Archive | September, 2008

Broken Britain

30 Sep

“The Conservatives say our country is broken – but this country has never been broken by anyone or anything.” Gordon Brown

In his speech to the Labour Party Conference the Prime Minister claimed that Britain is not a broken nation but despite some “problems” it is being “lifted up every day by the people who love it”. I wound not suggest that Britain is failing nation in the same way Pakistan was recently described by the Times as coming “ever closer to the definition of a failed state” but it appears undeniable, that despite Brown’s optimism, that we live in a broken Britain.

Some British Facts

1 in 5 people in Britain don’t have enough money to live on. (Oxfam)

From January 2008 to May 2008 City workers and other financial services professionals received £12.6 billion in bonuses. (The Telegraph)

2.9 million children are living in poverty, a figure which has increased by 100,000 since 2005/2006 (The Guardian)

Britain has the highest divorce rate in Europe. (The Telegraph)

6.7 millions Babies have been murdered in their mother’s wombs since the 1967 Abortion Act. (The Christian Institute)

Britain is one of the developed nations with the lowest social mobility. (The Telegraph)

In 2007 alone there were 6,393 new diagnosis of HIV in the United Kingdom, contributing to a overall total of 93,231 reported by the end of that year. (AVERT)

Twenty-seven teenagers have been murdered in the capital during the previous 9 months. (The Times)
 
School girls between the ages of 12 and 13 are having to be vacinated against the sexually transmitted infection HPV which is the cause of most cases of cervical cancer. The UK’s second most common cancer amongst women. (The Times)

The influential Baroness Mary Warnock, who supports the legalising of euthanasia, recently advocated “licensing people to put others down”. (Dr. Albert Mohler)

More that half of 16-24 yr olds in Britain have take illegal drugs. The fight against drugs in Britain has been described by the UK Drugs Policy Commission as “a total failure”. (The Guardian)

The total personal debt in Britain increases by £1million every five minutes. (Credit Action)

 

Surely Mr.Brown the statistics above provide amply evidence that Britain is Broken? Of course it will suit the Tory party to proclaim this in their desire to take power and Gordon Brown has to argue otherwise following a decade of Labour rule. The sad truth is neither party correctly identifies either the source of the problem or the solution. The root cause of all the problems listed above is sin. For example; the reason City investors take bonuses of ridiculous proportions whilst others live in poverty is human greed. Sin is the reason disease came into the world and divorce occurs because marriage is the union of two sinners. The reason behind the broken nature of Britain is two-fold; Britain is comprised of sinners and we have sinned collectively through our nation’s rebellion against God. Our nation’s rebellion can be seen through the many pieces legislation which is passed in defiance of God’s decrees. The laws of our land now view homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, moves to lower the limit for abortion have been rejected in the past year and it is now legal to create human beings purely for experimentation before destroying the unborn child after 14 days.
The despicable nature of this rebellion is increased as Britain once bound herself in oath to follow God’s ways. The United Kingdom made these promises in the Covenants of 1639 and 1643, promises which can not be removed by subsequent Acts of Parliament (Galations 3:15) and are still applicable today (Acts 3:25). I think it is reasonable to suggest that part of the reason for the problems our nation faces is the curse of God for breaking the Covenants and many of our nation’s problems would be solved if our lands were governed according to Biblical principles.
Sin is the deepest problem on a personal as well as a national level. We are all born sinful (Psalm 51:5), we all sin and we are all by nature enemies of God.  The biggest need of each individual isn’t food, money or love but it is to be reconcilled to God and this reconcilliation has been made possible through the death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, upon the cross. What our nation needs isn’t a change in government but national revival and a change in many people’s hearts. The Gospel has the power to transform lives and, in turn, transform society. Pray that our broken land may once again recognise that there is another king, a man who is to be recognised as Soveriegn over our lives and over our nation, King Jesus. 

 
 

 

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September Quote for the Month

25 Sep

Greetings once again Faithful Readers and True Believers!

