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Posted 22 hours 51 sec ago

Before tonight's Bible Study, we were blessed with a rainbow as seen through the chapel door. Rainbows are common enough in a rainy country like ours. Yet, as a symbol of God's mercy, it is a precious token of grace. 

Posted 1 day 2 hours ago

This was the great Victorian divide. ‘Church’ referred to membership of and subscription to, the established Church of England. It supposed you were a Tory or Conservative voter. It dominated the shires and was the mainstay of the gentry and aristocracy and their most loyal tenants. They valued order and tradition, cherishing the links with Britain’s past.

Posted 1 day 23 hours ago

When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him?

Job 34:29

For several weeks now, I have been seeking God’s direction. I have prayed. I have looked for guidance. I’ve sought the wisdom of other believers. I’ve searched His word. I’ve listened intently to sermons that His will might be discerned. Yet I have nothing. What am I to make of this?

Posted 3 days 4 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 3 days 20 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 4 days 3 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 5 days 35 min 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 5 days 44 min 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 5 days 23 hours ago