Archive | May, 2011

The Bible is not about you, it’s about Him

21 May

I’ve posted Tim Keller’s words on finding Christ in the Old Testament before but you can now think about them as you watch this beautiful kinetic typography video.

(HT: NWBingham)

Sitting Revising is Killing You

19 May

An interesting and beautiful infographic for exam season.

Sitting is Killing You
Via: Medical Billing And Coding

Jesus Faced Greater Temptation Than You

18 May

“Jesus was tempted. The New Testament goes further: he was tempted in every way, just as we are (Heb. 4:15). Do we believe that? When we are tempted we tend to think (although we would be hesitant to admit it): ‘Yes, I know he was tempted; but he did not experience what I am experiencing’. But the truth is the other way round. You will never experience what he did, because you are a sinner. In our temptations we give way long before we experience the level of temptation’s pressure which Jesus experienced. Because we have given in in the past the powers of darkness never need to apply the same pressure to us that they applied to Jesus. We provide them with an easy target. Jesus, on the other hand, exhausted all the devil’s powers and energies. They could find no ‘grip’, no ‘foothold’ in the life of Jesus (Jn. 14:30). According to the Gospel records the powers of darkness mounted an all-out attack on Jesus (a legion of demons was stationed in one man at Gadara in order to oppose him).  But even in the hour of darkness they could not overcome him (Lk. 22:53).”

S.B. Ferguson, Grow in Grace

Renwick overcome Legal Challenge in Belfast Super Cup Final

12 May

Renwick 2 – 2 Law Society (Renwick win 4-3 on pens)

Renwick FC won their second Belfast Super Cup on Wednesday at Seaview, thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Law Society. Having won the inaugural tournament in 2007, the current crop of Renwick players will be delighted to have equalled the achievement of their illustrious antecedents.

James McCullough was left with some tough selection decisions ahead of the final, with almost a full squad to choose from. In the end, the team lined out in the 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 formation that had been so successful in the earlier rounds of the cup.

Subs: Carson, Aicken, Buchanan, Murphy, McCaughan, McCollum

Coaching staff: Blackwell

The game kicked-off in glorious sunshine at the home of Crusaders, and Renwick were soon on the front foot, determined to put the memory their recent league defeat to the Lawyers to bed. Early chances fell to Cromie Robert, who scuffed his shot at the keeper from point blank range, and Peoples, who failed to connect with a free header 10 yards out. As the half grew older, Law came more and more into the game, and drew first blood after 18 minutes. A Law corner swung into the box was cleared, but the second cross/shot eluded everyone, wrong-footed McCullough and curled in the top corner. Whether the scorer meant to shoot or not or up for debate, but it was a beautiful goal.

McCullough picks the ball out of his net

The goal sparked Renwick to life, and they created several chances in the next ten minutes, with Devenney denied in a one-on-one with the keeper, and Hanna bending a left-footed volley just wide. The first bookings of the afternoon were dished out, as Cromie Robert and the Law left winger both saw yellow for “showing an aggressive attitude”, after squaring up to eachother on the wing. On 25 minutes, Renwick grabbed an equaliser courtesy of Adam Devenney. A long free kick wasn’t cleared by the Law defence, and the ball fell to the former Raphoe Town striker, who smashed in a half-volley off the underside of the bar.

Devenney’s equaliser

As the half drew on, both sides had chances, with Devenney denied another goal after outpacing Law’s Irish League centre-back, only to see his shot draw a great save from the opposition keeper. At the other end, Law’s pace down the flanks was causing the Renwick defence problems, although they failed to test the tangerine-clad McCullough. Meanwhile, the onset of less clement conditions lead to a difficult surface, as those who had chosen astro-turf footwear struggled to keep their footing on the slippery 4G pitch. Half-time arrived with the game delicately poised at 1-1.

At the break, McCullough turned to his luxuriant subs’ bench, sending on Carson and McCollum in the full-back slots, and the experienced Buchanan and the prodigious Murphy (who had skived off his last ever day of school to play) on either flank. The second half was one of near-complete domination for Renwick, as they made full use of the extra man in midfield to keep possession and quickly snuff out any opposition attacks. The half was 15 minutes old when Renwick took the lead. Michael Hawthorne picked up the ball deep in midfield from a McCullough throw, before caressing a perfect through ball for Philip Murphy, who took a touch before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball in past the covering defender. Undoubtedly one of the best goals of Renwick’s season, and fitting for such a prestigious occasion.

