Friday, September 30, 2005
Of course in the end it should make very little difference to our actions whether "about 90%" or "about 10%" are saved: it is still a matter of infinite significance and does not at all reduce the urgency of proclaiming the Gospel. What we know from the Bible is, at least:
a. Everyone who (truly) believes in Jesus shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
b. Not everyone who says to Jesus 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
c. God's love is for everyone and He wants each person to be saved. (eg "When I am lifted up")
d. Salvation is not compulsory - those who (finally) reject God have their free will.
e. All salvation is through Jesus ("I am the way... there is no-one who comes to the Father..")
f. Salvation is not restricted solely to those who consciously believe in Jesus ("Lord when did we.." "God is the salvation of all men, especially of those who believe")
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Signs of hope remain in Iraq - coalition casualty rate down to lowest since March, barely half that of last month, and it seems that opposition to the new constitution is reducing.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Nearer home, a major Sunday Newspaper seems to be about to publish an extract of my book - fingers crossed!
Interesting discussion with elder daughter on Tues about the balance of the Love of God and His Wrath. She is, of course quite right that they both exist, though I think that God's Wrath, like that of a loving parent, is a function of His love. Interestingly 'love' occurs about 6x more often than 'wrath' in the NT, and 18x more in the Gospels, but that's a lower ratio than I would have expected.
Wonderful Sophie Mutter played the Mozart Violin Sonatas Mon-Weds. I missed Tues 'cos of birthday, but she signed CDs and my Vol 1 of Sonatas.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Book publication date may be brought forward to coincide with article/extract in major national newspaper. And we hear about the Awards shortlist on Tues - coincidentally my daughter's birthday.
It seems that Germany has funked reform and may be condemned to slide further into decline. But at least the coalition casualties continue to fall in Iraq.
Meanwhile, this from New Orleans:
"I don't know why they said people could come back and open their businesses," said Margaret Richmond, owner of an antiques shop on the edge of the city's upscale Garden District that was looted. "You can't reopen this. And even if you could, there are no customers here."
The Wal-Mart store in uptown New Orleans, built within the last year, survived the storm but was destroyed by looters. "They took everything — all the electronics, the food, the bikes," said John Stonaker, a Wal-Mart security officer. "The only thing left are the country-and-western CDs."
Sunday, September 11, 2005
It seems that the same is true of New Orleans and I hope it is true in Iraq. Coalition deaths so far this month are down to under 1.4/day which is half last month's level, despite the launch of a major offensive.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
The v nice assocate vicar at our (new) church is becoming vicar of another church in the area, and we went to his farewell service: " a sad day for [our church]... but a great day for the kingdom" as our vicar put it.
Hope and pray that I can keep up the discipline.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Today we have the chilling video from the deluded and evil Al-Queda acolyte who organised the 7/7 London bombings; also the stampede in Iraq and the appalling looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (Gerald Barker calls the cheap attempts to link Katrina with non-signature of the Koyoto Protocol 'intellectual looting' and points out that there is no evidence of an increase in US hurricane frequency or severity in the last 100 years). Truly "every prospect pleases and only man is vile" applies in many places and situations.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
New Orleans looks awful (Angela Trilby on Thought for the Day pointed out that the hurricane images from space were indeed awe-fully beautiful) though it's interesting that it seems that the threshold for catastrophe bonds will not have been reached. Meanwhile the stampede at the Shi-ite pilgrimage in Iraq is depressing for so many reasons. At least the coalition casualties rate ended up under 3/day, making it only the 4th worst month this year.