Archive for May, 2010

It’s 1549

27 May 2010

The masses of my astute blog readers will immediately know the significance of this date, particularly in relation to John Knox (and hence knoxville). For the rest, this is the year that Knox fled Scotland to serve the church in England under Edward VI. Knox ministered near Newcastle until the rise of Mary Tudor to the throne.

So, why is 2010 similar to 1549 you ask? Well, after nearly 6 years serving in Edinburgh, Scotland, we will be moving, God willing, to Leeds, England this summer. I have accepted a call to City Evangelical Church in south Leeds. It’s a bit further south than Newcastle, and I’m not fleeing for my life. Nor am I originally from Scotland. Also, I won’t be serving in the Church of England. But if we look past all of those things, it’s 1549.

This poses one last great question. Should I change the name of my world famous, stat exploding, trend setting blog? Would that affect the markets? Consumer confidence? The pound value? Well, rather than cause an uproar, I think I’ll merely amend to to be called ‘Knoxville c. 1549’. Sleep easy friends.


The Atonement…coming unglued

21 May 2010

Yesterday I posted (as in mailed) the final draft of my thesis on Hugh Martin’s doctrine of the atonement. It took longer to complete than thought, and is probably not as good as it ought to be, but it is done. Here are some pictures of my copy of Martin’s work on the atonement. Though I’d recommend reading the whole thing, you can tell that I favoured the first half of the book.

Hugh Martin’s value

18 May 2010

HERE is a wee article I came across about Hugh Martin. It seeks to highlight some values of Martin, and begins by considering the enigma of Martin. Why isn’t he better remembered when he seems so highly esteemed by those who have read him. Not much answer is given to the enigma of Martin and why his writings seemed to be so quickly forgotten, and, in my opinion, his writing style (really the only reason given in the article) is a positive, not a negative. I have found Martin a joy to read. He is a talented and gifted writer and I don’t think his writing style can be given any responsibility for his writings being overlooked. In fact, one of the reasons he wanted to write on the atonement was because others (with whom he’d agree) had been too dry and formulaic in doing so.

My advice, go read Hugh Martin. There are a number of things in print, and hopefully more in the days ahead.

Settlers of Catan app for iPhone

17 May 2010

It’s been out about 6 months, but I was only told about it by a friend last night. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s only $4.99/£2.99.

iTunes U – Westminster

13 May 2010

It is amazing how many biblical and theological resources, lectures, and videos are found at iTunes University. And all for free. It seems Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia has added a substantial number of classes, lectures, and sermons to the site. Some great stuff here by WTS faculty and a number of visiting speakers, old and new. Ideal to listen to on any size commute.

My Cry Ascends

7 May 2010

That’s the name of a new album being sold by Ligonier Ministries. You can listen to samples of the songs HERE. It is predominately psalms, but also includes a number of hymns. Here is the blurb from the website:

My Cry Ascends is a graceful collection of new Psalms and hymns for the church composed by Greg Wilbur. The music is recorded in a folk tradition with elements of Celtic style and southern harmony. Listeners will enjoy the hardy musical instrumentation: piano, viola, flutes, tin whistle, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bagpipe, hammer dulcimer and percussion. Rich biblical texts and expressive tunes feature the singing of Michael Card, Steve Green, Wes King, Katy Snow, Nathan Clark George and Bruce Carroll. The songs were written with congregational singing in mind, and it is our hope that this CD will bring these wonderful pieces into wider familiarity as an appropriate offering to the Most High God as He calls His people into worship.

Maybe it’s because I’m preaching on Psalm 77 Sunday (a cry ascending psalm), but it is great to see some modern versions of psalms being produced creatively and with music excellence. And, personally, I really like the style of the music. It sounds well worth picking up. I believe it can only be bought through Ligonier.