 1, Tudun Wada, Jos, Plateau State, there were no casualties. 16. 16/7/15-2 promising students of GSS Dorowo Tsoho before Razek in Fan in Barkin Ladi were killed. 17. 21/7/15 There was tension in Barkin Ladi as 8 people were killed in multiple attacks. 18. 26/7/15 Attack on Sho village, Barkin Ladi left 3 persons dead. 19. 26/7/15-There was a Fulani guerrilla attack from Gindinakwati, Barkin Ladi at Sho village and Kura Falls of Barkin Ladi LGA in Plateau State. 20. 6/8/15-It was alleged that 18 Cattle were killed, community leader attacked In Plateau Village. 21. 6/8/15-Fulani marauders at Rakung area of Barkin Ladi town, fired gunshots from their houses and were cutting down crops of Berom people. 22. 7/8/15-Gunmen attacked Rakung in Barakinladi LGA of Plateau State. Villagers fled the villages. 23. 10/8/15-There were clashes in Bisichi which led to the death of 3 persons and injury of 1 person. 24. 10/8/15-4 travellers were killed In kassa, Barkin Ladi, Plateau State 25. 11/8/15-Bisichi, Kwi and Kassa were under attack simultaneously by the Fulani marauders. 26. 13/8/15-There was an attack at Gana-Ropp, Barkin Ladi, Plateau State. 27. 14/8/15-2 Fulani were arrested with arms while grazing at Bisichi by the STF. The STF wanted to let them go. 28. 30/8/15-2 killed in Jol, Barkin Ladi, Plateau State. 29. 8/9/15-1 person killed by Fulani terrorists at Bangai, Riyom, Plateau State. 30. 9/9/15-1 person killed at Bachi, Riyom, Plateau State. 31. 13/9/15-Around 8 pm, Fulani terrorists brutally attacked 7 villages in Barkin Ladi. These include: Zakupwang village, Fan Villages of Foron District, Nding village of Fan-Loh District and others. 13 people were reported killed. 32. 13/9/15-Muslim youths protested against the mounting of barricade around ECWA Gospel, Church, Tudun Wada. They said the barricades block the road to their community. They then opened fire in an attempt to disperse the protest[...]

More on Riyom killings

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:57:00 +0000

Nine Christians were buried in north-central Nigeria yesterday after Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed and killed them earlier this week, sources said. The victims, all members of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN), were buried after a funeral service in Plateau state’s Riyom Local Government Area. They were killed, and three others seriously injured, on Tuesday (Nov. 7) evening at about 7:30 p.m. in Rim village as they returned from a nearby market. In a text messsage to Morning Star News, COCIN Church Rim elder Gyang Dahoro identified those killed as Felix Ngwong, 34; Gyang Emmanuel, 29; Chuwang Bitrus, 31; Daniel Nini, 52; Dagam Danbwarang, 29; Rueben Danbwarang, 25, Sunday Danbwarang, 52; Dachollom Shom, 37; and Daniel Shom, 45. Dahoro said the injured Dalyop Bwede, Darwang Samuel and Toma Sunday were being treated at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital in Jos. The Rev. Dacholom Datiri, president of the COCIN, confirmed the killing of members of his church. “We are saddened again by yet another attack on members of our church,” he said. “We have continued to be forced into mourning the death of some our members for no just cause. Whatever it is, our faith is dependent on Jesus Christ, our Savior.” Istifanus Gyang, a member of parliament in Nigeria’s National Assembly, decried unabated attacks on Christians in Plateau state. Gyang said the attacks were carried out by “blood-thirsty killers and terror militia” whom he said were prosecuting “ruthless banditry and brutal slaughter” in order to wipe out Christian communities and occupy their lands. “We shall therefore overcome this season, as it is written, “weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning,” he said. A similar attack was carried out in the same area a few weeks ago, when a Christian woman and her son and a daughter were brutally killed by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen who have been raiding Christian communities in the central Nigerian states of Plateau, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and Niger. The chairman of the Riyom Council, Emmanuel Damboyi, called for the arrest of Fulani leaders in Riyom, according to Nigerian newspaper The Nation, as they had vowed to attack Berom communities due to the alleged killing of a missing Fulani boy. The Fulani leaders made the threat at a Security Council meeting, according to Damboyi. “I think the Fulani leaders are not ready for peace, they should be arrested and questioned for these killings,” he reportedly said. Plateau State Police Command spokesman Terna Tyopev said in a press statement that the number of those killed was 11, with four injured. “Eleven people who were returning from a weekly village market of Makera were shot dead at about 7:30 p.m.,” he said. “No arrests yet, but investigations are ongoing, and we shall definitely get to the roots of this.” Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent. Nigeria ranks 12th on Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution. [...]

The changing world (6) - my undergraduate year, 1964-5

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0000

Until this part I have written from unaided memory. Now there are diaries to aid me and things will be more detailed.   So in late September 1964 I left a quiet Yorkshire village with fear than 100 souls for the teeming millions of The Great Wen. I left family home of 43 years for a student hostel, International hall Brunswick Square, several hundred students, half foreign. My neighbour in the next room was Olivier Espitalier-Noel, a white native of Mauritus. I had to look up where it was - Indian Ocean. I soon made friends with two like first years, Hugo a vet and Rowan Francis a medic. I also befriended a Czech post-doctoral student. When he was about to leave I asked him for the one thing from England he would like to take back home. 'Speakers Corner' was his wish. Years later, visiting post Soviet Prague I saw his wish had come true.   We also had a couple of students form communist China. They were the antithesis of the polite Chinese. They would be in the TV lounge with the news being watched and they were loudly denouncing the lackeys of capitalism and running dogs of imperialism. Before long, at the height of the cultural revolution, they were called home to China.   Across the square was The Square, the School of Pharmacy, University of London formerly the college of the Pharmaceutical Society and the top pharmacy school in the land. I was the first student accepted after interview by Frank Hartley, the dean. I was one of 72 in my year, 50% female, a proportion I questioned in a student union meeting only to be shot down as a chauvinist. We had a few foreign students. I remember one Indian from Kenya and Ogumbanjo from  Nigeria . For the first time in my life I met real live Jews, Bloom, Linderman and Rubnstein. Previously known only from the Bible.   IIRC we had to wear jacket and tie to lectures. I see a blazer with badge was £8 3s Od and a tie 1/6 raton, mine, to 17/6 silk for toffs.The timetable was full. Morning lectures, afternoon practicals. I remember another science discipline students saying an arts course was a soft life by comparison. True. But it was not the work schedule that other me. I had been a year out of formal study and I doubted things were going in. My philosophic doubt which was supposed to free me from religion proved to be no practical help at all. I became acutely depressed even suicidal. I sought help. College staff told me to hand in and see the medics. They did I was ill and this was likely to be a chronic affliction. Planned to turn my back on Christianity. But I was back in church, Hinde Street Methodist the home of the university Methodist Society. But the college Christian Union was of more help, especially Professor Fairbairn who would invite students home to Enfield for great food and fellowship.He was brethren and held the chair of pharmacognosy, material medication, natural drug sources. He had gained his doctorate researching anthroquinone laxatives, sennosides. Sennokot came from his research. It was quipped that he was not given the chair of 'cognosy but the commode.  I heard John Stott for the first time at a London Inter Faculty Christian Union (LIFCU) event, speaking on Filled with the Spirit. I survived my first term despite the trauma and am sure that from that time on I was a regenerate born again Christian. I wanted to witness to my faith but the fellow students working in the lab were a pagan lot. I found a firm Christian friend in John Sullivan. We were students together at All Nations Missionary College[...]

