Vote Yes for Real Hope – Solas Article in todays Scotsman

You’ve got my vote …

From the Scotsman today – get a copy and pass it around!

Last week’s chance to make huge changes for good in this country were rejected by the Scottish people, but another way exists, says David Robertson

Last week the Scottish people were given a real chance to change things and to shake up and change Britain forever. It was a rare choice, probably one that will never happen again in my lifetime. Most choices we make in politics are not of that nature. The reason that people in this country are so disillusioned with politics and politicians is that it always seems to be more of the same. Most ordinary people don’t see the difference between Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg or their Scottish equivalents, perceiving them to part of the 50 shades of beige offered by our establishment. Why this level of cynicism?

It is because…

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FREE Francis Schaeffer audio book… and some other great links.

Have a look

Evangelicals Now

Links Worth A Look

Enjoy the following links!

Proclamation Trust – Blogging through Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaching and preachers

The Long Defeat – Theology 101: How?

Christian Audio – FREE audio book ‘How then shall we live?’ by Francis Schaeffer

Eric Geiger – A tale of two Mars Hills

Desiring God – God’s beauty for the bored, busy and depressed

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Glen Scrivener – Incarnation: The True Turning Point

Biblical Preaching

Glen-321A-300x267Glen Scrivener is an evangelist with Revival Media.  He writes about evangelism and theology at and his evangelistic book, 321, comes out in the autumn:  Glen visits us at Cor Deo for a day during each season of the programme to talk gospel together with us and it is always a real help.  As we continue this series to mark the release of Pleased to Dwell, here is Glen on the significance of the Incarnation for the Gospel and how we communicate it to others.


The centre of evangelicalism is the believer’s “choice for God” – that’s Diarmaid MacCullogh’s opinion, Oxford’s Professor of Church History. When he made this claim during his “History of Christianity” on the BBC, I howled in protest, throwing pillows, shoes, the cat – anything – at the TV screen. Surely the professor has it backwards. It’s God’s choice for us, right?…

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Quantum of Solas 3 – Abortion, Australia, Ashya King, Swiss Bells, the Day of Reckoning, an open letter to Alex Salmond

Thank you David

Abortion in Australia: Helen Thomas tells Zoe’s story | Ashya King | Sunday trading for the Post Office in Scotland | Church bells ban in Swiss town | “Day of Reckoning” remark by Menzies Campbell | Scottish Independence Referendum: An open letter to Alex Salmond.

Please let us know what you think of this….we need all the feedback we can get to develop and improve this new venture in Solas….

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God’s Not Dead (movie review)

Evangelicals Now

GOD’S NOT DEADGod's not dead
Director Harold Cronk
Cert. PG, 113 mins.

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God’s Not Dead is a book by Rice Broocks which is a defence of the faith. It is now also a film, premiered on April 11 at the Coronet cinema in Notting Hill.

The film is a drama which follows a number of people whose interconnectedness becomes apparent during the film as they travel from their various standpoints to a living relationship with Jesus. The makers are hoping that the film will encourage Christians in their faith and particularly in the realm of apologetics.

One strand of the plot tackles New Atheists head on; others the pursuit of wealth, Islam, suffering and so on. There are few people who will not find that some of the situations speak to them directly.

Big questions

The viewer is confronted with the big questions of life and many…

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Concert of Prayer 4th October

United Prayer

Dear brothers and sisters

The prayer meetings which took place nationwide across the three Saturdays of June 28th and July 5th and 12th were again times of encouragement. Several meetings were led to pray in repentance about the lack of vibrant spiritual life in our churches and our individual Christian lives – perhaps the most urgent aspect of the entire theme of prayer for revival.

Some expressed disappointment at the numbers attending. That reminds us of something which the leader of one of the Yorkshire meetings wrote in his report:

I suspect the root problem is our spiritual sluggishness, lack of desire to sacrifice leisure time for a prayer meeting, and our lack of understanding of our utter dependence on God for any blessing whatsoever. But then these prayer meetings ought to be including this very issue.

This letter comes to remind you that the next Yorkshire prayer meeting will be held on Saturday October 4th from 10 am till 12 noon, and will be a County-wide event. So there will be just one meeting taking place in York, at Millthorpe School (Philadelphia Terrace entrance).

Please be aware that there are other entrances to the school, but this is the only one which will be available for our use.

The school postcode, for satnav or ‘googling’ purposes, is YO23 1DH. This will bring you to the correct entrance.
Holding another central meeting this time is an exciting opportunity. The earlier central gatherings  have  been
inspirational. It is rare that we have the opportunity of praying in concert with so many people, and it is a really uplifting experience.

