Archive | October, 2008

Happy October 31st

31 Oct

You’ll be relieved to know that we aren’t celebrating the pagan festival of Halloween.

Instead October 31st should be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for all Christians because today is the 491st anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg.

Challies has some links to good Reformation Day articles.

David Mathis has written a post on the Desiring God blog which is well-worth reading.

You could also celebrate by downloading and listening to “Martin Luther: Lessons from his Life and Labour” by John Piper.

Martin Luther 1483-1546

Happy Reformation Day!

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Responding to the Economy

29 Oct

On a slightly more serious note than “Sushi Bank”, I am still trying to figure out what is the correct Christian response to the economic crisis. One thing I am sure of is that we have much to give thanks to God for amidst these interesting times. The economic instability which has rocked the world is a little grace-filled foreshock of a coming judgement. It shows our world that they should not put their trust in money and all that they thought was secure will one day pass away. We ought to thank God for this merciful reminder. God could have sent many things to shake us and punish man for his greed but this “crisis” is more about fatalities of major financial institutions rather than a body count of human beings.

Below is an excerpt from Carl Trueman’s interesting view on how Christians should respond to the economy and his perception of free market economics. The article was published this month on Reformation21.

“How should Christians respond to all this? I want to sow three thoughts in your minds. First, realize that, while free markets might be the best way of organizing economies at the moment, they are simply the best of a bad lot. Anything human beings create is going to be more or less a mess. Fascism, communism, feudalism, jihadism – all are worse than what we have, and thus, in relation to these options, I am relatively happy to live where and when I do; but what we have in America is no divinely-sanctioned paradise, no foretaste or anticipation of the eschaton. There will be no free markets in heaven (indeed, if the imagery of Rev. 18 is anything to go by, free market philosophy is quite at home on the streets of Babylon!)…”

Read the whole article.

10,000 Instant Christians

27 Oct

Greetings True Believers and Faithful Readers, on the verge of coming into Lisburns Bible Conference Week (meetings are on Truths of the Reformation, starting at 8pm!), my thoughts have been wondering a lot.

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The Very Best of Max Boyce Album

As our speaker Rev. Peter Naylor is currently minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, I have been thinking about all things Welsh. And the main thing is a great memory in my mind. One Christmas, Dad decided to blow the dust of the record player and bring out his LP collection from the glory days, that night, I was introduced to a great entertainer and my favourite to this day, Max Boyce.

Max rose to fame in the mid-70’s with a combined music and comedy act focusing on the great Welsh Rugby Union teams of that time and his mining background. The man shows a clear love of his heritage and country but i’m left confused about him. Many of his songs are of a relgious nature and yet have no idea about his faith. However, more to the point, one of his songs has always stuck in my head, entitled, “10,000 Instant Christians”.

His introduction goes a little like this,

Anyone who goes to the Rugby internationals in Cardiff, cannot fail but be impressed by the great hymn singing Welsh crowd. But i’m not so sure if they’d be impressed if they just went around the corner from the Arms Park and they saw the little chappel there with the windows smashed and the doors locked and shuttered and a sign that says ‘for sale’. When I saw this one Sunday morning after an International, I wrote this song entitled, Ten Thousand Instant Christians.

And the song goes on like this:

When He sees the Hope and Anchor
Where we sang before the game
Where ‘Cwm Rhondda’ and ‘Delilah’
First sounded both the same
The bar was filled with singing
Hymns came on a tray
Saturday was Sunday
I wonder what He’ll say

What will He say?
What will He say?
I wonder, I wonder what He’ll say?

When He sees the North Enclosure
With it’s belly full of ale
And sees that male voice flagon
Sing to the twisted barrier rail
‘Cwm Rhondda’ and ‘Penmachno’
Hymns of yesterday
Only half remembered
I wonder what He’ll say

What will He say?
What will He say?
I wonder, I wonder what He’ll say?

When He sees that touch-line tenor
With his copy made of sand
Ten Thousand Instant Christians
And the Glynneath Silver Band
‘C’mon man, ref, for Ch***’s sake
That ball was still in play’
Ten Thousand Instant Christians
I wonder what He’ll say

What will He say?
What will He say?
I wonder, I wonder what He’ll say?

When He sees that empty chapel
With it’s locked and shuttered door
And sees that dusty Bible
Cobweb covered floor
The numbers slowly dwindling
Much fewer now each day
Calfaria now a bingo hall
I wonder what He’ll say

What will He say?
What will He say?
I wonder, I wonder what He’ll say?

I wonder.

It is met by rapturous applause from the crowd but I wonder how much uncertainty they felt after hearing it with the knowledge that one day we’ll be answerable to a great and mighty God.

Japanese Financial Problems

18 Oct

The continuing economic slump is causing great problems not only in Britain and America but also in the important and influential Japanese banking sector.

In the last 7 days Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely go for a song while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

While Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.

Furthermore, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report thatthere is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.

 
 
 
 
 

 

What Music?

13 Oct

Do nothing you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go to no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, ‘Show it me.’ Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, ‘What art thou doing?'”         

J.C.Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men

Last month there was a discussion on this blog about what kind of music Christians should be listening to. I am not intending to reopen that debate but when I came across this quote I felt it might be applicable, something to help us determine what we should listen to. If J.C. Ryle were alive today is it not plausible he would add “Listen to no music which you would not want to God to find if he borrowed your mp3 player” to his list of advice?

Apparently this is a real mp3 player!

We’re Not Dead

8 Oct

Sorry for the lack of posts at the moment. The problem of having to do some real work at school and university has decimated any potential blogging time for the writing team. Just writing to reassure you, in the hope that some of you care, that we haven’t all died or given up on the blog. Nor is Another King in dire financial difficulty and waiting for a multi-million pound government bailout to kick start us again. Hopefully we’ll have some posts up in the near future.