I hope you’re all enjoying our snazzy new blog with a much more sensible and easy to remember name. I also hope you’re not experiencing as much technical difficulties as I have been, I was beginning to wonder if it was James’ way of letting me go as a writer as I couldn’t sign in, but here I am and about to bring you this months Quote of the Month.

This month, I decided to pick a line from a song I have been listening too a lot over the Summer; “This is Home” by Switchfoot (which features in Prince Caspian). Just before it breaks into the chorus, the line is sang whistfully and dreamily.

“Created for a place i’ve never known”

Which got me thinking, as Christians, we should be looking forward to the day we can exalt and laud our God for all eternity. We can easily become too focused on the passing things of this world but we are to be looking ahead to our heavenly home. If we spend more time considering heaven, a place we do not yet know, our lives will be kept in proper perspective. We were after all created to glorify God and enjoy him forever, so how much more will we be able to glorify Him if we are rid of the disgusting sin that is all around us in our daily lives. Praise Him.

Ali

Northern Ireland Abortion Petition

24 Sep

Hopefully you’ve already signed the petition but this post is just incase you haven’t heard of it. Another King is not becoming a one issue blog but we see the plans of the British Government to extend the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland as a direct attack on the Christ the King. Legalising abortions in Northern Ireland will result in many more deaths of innocent children in the very place where they should be safest, their mother’s womb. If you are a British citizen or resident please sign the petition below. Please pray that not only will the Abortion Act still be restricted to the mainland but that it may be overturned and the right to life be again granted to all in our nation even from the very youngest child.

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to deny any extension planned for the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, as we believe in the right to life.”

News Watch: Abortion Advert Triumph

17 Sep

Google has taken the decision to settle out of court with the Christian Institute and to allow religious groups to place advertisements about abortion for the first time. The legal action was launched in April following Google’s refusal to place a Christian Institute advert under the search term “abortion” despite Pro-“Choice” adverts being allowed. Give thanks to God for this legal victory and answer to prayer. Pray also that God will use this advert to save lives and persuade internet users of the need to protect human life from the moment of conception.

 You can learn more about the case by watching the short video below, visiting the Christian Institute website or reading about it in The Times.

Personal Statement

12 Sep

At the minute I am enduring the trial and suffering of working on a personal statement for university applications. I thought they could be nothing other than a form of torture though I have now been shown otherwise through an email I received. I have been told that this is from a real “college application” by American Hugh Gallagher who now attends NYU (not from a certain RP who attends Queens). Enjoy!

“3A. ESSAY

IN ORDER FOR THE ADMISSIONS STAFF OF OUR COLLEGE TO GET TO KNOW YOU, THE APPLICANT, BETTER, WE ASK THAT YOU ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD, OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE REALIZED, THAT HAVE HELPED TO DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON?

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

But I have not yet gone to college.”

Faith by Hearing

10 Sep

“Faith by Hearing is designed to collect and categorize the ever-growing availabilty of great Reformed and conservative evangelical audio preaching & teaching that has a high view of God and Scripture.  This is not merely a machine gun listing of sermons and lectures (though it may seem like that at times.)  This is a personal project to encourage others to be blessed by the preaching and teaching of godly men who are faithful to the all-powerful Word of God.” 

Faith by Hearing is a website I’ve come recently across which has lots of links to good sermons. Hopefully you’ll find it useful and will find the images at the top of the homepage as amusing as I do!

“If I can mutilate Augustine’s conversion mantra ‘take up and read, take up and read’ it would be to say ‘upload and listen, upload and listen.'”  Todd Shaffer

Reflections on Castlewellan

6 Sep

Instead of writing a full-scale review of Castlewellan we have decided to ask various people to write a paragraph regarding the week. Here are the various short reviews, reflections and comments. For those of you who weren’t there and are thoroughly fed-up with being told what a great week you missed, don’t fear, this is probably the last post on that epic week!

