The ramblings and musings of Philip Poots on things theological
. . . and possibly some actual talk of tweed.
Harvest this year will be different. Usually churches are full of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Usually all of God’s bountiful supply through creation is on display. Usually there’s some apple opportunely placed by the pulpit for the minister to have a quick snack while the choir would sing a well prepared anthem. Usually our heartsContinue reading “Harvest 2020: Storing up truths for Winter”
In the last blog post we started our journey through the pattern that flows through the psalms that can help us process our pain in this fallen world, let’s continue on that journey. _________________________________________________ 4. The Psalmist processes his problem in light of God’s covenantal faithfulness. As the psalmists go throughs their thoughts, emotions andContinue reading “Hope in the How Long – Part 3”
Before we dive in to looking at the pattern that helps us deal faithfully with our pain, let us pause here and read Psalm 13: Psalm 13 – To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. ESV 1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?2 How long must I take counselContinue reading “Hope in the How Long – Part 2”
The Psalms as a Pattern for Faithfully Dealing With Pain As we Facetime family and friends, keep our social distance at the supermarket and wash our hands until our skin is red raw, there is one question that is on all our minds, ‘How much longer?’ How much longer are we going to beContinue reading “Hope in the How Long – Part 1”
It’s a brisk Ulster day and the sun shimmers against the cold tempered blades as they sparkle beside the dull carved stones. All is silent until footsteps start along the grass and it cracks like glass under the black brogue shoes of mourning men. There is one, robed in black, who goes onContinue reading “Start with the Psalms”
Ask any disciple of Jesus what some of their greatest challenges are in their faith life and you will more than likely hear about the struggle to read the Bible and to pray. Many great theologians such John Stott and R.C. Sproul have compared a Christian’s prayer life to breathing to underline its necessity,Continue reading “Better Bible Reading: The How – Part 2”
In this blog post, and the next, we are going to explore the ‘how’ of better Bible reading and point to some resources that will aid you in trying to get into God’s word with more depth. By no means is this list exhaustive, but it might be a starting point for some peopleContinue reading “Better Bible Reading: The How – Part 1”
If you decided to grace Newmills Presbyterian Church with your presence and it was myself on duty, as we would come to read God’s Word you would find that I generally do one of two things. The first is a simple but profound statement as we turn open the pages of the Bible, Continue reading “The ‘Why’ before the ‘How’ of Better Bible Reading”
There’s a poignant moment in Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ saga when the young hobbit Frodo has been thrust into this epic battle between good and evil, and he’s the most unlikely and unsuitable hero; he’s more of a farmer than a fighter, he’s more used to carrying a walking stick than being a warriorContinue reading “What to do with all this time?”
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 When you woke up this morning, did you for a second stop to think that there was the possibility that you could slip on the mat by your bed or in your bathroom, fall, hit your head offContinue reading “Thinking Theologically about Coronavirus”
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