Archive | March, 2011

Former Free Church Minister Applies to Join RPCS

31 Mar

UPDATE: Andy Morrison’s paper of choice, Hebrides News are reporting that “A virtually unknown Presbyterian denomination could experience a unique revival in Scotland in the wake of the crisis in mainstream churches.” It includes interesting comments about Gardner Street CoS and Rev. Kenneth Stewart.

Dowanvale Free Church of Scotland in Glasgow

Very interesting and exciting news from the Scottish RP Church as their website has announced that there has been an application from Rev. Kenneth Stewart to received as minister in the RPCS. Until February of this year Rev. Stewart was the pastor of Dowanvale Free Church of Scotland, a 200 strong city church in Glasgow’s West End.

SWS has more information about Mr Stewart, including links to some of his sermons.

Ranger than Fiction – Renwick grab late draw

29 Mar

Renwick 2-2 Donegal Rangers

Renwick battled hard to earn a respectable 2-2 draw with title-chasing Donegal Rangers on Wednesday at Cherryvale. In a pre-season friendly Renwick dispatched Rangers 9-3, but the Donegal lads had improved immensely since that defeat, and matched the team in blue in nearly every department.

Renwick drew first blood, after coming close on several occasions through Devenney, Cromie and Peoples. Hawthorne picked up the ball and drove into the box, before squaring to allow Chris Carson to tap in for his first of this season. Donegal pulled level before half-time however, as a long Ball eluded Smith and Hanna, and their striker finished off the post.

Rangers took the lead midway through the second half, Renwick paying the price for losing possession in midfield. McCullough responded by changing to a 3-4-3, indulging his captain with a role as a left-sided tornero, and pushing Smith up front. Mark Porter can count himself extremely unlucky not to have scored with a fierce half-volley which the opposition keeper acrobatically saved. The tactical changes eventually paid off, albeit indirectly, with five minutes to go, as Hanna’s inswinging corner found Smith, who duly headed in. The match ended in controversy, as Rangers were denied strong claims for a penalty. The Donegal players surrounded ref Cromie, who was forced to dismiss the opposition right-back for re-enacting Paolo Di Canio’s push on Paul Alcock.

All in all, it was a creditable point for Renwick, as they battled hard all over the pitch. Fallows, Hawthorne and Smith all impressed, but the Man of the Match award this week goes to Andy McKelvey, who worked his socks off for 90 minutes, going to war for every loose ball, and driving forward out of midfield to support the attack.

Renwick (4-4-2): McCullough; Fallows, Smith, Hanna, R McKelvey; Cromie R, A McKelvey, Hawthorne, Carson; Peoples, Devenney. Subs: Throne, Porter.

There will be no photos this week after the transfer of said pictures to my laptop was messed up by Ben, who shall remain nameless. But here’s some choice pics from the games with Bayer Neverlusen and Cytokine Storm to look at with your eyes:

Ruan’s Refreshing Reality

28 Mar

Ulster continued their fantastic season on Friday evening with another win in the Magners League that moved them up to second in the table. They also have a first Heineken Cup QF since 1999 to look forward to at the start of April and numerous young players are coming through the ranks to show their quality and potential. Every thing looks bright for the Ravenhill side in the near future.

Now maybe you’re not an avid Rugby Union follower, maybe you don’t have an interest in any Sports, however I thought that it would be so refreshing to bring to you a few quotes from Ulster’s star player Ruan Pienaar, a Springbok who arrived in Belfast last October as a World Cup Winner with plenty of experience and talent. As expected, he has turned in many phenomenal appearances for the Ulstermen, and recently on a few occasions, he has been involved in kicking the points in the last play of the game to secure the win for his side.

Ruan Pienaar, Ulster's Half Back

The following are two quotes from his post-match interviews after the game against the Scarlets (18/2/11) and Glasgow (25/3/11):

vs. Scarlets – ‘I was a bit nervous taking that kick, all I could do was pray and I just want to thank God for giving us the talent to play this wonderful game and it’s good for us to get a result.’

vs. Glasgow – ‘Yeah, I dunno what’s going on, my debut back at Ravenhill I also got all the points but i’ve been very blessed, God has blessed us this season and things are going well at Ulster so just all the glory to Him.’

Personally, I think it is fantastic to see a man who could so easily take all the honour and glory for many match winning performances and so quickly shift that off himself to God. Little seems to be known of Ruan’s personal faith on the interweb but from these quotes I think it is fairly evident of his reality in life. Here is a sportsman who knows where his talent has come from and knows who he wants to glorify through playing his favourite game.

I found these post-match interviews to be a breath of fresh air during years when so many sportsman are quick to praise many others without even the slightest mention of the Lord who gave them the health, talent and strength to play these games.

Well done Ruan Pienaar, a man with so much talent, and a man with so much reality.

