It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Monday, of Rev. Graham Harrison. Mr Harrison was one of the original team of lecturers at LTS, teaching systematic theology here from the establishment of the Seminary in 1977 through to his retirement in 2007, when he joined the Board.
The decline in the number of British Christians is apparently even more rapid than the recent UK census initially suggested. According to the Daily Telegraph (16th May 2013), the Office of National Statistics has analysed the census figures further and concluded that foreign-born Christians living in the UK blunted the impact of the real rate of decline of Christianity amongst British-born UK citizens.
Is our worship becoming too complex? Is it in danger of losing its focus?
The New Testament pattern for the corporate worship of the church is simple: the reading of Scripture, public prayer, singing and the preaching of the Word are the components. Of these, the preaching is to be the climax, as we listen to God speaking to us through his appointed servant. God's people are to join together in these activities with hearts that are pure, through the blood of Jesus Christ, approaching God through his Son, with faith in him.
My wife and I have just returned from a most enjoyable weekend in Aberystwyth, staying with friends from London. The weather was warming up, the sea was blue and the town looked as attractive as ever, set amongst the beautiful hills and mountains which surround it.
As we have seen (30th April), the human race was no better after the flood than before it. The flood did not cure us of the sin we inherit from Adam. Before the flood, God’s verdict on mankind was ‘evil’; after the flood it was the same: ‘every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood’ (Gen. 8:21).
God would therefore be justified in destroying us all, at any time, just as he did in Noah’s day.
Apologies for the lack of blogs over the past few weeks. I have been away - visiting seminaries in the USA, teaching and preaching in Romania, attending the Banner of Truth ministers’ conference and taking a week’s holiday. I hope to resume normal blogging service shortly.
In the meantime, please read and enjoy Barry King’s article on church planting, which you can find on the ‘articles’ tab of this journal.
Self-burial is one of the most effective methods of spreading the gospel.
It is said that 19th century missionaries departing from Britain for distant shores would sometimes hold a funeral service before they left. They were going to serve for life and they didn’t expect to return.
Their 21st century equivalents don’t generally hold premature funeral services. Air travel means that they can come back and tell us how they are getting on. Nevertheless, they too go to bury themselves.
I read a sad sentence this morning. It is in Invitation to the Septuagint, by Karen Jobes and Moisés Silva (Baker, 2000), an excellent introduction to the Greek OT. After a review of some of the leading LXX scholars of the 19th and early 20th centuries and their painstaking, detailed language and textual work, the authors comment: