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17"x14" watercolor piece I did live all weekend during Star Wars Celebration
Here is my print for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration. It's called “Making Friends” and shows kiddo Rey gathering the materials for her little buddy… Good ol' Captain Dosmit Ræh. I REALLY got attached to the little glimpse we see of the doll in Force Awakens because it's Rey's friend in what was likely a lonely time for her on Jakku. I also wanted to show a young Rey as resourceful, determined, crafty, and [...]
Today (Monday 21st August), the remains of Erroll Hulse, a dear friend and elder statesman in the Reformed faith, will be interred in Cuckfield, England. My mind is, therefore, very much in that part of the world as the sun comes up here in the heart of Africa. I wish I could be there to witness the ending of an era.
For those of you who do not know Erroll Hulse, here is what I [...]
The funerals have taken place already this week of two men of God, Erroll Hulse and Peter Jeffery. Erroll was born in South Africa in 1931 and Peter in South Wales in 1937. Both were pastors, both served in various churches over the years and both had extensive ministries when those pastorates came to an end. Both were authors too. Erroll's books and booklets are in double figures, Peter's number more than fifty. Both [...]
1. Marita Munro – The life of Ken Manley
2. Brian Haymes – One church, one faith, one Lord: Questions of Baptist identity
3. John Briggs -Memory, vision and mission: What our yesterdays have to say to our todays and tomorrows
4. Graeme Hatfield -Contributing to the global conversation on Baptist identity
5. Mark Brett – A suitably English Abraham: Emigration to Australia in the nineteenth century
6. Keith Dyer – Suitably Abrahamic Australians? The [...]
‘A World-Order of Love':Baptists and the Peace Movements of 1914
The essays in this volume explore the Baptist contributions to peace-making at the time of the First World War and afterwards. Like the Conference in Oxford on which the book is based, the chapters are a collaboration between British and German Baptist historians, in a centenary remembrance of the tragic conflict of 1914-1918. This partnership also echoes the contribution made by both British [...]
I attended the funeral service of Erroll Hulse, which took place 18 days after his death, in Cuckfield on Monday 21 August. Cuckfield was the place that, for me, Erroll put on the map. The fulsome, written tributes to him from Tom Nettles (USA) and Conrad Mbewe (Zambia) that I enjoyed reading immensely, and the prospect of meeting so many old friends, as well as my own very great admiration for our late brother, made [...]
Image: Zach and Hannah at their rehearsal dinner, the Local Restaurant in Belmont (3.18.17).
I had the honor of conducting the wedding service for two young people from CRBC on Sunday afternoon. The sermon was taken from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. At one point I noted that for Christians marriage is an act of discipleship. Your partner will likely shape your spiritual life more than any other human being, save Christ himself. A man lives 18 years [...]
Erroll Hulse has appropriately described Spurgeon as a “once-a-century” kind of preacher. It is no wonder, then, that his life and ministry continues to be full of instruction for pastors 125 years after his death. Spurgeon, though he is dead, still speaks.
I have been helped by his testimony in more ways than I can count. Through his sermons, lectures, letters, wisdom and example I have been instructed, rebuked, challenged, corrected, inspired and comforted.
I took a trip into the countryside last Saturday. Although I live in England I am not very familiar with it apart from London. This trip took me deep into the Bedfordshhire and Cambridgeshire landscape, along roads and through villages that I don't recall ever having travelled before. I can't remember seeing so many thatched cottages in one afternoon. My target was the Baptist Chapel in Great Gransden, a lovely square 19th century building [...]
Chapter 4, Paragraph 3.
“...which whilst they kept, they were happy in their Communion with God, and had dominion over the Creatures.“
Genesis 1:26, 28.
What was the best thing about the garden of Eden before the Fall?
If you're like most people, the focus is on the lack of hardship: no sickness, no sorrow, no snow. There was eternal sunshine, good food, amiable animals. Most [...]