It is true that some of us will have to make a big journey to get to York (up to 65 miles in a few cases). But we’re convinced in our heart of hearts that the effort will be wholly worthwhile, that the Lord will bless us as we prioritise prayer for the outpouring of his Spirit in desperate times, which demand a determined and obedient response from us as his people. So please, please do join us, and come encouraged and in confidence that God will meet with you, will meet with us all, and pour out a wonderful blessing – on us, and on the souls for whom we are burdened.

Here’s an idea: the stress of getting to York might be reduced if a church or a group of churches hired a minibus or a coach, and all travelled together. Just think of the joy of fellowship on the journey – an added bonus!

We have been challenged recently by 1 Samuel 7:6: They gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the LORD and fasted on that day. God’s people then were in a sad state. The ark, symbolizing God’s presence, was out in the woods. The enemy was oppressing. But when they prayed with fasting, confessing their sin, the LORD thundered against the Philistines, and they were routed.

Here’s a suggestion: you might like to consider fasting on October 4th. We can’t pressurize God by such a discipline, but it is a way of giving evidence of our seriousness in prayer.

If you are receiving this letter as the representative of your church, please don’t forget to make it available to the rest of your congregation. A poster is enclosed so that you can publicize the meeting. Please make the meeting known early, so that everyone can get it into their thinking and diaries. Please feel free to pass on the information to other Bible-believing churches in your vicinity. Thank you so much for your support for this exciting movement of prayer.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or need additional information, please use the contact details below.

Yours faithfully in Jesus

Jonathan Bayes Josh MacDonald



There can only be only be one supreme being, one original source of all that exists.

Shakespeare includes the line: “”Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.” on the lips of King Lear King Lear (I, i, 92)

But the thought is much older, coming from the mouth of the ancient Greek  Parmenides and later from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius

Plain simple logic tells us there must be a transcendent, eternal being from whom all other things come!

My quest is to establish whether He has a Name and if so, what is it?

Should someone want to know my name, or for that matter your name, they would need to ask you or someone who had already found out.

Names must be revealed if they are to be known, God’s Name has been revealed:

Exodus 3:13–14 (NKJV)

13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

The personal name of God revealed to Moses in the burning bush—“I AM WHO I AM”—conveyed something of His character (Ex. 3:14). According to Exodus 34:5–6, when the Lord “proclaimed the name of the Lord,” He added words that described His character. The name of the Lord was virtually synonymous with His presence: “For your wondrous works declare that your name is near” (Ps. 75:1). To know the name of God is thus to know God Himself (Ps. 91:14). For this reason, to “take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Ex. 20:7) is to act in any way that is inconsistent with the profession that He is the Lord God.

[Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

In the Bible a name is much more than an identifier as it tends to be in our culture. Personal names (and even place names) were formed from words that had their own meanings. Thus, the people of the Bible were very conscious of the meaning of names. They believed there was a vital connection between the name and the person it identified. A name somehow represented the nature of the person.

[Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

Throughout the Old Testament God’s personal Name is YHWH [ancient Hebrew has no vowels, only consonants], in what now appears to be an almost superstitious reverence based on:

Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

the Jews substituted the word ‘adonai’ [my Lord] for YHWH to avoid breaking God’s Law. They emphasised the need to use this substitute by including the vowels of ‘adonai’ with YHWH in their written text.  The result of this being that when some of our medieval ancestors wanted to translate the word YHWH into our language, they either simply used LORD or included the vowels of ‘adonai’ to form the familiar word ‘Jehovah’.

JEHOVAH is not God’s name

Even those who claim to be His sole representatives today concede that they use ‘Jehovah’  though ‘no one today can say for sure exactly how people of Bible times pronounced YHWH’. And then excusing themselves with: ‘However should this prevent us from using God’s name?’ they proceed to assert that unless you use the name ‘Jehovah’ to address God, you are insulting Him! [From ‘What Does the Bible Really Teach’ page 195, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. 2005]


 Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

 Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

He is the One called YHWH – compare these two verses:

John 12:41 (NKJV)

41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

Isaiah 6:3 (NKJV)

3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Jesus is God – God’s Name is Jesus!

Those who use it as intended find in Him a Friend and Saviour who delivers from the treadmill of man made religion.

His work on the Cross reconciles us to God and establishes an eternal relationship of life, begone the yokes that religious organisation coerce those they delude to embrace.

Matthew 11:28–30 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Acts 4:10–12 (NKJV)

10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”



Quantum of Solas 2 – Ukraine, Scottish Referendum, Ebola, Dawkins and Abortion, Soccer Moms, and the Ice Bucket!

Worth a listen

This is our second podcast – the idea behind this one is to provide Christian comment on the news of the past week. This week we talk about Gaza, Ukraine, Scottish Independence Referendum, the US doctor healed from Ebola, Richard Dawkins and aborting children with Downs syndrome, soccer moms suing FIFA and the ice bucket challenge! Should be enough there for all of us….we also provide lots of links for you to follow up! Enjoy and pass on….

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