Archive | February, 2011

Iain D. Campbell at Knockbracken

28 Feb

For any of you who weren’t able to get along to Knockbracken’s Bible Conference Week in early February, the talks have now been made available on their snazzy, redesigned website.

The Conference ran from the 13th-16th of February and Dr. Iain D Campbell (Point Free Church, Lewis) was speaking on Christ in Hebrews. Incidentally, don’t make the mistake I did and think that any one who is from Lewis will know any body else who ever has lived there.

These are well worth a listen as Dr. Campbell went through the following titles very effectively with great challenge and application for his listeners.

  1. The Person of Christ
  2. The Priesthood of Christ
  3. The Profession of Christ
  4. The Promise of Christ


“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the Heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with out weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may recieve mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

Renwick play some ‘sixy’ football against C.O.I

18 Feb

Renwick House F.C were back in action this week at the Ozone playing against a Church of Ireland outfit that had sprung a few surprise results this season. Manager McCullough was keen to stress to his team that given their recent form, this would be no easy match for the Elmwood side; “more than enough” was a phrase that was bandied about quite abit in the pre-match chat. McCullough only had his final XI confirmed on mid-morning of match day as the return of Joel Loughridge was saved for a rainier day and tactical decisions were thought out. Renwick lined up with a strong team, Michael Hawthorne and Gareth Smith came in to boost the Renwick defence whilst Gavin Can’trunaboutwell and Andrew McKelvey formed a strong centre midfield pairing. Joel Cromie managed to skip P.E class for the week and take up a formidable strike partnership with the inform Andrew Peoples.

The Ozone was bathed in sunshine as the game kicked off at a frenetic pace, Renwick were keen to make an early impression but it was the Elmwood side who nearly conceded first. After recieving a probing pass, a C.O.I striker managed to find a bit of space and blast the ball at an oncoming McCullough from close range only to have the ball hit off Smith and trickle just inches wide of the left post. After this early let off, Renwick began to build on some good territory and possession, in particular Andrew McKelvey squeezed the oppositions midfielders for time and space at every opportunity. After a series of close chances, Renwick took the lead from a corner on the right, a ball swung in wasn’t dealt with well by the C.O.I defence and after some panicked kicking, the ball was bundled in at the nearpost by frontman Peoples to take a 1-0 lead.

Renwick House taking a 1-0 lead

Following the usual post-goal rant by the skipper, Renwick were keen to consolidate on their good start, however it was the opposition who went on to register on the scoresheet. Some good possession in the middle of the park for C.O.I and Renwick’s poor ability to deal with aerial challenges in the opening stages led to the ball being played to the left wing who found time and space to provide a cross into the area. McCullough read the situation to come out and retrieve the ball in the air with ease, however the C.O.I winger managed to scuff his attempted cross which then took a looping trajectory over the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner making it 1-1. The Church of Ireland side came close again with McCullough misjudging a shot from the right side of the box after McCollum had been beaten, the ball cannoned of the stanchion of the goal and out, bringing relief to Manager and team.

A frustrating period followed for the Elmwood side, chance after chance went begging, with Peoples, Hawthorne, Aicken and McCollum all guilty of not doing better with their efforts. The half ended 1-1 and Renwick were left with much food for thought going into the second half. With Manager McCullough not being tested that much due to a great work being put in by Smith and Hanna at the back, he had much opportunity to change things tactically during the match. Blackwell, Aicken R.Cromie, Hawthorne and Fallows were all moved around or rotated to try and keeping Renwick ticking over.

The second half began brightly, with Renwick urged to take the positives from the first half and be more clinical in the final third. Immediately the players responded and Andrew Peoples rose highest at the backpost to nod in a throw from Andrew McKelvey, Robert Cromie celebrated equally as hard on the touchline as it was his advice to Peoples which resulted in the goal. The old adage of “one bringing two” came true for Renwick, as minutes later it was Peoples again heading in from a well directed corner from Joel Cromie, completed the Donegal man’s hat trick and making the score 3-1.

The game was over at as a contest by this stage as C.O.I heads began to drop and their skill levels dropped as a result. The floodgates opened for Renwick and midfield had a free reign of the park as each ball that was hoofed away was surged back with precision and poise as more goals were sought after. Good combination from Blackwell and Aicken on the right led to Renwick’s fourth goal, as Robert Cromie recieved the ball and fired in a snapshot past the keeper just minutes after being brought on up front. It was Robert Cromie again to make it 5-1 for his team as he recieved a precise through ball to slot it in beautifully to the bottom left hand corner.

Some of C.O.I’s players were still keen to play on for pride and McCullough was tested twice, one shot firing over and the other just wide. However, as two girls were brought on for the anglican side, attacking options were limited and McCullough again resorted to filling his game time by making switches to his team. Renwick’s sixth and final goal came from Joel Cromie, who was justly rewarded for a fine all round game, he recieved the ball on the edge of the area and proceeded it shoot with great power and positioning to net the ball into the top of the goal. With the score at 6-1, the game descended into slight mayhem, with every one searching for a goal and lots of space opening up, Renwick saw the time through without conceding and they recorded their third win on the bounce, a delightful post-Christmas record for the Renwick team.

Renwick's defensive line

Robert Cromie before his second goal


The evidence of this match suggests that Renwick have benefitted from a lot of time on the pitch of late, their first ever training session and the Minister’s match have prooved to be vital game time for the players and the Manager will be keen to see this new found confidence and fitness translate into future fixtures.

Man of the Match: Andrew Peoples deserves a special mention with a superbly taken hat trick, however for the Renwick Pundit, Michael Hawthorne stood head and shoulders above his team mates. Being asked to play in 4 positions by his Manager was no mean feat and yet he performed consistently well throughout, looking dangerous with the ball and always offering good support runs. As other big names in the side became susceptible to shooting for glory and losing focus, Hawthorne remained a team player and his work rate and skill-set were an example for all.