“Castlewellan was the highlight of a great summer. Staying in a tent with Andy, Ali and Tom was fantastic especially seeing we managed to avoid cooking ourselves a meal all week! I found the talks really helpful and encouraging, I suppose now the real challenge of applying them in my life begins. One of the highlights of the week was the psalm sing on Sabbath afternoon led by Nathan Hawthorne, praising God together with so many brothers and sisters in Christ was amazing and the singing was superb. It makes me wonder why anyone would want to sing anything other than God’s song book in worship! The Christian fellowship was excellent throughout the week, a little foretaste of heaven almost.”

James McCullough

 

“Hmmm, the exposition on Hebrews all week was pretty sweet and thought provoking during the week (I would highly recommed getting the talks and listening to them!). Dwelling in the Tabernacle with 3 great guys was a class experience and the craic was 90 most nights. Also food in general as we dined like royalty during the week with doing minimal work! And lastly in the build up to Castlewellan when the CD was being put together, Tom decides at the last minute typing the band name “Bare Naked Ladies” into Google for a picture wouldn’t be such a great idea…

Castlewellan rocks! Be there in Termon Scotland in 2010, or more affectionately known as…”

Alastair McCollum

 

“Castlewellan was just fantastic. My highlights of the week would be, in no particular order, rain, football, the talks, sleeping, psalm singing, beats, paranoid, and the last morning. Ivan’s announcements should probably get a mention as well. Verse to sum up the week? The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down. Good times.”            

 Andrew Morrison

 

“Castlewellan was the finale to a great summer, and was brilliant in so many ways. Spiritually the week was excellent; the talks throughout the week were fantastic and really challenging for all of us, and the psalm sing on the Sabbath was just amazing. The general craic was definitely one of the best things about the week; I particulary liked having several surrogate tents in addition to my family’s Abi, Erin &co…thanks!!). Craic highlights would have included the Owls’ primary school night (although some-who-shall-not-be-named got a little bit into the spirit and started eating the crayons…you know who you are) and ‘girly’ (aka not football) activities like jewellery making. The Monday watersports were also some fun, for the few of us hardcore enough to actually do them! The last night has to deserve a mention, as the apparent lunacy of walking through a dark forest at 3am paid off for some amazing views(unless you were ‘lighting’ the fire,in which case all you saw was meths) and fellowship. All in all, fantastic week; 2010 look out!”

Hannah Drennan

 

 “For starters, I quite liked wearing my wellies all week! Apart from that, my highlights were probably a walk through The Pilgrim’s Progress on Sabbath afternoon and Andrew and Pamela’s talk at Owls on Monday night. I really enjoyed making connections between John Bunyan’s book and the Psalms, and seeing that there’s a relevant psalm for every situation in life. I thought Andrew’s talk about being a Christian in his job was brilliant and really inspiring as he’s so positive about everything, in spite of being in some pretty scary situations. Climbing the hill to watch the sunrise (even if we didn’t actually see it) was also pretty cool, especially when we had a psalm sing while looking out on a breathtaking view. And the talks were, of course, amazing! All in all, it was a really good week of fun and fellowship.”

Mary-Lynn Cromie (aka Crummy Hyphen)
 
 
“Castlewellan 2008, a week long awaited for by many! A highlight for me was a thought I had every day that God had blessed us with such beautiful surroundings for a conference which many consider to have been a glimpse of Heaven; surrounded by our Christian family and considering Christ and His glory. There were loads of things which will make it an unforgettable week; from rain, floods, wellies, mud and the little community which resulted, to jewellery, candles, football, a big slippery hill, the party and climbing up mountains at ridiculous hours in the morning to watch the sunrise through some trees!!! Fantastic! Music was a major theme of the week however the talent of certain campers possibly didn’t match up to that of concert performers, Nae Goat’s Toe or the now famous Martin and Mary!  ‘Singing Sweet Home Castlewellan…’
Undoubtedly a week to be remembered . . . at least until 2012!”
 
Amy McCollum