Archive | May, 2010

Join the Church to Fulfil Responsibilities

27 May

Reason no.3 from Rev. David McCullough’s series “Why Join the Church?”

“every Christian has been entrusted with gifts to be used in the context of a local church”

3. Because We Have Responsibilities For Others

In Hebrews 10:24&25 we are commanded to “consider one another.” Not joining the church sends out a wrong and unbiblical message to other believers and also to the world. Not joining is modelling a sinful pattern to others. This is a serious thing to do. Not joining sends the message – this church and her teaching is not worthwhile being committed to; the work of God doesn’t deserve all of our lives.

Of course the opposite is also true. When we join a Biblical church we are making a massive statement to the unbelieving world and rightly considering others.

We should also remember that every Christian has been entrusted with gifts to be used in the context of a local church. These gifts are given for the “common good” (I Corinthians 12:7). Yes it is true that someone can use their gifts outside of the church but many of the ministry opportunities are available for church members only. A famous American preacher once said, “Not joining the church is saying I don’t want to serve the only institution that Christ ever built.”

Why Join the Church?


1. To Obey

2. To Receive Care

3. To Fulfil Responsibilities

4. To Reach the Lost World

5. To Bring God Glory

The Psalm of Dying Jesus

24 May

This is a 2 minute clip from Rev. David McCullough’s sermon entitled “The Trial, Trust and Triumph” on Psalm 22.

Watch the full sermon or download the mp3.

Beautiful Iceland Volcano Timelapse

22 May

This is best watched on full screen.

(HT: Nathan W. Bingham)

“May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.” Psalm 104:31-33

UK Abortion Advert

21 May

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

The first advertising break during Monday night’s heavily promoted “The Million Pound Drop: Live” will include an advertisement by the abortion provider Marie Stopes International. Although the advert will not mention the word “abortion” it points people towards the organisation’s 24-hour helpline. This advert will run until the end of June is clearly offering abortion advice. SPUC rightly describe it as trivialising the issue of abortion. A procedure which took away the life of 215,975 UK babies in 2008 and harms many women will be promoted like new brand of cheese or a Slimfast diet.

A still from the advert

According to the Newsletter, Channel 4 have chosen not to broadcast the 30-second clip in Northern Ireland because abortion remains effectively illegal on this island. The exclusion of NI should not stop us voicing our opposition to this advertisement. We should respond sensitively to women in difficult situations but abortion is never the answer.

Read more from the Christian Institute.

Join the Church to Receive Care

19 May

Reason no.2 from Rev. David McCullough’s series “Why Join the Church?”

We aren’t to live the Christian life as Lone Rangers

2. Because We Need the Care of the Church
The Lord does not call us to live our lives on our own. He expects us to belong to a congregation of God’s people where we will be cared for and can be involved in making and caring for new disciples. The NT is full of instruction on how the flock of God is to be cared for. Matthew 18:15-17 tells us how the church should respond when someone in the church starts to live like an unbeliever; “tell it to the church…treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
This has practical implication for our lives. God has designed church discipline to be a blessing in our lives – His means for calling us back when we wander. Someone not in membership of a local congregation does not have this privilege and that is a very dangerous position to be in.

Rev. David McCullough

Why Join the Church?


1. To Obey

2. To Receive Care

3. To Fulfil Responsibilities

4. To Reach the Lost World

5. To Bring God Glory

How to Walk on Water

17 May

Surely this isn’t real?

Belfast Marathon 2011 Not On Sunday

13 May

(Thanks to Joel for his comment pointing this out and Dad for his excited text with the news. I felt the news was so good it deserved a full post.)

“Last night members from all of the five political parties represented on Belfast City Council’s development committee agreed that the issue would be postponed for a year and guaranteed it would be held on the usual Monday in 2011.” Newsletter

The BBC and the Newsletter report that contrary to earlier fears the 2011 Belfast Marathon will not be held on a Sunday. It will continue to take place on Easter Monday. These reports, however, do seem to indicate that the issue may raise itself again next year. Lets keep fighting to keep the command to keep the Sabbath holy in the public conciousness for the sake of God’s Glory.

Cromie got our time wrong in his hilarious round up, it was actually 4:19:54

One thing that does bemuse me a little is that  the BBC and Newsletter both quote Stafford Carson and fail to mention the Moderator of the RPCI Synod who ran the whole thing! Thanks to all those who sponsored Dad and I, together we raised over £1000 for the Prostate Cancer Charity. If you’ve promised money but weren’t able to give it to us at the time please pass it on as soon as possible. If you haven’t sponsored us you can still do so online.