‘So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God’.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Renwick Dinner 2011

24 Mar

Each year Renwick House FC, the residents of Renwick and other friends get together for an end of season dinner. The 2011 Renwick Dinner will be held on Monday 4th April at Barnabys restaurant near Ballyclare. The cost will be £20 (paid on the night), this covers food, room hire and everything else. There will be a three course meal with tea and coffee served afterwards. You need to select what you will be having in advance and tell James McCullough by Monday 28th March at the latest.


Vegetable Broth
Prawn Cocktail
Breaded Mushrooms

Main Courses (All served with roast potato, potato and two veg)
Roast Beef
Grilled Irish Gamon with Peach
Sear Chicken Breast with Leek and Bacon Sauce
Fresh Chargrilled Salmon

Malteaser Cheesecake
A selection of Mauds icecream

Tea and Coffee will be served afterwards.

The 2011 Renwick FC Awards will be presented at this event by Renwick FC legends Philip Dunwoody, Mark McCavery and Steven McCollum. However, this event is not just for members of the team, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

See photos from last year’s event here:

David McCullough on Mercy Ministry

23 Mar

This sermon was preached at the ordination of two new deacons in Dromore RPC.

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Renwick Immune To Cytokine Storm

17 Mar

Renwick battled to a satisfying 3-2 victory over the in-form Cytokine Storm at Cherryvale on Wednesday, although the win was somewhat overshadowed by an injury to midfielder Phil Aicken. Striker Adam Devenney made his first appearance since the Jonny McCollum Memorial Cup, and was partnered in attack by his cousin Peoples.

With kick-off delayed due to the late arrival of “a potentially fatal immune reaction consisting of a positive feedback loop between cytokines and immune cells” (Wikipedia), the match was curtailed to 80 minutes, and in the end this proved a blessing for McCullough’s charges. Renwick started brightly, and raced into a three-goal lead inside 20 minutes. Firstly, Devenney latched onto a flick-on from his cousin, raced clear and lobbed the keeper perfectly, the ball nestling in the bottom corner. He then doubled his tally, holding off his marker before finishing across the keeper, fed again by Peoples. The third goal came after Cromie Robert outpaced the opposition left-back, and his cross found Andrew McKelvey free in the box to score his first of the season. It was a physical contest, and tackles were flying in on both sides, with Aicken the victim of a particularly nasty two-footed challenge. Despite this, Renwick looked comfortable, and restricted their opponents to long-range efforts. However, just before half-time, one of these speculative strikes found the top corner, leaving McCullough well beaten.

The second period began much as the first ended, with Renwick withstanding pressure and defending on their 18-yard line. Five minutes in, Storm reduced the deficit to one with another goal from outside the box, again leaving McCullough powerless to stop it. There was a lengthy pause soon after, as Aicken was caught as he went past the opposition’s left midfielder. It was clear that something was amiss, and after the final whistle he made a trip to A&E, with a lengthy absence seeming likely. The break in play meant Storm lost their momentum, and although they continued to pressurise, the Renwick defence held firm to see out a gratifying 3-2 win.

All in all, it was an encouraging performance from Renwick, against a team challenging for the Super League title. Having raced into an early lead, they defended resolutely, and can count themselves unlucky to have conceded two wonder goals. Devenney looked sharp up front, and showed no ill-effects from his recurring hamstring problems. Andrew McKelvey bossed the midfield, and his brother Richard was rock-solid at left-back.

Man of the Match – Pete Fallows was particularly impressive, refusing to allow his opponents to get past, and winning the ball back at crucial points.

Renwick: McCullough; Fallows, Carson, Hanna, R McKelvey; Cromie R, M Hawthorne, A McKelvey, P Aicken; Devenney, Peoples. Subs: R Throne, T McCollum, L Campbell

As Lineker would say, we wish him well

Challies, Rob Bell and the Kind of Love that Really Wins

9 Mar

There was an explosion of blog posts following Justin Taylor’s response to the promotional video for Rob Bell’s upcoming book, “Love Wins”. Since then I’ve been waiting for one particular review. Today Tim Challies posted his reflections on the book.

I’m not chasing controversy or provide Bell with further publicity. I think Challies’ review is worth reading because it provides a biblical examination of “Love Wins” . This is important as it is propagating a dangerous heresy and it will undoubtedly be read by some of your Christian friends.

“Love does win, but not the kind of love that Bell talks about in this book. The love he describes is one that is founded solely on the idea that the primary object of God’s love is man; indeed, the whole story, he writes, can be summed up in these words: “For God so loved the world.” But this doesn’t hold a candle to the altogether amazing love of God as actually shown in the Bible. The God who “shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8), who acts on our behalf not so much because His love for us is great, but because He is great (Isaiah 48:9, Ezekiel 20:9,14,22,44, 36:22; John 17:1-5).” Challies

Read Challies’ full review

Other useful posts on the topic

Desiring God: The Fairytale of Universalism

Phil Dunwoody: Keep an Eye

Denny Burk: Rob Bell Outs Himself

Challies: What I’d Have to Deny to Deny Hell

Take Your Vitamin Z: Rob Bell, Hell and Our Tendency Towards Idolatry

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:14–15