Archive | November, 2010

“Portraits of Jesus” sermons now available

29 Nov

Each of the addresses from Lisburn’s Bible Conference Week are now available of the R.P.C Website. Professor Edward Donnelly spoke on the ‘Portrait’s of Jesus’ coming from the ‘I AM’ statements of the Bible. Please get on and download these and they are immensely helpful expositions of the text, so hopefully you will listen and learn from them.

Sermon titles include:

‘I am the Bread of Life’

‘I am the Light of the World’

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

‘I am the True Vine’

‘I am He’

Follow the link below to get on and take your pick of the sermons:

http://rpc.org/sermon/series/Portraits_of_Jesus

Renwick Foyled by Derry

26 Nov

With defeat to Derryvolgie still stinging, Renwick came up against another of their traditional rivals at Cherryvale on Wednesday. Matches Derry City Supporters Club have always been feisty affairs, and today’s encounter was no exception. After the lacklustre display against DV, manager McCullough felt the need for radical changes, and so Renwick lined up in 4-3-3 shape, with Michael Hawthorne deployed as a regista behind Peoples and the returning Mr. Skills. Pete Fallows slotted in at right-back, and the Cromie brothers and Philip Aicken made up a fluid front three.

The first half began at a ferocious pace, and both sides went close in the early exchanges. The Renwick forward line caused Derry problems with their movement, and Skills and Peoples constantly made probing runs from deep. Derry also threatened, with several long range efforts cannoning off the woodwork. It was end-to-end stuff, but it was Renwick who struck first, Skills threading a through ball to the younger Cromie, who ignored the opposition’s offside calls to calmly lob the keeper from the just inside the box. The circumstances of the goal ratcheted up the temperature by several degrees, and there were soon some tasty tackles flying in from both sides, with the Derry ref struggling to control the game, as players from both sides surrounded him at every decision. The Muckers soon equalised, a through ball finding a gap in the Renwick defence, allowing their striker to slot past McCullough. Shortly after this, Derry were awarded a penalty, with Hawthorne deemed to have tripped an opposition player in a tangle of legs in the box. However the Renwick keeper saved comfortably from the resultant kick, and this decisive stop seemed to re-ignite Renwick. They lay siege to Derry, and soon took the lead again. A long throw from McCollum caused panic in the defence, the ball eventually falling to Cromie R close to the byline, whereupon he somehow managed to squeeze his shot into the net from the tightest of angles. Renwick finished the second half on top, but careless marking at a corner allowed Derry to equalise once again, and the sides went in level at the break.

Renwick started the second period positively, and had Derry on the back foot for long spells. With an hour gone, Renwick were offered the chance to re-take the lead. A ball over the top from Peoples found Cromie R in space, and the Donegal man was clipped by the opposition full-back as he cut inside. Cromie took the penalty, nervelessly sending the keeper to one side as he placed his penalty low and straight down the middle, or alternatively, hitting the ground harder than the ball, thus deceiving the keeper and sending the penalty rolling into the net. Renwick had further chances to extend their lead, with Tim McCollum guilty of the worst miss, sending his diving header wide after an inch-perfect cross from debutant Richard Mark, who played well despite having no surname. Derry’s third equaliser came out of the blue, a speculative 30 yard effort flying past McCullough and into the top corner. There was controversy late-one, as Derry believed they had scored the winner, only for it to be (correctly) ruled out for offside.

Overall, Renwick can be pleased with a gutsy performance against a steely and physical side, and they didn’t lose their heads (much) in the face of near-constant provocation from the opposition. Special praise must go to Hawthorne, who excelled at the root of a midfield pivot, drawing comparisons with the likes of Pirlo and Schweinsteiger. Phil Aicken also deserves a mention, as he worked tirelessly in his role as false nine, much like a prettier Carlos Tevez. However, given the circumstances of the game, this should be regarded as two points dropped rather than a point gained.

Man of the match: Andrew Peoples – once again Peoples proved the catalyst for much of Renwick’s attacking play, with his driving runs and incisive passing.

Stat of the week: This was the first time Renwick had ever avoided to defeat against the Candystripes.

Renwick (4-2-3-1): McCullough; Fallows, Carson, Hanna, A. McCollum; Hawthorne, Peoples; Cromie R, Skills, Cromie J; Aicken. Subs: Campbell (Fallows 45), McKelvey (A. McCollum 60), T. McCollum (Aicken 70), Mark (Cromie R 70)

Edit: Photos, thanks to Renwick’s equivalent of Sandra Redknapp…

A Tribute….

25 Nov

If you happened to catch last Saturday’s big upset at Murrayfield, you would have witnessed a great spectacle of grit and determination as Scotland overcame the World Champions of Rugby. Their 21-17 win over the Springboks was a great occasion, but it wasn’t just the Rugby that caught my attention. I also heard possibly the best tribute to a rugby player during a match, the player in question, was Scottish prop Euan Murray.

