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Posted 23 hours 9 min ago

It’s early morning, and I’m in the kitchen. I’ve just made a cup of tea. My wife appears in the doorway as I’m looking out of the window to see what the weather is like. I greet her.

"It seems to be set fair for today. What’s the plan?”

"Plan? There is no plan. Why do we need to have a plan?”

Posted 1 day 21 hours ago

“Some might say that one’s faith is a private matter and should not be spoken of so publicly. They might assert this in public, but what do they really think in their hearts? The fact is, those who say such things usually don’t even have a concern for faith in the privacy of their interior lives".

William Wilberforce


Posted 2 days 23 hours ago

Eighteen years ago, I preached down at Eastcombe Baptist in Gloucestershire. It’s a large 350-seater building, but like Salem, is situated in a very rural area, and the congregation’s size reflects this. It is located on the delightfully named 'Dr Crouch's Road' within the village. I’m pleased to see it is still active and reaching out. Its website is here: www.eastcombebaptist.com .

Posted 4 days 4 hours ago

If you’ve taken a look at the entry for Tuesday the fifteenth of August, entitled “Indians Enough At Home”, you might remember reading the following suggestion.

Posted 5 days 1 hour ago
I was given a copy of this book by a former pupil, now in his second year at Oxford. I finally got round to it, and must say I enjoyed the read. It is essentially retelling the comings and goings of the aristocratic Marchmain family during the interwar period. It is full of nostalgia for this lost world, seen through the eyes of Charles Ryder. 
 
It is well written, and contains some rather poignant and delightful expressions:
 
Posted 6 days 20 hours ago

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines.

Samuel Rutherford

Posted 1 week 22 hours ago

The Manchester Art Gallery contains treasures old and new. In its collections are some pictures by Victorian painter William Holman Hunt (d. 1910). As a Pre-Raphaelite, his pictures are vivid, life-life and detailed. He had a particular interest in themes pertaining to Christ.