Doug Atherton11 July 2018

“... the altar of the Lord ... was in ruins,” (1 Kings 18:30)

The altar, of course, speaks of sacrifice, of self-denial. Contextually, God’s people, of the northern kingdom of Israel, had abandoned the worship of Yahweh, their God, and ‘indulged themselves’ in hedonistically inclined idolatry with the prophets of Baal and Asherah. The situation was desperate! The need of the hour was for a manifestation of a God who answered by fire.

Doug Atherton18 May 2018

In my younger, fitter days, a particularly favourite jogging route of mine would take me along Shirley Road and past the St. Helens depot for hauliers Sutton's Transport. The clock tower overseeing the main gate at ‘Suttons’ once stood on the estate of racing driving Sir John Whitmore and was rebuilt at the St. Helens site by the late Alf Sutton. Now a well-known local landmark, the clock tower’s annotation reads: “Time and tide waiteth for no man.” It is said that this prophetic 14th century proverb was chosen by Alf to, “prod any slackers!” Whether that is true or not, I cannot say.

Doug Atherton30 April 2018

“Casual with holy things!”  This expression has wedged itself in my conscience since uttered by Dr. John Oswalt during OMS’ 110th Anniversary Reunion Meetings at Southport Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2011.  The Reunion was a time of much blessing.  Equally, God spoke words of challenge and chastisement into my heart. Dr. Oswalt, a visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, spoke about Biblical holiness.

Donald Coulter16 April 2018

Recently I was travelling through Dunmanway in Co Cork. The following verse of Scripture was displayed on the end wall of one of the houses in the town as you travel through the main street:

Donald Coulter1 April 2018

The words: ‘He is not here, but has risen’ are a vital aspect of the gospel and bring great encouragement and peace to every Christian. The Christian message is that death is not the end. 1 Corinthians 15 v 3-4 affirms what we believe: ‘For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,’. In fact Paul went on to say: ‘and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain’ v14. 

Donald Coulter28 March 2018

David and Elizabeth Ross of Top of the Rock Pod Pairc and Walking Centre (Drimaleague) along with Bantry Christian Fellowship hosted a team from Asbury College, Kentucky USA lead by Chuck Long (One Mission Society) from Sunday 13th March to Sunday 18th March.

Doug Atherton16 March 2018

“Don’t hog the middle lane!” This was the instruction that greeted motorists who travelled south on the M56 out of Manchester the week before last. I found myself giving mental assent. It’s probably one the most infuriating occurrences when a ‘middle lane hogger’ dilly dallies down the middle lane of a motorway with, it seems, complete disregard for their surroundings or the rules of the Highway Code. But why do people do it?

Donald Coulter27 February 2018

I would like to share the following prayer letter I send out to 240 prayer warriors who are praying for various areas of N Ireland. The Initiative is calles SOW (Saturate our Wards) with frevent prayer. Wards are the smallest electoral areas in N Ireland. The folk who signed up to the initiative are praying for between 5-7 Wards. Perhaps you would like to join them this month Feb/March.

Donald Coulter25 February 2018
Over the past year I had the privilege of visiting on two occasions with David & Elizabeth Ross at Drimoleague, Co Cork, Ireland. David is Pastor of Bantry Christian Fellowship. In addition to Pastoring the Church David & Elizabeth have a Farm and tourist business (Top of the Rock – Pod Pairc and Walking Centre) located at Drimoleague.