‘Well look at them and look at us. I’m having a go at what they have got.’
—Arthur Stace “Mr. Eternity”
Alcoholic Arthur Stace repented when he saw how Christians at St. Barnabas Church were NOT like him. The church’s Anglican rector, RBS Hammond, was a total prohibitionist, and Arthur was a drinker of methylated spirits.
Arthur then warned about ‘Eternity’ by writing this word in chalk and in crayon on Sydney’s sidewalks. He wrote it repeatedly for 37 years.
Think of the Arthurs of today
What do today’s Arthurs see in your church services? Will they still see a fair-dinkum Christ-like contrast? Continue reading “Mr. Eternity: Alcoholic converted because Christians were UNLIKE him”
Caution with the vague term ‘wine’ in communion service
A minister today needs caution when using unfermented grape juice and simply calling it ‘wine’ during a communion service. Participants may become confused, unless it is specifically stated that it is not the fermented type. They may know the term ‘wine’ is variously understood by different Christians (more so than other terms). Whatever the meanings of ‘wine’ – the Holy Bible itself does not use this particular term ‘wine’ (oinos) in reference to the Lord’s Supper. In every case, the Gospels only say ‘the fruit of the vine’ or ‘the cup’ (Matt. 26:27-29; Mark 14:23-24; Luke 22:17-18,20). Continue reading “The advantages of unfermented grape juice for the Lord’s Supper”