Archive for November, 2010

A prayer for the Sunday sermon

30 November 2010

Psalm 43. 3-4

Send out your light and your truth; Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the alter of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Faith and Action

22 November 2010

Sometimes our activity may be an expression of faith and sometimes it may be a substitute for faith. ~ Dale Ralph Davis, The Word Became Fresh

For people it is easier to act than to believe/have faith. But we must also remember that genuine faith is never a lone ranger, it is accompanied by works.

Scotland by bicycle

19 November 2010

HERE is an amazing video of travelling over much of Scotland by bicycle. I love this quote from the adjoining article, “One of the hardest tricks in the film was probably the front flip off Edinburgh Castle as it was blowing a force 10 hooly. It was also raining really heavily, if it wasn’t for that it would have been easy.” My thoughts exactly.

Some helpful thoughts for church

6 November 2010

Tim Chailles, via 9Marks, via Trellis and the Vine…

Before the Service

  • Read the passage in advance
  • Pray for the gathering
  • Greet newcomers (act like you are the host)
  • Think strategically about who you should sit with
  • Arrive Early

During the Service

  • Sing with gusto (even if you can’t sing)
  • Help with logistics (if there’s a problem, help fix it)
  • Don’t be distracted
  • Listen carefully
  • Be aware of your facial expressions (you may affect others and discourage preachers)

After the Service

  • Connect newcomers with others
  • Get newcomers information
  • Start a conversation about the sermon
  • Ask someone how they became a Christian
  • Stay late

 

Beeston Non-Conformists

5 November 2010

There are two chaps listed in Calamy’s Non-Conformists Memorials, though one of them appears with an *. Having one of these next to your name is either good or bad, there generally is no middle ground. If you are in the record books for being the fastest swimmer, but there is an * next to your name, we all know that some questionable strategies were taken to secure your win. Or, for my myriad of American readers, if you have a home run record with an * next to your name, well…

Anyhow, Mr. Leonard Scurr has an * next to his name. Why? In this case, it does seem to be a middle ground reason. Calamy was informed by a native of Beeston that Mr Scurr only occasionally assisted Mr Cudworth, who was ejected. However, Scurr is on all of the lists and Cudworth doesn’t appear anywhere. Maybe some nepotism going on here by relatives of Cudworth?

We are told that Mr Scurr had a good reputation in the neighbourhood, but that being ejected their house was robbed, the family murdered, and the house set on fire. The perpetrators fled to Ireland and one of the company was apprehended and hanged in Holbeck (adjacent to Beeston). This seems to be in print somewhere, but Calamy does not give the detail. Off to google books when we have time and we’ll see what else can be found out about Mr Scurr. We’ll look at some of the other Leeds non-conformists in the days ahead.

More can be read here and here (pg 137).

NIV Update

4 November 2010

HERE is a wonderfully helpful page to see a comparison between the 1984 NIV, the TNIV and the 2011 NIV.

HT: Chailles

John Piper at Lausanne

4 November 2010

HERE you can see Piper’s message from the third Lausanne meeting that took place recently in South Africa.

Also, Desiring God is having a sale on resources at their website. Some amazing deals.

Tomorrow I hope to share a bit about the Beeston non-conformists!