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Posted 2 hours 30 min ago

Sometimes I wish I pastored an urban church. Lots of people nearby, plenty of passing trade. Should ever the Lord grant my fickle wish, I'd long again for the countryside. I walked to chapel last week. Through which urban sprawl would I pass scenery like this?

Posted 2 hours 46 min ago
The farce surrounding Tim Farron continues. The Liberal leader has today declared that "gay sex is not a sin". Most politicians have believed this for twenty years, but little Farron claims to be an evangelical Christian. One of his own former MPs anonymously told the BBC:
 
Posted 1 day 5 hours ago

I have commissioned a new portrait of Oliver Cromwell; I instructed the artist to depict him as he saw fit. The moustache gives him a slightly hard, resentful look, which is not inconsistent with many of his thoughts:

Posted 2 days 3 hours ago

Remember me, O my God, for good!

- Nehemiah 13:31b

Tonight, I finished preaching through Nehemiah. It’s a tough book in places, but contains much spiritual nourishment. Its final chapter is probably the last section of the Old Testament to have been written; books of the Bible are not in strict chronological order. The above words are therefore the final Spirit-inspired utterances prior to the birth of John the Baptist.

Posted 2 days 3 hours ago

This evening we were joined by Roger Carswell. He’s always very encouraging. He is speaking at Netherside Hall next weekend and a number of us plan to go up; anyone wishing to join us may get in touch. Its webpage is here: http://bibleinthedales.co.uk/

Posted 3 days 2 hours ago

Today’s we had the Spring Effort. This is an annual event going back decades at which the Craft Group sell their wares, as well as the traditional cake and plant stalls. Christian books were sold and evangelistic literature given away. I gave a quick message at the start, reading from Revelation 21 with its description of heaven as the New Jerusalem. 

Posted 4 days 9 hours ago

 

Posted 5 days 11 hours ago

On my recent travels through the Ribble Valley I came across the base of a medieval cross at Great Mitton. Two questions I might ask are:

Why was it erected?