Sunday, April 16, 2006



I suppose every blog has to have an introductory post. While I was in church this morning with my son Tom, I considered that I haven't really got anywhere appropriate for occasional thoughts on my faith. I have my (desperately out of date) preaching page with sermons etc on it, but I wanted something a bit less formal. This is it.

If you came here expecting posts about C#, Java and computing in general, you probably want my technical blog.

I have no idea currently how active this blog will be, either in terms of readers or posts, but as much as anything it's a place for me to explore ideas. If anyone's still reading at this point, I hope you'll help me with that exploration in terms of comments and emails - and please don't think I'm only after comments from other Christians!

Apparently Blogger doesn't believe in making it obvious where the feed for a blog is. You can get the Atom feed of this blog at

A little background

Just in case you've come to this blog entirely randomly, I'm a soon-to-be 30 software developer in Reading, England, and I'm a Methodist local preacher. My theology is pretty liberal on most issues, I believe. I have a wife (Holly) and a son (Tom), currently about 2 1/4, and two more sons on their way in about a month. My wife writes children's books from home. If my sermons are anything to go by, all of this is likely to be relevant at some time.

I shall be reading. :)

By the way, just in case you don't know—and a lot of people get caught out by this—by default, BlogSpot blogs do not allow comments from unregistered users—which of course is not the case with your other blog. This setting can be toggled, the last time I checked.
Great, thanks - I've changed the setting appropriately.
I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

BTW, I hope you and your family had a wonderous Easter, filled with celebration and reflection.
Wow Jon - Tracey Hemley (was Wilson) - whom you knew through TopXML ages ago, and I have left TopXML ages ago - I too am a devout christian. I often see your posts online and wonder how you are. A preacher too eh! Well praise God. May there be more of us. All the best with your blog.
I have been a big fan of your technical blog. I am looking forward to reading your faith one too. Thank you for the RSS link. I will add it to My Yahoo page.
Whoa, never knew you resided in Reading!
I used to live in Reading!
It's like learning that you live just down the street to a premiership football player, well, sort of...

Heard scorpions "winds of change" on the radio, reminded me of you! (sadly it wasn't followed by monty python...)

Anyway, mum said you'd recently had twins so thought I'd track you down and say congratulations.

All the best to you and your family fella.
No, God doesn't need your help to save you.

Baptists and evangelicals are correct: sinners MUST believe to be saved. But you will not find one passage of Scripture that states that the sinner must make a “decision” to believe. The sinner must believe, but it is God who makes the decision for him to believe.

Acts 13:48 (ESV)
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

This passage of Scripture points out the great fallacy of (Arminian/Free Will) Baptist and evangelical theology: The sinner does not assist or even cooperate in his salvation. The sinner is a passive participant in his salvation. Yes, he believes, but he believes because he was appointed before the world existed to believe, not because HE makes a free will decision to do so.

God chooses who will believe…the sinner chooses to reject Christ and send himself to hell. Christ died for all and desires all to be saved. God has predestined NO ONE to hell.

The Arminians and the Calvinists are both wrong.
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