Thank you Scott!

Model of DBCIf you have ever been to Didsbury Baptist Church and if you know anything at all about our building project, you just have to see the work of Scott Miller! I have never met Scott (though I hope in the New Year to do so). A third-year BA (Hons) student in Modelmaking at the Arts University College in Bournemouth, Scott has (almost) completed a 1:100 scale model of the proposed developments for our church building.

OK, I know nothing about model-making but to my mind Scott has done an outstanding job of representing our building as we hope it will soon become. He has documented his creative journey on his blog at http://year3externalbrief.blogspot.com/. If you take a look, you’ll find some exquisite pictures of the (more-or-less) finished product. But don’t stop there; read Scott’s archives and follow the process from beginning to end. Scott’s journey is fascinating and the model, brilliant!

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Slow to anger and rich in steadfast love

Today’s Bible readings are Isaiah 41.13-20; Psalm 145.1, 8-13; Matthew 11.11-15.

Forgive me if I leave the Matthew text alone for the time being. I am drawn (again) to one of my favourite verses of the Bible – Psalm 145.8, ‘The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.’ We read the same thing yesterday in Psalm 103.8. These words (with only very minor variations) appear about eight times in the Bible and are alluded to in many other passages too. Using metaphorical language, they beautifully describe the character of God as revealed to Moses on the mountain and supremely manifested in the person of in Jesus.

It is often suggested to me that the God of the Old Testament is legalistic, vindictive and hateful. Well, if Psalm 103.8 and 145.8 (and Ex 34.6; Nu 14.18; Ps 86.15; Neh 9.17; Joel 2.13; Jonah 4.2) are anything to go by, nothing could be further from the truth!

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