Now just in case you think you’re suffering from deja vu, we have done a previous post about Murray, but I felt this short one is just another example of his staunch commitment to his faith and belief  and the effect it can have.

Cotter: ‘And of course Euan Murray won’t be available for Scotland’s 6 Nations matches against England and Ireland because of his belief of not to play Rugby on Sundays…..he’ll be sorely missed in the Scottish front row.’

Moore: ‘You know I really respect that, the man has made his decision and has the commitment to stick by it.’

(The above has been slightly paraphrased as I can’t remember it word for word. If you can find the exact reference whilst watching on iPlayer please inform me!)

So we see here how even this decision can have impacts on numerous people, perhaps a lesson for us all to learn here, our we following through our beliefs with utter conviction? We at Another King will always be in full support for Mr. Murray because of his stand for Christ and His day. (And I promise that this will be the last Rugby related post by me in a while!)

Not to be messed with!

Lose Hell, Lose the Cross

22 Nov

“Let us be quite clear. If we lose hell, we will eventually lose the cross, for if there is no hell, there is no real point in the cross. Jesus did not need to come and be made a curse for sin. He did not need to enther the horror of forskenness. The cross and hell stand or fall together. Hell is extreme, but that is because sin is extreme and because extreme measures were taken for our salvations. We cannot survey the wondrous cross, meditate on what the Saviour suffered and assert that hell is an inappropriate punishment for sin.”

Prof. Edward Donnelly, Biblical Teaching on the Doctrine of Heaven and Hell

God’s Holiness – Rich Ganz

17 Nov

(HT: Connor Quigley)

Your Guide to Life

12 Nov

When you’ve been out and about recently, you’ll have noticed a chill in the air and a change in the colour of leaves, that’s right, Autumn is upon us! And I always really look forward to this time of the year, not so I can make the usual generic comments about how ‘the leaves are a lovely shade this time of year’ and ‘look how dark it is outside already!’, but because it is the time of year when Rugby’s finest from the South Hemisphere come on tour and so the Autumn Internationals start! Yes, that’s right, we can look forward to our weekends when terrestial T.V coverage will be overrun with some classic fixtures and some of the sport’s great players will be on display.

So in my usual preparation to these great matches, I was doing a bit of reading on how the Tri-Nations teams had been performing up to now and my eye was drawn to an article on Australia’s new up and coming Out Half, Quade Cooper. He is a fantastic athlete with a great set of hands and feet and a mind to run the game, however it wasn’t his skill at the game of Rugby that caught my eye.

Cooper in action for the Wallabies earlier in the year

In the Rugby World magazine, Cooper was featured and interviewed in an article that focused on the beginnings of his career, where he found his motivation and desire, and what he hopes to achieve. As a young sportsman, these are perfectly normal questions to face, but it was his responses which intrigued me most. The article started with a quote from Michael Jordan, the world’s greatest ever Basketball player, who said this:

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost 300 games. 26 times i’ve been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again. And that is why I succeed.

'Air Jordan' showing his skill in his famous Chicago Bulls No.23 Shirt

The article went on to explain how it was Jordan’s constant embrace of risk in the pursuit of success that drew Cooper to him and therefore this is why Jordan’s quote has been an inspiration to him. This sentence then followed; Forget the Bible, for a 22 year old fast emerging world rugby star, Jordan’s story is a good a guide to life as Cooper is going to get.”

A very interesting quote. In todays world, I wonder how many millions upon millions simply ‘forget the Bible’ when it comes to working out their own life guides. I do wonder where people get their guide to life, which philosopher, celebrity or personal thought do they turn to in order to have some direction in their lives. Many today perhaps think the Bible to slow and old fashioned to keep up with their hip and exciting ways of living, like Quade Cooper, success, money and status has given the world it’s drive to cast aside the holy word of God and catch and hold to other meaningless and empty words to guide them.

As for Christians, we know that the Bible is God’s infallible word; Psalm 119:105 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ and Joshua 1:8 ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’ are just a few verses which show how important it should be in our every day lives.

May we take great confidence that we know our life guide is coming from the very mouth of the Lord, that every word in the book is fashioned for our own well being and good.

Psalm 119:103, ‘How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’

D.V dominate derby against Renwick

11 Nov

Renwick Football came to the Ozone for the first time this season for their derby match against big rivals Derryvolgie. Renwick fancied their chances in this Belfast Super League game and knew three points could be taken if they applied themselves however they were up against a strong and dynamic D.V side who had showed good early form in the season so far.

Choosing from a match-day squad of 15, Manager McCullough had plenty of options but in the end stuck with a familiar looking starting 11 that he had seen play week in and week out since late September. The importance of this league fixture was illustrated well by both teams in the opening ten minutes as the game began at a frenetic pace with both sides looking to stamp their authority on the match.

