It’s that time of year again. The time to eat Christmas leftovers, set about on the systematic consummation of Christmas chocolate, read one of three new theology books, watch films you’d never normally watch, fill in the no man’s land between Christmas and New Year and, of course, reflect on the last three hundred and sixty five days.
And what a year it’s been. The latest report has put it as one of the most exciting of my life. This may just be revealing of how boring my life is. I should probably say that the following is constrained both by my fallible memory and my ego. If you wanted a mention but didn’t get on please don’t take offense it’s just that my mind didn’t consider you important enough to remember.
So in the words of Charlie Brooker: we start as years often do with January.
In a slightly embarrassing turn of events I set out to write a blog post I'd already written once before...And after reading it I realized that there was very little to add to it except a few things I'll say now and in brackets throughout the orginial post.
In the six months since I wrote the below post nothing much has changed. There's been one positive answer to prayer (closer Christian friends and more accountability), a negative answer (Christian gamer's group) and the other two still stand: wife and church. By that I mean the provision of a wife (which would initially mean girlfriend unless I go mail order) and that my church would be blessed both in terms of more people coming in and a sound financial footing.
In fact, the two things I'm still waiting for have suffered setbacks. The church because we're really hard up now and the building we rent is getting sold and I've widened the prayer to include the Reformed church at large in the Uk and that's in a terribly low state.
Anyway, the point being is that waiting has not got any easier. And I've not got any better at it. The same impatience, frustration and trust issues are still there. So it was good to read what I once wrote and be reminded that a) I'm a hypocrit and b) What waiting on God should look like. So without further ado here's the orginial post:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, if you’re not a Calvinist then reading this the title hasn’t made you predisposed to agree with me. To be fair to myself there are people who would say that unless your Calvinist you’re not a Christian. But that is quite hard to square with the Bible which says that ‘all’ people need to do is believe with theirs hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord and repent and be baptised. Not much about the doctrines of grace in there.