Murphy circumvents the keeper…

…before calmly slotting home

Renwick continued to press in search of the killer third goal, and further chances fell to Buchanan, Aicken, McCaughan and Murphy. The team in black were more or less in cruise control, and their opponents were restricted to speculative long shots by a resilient defence. The game and the trophy looked to be won, but with 20 seconds to go, disaster struck. Law worked the ball over to their pacy right-winger, who beat his man before sending a dangerous ball across the face of goal, and the onrushing striker prodded home from close range. In was a cruel blow for Renwick, but in the end they paid the price for not taking their chances. With the pitch only booked for 2 hours, the match went straight to penalties.

Deflated Renwick players contemplate a penalty shootout

Renwick took first, and it was Ian Buchanan who stepped up, with onlookers confident of a goal from the Bready man. However, he mishit his penalty, and it rolled off the left-hand post and away. The first Lawyer smashed his penalty into the right corner, despite McCullough having guessed correctly. Next up for Renwick was Captain Ben Hanna, who deceived the Law keeper with his run up before calmly slotting in. The next Law player to take suffered a similar fate to Ian, hitting the post, so it was all level after two kicks each. Smith was next to step forward, and he cooly sent the keeper the wrong way, as did the next Law taker. Michael Hawthorne capped off a great performance with a calm penalty, but once again Law also scored, leaving it at 3-3 with one kick remaining each before sudden death. It was at this most cinematic of moments that Chris Carson was heard to declare “if we’re meant to win it boys, we’ll win it”. Andrew Peoples was next up for Renwick, but his penalty was an easy height for the Law keeper, and as the trainee pharmacist trudged back dejectedly to the centre circle, Law were presented with a chance to win it. Their taker looked confident as he stepped up, and his powerful penalty beat McCullough…and cannoned off the crossbar, to the relief of Peoples and his teammates.

Peoples never really recovered from kicking the ball into his own face midway through the second half

And so to sudden death. Philip Murphy bravely stepped forward, and his penalty was cool and clinical, nestling in the bottom corner. The Law left back volunteered himself, with the trophy at stake. His penalty was low, to the right hand side. But it could only find the glove of the Renwick player-manager, who guessed correctly and palmed to the ball to safety, before being swamped by his rejoicing team, in various states of both delirium and undress.

McCullough about to make the save…

…and having just made it

Contrasting emotions

Captain Hanna was presented the trophy by a visiting dignitary (his Dad), before Renwick joined together in one final huddle, having etched their names indelibly on the pages of history.

Signing off for the season, Daniel Ritchie Renwick Pundit.

Man of the Match:

Andrew McKelvey, in his last game for Renwick, and running on 2 hours’ sleep after a night shift at the hospital, was imperious in the centre of the park, winning aerial battles, regaining possession, and surging forward in the style of Patrick Vieira in his prime. He will leave big shoes to fill in midfield next season. However, it would be remiss to not mention outstanding performances from Smith, Hawthorne, and Murphy especially, but, in reality, no Renwick player can be disappointed with their contribution.

More photos:

Barry Ferguson put in a surprise appearance on the Renwick bench

Bun heroically provided regular twitter updates for those who weren’t able to be there

Coach Blackwell’s presence on the sideline was far from pointless

Ali’s Funny Pose of the Week makes a welcome return

Ben channels John Terry

James and Andy share a tender moment

Keller – Secularisation isn’t Simple

6 May

(HT: The Resurgence, MI7:7)

Often Christians fall into the same trap as militant atheists. We pessimistically assume that secularisation has become an inevitable process and force any evidence into this concept.

It’s not that simple.

We do live in an increasingly irreligious society but at the same time we see growing devotion and missionary zeal amongst God’s people.

Don’t panic about falling worship figures in liberal denominations or the wanning influence of the Church of England.

Part of what you’re seeing is the death of the “mushy middle” and, like Keller, I’m not convinced its a bad thing.

Cameron Enters Bible Translation Debate

4 May