Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Miri It Is

A storm is raging outside, the second in the past four days.

The storm makes me think of the medieval song, Miri It Is. 

Mirie it is while sumer ilast
With fugheles song,
Oc nu necheth windes blast
And weder strong.
Ej! Ej! what this nicht is long,
And ich with wel michel wrong
Soregh and murne and fast.

translation:
Merry it is while summer lasts,
With birds in song;
But now there threaten windy blasts
And weather strong.
Ah, but the night is long,
And I, being done such wrong,
Sorrow and mourn and fast.


**By the way this is a truly lovely version of Miri It Is, combined with another medieval song, "Sumer Is Icumen In," which contains the immortal line, "Bullock sterteth, Bucke uerteth" which means, "the bullock starts, the buck farts". They were a lot more down to earth in medieval times...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkklQbuuXlM






Monday, 23 May 2016

Jesus shall save his people from their sins

This great sermon by the African American preacher D J Ward, mentioned in John Yates' article (link at the bottom):
https://vimeo.com/163252033 

The description of the video: "The death of Christ was an accomplishment, and our works cannot add to Christ's death. In this video, Elder D.J. Ward, the late pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Lexington, K.Y., powerfully reminds us of the sufficiency of Christ's death for all who turn to him in repentance and faith."



And John Yates' recent reflections on it: 
Promise

I read somewhere that there is little difference between the pagan clutching at idols and people who rely on religion or conscience or good deeds to save them - Jesus' salvation is on a different order, it is not something we have to do, it is complete, He has done everything for us, we can rest in what He has accomplished.