December 2008 Archives

His Way is in the Sea

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The worst maritime disaster in peacetime in British waters took place on the Isle of Lewis ninety years ago, on 1 January 1919. The yacht Iolaire (Gaelic for 'eagle') was returning some two hundred and fifty Lewismen who were returning... continue

British Missionaries imprisoned...

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Two British missionaries in Gambia, West Africa, have been imprisoned for a year for sending anti-Islamic e-mail. See the full story here.... continue

P T Forsyth on Atonement and Times of Crisis

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Yesterday afternoon, I came across a little book which, to be honest, I had forgotten I owned: The Justification of God by P T Forsyth, a series of lectures on the theodicy delivered in 1916 at the height of the... continue

Why Africa Needs Missionaries: Interesting Thoughts of a Gay Atheist

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David Robertson, of the Free Church of Scotland, brought this article to my attention this morning.  Very much of the Roger Scruton `comfort from a  false belief is not necessarily false comfort' variety, but still a fascinating read: here... continue

Gimme the spoonful of sugar...

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...but hold the medicine.After yesterday's post, I received the following comment from my former secretary, proof positive that working for the Commissariat of Academic Affairs spoils even the best kids' movies (though I refuse to believe that any movie with... continue

It's the economy, isn't it?

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On the issue of fascism/socialism as rasied by Rick, I wish that people would not bandy such terms around. As the recipient of both this year as terms of abuse (now does that mean I'm really a middle of the... continue

Post-Christmas thought from a friend

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I received the following "Christmas meditation" from Dr. Ray Van Neste (Ryan Center for Biblical Studies,; see his blog here): It seems that many people think you can only celebrate Christmas if all is well. You can see this in... continue

Warren-Obama: A Threat to What?

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There is so much irony wrapped up in Rick Warren's invitation to invoke God's blessing on the inauguration of Barak Obama that I am astonished that Carl Trueman has not written more about it.  The news is that the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender... continue

PCUSA looks to Dr Who for inspiration

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I'm afraid Ref21 has been outclassed in its sad attempt to promote Calvin's anniversary by encouraging people to read the Institutes.  The PCUSA has gone one better, issuing Calvin masks to members of its General Assembly.  I kid you not. ... continue

Oxford Junior Dictionary -- the decline continues

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David Meredith (Free Church of Scotland, Smithton/Culloden) sent me the following:The new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary has caused some raised eyebrows in educational circles. Several supposedly old-fashioned words have been removed. A report in the Daily Telegraph shows... continue
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