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Competition results

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The competition has ended and been won!

As you will see from the sequence below, not least from the shifting shadows, we got a bit carried away in the end, and had sufficient fun with our paint-primed sucker gun that Caleb needed to start numbering our effective strikes to make sure that we did not lose track of the winners, who are . . .

Jeff C., who wins the packet of pastoral theology volumes (Charles H. Spurgeon’s An All-Round Ministry, Robert L. Dabney’s Evangelical Eloquence, and James M. Garretson’s Princeton and Preaching) and Robert Goodgame, who wins the two volumes of George Smeaton on the atonement.

Gentlemen: I will be in touch!

A hearty thank you to those who entered. I hope to run a similar competition again before long, so do keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, enjoy the blog, and thanks for following.

The sheets are hung . . .

The weapon is primed . . .

Thing 1 sizes up the target.

Thing 2 takes aim.

Thing 2's first shot tantalises Mr Hunt.

Mr Goodgame takes it right on the chin.

Jeff C. rejoices while Mr Wallace rues what might have been.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 09:02

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Competition closing

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Thanks to all those who have entered the competition to win what a more spiritually-minded Jeeves would doubtless call “some improving books.” The competition closes tonight at midnight (we’ll make it midnight wherever you are, so you can abandon any thoughts of midnight rejoicings and put your minds into the comments required to win), so you have a few more hours to get cracking by subscribing to the blog, commenting here, and hoping that the suckers fly propitiously (full details).

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Saturday 31 December 2011 at 13:34

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Final competition reminder

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There are still a couple more days to enter the competition.

There are two packets of books to be won (three pastoral theology volumes in the one and a set of Smeaton on the atonement the other), sent with hearty good wishes to the two worthy winners.

Entry is simple: subscribe to the blog, leave a comment here, and you will be entered in the great sucker-dart shoot-out.

Full details here.

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Thursday 29 December 2011 at 23:40

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Luvverly books! Get yer free books ‘ere!

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Don’t forget the competition: two packets of books to be won, mailed anywhere in the world (within reason – Arctic scientific encampments might be a tad pricy). How to enter, you ask? “Oh, simple,” I reply: subscribe to the blog, leave a comment here, and Robert is your esteemed mother’s worthy brother. (Full details here.)

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Thursday 22 December 2011 at 20:11

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Books to be won!

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While we’re about it, don’t forget the competition. In essence: subscribe to the blog, leave a comment here, and you could be in line to win one of two packets of books. (More details.)

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Wednesday 21 December 2011 at 10:45

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Greetings, sports fans!

As some of you will be aware, over recent months I have been working up a list of pastoral theologies with the intention of providing a helpful resource for pastors, prospective pastors, interested non-pastors, and so on and so forth. So far there are nearly ninety titles briefly reviewed, with about ten more to come in the not-too-distant future, and perhaps others to follow.

Anyway, as promised when I reached the end of the initial survey, herewith a competition! Unfortunately, I was not able to get all the prizes I wanted (some of which are in the process of reprinting), but it means that I might be able to run another competition in the next few months. We wait with slightly bated breath (only slightly, though, because it might take a while and I should wish no reader to feel faint in the interim)!

So, the requirements and rules are straightforward, and as follows. To enter the competition:

  1. Please subscribe to this blog either by using the RSS feed (or the big green icon in the sidebar) or by using the “Follow” function (WordPress users will find it in the top bar, others will see a grey button in the bottom right of the screen). Current subscribers can obviously skip this item.
  2. Once you have subscribed, please go to the pastoral theology page and leave a comment (taking care to include your email when submitting the comment – you do not need to leave it in the body of the comment). While a cheery greeting will suffice, you may find it more profitable to leave a longer comment (for reasons which will become clear). For example, a brief note stating which volume you particularly commend, or which volume sounds most attractive and/or useful to you, your pastor, or pastors generally would be ideal.
  3. The competition closes on Saturday 31st December 2011. Subscriptions must be made and comments must be completed by close of play on that date, but I shall repost this invitation two or three times before then.


Once all that is done and dusted the fun begins.

I shall print off all the competition comments and tape them to a wall (or window). My sons will then shoot two sucker guns at the wall of comments, each with a sucker dart tipped with some colourful substance (my wife does not know about this yet, and I urge you to enter only to enhance the possibility of the darts hitting paper rather than anything else). The two comments which are struck will receive the two prizes (either colour-coded or in order of striking). If I remember to do so, and for the fun of it, photographic evidence will be obtained of the process if not the result.

The first prize will be a set of three pastoral theology volumes: Charles H. Spurgeon’s An All-Round Ministry, Robert L. Dabney’s Evangelical Eloquence, and James M. Garretson’s Princeton and Preaching.

The second prize will be a set of George Smeaton’s Christ’s Doctrine of the Atonement and The Apostles’ Doctrine of the Atonement.

I will contact the winners by email in the first week of the new year, and send the books with all possible despatch. Winners are free to use the prizes for themselves or to pass them on to the deserving pastor or other friend of their choice.

So, crack on with the competition, and may the best comment be struck with a sucker dart!

PS: Following a slow start, it strikes me that the Christmas holidays may not be the best time for a competition. If that proves to be the case, I might relaunch this with a new closing date in the new year. All entiries up to that point will be rolled over.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 19 December 2011 at 12:00

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“Gospel intimacy” competition results

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OK: the results are in.  Again, thank you to all those who entered.  I shall be contacting you shortly to obtain a mailing address for your prize.  Alan Dunn, who wrote Gospel Intimacy in a Godly Marriage, has perused and pondered over the entries, and here is his response:

I’d like to thank all who took the time to read Jeremy’s interview.  I thought his questions were very good and I hope my answers were helpful.  I especially thank those of you who took the time to write responses to the competition question.  I enjoyed reading each response and have had to settle on the winners who will receive a copy of Gospel Intimacy. Most of the responses tended toward “sacrificial love,” as stated in several of the essays.  Such sacrificial love was profiled against the backdrop of extended affliction – especially the failing health of one spouse who was ministered to with Christlike sacrificial love.  Certainly such love is a display of forbearance and patience, all of which are integral to giving each other the kind of love we’ve received in Jesus.  However, I was looking more particularly for “gospel love,” a love that contends with the emergence of sin and overcomes it with the grace of forgiveness and then through the power of the gospel, works to bring spiritual change and maturation in both spouses.

So having said that, here are the results of the competition.  I’ve awarded four books.  I identified the four winners but found that three of the other essays each equally focused on “sacrificial love” in the midst of protracted affliction, and I was therefore unable to distinguish fairly between them.  Since the other four more closely approximated the matter of the gospel overcoming sin, they were selected as winners.

In fourth place: Dan.  His response concerned a sacrificial love that overcame the challenge of post-natal depression.  Although he doesn’t specifically state it, I would think that the husband in his account was faced with temptations to sin as he dealt, not with physical sickness per se, but the emotional distress of his wife.  The need to forgive sin rather than to forebear under suffering would be that much more likely.

In third place: Sarah.  She describes the gospel’s power to overcome class distinctions and social barriers.  Again, although contending with sin was not prominent between William Carey and Charlotte, they certainly were faced with the need to forgive others of their prejudice against them.

In second place: Guy Davies, if only because his response was eight pages long!  Guy brought out the fruit of the gospel evidenced in Jonathan and Sarah Edward’s marriage.  Their harmony and peaceable dynamics were the result of their mutual resolve to overcome sin with the gospel tools of repentance and forgiveness.

And finally – in first place: Cath, whose second submission specifically targeted “gospel intimacy” and “gospel love.”  Cath gave an account of the martyrdom of John Brown of Priesthill.  She then reflected on how his marriage to Isobel evidenced the harmony and unity borne of the gospel and that the couple’s love for Jesus was the supreme impetus in their lives and marriage.  Cath’s essay specifically enlarged upon “gospel intimacy” and “gospel love.”  Congratulations Cath!

Let me conclude with a submission of my own, and since I already have a book, it will not be considered as a contender in the competition.  It’s an example of gospel love from a marriage that I know about.  When the couple first married, both were professing Christians, albeit young and somewhat untaught.  It was not too long, however, before the husband started to drink and soon departed from any association with the things of God.  The wife however, continued to persevere in her love for Christ and faithfulness to the worship of God among the Lord’s people.  She took a stand for Christ and with her husband’s acquiescence, took her two boys to church as they grew into young manhood.  Over the years there were tumultuous times.  On a couple occasions, divorce was not out of the range of possibility and, some would say, even justified.  But the wife/mother persevered as a woman of faith and prayer, demonstrating obedience to 1 Peter 3:1-6.  In the midst of it all, she owned his conscience, and the consciences and love of her two sons.  In her early sixties, she was diagnosed with cancer.  She grew strong in the Lord as she drew near to death, while her husband became increasingly frantic with the fear of facing life without her.  In his desperation, he remembered the God of his youth who his wife had served all her life, and in his mid sixties, he repented and sought the Lord.  Before she went to be with Christ, she saw her husband saved, her marriage brought into alignment with the gospel, and both her sons in the pastoral ministry, having married godly women.  The power the gospel triumphed through a lifetime of gospel love.  The sin that would have otherwise destroyed her marriage and her sons was conquered by her faithful loving adherence to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  My brother and I are eternally grateful to the Lord for having given her to us as our mother and using her to bring us into God’s eternal family where we, with Dad, are now eternally brothers and sister in Christ. I didn’t use my Mom as an illustration in my book, but the Lord used her to teach me the power of gospel love in a marriage.

Perhaps this exercise has confirmed for me that the book could very well meet a real need among believers.  We need to make the gospel itself much more effective in our marriages.  We need to purposefully, intentionally, conscientiously bring the gospel to bear upon our dealings with each other’s sin.  We need to believe and expect that, as we give each other gospel love, the Spirit will work effectively in and through us to conform us to Christ and use our marriages to display the gospel and bring glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you, Alan, for your careful and thoughtful response, and for the book as a whole.  To summarise:

The winners:

Cath ~ Guy ~ Sarah ~ Dan


The others: thanks and commiserations, and I hope you will not be put off trying again next time.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 7 December 2009 at 12:37

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