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Posted 17 hours 59 min ago

David Sarjeant perceptively analyses the sea change happening in the United Kingdom after the government decided to alter the defintion of marriage. It's worth a read:  

Posted 18 hours 33 min ago

I have a terrible confession to make. It’s going to appal some people; they literally might not speak to me again. Are you ready for it? I voted to leave the European Union. I see Facebook friends moving to block me and others disappointed by my ignorance. Let me assure you, though, I didn’t vote leave because I’m a racist. I am racially European, so this would be counterintuitive. Neither am I terrified by immigration. Although I think it should be controlled, I recognise the many benefits it brings. I even prefer the idea of countries cooperating rather having world wars.

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago

I was interested to read of the first ever Gospel Bayfest: The Morecambe Bay Festival of Gospel Music. ‘Top gospel artists from the UK’ will feature. According to the website, these include the Aryton Brothers, whose music I love, and Roger Carswell. I’m unable to vouch for Roger’s singing, but he’s no stranger to Martin Top, and is a wonderfully clear and engaging preacher. The others I’ve not heard of, but I have no reason to doubt that the festival-goers of Morecambe are in for a treat.

Posted 2 days 22 hours ago

Christendom is awash with new songs. Some churches that I visit sing songs I’ve never heard of. Most of them are rubbish and will fade away without notice. Some songs have good words but their complicated, high-pitched tunes don’t support them. They’re okay if you enjoy a worship group performing to you, but it’s hard to sing them as a congregation. Others have good tunes, but the words are nought but froth and bubble. From this, one might be tempted to seek refuge purely in older hymns that have withstood time’s test.

Posted 3 days 13 hours ago

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is having a vote this Friday to decide whether or not to campaign in favour of removing all legal restrictions on abortion. This would mean making abortion legal up to 7 months in pregnancy, and possibly, depending on how the law is interpreted, making abortion legal up until birth. Greg Jackson has emailed me saying:

Posted 3 days 14 hours ago

Posted 4 days 41 min ago

I attended a meeting at Holden Chapel last night. It was led by some spiritually-minded young people (using this phrase automatically renders one middle aged) from Crown Lane who prayed, read scripture, preached, sang and testified. The good folk of Holden then filled our bellies with the usual pastries and puddings. Both spiritually and physically, we went home full.

Posted 4 days 18 hours ago