Northern Ireland

(Wed 1-Nov-2017)

I visited Northern Ireland recently, with my wife, for our tenth wedding anniversary, so we’ve now been to all four nations that make up the UK.

While we were there, we visited Giant’s Causeway (because how can you not?):

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Despite it being a rainy day in September, it was busy, and the walk down from the visitor centre to the rocks was crowded, but had some spectacular views:

Northern Ireland: beach near Giant's Causeway

Though I must admit to be nearly as interested to see the award winning visitor centre as the rocks themselves:

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

Afterwards, we visited the nearby remains of Dunluce Castle, thought to be the inspiration behind Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, and a filming location for the great castle of Pyke, Seat of House Greyjoy, in Game of Thrones:

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

View from Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

We also visited a Patterson’s Spade Mill, to see 19th century water-powered spade manufacturing, which sounds boring but really wasn’t. I don’t have photos of most of this, but the power came from this turbine, now about 200 years old:

Spade Mill Turbine

Category: Hodilays


The Nicene Creed

(Sun 3-Sep-2017)

What we believe and why we believe it.

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.

Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.

He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

How do we know? Where have we learnt the gospel from?

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.

Hebrews 3:1‭-‬3 ESV

Return continously to the Bible, to God’s word – his instruction, his advice, his songs, his story.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 ESV

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deuteronomy 6:4‭-‬5 ESV

An early creed God’s people were instructed to learn and teach their children.

Nicene creed written by the early church at a conference in Nicea (in what is now Turkey) in response to a heresy that Jesus was not the divine son of God.

The achievements of an organisation is the result of the combined effort of every individual.

The church has never been perfect. It has been compromised for different things at different times. Hold on to the eternal standards.

Having a creed defines our faith

We know what we believe, have something to define and unify us.

Having a creed defends out faith

There are many cults and heresies still.

Having a creed declares our faith

We may be attacked for it, but we need to know what we believe in order to share it.

My creed is that to which I give my heart

William Sloane Coffin.

Be united as a church. Even more importantly, be united with a loving God, who wants a relationship.

Category: Noted


And on the subject of masking tape...

(Thu 3-Aug-2017)
Photo showing walls painted with thick blue masking tape on woodwork and adjoining wall

This thick, coloured masking tape is much better than standard narrow strips of nearly invisible tape. It’s wider than the edge of the roller, so it’s easier to roll right up to without going past it onto the ceiling or next wall.

Category: Life with Nickoli


The many uses of masking tape, part one.

(Wed 2-Aug-2017)
Drawers with masking tape labels

I’m working on becoming an organised person with an organised house, something I’ve been bad at for a long time. I’ve sorted out my son’s drawers (with his help and input), and until he’s used to it, these masking tape labels should help him with both putting away laundry and getting out clean clothes to get dressed. I tried something similar with post it notes for my daughter, but they fell off within a day. Masking tape is nearly as easy to write (and draw) on, sticks better, but still won’t damage the furniture when I take it off.

Category: Life with Nickoli


On Christian culture

(Sun 4-Jun-2017)

I was reading The L’Abri Statements of Faith (PDF), and this section, from 1.5, about applying God’s truth to the whole of life, really struck me:

Often Christians retreat from the wider culture, believing it to be completely dominated by ideas and practices which are contrary to God’s commandments. Developing our own sub-culture will provide protection from the world for ourselves and our children, many Christians feel, and so society is abandoned to go its wicked way. Yet, God has not abandoned the human race, humans all still bear the divine image, and therefore His Glory can still be perceived in all human cultures despite the terrible corruptions of sin. As Christians we are called by the Lord not to withdraw from the world but to be in it, living as salt and light in it, rejoicing in all that is good in human society, and committing ourselves to make a difference in our own small way in whatever calling we are placed by the Lord.

Category: Hope for the Future


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