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Differences Between The US And UK Editions Of Protestants By Alec Ryrie

I found that Alec Ryrie, author of Protestants a book I’m reading has a blog.
One of the posts deals with preparations for the publication of Protestants for UK, US and Dutch editions.

From Ryrie:
“In secular old Britain, this is being marketed as a history book; in America, more more as a religious one.
[a] sign of this difference is the slightly different subtitles: America gets Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World whereas Britain has Protestants: The Radicals Who Made the Modern World.”

More here.

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Ten Years Of Automattic

The company behind wordpress is ten years old.
This blog has been up and running for over half that time.

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Je Suis Jesus (via Nathan Campbell)

Nathan Campbell is a Brisbane based pastor who offers his thoughts on the response to the recent shootings in Paris, emphasising that the Christian’s primary identification is always with Jesus and the cross.
I think the central theme that he identifies here should be central to Christians trying to respond to this and other tragic situations.

…when it comes to transforming the broken world, and when it comes to the transformation being conformed into the image of Jesus involves, there’s a certain flavour to what Jesus did that goes beyond employing pen or sword to triumph over our enemies.
The use of the sword or the pen as a means to fix this broken world will only be temporary so long as their use is detached from God’s own solution to the mess. Jesus. Specifically the Cross. If we want real and permanent solutions that transform humanity for the better, then the Cross must organise our approach to chaos, and our wielding of pen or sword.
Je suis Jesus. The mark I make on the broken world should not be in my name, or the name of my ideology, or my platform. If I am Jesus, if I am being conformed to his image, if I am to represent and identify with him, the mark I make should look much more like the mark he made. Not with the pen, not with the sword, but with the Cross.
Read the whole post here.

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The Place Of Refreshing To Prepare For The Battle Of Life

D.G. Hart had this great quote from J.Gresham Machen’s Christianity And Liberalism in a post at his blog.

Weary with the conflicts of the world, one goes into the Church to seek refreshment for the soul. And what does one find? Alas, too often, one finds only the turmoil of the world. The preacher comes forward, not out of a secret place of meditation and power, not with the authority of God’s Word permeating his message, not with human wisdom pushed far into the background by the glory of the Cross, but with human opinions about the social problems of the hour or easy solutions of the vast problem of sin. Such is the sermon. And then perhaps the service is closed by one of those hymns breathing out the angry passions of 1861, which are to be found in the back part of the hymnals. Thus the warfare of the world has entered even into the house of God, and sad indeed is the heart of the man who has come seeking peace.
Is there no refuge from strife? Is there no place of refreshing where a man can prepare for the battle of life? Is there no place where two or three can gather in Jesus’ name, to forget for the moment all those things that divide nation from nation and race from race, to forget human pride, to forget the passions of war, to forget the puzzling problems of industrial strife, and to unite in overflowing gratitude at the foot of the Cross? If there be such a place, then that is the house of God and that the gate of heaven. And from under the threshold of that house will go forth a river that will revive the weary world.
(Christianity and Liberalism, 180-81)

Hopefully, should you attend a worship service tomorrow, may you not find the conflict of the world but instead find yourself in gratitude at the foot of the cross.

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A New Year Testimony Of God’s Healing Power And Presence (via David Robertson)

David Robertson is a pastor of the Free Presbyterian Church in Scotland.
In late 2011 he almost died.
Here he provides an extended testimony of healing and God’s power and presence.
He’s entitled it: The Shelter of the Most High – New Year, Old Hope.
I don’t want to excerpt any of it.
Read it all.


Apologies To The 20th Century Saint Valentine

A comment on my post from February 14 informed me that:

I am sorry to say that the image you posted that you think portrays the Western saint Valentine of Rome IS NOT! The image is in fact St Valentin. St Valentin Svetitsky one of the many New Russian Martyrs under the Bolsheviks. It is the only icon like it in which our monastery had commissioned many years ago by a local iconographer Gregory Melnick. We, the Orthodox Hermits of St. John the Divine, request that you honor the Russian Saint by removing it from the internet.

So, given that Father Symeon has gone to all the trouble of contacting me (and presumably others) I’ve taken down the offending image. The page to which he links refers to St Valentine, which contrasts slightly with his comment above. Hopefully I’ve got it right.
Instead here’s a link which was provided where you can find a bit about someone who gave his life up in the name of Jesus under Bolshevik oppression.
It’s an insight into the persecution which those in the eastern church endured during the twentieth century.

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Be Countercultural – Worship Twice On Sundays

Tim Challies posted about his appreciation for Sunday evening worship, traditionally the second time Christian churches gathered to worship.
Among the other reasons for his support for worshipping twice with God’s people on Sunday was this one:

An evening service counters our culture’s obsession with convenience and low commitment in matters of family, life and religion. It can be downright difficult to get the family out the door once on a Sunday, not to mention twice and your neighbors will be convinced that you’re crazy for doing it. Let them! The evening service also counters our Christian culture of expecting little from people and, for that reason, being intimidated to ask much from them. Experience shows that when a church sets the expectation for the evening service, the people rise to it and soon wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, join with that bastion of countercultural disciples of Jesus at mgpc tomorrow evening and join the revolution.
In corporate worship.

Read the rest of Challies’ post here.