The changing world (5) Working 1963-4

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:28:00 +0000

I had A levels at 17. In those days working class children did not take a year out and travel to exotic locations. I spent the next year doing my pharmacy practical year in Boots the Chemist, This was the last year where the practical part of the pharmacy qualification could be done pre-graduate. From that year on one had to do agree first then practical. What I did enabled me to qualify as a pharmacist at the minimum age of 21 - voting age then.  This was my one and only year working for pharmacy big business. I quickly learnt I was entering a commercially driven profession. Idealism was dispatched. I earned four pounds ten shillings a week. If I had been 19 and taken an extra year not one year less than normal for A levels, I would have earned more. What idiotic remuneration which did not reward talent.   The Boots shop was in temporary premises off the market share. We moved to the new premises on the square in my year.The market was notorious for two things. Market day was Monday. You never had a bank holiday on the Monday. Secondly the square was cobbled. people were for ever falling and coming in for first aid. I had chosen pharmacy because I did not want to deal with blood!   My manager was Mt Beveridge, Rev, a Scot about to retire. Like many expatriate Scots he was always on about his native land but when the company offered him the post of manager in his old home town of Kilmarnock he turned it down saying he knew no-one there now. So he retired to Thirsk and a younger, more ambitious and less kingly manger was appointed. We had two dispensers, ken Kilvington and John who did the veterinary stuff.   My year in Boots gave me contact with two men later to become famous, the Thirsk veterinarians, Sinclair and Wight, better known as Siegfied Farnon and James Herriott. The irony is that these were not the top local vets. The top man was Dr Burkhardt, vet to the Newmarket sales, who treated only one kind of animal, race horses. We sent his prescriptions as far afield as France and Ireland. I went to school with Wight's children. It was not until the 70s that their father became a world famous author. Mrs Wight was a local school governor, not a snob line the other partner's wife. Burkhardt's daughter was Virginia. John the dispenser said she belied her name. I did not understand that at the time.  Later when I read the books I could identify some local characters including the doctor who has a wife beating patient with a fear of needles. The doc chose his biggest and bluntest needle to inject him saying, ' The tell me you are a tough man with no feelings', and injecting said, ' But you felt that didn't you'.   I cycled four miles each was to and from work. One day as I was emerging from the village of Carlton Miniott a fox ran out of a field, along and across the wet road. Soon a lead hound followed then packing huntsmen.. 'Did you see the fox?, I was asked. They had lost the scent of wily Reynard. 'Yes', I replied. 'Which way did he go?''Nay I replied, 'Youv'e got the hounds. You find him'. Ever the bolshy one living in a hunting community I was not then in favour. Now living in the city and with Blair banning hunting I am all in favour.Both sides talk rot. The hunters say it is a good way to control foxes, the vermin which destroy birds and animals. The truth is they want the fun of the chase enjoyed for centuries. The anti-hating lot think they are dealing with cuddly defenceless animals not ruthless predators, the only anim[...]


Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:51:00 +0000

She was sick when she landed in India on this day, 9 November 1895. Friends had urged her to stay in England because of her neuralgia, a nerve disease that made her feeble and achy for weeks at a time. Had she listened to them, she would probably be unknown today. Instead, Carmichael rescued children from temple prostitution in India and wrote renowned books on her work. When she was a child, her mother told her that if she prayed, the Lord would answer. One night Carmichael prayed for blue eyes instead of brown. In the morning she jumped out of bed and ran to the mirror where she wailed in disappointment to see her eyes still brown. Her mother had to explain that “no” is an answer, too. God meant her to have brown eyes for a reason, she said. Although the teenaged Carmichael thought she was a Christian, she discovered she needed a personal commitment to Christ. Once she made it, service to Him became the passion of her life. She started classes and prayer groups for Belfast ragamuffins. She worked with the “shawlies,” or factory girls so poor that they could not afford hats to wear to church but wore shawls instead. Respectable people shunned them. Carmichael soon had to find space in her classes and prayer groups for three hundred. After her father, Mr. Carmichael died, his wife and children moved to England. An uncle asked Carmichael to teach his mill workers about Jesus. Living near the mill in a bug-infested apartment, she threw herself into the effort. However, she was constantly sick and realized she must quit. She became a missionary to Japan, but the cold troubled her so much that she had to return to England. Although it was hard for her, Carmichael left her aging mother once again and obeyed God’s call to go to India. There she discovered that little children were being rented as prostitutes in Hindu temples and wrote a book, Things as they Are, telling as much as was then printable about the destructive practices. She started a rescue work for these children. Dressed in a sari, her skin stained brown, she could pass as a Hindu. Now she understood why God had given her brown eyes! Strictly speaking, Carmichael’s work was illegal. When she rescued a five-year-old named Kohila, the child’s guardians demanded her back. Indian prosecutors charged Carmichael with kidnapping and she faced seven years in prison. However, perhaps fearing world opinion, India dropped the charges. “It is by what he conquers that Christ’s power is to be discovered,” she had written.Show More Re[...]

