Real people with real questions looking for real answers


On Sundays I get asked all manner of questions. This is one of them: What about Tattoos? I’m putting it up here because I know enough people have an opinion on this and if my answer has any glaring Scriptural errors it will get pulled apart in no time.

Of interest one could substitute the word tattoo in the answer below with a plethora of other words: TV, Video Games, Golf, guys night out, alcohol… OK, Paragraph 1 wouldn’t apply to every single one of those :).

Anyone given more than a cursory glance to Revelation 19:16 before? To be honest I’d as soon not include it in the answer but I’m afraid that’d be dishonest (the possiblity exists that it’s a scriptura scripturam interpretatur thing). The hour is getting late, my books are at the church and I need to get some sleep but I did manage to do a few internet commentry lookups: Alas Calvin didn’t get to Revelation, Henry is as helpless as ever and Barnes seems to attribute the thigh to the hilt of a sword (I’m not convinced so I changed the wording of my second sentance from, “…does not directly…” to “…does not clearly…”).

What about Tattoos?

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A Penrith Update ∙ March/April 2011


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Mark, Liezl, Kaitlyn, Kathryn, Penrith, Crystal Park Baptist Church, Newsletter

A Penrith Update ∙ March/April 2011. Click image to enlarge. Click here to check out previous newletters.

Baptism Sunday


Baptism Sunday

My dad, who is an Anglican pastor, will get a kick out of me in a dress (I’ve been teasing him about his cassock for years). Click image to enlarge.

Baptism Sunday

It was a double blessing as we also inducted 9 new members into the church this morning. Praise God! Click image to enlarge.

Baptism Sunday

We had planned to have the Baptism at our new home but in God’s providence it rained and we ended up using the Baptismal font at the church. It was far better. Click image to enlarge.

There’s a South African blog I subscribe to (Thompson’s Two Cents), written by the wife of a pastor. With regularity she posts pictures of Baptism Sunday’s. Every time my heart jumps because there can’t be a more God-honouring, Church-building, Christ-exulting service than a baptism service; when a local manifestation of the Body of Christ gathers to observe, recognise and celebrate the salvation and subsequent obedience of a new convert to Christ who makes a public profession by full immersion baptism.

This morning was Crystal Park Baptist Church’s first Baptism Sunday in 5 years. The excitement was there, the gratefulness and thankfulness and glory to God was there and I was so blessed to be counted among the number of saints who gathered to witness the event.

Praise be to God, after the service a number of other attendees approached me to ask how they too could pursue baptism as a profession of their faith. What a blessing to be part of God’s building of His church.

A Penrith Update ∙ February 2011


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A Penrith Update ∙ January 2011


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A Penrith Update ∙ December 2010


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Carolling, Candlelight and Crystal Park


Crystal Park Baptist Church
Crystal Park Baptist Church
Crystal Park Baptist Church

Crystal Park Baptist Church‘s Carols by Candle; good food, good fellowship, good worship, good times. Click image to enlarge.

Over the last month I’ve been niggled by how much of the so-called “Christmas tradition” at its kernel is Pagan. I’m increasingly bothered by the triviality and frivolity of the silly season. Whether one considers the dating, the Santa or the mistletoe it seems that what should be a joyful Christian celebration is under assault and has largely been usurped by the world. No wonder its such a widely celebrated holiday.

Popular culture aside, Christians world over remember the birth of Christ this time of year. One of the ways we do this is by carolling, which if wikipedia is to be believed started off in Australia. Crystal Park Baptist Church held their Carols by Candlelight service last week. Two guitars, a piano and a hall full of hearty singers lent praise and worship to our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ.