Sunday, 31 May 2009

Sunday's gift

Jonathan Aitken's biography of John Newton is excellent.  Christian biographies can be OTT, but when told  an honest and straightforward way, they can be very helpful.  Take a look
http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Newton-Disgrace-Amazing-Grace/dp/1581348487


Really enjoyed watching this video of the founder of Tom's shoes-never heard of Tom's shoes?   You really should have..http://www.qideas.org/talks/default.aspx?id=12

Great interview with Charles Colson-he has a great way of explaining the holistic nature of the gospel-it's been such an eye opener for me in the last few years to have my understanding of the gospel filled out. I realize there's something of a debate going on over 'how big is the gospel'- I go with Colson's approach..  .feed://fermiproject.libsyn.com/rss..it's episode one.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Advice on prayer from John Newton

Some great advice contained in Newton's hymn..

        Come, my soul, thy suit prepare, 
        Jesus loves to answer prayer; 
        He Himself has bid thee pray, 
        Therefore will not say thee nay.          

Thou art coming to a King,         
Large petitions with thee bring;        
 For His grace and pow'r are such        
None can ever ask too much. 

I tried to use these ideas in a sermon at my church recently www.graceinthecommunity.com, take a listen...http://www.graceinthecommunity.com/Media/AllMedia.aspx 
It's called "Bold prayer".

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Newtons wise words

 

'Be punctual in waiting upon God in secret. This is the 

life of every thing, the only way, and the sure way, 

of maintaining and renewing your strength.'



This copied from pdf of Cardiphonia  available for free from  http://www.archive.org/details/cardiphoniaorutt00newtuoft

Monday, 25 May 2009

John Newton project

Its been great to see the work of the John Newton project flourish due to the energy and commitment of Marylynn Rouse.  Take a look and get to know more about the remarkable life and ministry of the 'old slave trader'  http://www.johnnewton.org

John Newton week

The former slave trader and Christian preacher John Newton was a wonderful letter writer.  The collection of his letters which I have found most helpful and perceptive are called 'Cardiphonia'-literally 'speaking from the heart'. 

I'm sure I'm not in the same league as Newton but through this blog I want to engage in culture, discuss the practice of medicine and try to see all of life through the prism of the Christian gospel. It will be heartfelt and a searching after the truth.

'it is very possible that we may be under his (God's) influence when we are least aware, and though what we may say, or write, or do, may seem in no way extraordinary; yet that we should be led to such a particular turn of thought at one time rather than at another, has, in my own concerns, often appeared to me remarkable, from the circumstances which have attended , or the consequences which have followed. How often in the choice of a text, or in the course of a sermon, or in a letter to a friend, have I been led to speak a word in season! and what I have expressed at large and in general, has been exactly suited to some case which I was utterly unacquainted with, that I could have hardy hit it so well, had I been previously informed of it. Some instances of this kind have been so striking, as hardly to admit a doubt of superior agency. And indeed if believers in Jesus, however unworthy in themselves, are the temples of the Holy Ghost; if the Lord lives, dwells, and walks in them; if he is their life and their light; if he has promised to guide them with his eye, to work in them to will and to do of his own good pleasure, methinks what I have  mentioned, and more, may be reasonably expected.'
 
Cardiphonia : Letters to a Nobleman XIX 

May that be so.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

A quiet arrival

Some babies come out screaming others take a while to catch their breath. Some are premature and others 'overcooked'. Me? Maybe I'm overdue but I've arrived and I'm breathing so welcome to my airspace.

A light touch

Just pebbles Its great to be back in the Hebrides. Although lots of rain is forecast this week, yesterday was a pleasant surprise. So we...