Archive | November, 2009

Why are the Athiest Kids Smiling?

28 Nov

Because they aren’t athiests, they’re actually being brought up in an Evangelical Christian home!

The Humanists’ latest poster campaign
The billboard in Belfast

“It is quite funny, because obviously they were searching for images of children that looked happy and free. They happened to choose children who are Christian. It is ironic. The humanists obviously did not know the background of these children.” Brad Mason (the childrens’ father in The Times)

Read more from The Times or the Christian Institute.

Renwick Rocking All Over World XI

27 Nov

Renwick House FC 5-1 World XI

  • Renwick return to winning ways in fierce wind
  • Buchanan leaves defenders confounded
  • McCavery reaches 25th goal of the season

The wind swept down off Cavehill across the Grove playing fields where Renwick House faced the presumptiously named World XI. Renwick lost the toss but their opponents made a rash decision and chose to play the first half into the relentless gale. Amongst easrly pressure Robert McCaughan hit the bar and was denied a headed goal by a good save. Shortly afterwards there was a scare at the other end as a back pass hit a bobble carrying it over the swinging boot of McCullough in a Paul Robinson-like moment. The keeper’s blushes were saved by the lack of momentum in the pass and he managed to clear the ball before the striker pounced. In the face of a phenomenal wind World XI did well to keep their opponents out until the 23rd minute when Mark Porter found Ian Buchanan in the box who danced his way through several defenders before finding the bottom right-hand corner.

Driving northwards to Renwick latest venue

Not the new ground!
Warming up at the Grove Playing Fields
Yea it’s worth looking at again. Definately a contender for photo of the year.
Pre-match prayer
James covering all bases!
World XI struggle to clear the ball into the gale
Early Renwick pressure
Phil is appalled at the defender’s shorts
Are you Robbo in disguise?
Stevie eventually manages to find Grove
Phil closing down Nelly
Both goalkeepers abdicated responsibility for goalkicks when playing into the wind
Ian breaks the deadlock

Philip Dunwoody forced the World XI keeper to produce a wondersave but further territorial advantage  failed to affect the scoresheet until 7 minutes before the break when Buchanan scored a second with a splendid 20 yard shot across the goalkeeper. World XI would probably have been pleased with only a two goal deficet at halftime in the face of horrendous conditions which they surely hoped would benefit them later on. A crucial header from Gareth Smith which demoralised his opponents and set Renwick on course for victory when he rose to head home Dunwoody’s corner moments before the break.

Phil about to pull the trigger
A fantastic save of a powerful shot
World XI balloon a shot over the bar
Renwick manager shows off his new manicure
McCavery holds up the ball
The ball spent most of the first half in World XI territory
All McCullough could do was watch and freeze for periods
Buchanan went close with a freekick
Renwick defend a corner
Gareth, always an aerial threat, celebrates Renwick’s 3rd

Steven McCollum came on at halftime for Ben Hanna who claims he had a first half header cleared off the line although it seems to have escaped the memory of all other teammates. The wind at the backs of World XI was not enough to turn the tide of the game as Renwick passed the ball along the deck although they struggled at times to clear the ball upfield. Robert McCaughan’s final act before taking over as referee was to take the ball on a mazy run which set up Mark McCavery for a 60th minute goal. World XI threw their talented centreback Nelly forward in a bid to salvage some pride but the QUB player was kept in the pocket of Institute FC’s Gareth Smith. McCavery then gave Renwick a 5 goal lead as he took his personal tally to an immensely impressive 25 for the season.

Mark scores his 25th goal in 7 games
Carefully watched
Despite a good performance the QUB A’s star could force his side back into the game

With 5 minutes to World XI surged through the middle and a ricohet left the ball at the feet of the waiting striker. Despite the despairing lunge of Gavin Blackwell Renwick’s loss of concentration cost them a clean sheet as the shot found the bottom left hand corner. Even though his side conceded a late goal the Elmwood Manager was “pretty happy” with the result, it was an admirable performance in the midst of the poor playing conditions in which the side’s fitness and passing ability were evident.

Only conceding one in the face of the fierce wind was probably an achievement

The Superleague nearly had a full list of fixtures played on Wednesday although it seems Derry City’s continuing problems prevented them from facing Belfast Bible College. There was no “Piecam” this week as Peter’s Carribean friends lost 4-2 against DV at a different venue. Elsewhere Law Society continued their 100% record and Renwick’s next opponents, the Anglicans, remained on zero points following defeat to Donegal Rangers. The standings remain esqued by cancelled matches with Renwick sitting in 3rd place, 3 points off the current leaders.

Belfast Superleague

Keeping Warm



Special mentions go to both of Renwick’s fans, Hannah and Heather, who narrowly avoided hypothermia and provided some excellent photography. On the pitch Gareth Smith deserves much credit whilst Andy Lynch gave an assured perfomance alongside him. Rob McCaughan ran rings around the opposition and Porter passed the ball well although whether he is a holding midfielder is open to debate. There is a clear Man of the Match this week as Ian Buchanan clearly illustrated why he is better known as Mr Skills. He left World XI defenders mesmerised and there was nothing his opponents could do to prevent either goal as Skills thrived on the smoother surface of Grove playing fields.

Man of the Match

Ian “Mr Skills” Buchanan

Renwick House FC 5-1 World XI

Renwick Scorers: Buchanan (2), Smith, McCavery (2)

Team: McCullough, Morrison, Smith, Lynch, Hanna (McCollum 45) , Blackwell, Porter, Buchanan, Dunwoody, McCaughan, McCavery

Covenanters on BBC?!

23 Nov

*WARNING* Do not watch the show without first reading Stephen Steele’s response to it in order to help you get the facts straight. Apparently it was aired in Scotland 2 weeks ago. (James)

That’s right readers, don’t refresh your pages…the Covenanters are appearing on your screens, Tuesday 24th November, BBC Two, 8pm!

However do not be expecting the likes of Alexander Peden and Richard Cameron to be presenting it. The programme is called ‘A History of Scotland’ and here’s a little preview to wet your appetites…

Neil Oliver continues his journey through Scotland’s past with the story of the Covenanters, whose profound religious beliefs were declared in the National Covenant of 1638. This document licensed revolution, started the Civil War that cost King Charles I his head, cost tens of thousands of Scots their lives and led to Britain’s first war on terror.

However, we should note that it doesn’t paint the Covenanters in the best light, quite a bit of subjective language is used to describe them.

But it should make for good viewing, however if you’re out tomorrow night (on a date, washing your hair, cutting the grass…the usual excuses…) you can use the catch up service on iPlayer! :D

Teach Us To Pray (EP CY Event)

23 Nov

Eastern Presbytery United Covenanter Youth Event primarily organised primarily for the young people of the Presbytery but feel free to invite others along. Everyone is welcome.

Join this event on Facebook.

Emotional Reunion for Andy Mo

20 Nov

Iain D. Campbell of Reformation 21, Creideamh and On the First Day of the Week fame met fellow Lewis man Andy Mo at the Banner NI event hosted at Stranmillis EPC. Just look at Andy’s grin!

How to Get to Jesus

18 Nov

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27

How can we find Jesus in all of Scripture? One way is through the individuals of the Old Testament which point to Jesus as we locate them in the history of redemption, sometimes with the direct help of the New Testament writers.

Listen to Timothy Keller as you read this post.

“Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us. (1 Cor 15)

Jesus is the true and better Abel who though innocently slain has blood that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation. (Heb 12:24)

Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void “not knowing whither he went”! In order to create a new people for God.

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us all. While God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me, because you did not withold your son, your only son whom you love, from me” we can say to God “Now we know that you love us, because you did not withold your Son, your only Son whom you love, from us”.

Jesus is the true and better Jacob who made himself like his brother(s and sisters) before the Father. This time with the Father’s full knowledge so that He could secure blessing not for Himself but for others.

Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the King, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.

Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant. (Heb 3)

Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.

Jesus is the true and better Job – the truly innocent sufferer who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends. (Job 42)

Jesus is the true and better David, whose victory becomes his people’s victory though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.

Jesus is the true and better Esther, who didn’t just risk losing an earthly palace but lost the ultimate heavenly one, who didn’t just risk His life but gave it- to save His people.

Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so we could be brought in.

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.”

(Tim Keller, Resurgence 06, “Preaching the Gospel”)

You Need to Get to Jesus

17 Nov

“He who would correctly and profitably reads Scripture should see to it that he finds Christ in it; then he finds life eternal without fail. On the other hand, if I do not so study and understand Moses and the prophets as to find that Christ came from heaven for the sake of my salvation, became man, suffered, died, was buried, rose, and ascended into heaven so that through him I enjoy reconciliation with God, forgiveness of all my sins, grace, righteousness, and life eternal, then my reading in Scripture is of no help whatsoever to my salvation.

