Leicester City 1 Real Madrid 2

The title tells it all – no sadness though as many teams would be happy to lose to Real by one goal – next stop Coventry in what promises to be an epic season of escape from the Championship and back to the Premier League. For a full report go here. Looking at the photos and wondering why there appear to be 4 teams playing? Leicester played in their traditional blue in the first half and then the new away kit of all white in the second, Real all white in the first and all black in the second.


The law always condemns

Terry Virgo is great here on living in grace not law. If we can take hold of the grace of God and live for him in that, then we shall cease to lead stop-start crisis affected Christian lives and really reign in righteousness. In simplicity – when we try to live by the law we live in our failure to fulfil the law (we fail by the law) – when we live by grace we live in God’s empowering.

All evangelicals know that they can never be justified by the law, but what they often fail to realise is that they cannot be sanctified [made holy] by it either. The law always condemns. Its purpose is to bring us to Christ (Gal 3:24). The tragedy for many believers is that they get caught in a trap. They reach a crisis when they feel deeply challenged by a word from God regarding their sanctification and they deplore their recent history. With new-found zeal they resolve to do better in the future. But at that very moment they make the fatal error that will lead them to certain failure and distress. At the time when they most need to break the snare, they choose the wrong course. They begin to impose certain laws upon themselves to help them reign in life. They perhaps adjust the alarm clock for half an hour earlier. They determine to read the whole Bible in the coming year and so on. These steps may have a real worth in and of themselves, but they do not provide us with the keys to “reign in life”. The mistake is in thinking that to reign in life we must do something, while the New Testament does not teach that. It says that we reign in life by receiving of the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness. (Rom 5:17)

Terry Virgo, The Spirit-Filled Church

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Rom 5:17 (NLT)

Keep your distance

I want an iPad – really I do, and I believe it will help me to work better! However, I can’t help wondering if it will simplify my life or make it more complicated – will it help me engage more with God, love him and serve him more – or will it distance me from him? The same might be asked of my family, the students and people I serve etc.

One frustrating and yet joyful experiences we have as a family is to watch a nature show on tv. We don’t really watch – all we have is an unending stream of questions (usually directed towards dad), like those from last night, “why do crocodiles do that…are those eggs soft or hard…why are the eggs soft…what is the difference between an alligator and crocodile…why do crocodiles do that…?”

I like to think an iPad would help me do the same and engage even more with God.

Abortion and the human soul

Many have speculated about the short and long term effects of abortion on the human soul. We read of people being traumatised by all sorts of events in society, so what of having, or of taking part in, an abortion? Charles Colson cites some examples from What We Can’t Not Know by J. Budziszewski.

At a meeting of fellow abortionists, a physician and a nurse described a survey of fifteen of the physician’s present and former staff. You might think that abortion didn’t trouble them, but you’d be wrong. Some of the staff reported that they refused to look at the aborted fetus.

Others looked but felt “shock, dismay, amazement, disgust, fear, and sadness.” Two thought that abortion “must eventually damage the physician psychologically.” One found herself becoming increasingly resentful about the casual attitudes of some patients, even though she approved of abortion herself. Two of the staff described dreams about vomiting up fetuses or about protecting other people from looking at them.

Budziszewski also tells about the “abortion pill,” RU-486 – also known as “the Morning After Pill”. It was once expected that RU-486 would be an easy way to have an abortion because swallowing a pill is simpler than undergoing a surgical procedure. The facts are much different: RU-486 can cause severe bleeding, cramping, and nausea. The expulsion of the embryo may take several days, and the woman may be able to recognize the remains of her child in the toilet or collection bucket.

Pro-abortion researchers in clinical trials of RU-486 argued that for some women, these awful burdens are just what makes RU-486 attractive. These women welcome the increased suffering because they regard it as a price they ought to pay, a kind of atonement for having an abortion — interesting. Now why would they be trying to atone if they didn’t know that abortion is wrong?

Budziszewski quotes a pro-abortion counselor who told a pro-abortion journalist, “I am not confident even now, with abortion so widely used, that women feel it’s okay to want an abortion without feeling guilty. They say, ‘Am I some sort of monster that I feel all right about this?'”