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A mob surrounded the house, threw stones through the window, and then broke in through the door. Believing the time was now come, I walked down into the the thickest of them

November 17, 2009

On 18 October 1749 (John Wesley) met bitter opposition in Bolton, Lancashire. A mob surrounded the house, threw stones through the window, and then broke in through the door. Believing the time was now come, I walked down into the the thickest of them. They had now filled all the rooms below. I called for a chair. The winds were hushed, and all was calm and still. My heart was filled with love, my eyes with tears, and my mouth with arguments. They were amazed; they were ashamed; they were melted down; they devoured every word. What a turn was this!

John Stott, I Believe in Preaching, p.106, quoting Wesley’s Journal

In Britain 98% of homes have at least one TV set and the average household has it switched on for between 30 & 35 hours a week

November 4, 2009

In Britain 98% of homes have at least one TV set and the average household has it switched on for between 30 & 35 hours a week. Actual viewing time for an adult is between 16 & 18 hours a week, which means that he spends the best part of 8* whole years of his life before a TV screen.

John Stott, I Believe in Preaching, p.69

 

*in 1998 this was up t 10 hours according to International TV Turn-off in a leaflet

True Freedom

August 22, 2009

According to the first two chapters of Genesis, God created mankind male and female to be both morally responsible (receiving commandments) and free (invited but not coerced into loving obedience). We cannot therefore acquiesce either in licence (which denies responsibility) o in slavery (which denies freedom). Christians know from both Scripture and experience that human fulfillment is impossible outside some context of authority. Freedom unlimited is an illusion. The mind is free only under the authority of truth, and the will under the authority of righteousness. It is under Christ’s yoke that we find the rest he promises, not in discarding it.

Similarly, citizens can enjoy freedom only within an ordered society. Parents with teenaged children also know the truth of this principle. For adolescents who are rebelling against parental authority are wanting not only to experience greater freedom but also to discover the limits of their freedom. As they push against the fence, they devoutly hope it will not collapse. As with adolescents so with adults; we need what PT Forsyth called, ‘that authority which men at once resent and crave.’

John Stott, I Believe in Preaching, p.56