I may, of course, become a learned man by reading and studying Scripture and preach what I have acquired; yet all this would do me no good whatever.”  Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Weimar Edition

(HT:the Resurgence, Martin Luther Says Scripture Is All About Jesus)

Young, Restless and Reformed?

14 Nov



Hopefully there’ll also be an emotional reunion of Isle of Lewis buddies Andy Mo and Iain Campbell. See you there on Thursday.

RP Celebrity Minister!

13 Nov


David McMahon spotted the Ballenon & Ballylane minister on a big poster at Sainsbury’s Forestside store and apparently there’s one at Sprucefield too! Have you spotted Tim McEwen and family in a store near you?

Four goals not enough for Renwick

12 Nov
  • Renwick House 4-6 Derry City Supporters Club
  • McCavery scores 15 minute hat-trick
  • Result “a fair reflection”


A weakened Renwick team took to the field this week against the reigning Belfast Super Leage Champions, Derry City Supporters Club, in what was a high scoring encounter with good attacking play from both teams. Having had a squad of 16 to choose from the previous week, the manager had his matchday squad reduced to just 12 for a number of reasons. This included the loss of first teamers Gareth Smith and Robert McCaughan, both of whom had made big contributions in previous games. Filling in was Michael Hawthorne and Mark Porter, both making their first starts, as Andrew Lynch dropped to centre-half, allowing Porter to take his place in midfield.

In this fixture last season, the issue of refereeing was hotly debated, and in the days leading up to Wednesday’s match, talk of external referees and Peter Loughridge had been heard among the players. However this was all irrelevant as the team from the Maiden City could only bring 11 players and so Renwick were left to officiate the whole event. Reports that this was due to the rest of the squad being banned by League Chairman Andrew Wallace for having second unofficial contracts are as yet unconfirmed. Chris Carson took the whistle for the opening half, taking his refereeing minutes for the season to 85. Fair play to ye.

A tight physical encounter was anticipated and for most of the first half this was how it was. Neither team took control of the game in the early stages, although using McCullough’s long kicks as a platform to work from, Renwick had the best of the early chances. To describe such play as “Bolton mk.1” would not be unfair. The opening goal however game from midfield domination, with Renwick pressurising high up the pitch. Mark Porter was tenacious in winning the ball back, and released McCavery to the right of the box. McCavery easily beat his man, took the ball to the line and chipped it to the back post, where Ian Buchanan was waiting. After some impressive trickery the Bready man deftly poked the ball past the keeper and into the corner to make it 1-0. As John Motson once said, “what a time to score! Twenty-two minutes gone!”

The goal was just about deserved at this stage, the goal coming in Renwick’s first meaningful attack. Derry had mostly been playing balls over the top of defence with the aim of running in behind but were unable to score due to good awareness and communication all across the defence. Renwick went close again from a corner, with the ball dropping in the box to Andrew Lynch, who had no time to steady himself before shooting just wide of the post.

As the end of the half was drawing close, the Candy Stripes won a free kick mid way inside the Renwick half. Initially it seemed they would try to float it into the box but then decided to strike it directly. From what must have been at least 35-yards out, the Derry right winger stepped up and thundered the ball into the top left of the goal, leaving the young keeper with no chance. This was without a doubt the best goal Renwick have conceded all season, and if there was such a thing as goal of the season, this surely would be a strong contender. It came as a big psychological blow to Renwick who had up to that point played well, without ever truly dominating.

With the game evenly poised at 1-1, Renwick stepped out for the second half, with every reason to believe they could go on and win the match. Andrew Morrison changed places with Chris Carson, who slotted in at right back following a surprisingly uncontroversial 45 minutes of refereeing. Morrison blew the whistle and Derry got the half under way. The composure and disciplice that had marked the first half performance seemed to desert them almost instantly and it was not long before Derry broke through the defence, only for McCullough to smother the ball at the striker’s feet.