Films seen November 2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:43:00 +0000

1. Identity Thief- Jason Bateman (Actor),‎ Melissa McCarthy (Actor),‎ Seth Gordon (Director) Funniest film I have seen in a long time. Some bad language and a little sex but not offensive. The car chases are great, McCarthy is superb. A modern morality tale with a happy ending. Enjoy!2. The Boy with the Topknot  (2017 TV Movie)I rate this highly though my wife was disappointed after a friend said it was the best book she had read. The only shortcomings for me were failure to describe the sister's symptoms and not showing how the mother received the fiancee. Great dealing with many themes - race, prejudice, religion, culture, selfishness, family, mental illness, conflict, temper, lying, romance. Five stars from me.[...]

Political correctness explained - very simply.....

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:08:00 +0000

This is Priceless!  Note reference to the "Main Stream Media"...72 years ago‼️What is meant by the modern term referred to as "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"...The definition is found in 4 telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945.The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war - not a word has been added or deleted!(1) Tokyo, Japan   0800-September 1,1945To: President Harry S TrumanFrom: General D A MacArthurTomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions? (2) Washington, D C   1300-September 1, 1945To: D A MacArthurFrom: H S Truman Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct!(3) Tokyo, Japan  1630-September 1, 1945To: H S TrumanFrom: D A MacArthur and C H NimitzWilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?(4) Washington, D C  2120-September 1, 1945To: D A MacArthur/C H NimitzFrom: H S TrumanPolitical Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!           Now, with special thanks to the Truman Museum and Harry himself, you and I finally have a full understanding of what 'POLITICAL CORRECTNESS' really means…..[...]

The changing world (4) Secondary Education

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:08:00 +0000

It was 2010 when I last wrote in this autobiography. This now dates from1956 to 1963 and starts at Thirsk Grammar School, at the time the second smallest grammar in England after Yorebridge, Wensleydale. I remain convinced of the folly that is comprehensive education, product of socialist social engineering. Though our school became 'grammar and modern' in my second year it retained two out of five streams doing G.C.E., and a striving for excellence. Grammar school education still; that which I am convinced gave the best ever opportunity to talented children from all social strata (I dislike class classifications) and was the best way to encourage social mobility.First memory is the shock of going from being the most gifted child to being one among many but only one of two so precocious as to enter at 10 years and not 11 the world of secondary education. Miss Rainforth was form mistress and taught English.. Granny Graydon taught geography, a strict disciplinarian. Miss Patterson, French, Codling woodwork, Peel chemistry. He gave my friend Bosomworth lines for singing or whistling, 'D'ye ken John Peel' in his class. Beynon was the cane wielding head before KIng took over.   Mr Greenwood, aka Jugger, was given to slaps with the ruler and throwing the blackboard eraser at errant pupils. It was the his way of discipline. No-one objected. One was in fear of the cane, an effective deterrent. Yes, teachers had nicknames. Physics, Herring, had to be Kipper, what else? Smith, maths, was Hence because he said it a lot. Never very sporting and so undistinguished in football or cricket,  We played soccer. I defended or kept goal. I would have much preferred rugger. Cricket was a bit scary.I shone in cross country until puberty when I put on weight and slowed down.At the change from grammar school we had many new teachers, some remembered with great affection. my love of chemistry must have been promoted by John Ward who died tragically young in the seventies.'Plug' Rawlings taught games. Mr Josephs enlivened history. Who can forget learning how Edward II died? We were not though told why this method of despatch was singularly appropriate. Matters homosexual were unknown. Ralph Brookes did not endear himself at first, a Brummie criticising Yorkshire accents, but he proved a great English teacher and promoter of drama. He encouraged a huge drama competition criticising me for overacting in a farce. I was Corin in As You Like It. Out Town was the first ever school play and I have never forgotten its moral of failure to pay attention to people. Most notable all was The Crucible. I was Giles Corey, pressed to death. This had to be done as an after school drama club production and even then some parents were not happy with their daughters as witches.It was I think during rehearsals for The crucible that there was the Cuban missile crisis. People were rightly worried. Suddenly, during rehearsal there was a very loud bang. We thought the end of the world might be upon us. But we were the generation who grew up in the shadow of The Bomb.The was fear of nuclear destruction. But it was a misplaced fear just like that of apocalyptic global warming which besets people today.    Later Brookes became correspondent for the local paper, The Stockton and Darlington Times and we became good friends as he reported on our missionary work in Nigeria before we went and during l[...]