Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday musing

I haven't been blogging for a bit so, at the prompting of a pal, thought I should post a ditty or two. Nice to missed.

I have preached a couple of sermons recently, one on heaven and one on trials, and the Lord has shown me grace for them. In the one on trials, I revisited my fathers time in a Korean POW camp as told by my Godfather in 'In Spite of Dungeons'. I nearly cried reading out a quote from it but managed to hold it together.

I am freshly reminded of my desire to at least finish, and at best to 'Finish Strong'.

Mrs C and I painted a room listening to a sermon on hell, Who said romance is dead?

I watched this and am yet to experience anyone offering to give me a private plane.

I've been mulling on this post and noted the interesting transition from alcoholic pastor to church consultant. Also, did I read that right? A $63m church budget......

An update on matters sexual in the C of E. On that same subject, Andrew Wilson has a recommendation for post of the year.

The song 'Good, Good Father' has got into my bones.

I love the Lewis quote at the end of this post.

The Discovery Bible Study is a simple but seemingly rather effective idea.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The chief cause of our ills

‘It is my belief that the modern world  and especially the  history of the present century can only be understood  in terms of the unusual activity of the devil and the ‘principalities and powers’. In a world of collapsing institutions , moral  chaos, and increasing violence, never was it more important to trace the hand of the ‘prince of the air’, and  then, not only to learn to wrestle with him and his forces, but also to overcome them ‘by the blood of the lamb and the word of his testimony’. If we cannot discern the chief cause of our ills, how can we hope to cure them’

Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaking after the Second WW. 

Quoted by Charlie Cleverly in his book 'The Song of Songs: Exploring the Divine Romance', Page 128 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Bible says....

John Piper has responded to Andy Stanley about his thoughts on the Bible which makes for an interesting read particularly for those called to communicate the gospel and preach.

Saturday blog-sweep

 Some interesting books for pastors The State we're in Attack at dawn Joseph Scriven Joy comes with the morning When small is beautiful