Until the 70 minute mark, Derry completely dominated the game, with Renwick struggling to cross the halfway line. In this time, they managed to score 4 goals and even miss a penalty. While the goals were all of reasonable quality, all 4 were preventable. Derry’s second came from the left wing, with the striker shooting early over the keeper to make it 2-1. The third was a similar story, this time coming from the other side of the pitch. Shortly after, as a Derry striker was bearing down on goal, McCullough came out to clear the danger but mistimed his challenge and took all of the man and little, if any of the ball. Morrison had no choice but to point to the spot and for the third week running, was facing the opposition from twelve yards. Having now mastered the penalty saving technique, David Seaman himself waited for the ball to be struck before moving, and after dropping to his right, kept the ball out. A pleasing moment for the keeper on an otherwise frustrating day. The author of this report would like to apologise to Joel Loughridge for the lack of penalty photography, and will try to ensure that in future supporters are aware of the importance of such events.


Just about the only piece of goal caught on camera.

Goal number five came from a corner kick, with a Derry striker finding himself unmarked in the box and had the easy task of nodding the ball into the net. Ben Hanna might have got to the ball, but the danger should have been cleared up earlier. The 5th, by which stage Renwick spirits had hit rock bottom came from the a striker being played through a shooting low to beat the keeper. With 70 minutes gone and the score reading 5-1 things were looking bleak for the Elmwood team.


It was that bad

In a manner reminiscint of a resurgence against DV last season, and on the same pitch, Renwick started to play football again, and the goals soon followed. When Ben Hanna found himself with the ball wide on the left he instinctively headed for goal, beating a man before picking out Mark McCavery who finished calmly. Renwick kept the pressure on, and only minutes later scored again. The attack again developed from the left of the pitch, Ben Hanna picking up a loose ball on the edge of the Derry box, shaping to shoot but cleverly sliding in Michael Hawthorne who crossed to find McCavery in the box, who poked the ball into the net. Another hat-trick for the main man, despite being very isolated for large passages of the game.



Despite the Renwick dominance in the middle of the park, or maybe because of it, Derry managed to sneak another goal, this time a striker running through the heart of the defence and stroking the ball into the corner of the net, leaving the score 6-3

Finally, with 5 minutes left, McCavery found himself in a one on one with the Derry keeper, and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. Despite stopping the clock for every stoppage in the game, there was nothing more the referee could legitimately do to influence the score and so blew the final whistle just as the sun was setting over the Ozone.


Changes in personel certainly played their part in this match, but even so Renwick may well feel they could have come away from this game with at least a point. But it was not to be, and for the 2nd time in 3 games, Renwick were left to ponder what might have been. Seven hardcore fans managed to make it out on a cold Belfast day, and as ever, the support is appreciated.


Particularly noteworthy performances came from both Ben Hanna and Steven McCollum. In spite of some shocking tackles, Hanna performed his defensive duties well and was effective in attack, relishing the extra space left in the wide areas by McCaughan. McCollum, who some felt might struggle without Smith beside him, proved all the doubters wrong and gave an accomplished performance, dealing confidently with most things that came his way. Gavin Tenaciouswell and Philip Dunwoody, who has been consistently good since the start of the league, also deserve a special mention.

Renwick: McCullough, Morrison, Lynch, McCollum, Hanna, Dunwoody, Blackwell, Porter, Buchanan, Hawthorne, McCavery Sub: Carson

Man of the Match (shared..again):

Steven McCollum and Ben Hanna





Put his name on every single ball that came anywhere near him. Didn’t get all that many..







In a quick round up of other Belfast Super League news, the Union vs. QUBNISA game was called off at the last minute as one of the teams failed to turn up. Renwick, who face the reinstated Northern Ireland fans next week, will be hoping that the fault lay with Union and that a similar fiasco won’t occur when they go to play them.

Piecam fans will be disappointed to learn that Trinidad and Tobago were playing at Cherryvale today, and thus there will be no Piecam this week. Incidently T&T managed a credible 3-3 draw with Donegal Rangers. Church of Ireland’s dismal start to the season continued with a 8-0 hammering at the hands of Derryvolgie, while Bayern Eunuchs took World XI “to the cleaners” in a 5-0 win. Renwick currently sit 3rd in the league, but this position is skewed by the glut of games in hand teams behind them have somehow managed to amass. Full details on

On a day given over to remembering, remembering the events of Wednesday afternoon is the last thing most Renwick players will be wanting to do. Renwick know they are better this, and will be out to prove this next week.

Finally, for those who have ordered the Renwick 50 games shirt, you now owe Andy Morrison £21 if you had any number on your shirt, otherwise £19. The shirts have been ordered, but probably won’t arrive until early December. However they have been paid for, so money would be appreciated!