Renwick F.C: J. McCullough; M. Hawthorne, G. Smith, B. Hanna, A. McCollum; R. Cromie, G. Blackwell, A. McKelvey, P. Aicken; J. Cromie, A. Peoples. Subs: P.Fallows

Standing the test of Time?

7 Feb

“February already…wow…how time flies, it was barely the start of 2011 and now we’re into mid-February”. Have you heard a conversation like this recently? If I had overheard someone saying this perhaps in 5th year or Lower 6th, I would have simply laughed it off. I used to think that those conversations were just for old people, or people with nothing really taking up their lives. However, I recently have had a change of heart. Ever since starting into University life, I have found that time simply slips away, passing me by at quite a rate…

Perhaps this is a topic which you’re no stranger too, you’ve always heard someone giving out various pearls of wisdom concerning time and how to use it wisely. I’m not going to go down the route of a Disney cliche and tell all Another King readers to go out and ‘make every moment count’, nor am I going to sound like an eighty year old woman and say that you are ‘to just enjoy the simple things in life, take each thing as it comes’.

Those are phrases which are fairly common, however my particular piece of advice actually stems from an article we were given in Stran the other day. It was about how to be effective Teachers as it went into various aspects of our lives and how they are to be used and moulded to make us efficient Teachers in every thing that we do.

I couldn’t help but see the comparisons between this and my own life and the usefulness it could have for the Faith. As young men and women of Christ, are we constantly evaluating aspects of our life to ensure they are bringing glory to God? In particular, I feel that many young people are probably falling short in their efforts when it comes to time management.

The following quote concerning time is taken from the article, “Time is irreplaceable and has no substitute. You can’t borrow or steal time or change it in any way; all you can do is to make the optimum use of the time you’ve got.”

I have simply one question to ask the Christian, are we standing the test of time? Are we making optimum use of it, to bring glory to God? Or perhaps are we simply wasting it, throwing it away with trivial pursuits. Why not have a time of self-evaluation, see what areas of your life are simply wasting precious time and try and cut them out or replace them.

We are reminded by James 4:14, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” In light of this, let’s ensure that during our youth and during our time on this earth, that we get serious with time management, and sort out an issue which can seriously hamper us in our Christian walk.

Renwick overcome Stern (John) opposition to show that they Kenwyne after all

3 Feb

Renwick returned to winning ways for the first time in over 3 months on Wednesday at Cherryvale with a tense 4-3 victory over Peter McConaghie’s Trinidad and Tobago reserves. Manager McCullough responded to last week’s disappointing defeat against the Men of the Cloth with some drastic reshuffles; right back Luke Campbell took his place between the sticks, McCullough moved himself out to centre-back alongside Hanna, Gavin Blackwell made a welcome return in midfield, and Andrew Peoples led the forward line, partnered by Joel Cromie.

The match started at a frantic pace in wet and windy conditions, and the opening exchanges were largely even. Renwick’s new-look defence was largely coping with the Carribeans’ attacks, but it was T&T who scored first, a speculative strike from 30-plus yards beating Campbell and crashing in off the underside of the bar. Despite going behind, Renwick were beginning to get their passing game going, and equalised midway thought the first half. Robert Cromie’s early cross found his younger brother, who held off his man before finishing expertly. The goal filled Renwick with confidence, and further chances were squandered by Cromie R as the team in blue played some of their best football this season. A second goal did come however, with Peoples picking up the ball 25 yards out and firing a dipping shot over the keeper. Two became three just before half time, as Blackwell’s scooped header from Cromie Joel’s free-kick was palmed in by the keeper.

After half-time, Renwick continued in a similar vein, and soon extended their lead to three goals, Joel Cromie’s excellent volleyed cross finding sub Rob McCaughan at the back post, and he duly headed home. As the half wore on, Renwick began to ease off slightly, and soon found themselves in a game again. First, Campbell was unlucky as he got a strong hand to a T&T shot, but was only able to turn the ball in into the far corner of the net. Soon after, Campbell was rounded, and captain Hanna stuck out an instinctive arm to present the resulting shot from going in. Hanna was deservedly sent off, and the Carribeans scored the penalty, leaving Renwick to hold out for the final ten minutes with 10 men, and a makeshift pairing of Peoples and Blackwell at centre-half. The Elmwood side just about held on, and the final whistle was greeted with cheers of relief more than elation.

While Renwick will be disappointed with the fact that they made things unnecessarily hard for themselves towards the end, there were long spells of the game where they played some excellent football. If they can keep up this style of play, results will continue to improve and things will start to look a lot brighter from McCullough’s men.

Alas there was no camera present at this week’s match, so you’ll have to make do with a Piecam from the archives

Man of the match: Cromie Joel – in what may be his last appearance for a while due to timetabling issues, Joel supplied a goal and two assists, and caused constant problems for the T&T defence.

Stat of the week: Renwick have now won four and drawn one at Cherryvale in 5 games this season, and have only won one game elsewhere, losing the rest.

Renwick (4-4-2): Campbell; Carson, McCullough, Hanna, A McCollum; Cromie R, Blackwell, Hawthorne, Aicken; Cromie J, Peoples. Subs: McCaughan, Fallows, R McKelvey

Jack Warner was unavailable for comment

Pastor Stuart Elliott

2 Feb

Just incase you weren’t already confused between Stuart Olyott and Stuart Elliot, the former Northern Ireland international was ordained as a Pastor at Living Hope Christian Church. Elliot won sixteen international caps but at his church in Hull he “is more known for his preaching abilities and his zeal for the Lord’s work.”

Watch BBC Humberside interview with Elliott about becoming a pastor.