It was Renwick who made the best of the opening exchanges, Renwick’s front men of Phil Aicken, Joel Cromie and Adam Devenney all exemplified the workrate needed to succeed on the day and a few good passages of play were created for the Elmwood side. Alastair McCollum’s long throws were also functioning nicely, adding to the territory and pressure building for the team as well as good support play by midfield duo Andrew Peoples and Michael Hawthorne. The first real chance of the game fell to Andrew Peoples, the Renwick No. 8, he took what seemed a speculative shot from outside of the area but did incredibly well and the ball cannoned against the crossbar.

Renwick's No.6 continues his tradition of doing a funny pose during the game...

Renwick continued this pressure and went on to convert it into a goal, Gareth Smith rose highest at the back post to powerful head a Joel Cromie corner into the net. Renwick definitely deserved this after their good work early on, however after scoring the goal, things started to turn against them as D.V upped their game in terms of efficiency and pace. Chris Carson was given a torrid afternoon by D.V’s left winger, being turned inside out on numerous occasions and it was his cross which nearly led to D.V’s equaliser. Gareth Smith seeking to head the ball behind for a corner found the cross bar and the ball fell kindly enabling Renwick’s defence to shepherd it away.

Derryvolgie got straight back into the game with their equaliser on the 28 minute mark, midfield dominance was beginning to show and it was a penetrating through ball and a lovely finish which got them off the mark in this came. McCullough had to rush off the line to try and stop the shot however the D.V player got their first between Renwick’s centre backs and hit a lovely curling shot into the corner of the net.

Both sides played at a very similar standard for the rest of the first half, Alastair McCollum, Ben Hanna and Pete Fallows showed the physical side to their games to shut down a few D.V attacks while Adam Devenney, Phil Aicken and Joel Cromie continued to work tirelessly up front, passing the ball well and hassling opposition. The half time whistle came and the result was up for grabs…

Half Time Chat

The second half began and it was D.V who started brighter, Renwick’s defence were immediately called into action as Luke Campbell cleared off the line from a header from the D.V skipper following a cross from the left. This really set the tone for the Presbyterians as their second half performance won them the game, a higher intensity, workrate and ultimately desire proved too much for Renwick. Their midfield was soon becoming rampant and after McCullough rolled the changes on the 55 minute mark, D.V went 2-1 up almost immediately, a guided header into the bottom right of the goal was allowed despite claims that it may have verged on being offside.

Renwick remained determined to give a good account of themselves and it was good work from Luke Campbell and Joel Cromie down the right which led to the latter hitting the bar, this was one of only a few Renwick chances in the second half and they needed to create more to really trouble a dominant D.V side. Andrew Peoples put in a very good shift in the centre of the park whilst Mark Porter and David Graham failed to make an impression after coming on from the bench, leaving more and more possession and space for the opposition. McCullough was tested a few times and came off with a few good saves, tipping the ball round the corner and over the top on two occasions to block out D.V shots while also being competent in the air, he certainly helped save Renwick blushes during the game.

McCullough clearing the Ball

Leading D.V's dominant Midfield

Cromie J controlling the ball

Peoples working hard off the ball

Many of Cromie R's efforts were frustrated during the afternoon's play

Derryvolgie grabbed their third goal of the match after 67 minutes, the ball being moved to the right side of the area and the D.V player striking it cooly across the Keeper into the net, McCullough couldn’t do much for this one and would have been asking harsh questions of his Renwick midfield and defence as a lack of tracking back and marking definitely contributed to this goal. In an effort to try and mix things up, the Manager changed personnel and formation to try and grab a goal and get back into the game but D.V starved the Elmwood side of possession and Renwick had very much reverted to route one football which didn’t succeed at all.

To finish off the scoring for the afternoon and the game effectively, a D.V player noticed Keeper McCullough off his line and judged a lob to perfection from 30 yards, making the score 4-1 to Derryvolgie. This was a wonderful piece of skill and a great goal for the neutral, by this stage Renwick’s effort has significantly dropped, a few injuries and fatigue meant changes had to be made towards the end of the match and the rest of the game was seen out in a fairly routine fashion. The final whistle signalled the end of a disappointing afternoon for Renwick, but in the end, a far superior D.V side gave them a lesson in smart Football, showing the Elmwood side what they need to achieve to be a real challenger in the Belfast Super League.

Gareth Smith carrying an injury, played well for Renwick

Man of the Match: Andrew Peoples

The Donegal man was a stand out performer in a poor day for Renwick, good workrate, ball winning and efficient use of possession were all skills on display as he functioned well in the centre of the park.

Renwick F.C: J. McCullough; C. Carson, G. Smith, B. Hanna, A. McCollum; M. Hawthorne, A. Peoples, P. Fallows, A. Devenney; P. Aicken, J. Cromie. SUBS: L. Campbell (replaced C.Carson 45 mins), D. Graham (replaced A. McCollum 55 mins), M. Porter (replaced P.Fallows 55 mins), R. Cromie (replaced A.Devenney 60 mins)