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Peregrinations behind and ahead

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December already.

I am looking forward to the recent and unusual round of travels being over.

This past weekend I was preaching away at Grace Baptist Church, Stratford.  Pastor Achille Blaize, upon whom fall the bulk of the preaching duties, has been struck down with an illness in recent months, and this was a willing effort to assist a sister church.  It meant being away more often from Maidenbower than I would wish, but our relationship as churches is reason enough for it and close enough to sustain it.

I had a delightful day, as is often the case there.  There were a lot of people missing, apparently, but a warm response to the ministry from those who were present.  I preached in the morning from Matthew 13.45-46 on the one pearl of great price, using it to illustrate seeking and finding the kingdom of heaven.  In the evening, I preached from Ephesians 2.13, on being made near to God in Christ.  Again, I think there was help given in preaching and hearing, and some good fellowship afterward.   I spent the afternoon with my friend Jack Hampshire, also a pastor of the flock there.  We had some good conversation about life in Christ’s kingdom in these days.

Life should be getting more back to normal over the next couple of weeks, and I am looking forward to preaching and teaching ‘at home’ for the next few weekends, God willing.  However, after that, my family and I are heading off for a holiday with family, so that will upset the apple-cart again.  However, it will be good to have something of a break, and I am hoping to have an opportunity to catch up with some close friends that I do not often see, so I am looking forward to it, and hope to have some opportunities to serve Christ formally and informally as I go on wandering.

This has been one of those weeks in which, looking back, I am conscious of having been busy, but cannot remember what I have done, let alone accomplished.  A bit of reading, a few visits – if I think in categories a little bit swims back into focus.

Tomorrow we are hosting our regular ministers’ fraternal.  Usually we have two sermons, with time for discussion and prayer, but tomorrow one of the brothers will be preaching on the glory of Christ, and then we will eat together and give the rest of the day to prayer.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 1 December 2008 at 16:44

An age of barbarism

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My friend Pastor Jack Hampshire has sent me an article from The Spectator by Melanie Phillips.  Reflecting on the recent abhorrences committed against children like Baby P, Romario and Delayno Mullings-Sewell, Shannon Matthews, she writes:

The truth is that it is all far, far too late. Britain has simply undone the fabric of civilised life.  And the most bitter reproach of all must be for the people at whose door the ultimate responsibility for this catastrophic state of affairs must really be laid — not the wretched politicians, not the council officials or Ofsted inspectors or other negligent or incompetent professionals, not even the sadists who actually killed baby P or who murder or maim countless other children, but the amoral and criminally self-regarding so-called ‘progressive’ intelligentsia, who have bullied, smeared, intimidated and manipulated Britain into a truly dark age of barbarism.

To read of these and similar events is gut-wrenching: one can barely learn the facts without gagging, weeping, or recoiling.  Melanie Phillips points us back to the roots of the matter: “Britain has simply written orderly, married, normative family life out of the script”; furthermore, there is “the institutionalised incompetence of social work, in the grip of a political correctness so extreme that it was wholly incapable of responding to situations on the facts that plainly presented themselves, with catastrophic results.”

It is a powerful and effective piece, and worth reading in its entirety.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 15 November 2008 at 13:33

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