Spot the deliberate mistake. Why do I only ever notice these things after printing and laminating the posters?



Poetry (I think?)

Today No. 1 child and I visited the Midland Railway Centre near Ripley. Interesting place… about 1.5 out of 5 for the toilets. St. Saviour’s Church at Swanwick, a tin church moved from Westhouses, got bonus minus marks for having a copy of the New World Translation of the Bible…

But one of the highlights was this delightful piece of poetry, on display in “Johnson’s Buffet”. At least, it looks like it’s meant as poetry.

Poetry, possibly…
(Click to read)

Packer threatened with suspension

So the time has come for the Diocese of New Westminster to threaten to suspend J. I. Packer. On one level inevitable given his parish’s decision to leave the Anglican Church of Canada for the Southern Cone. But if you needed proof that something was very badly wrong in a large chunk of the Anglican Communion, here it is.

I met him once, very briefly, at St. Michael’s, Aberystwyth. I commented positively on his tie, which bore the likeness of an American 4-4-0 steam locomotive. I was rather surprised when he replied “Ah, those of us who love the railways have even more in common than our shared love of Jesus Christ!”

Things I learned at the weekend

  • “Mothering Sunday” is an anagram of “unorganised myth”.
  • Our new 1:4 VGA distribution amplifier requires a male-to-female lead to connect it to the laptop, rather than the more common male-to-male lead.
  • It is a good idea to bring all possible computer leads to church, to make sure you have the right one to hand when you find that your new toy requires the opposite gender of connector to the one you expected (see above).
  • You can get from church to our house and back in around 10 minutes.
  • It is a good idea to make sure you know exactly when in the service a particular media item is required on the projector screen.
  • Getting things out of the cupboard in the vestry is easy. Getting them back in is harder.
  • The tie clip for the lapel microphone was not, in fact, still attached to my jacket following last week’s sermon.
  • It is hard to find lapel microphone tie clips when they are lost in a tangle of purple rope (such as that used for lowering a casket of ashes into a hole in the churchyard). But it is good to persevere.

Bishop Ryle on doctrine

John Richardson quotes J.C. Ryle on what loyalty to the Church of England means for the evangelical. Stirring stuff…

The victories of Christianity, wherever they have been won, have been won by distinct doctrinal theology, by telling men roundly of Christ’s vicarious death and sacrifice, by showing them Christ’s substitution on the cross and His precious blood, by teaching them justification by faith and bidding them believe on a crucified Saviour, by preaching ruin by sin, redemption by Christ, regeneration by the Spirit, by lifting up the brazen serpent, by telling men to look and live, to believe, repent and be converted…

Lord, help me to do this.

Another year is dawning

In my youth, at Lisburn Cathedral, we always seemed to sing Frances Havergal’s hymn “Another year is dawning” on the first Sunday of the new year. I picked it as the last hymn for Sunday 30th December – not quite in the new year, but it fitted in well with the theme of the service. Following the old Lisburn Cathedral tradition we sang it to the tune Knecht (better known as the tune for “O happy band of pilgrims“).

On Friday, one of the stalward members of Elmdon Church died, “full of years”. He had been at church the previous Sunday, as usual, as he had been for many years. The last verse of the last hymn that he sang in church was this:

Another year is dawning,
dear Master, let it be,
on earth, or else in heaven,
another year with thee.