Carnage out the back of Renwick!

[Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen episode 5 of The Fall Season 2]

Ten years ago Elmwood Mews (as it’s officially called) was the scene of what this very website dubbed ‘the greatest car chase ever filmed’. The original post only had stills, but the whole original video is now posted below for context (start at 09:40 for the relevant part).

Yet even those scenes couldn’t compare to what residents of Renwick would have seen if they’d been looking out the back recently. Eagle-eyed viewers of The Fall (Season 2, Episode 5) might have noticed even from the iPlayer thumbnail that central character Paul Spector is pictured standing facing the back gate of Renwick!

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He got there by taking the following handy shortcut from College Gardens as he fled two pursuers:

shortcut onto elmwood mews

…only to come right up against the van of one of them (flashback anyone?):

car chase

After doing well in some hand-to-hand combat right outside the gate of Renwick’s car park…


…things quickly turned south for Spector as one of them pulled a gun (note the number 42 prominently displayed on the bin)

gun bin

gun bin 2

back to the wall

And suddenly the whole thing is a crime scene!


fun and games avenue
The actors emerge onto Elmwood Avenue for a bit of light relief

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that Senior Camp is 10 years ahead of the game!

See also: Next Episode of ‘The Fall’ Set Entirely in Queue at Boojum

PRTS video courses online – Murray and Beeke

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary have recently put videos of some of their lectures on YouTube. Courses up so far are:

Foundations of Counselling
(David Murray)
Leadership and Administration (David Murray)

Reformed Experiential Preaching (Joel Beeke)

Advanced Biblical Theology (Michael Barrett)
The Theology of Wilhelmus a Brakel (Bartel Elshout)

A couple of older ones they have are Baptist History (Michael Haykin), The World of the Bible (Michael Barrett), Second Reformation Theology in the Netherlands (Cornelius Pronk).

I’ve previously linked to 4 of David Murray’s courses which are available in audio format on SermonAudio.

The day Abraham Lincoln met the Covenanters

It’s not every day you read about Covenanters in the New York Times. Or about the fact that they almost convinced Abraham Lincoln to ‘blow an irreparable God-sized hole in the constitution’ by adding language that recognised Jesus’ authority. Joseph S. Moore writes:

“Recalling the meeting in his memoirs, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles wrote that the imprudent idea had been put in the president’s head “by certain religionists” – namely, the Covenanters. A tiny sect from Scotland that had resided in America since before the Revolution, they believed the Constitution contained two crippling moral flaws: its protection of slavery, and its failure to acknowledge God’s authority. With the Emancipation Proclamation poised to fix the one sin, they believed, why not correct the other? At their first meeting with Lincoln in late 1862 (it was much easier for citizens to get an audience with the president at the time), a group of influential Covenanters suggested doing just that.”

Read the whole thing – Lincoln, God and the Constitution

Moore, an assistant professor of history at Gardner-Webb University, is the author of the forthcoming book Covenanters and the American Republic.

Ref 21’s historically flawed attack on Exclusive Psalmody continues

The contributors over at Reformation 21 must really have a bee in their bonnets about Exclusive Psalmody, with Aaron Denlinger (who?) laying into it just a few months after Mark Jones (refuted here, here and here) started the trend.

As Sean McDonald (RPCNA) notes (paraphrasing Trueman):

What world are these guys coming from, when they think that exclusive psalmody is dangerous enough to the church that they devote actual time and energy to attacking it? How many people are going to read such an article, and simply be confirmed in their views/practices of omitting any Psalms at all from their worship services?”

For those wanting a refutation of yet more ahistorical clutching at straws, there’s a handy thread on Facebook. Various contributors point out that Denlinger’s argument is an old one which has been refuted time and time again in the past. For example, Chris Coldwell of Naphtali Press writes:

“This is OLD news; the Scottish Antiquary David Hay Fleming destroyed similar ideas of Scottish hymn singing advanced by Bonar over a 100 years ago. Hymn singing advocates were rare. Robert Boyd who wrote a massive theology based upon the book of Ephesians in Latin proves that only psalms were sung; he bemoans that fact. He lived during the period in question. See DHF’s Hymnology of the Scottish Reformation.”

[available to buy here and download here]. Originally published in the Original Secession Magazine in 1884 (searchable Google stub here, quite a few issues of the OS magazine are on but seemingly not this one) – SS]

Someone else provides a very helpful link to an article in the Princeton Theological Review (1912, Vol 10, no. 1) by Louis F. Benson on The Development of the English Hymn. Benson writes that the very fact that the inclusion of hymns went unchallenged did not mean that they were sung in church:

“The probablities seem to point in a direction precisely opposite. They suggest that the addition of hymns was made so easily simply because their use in church worship was not proposed, and because the singing of spiritual songs by the people or their use as means for instructing the young was acceptable to all. That no one of these hymns was ever used in any Scottish church cannot be affirmed, but if so there is no record of it. But that the appendix of hymns did not constitute a church hymn book, and that the hymns were not used continuously or generally can be affirmed with confidence and proved by reference to successive editions of the Psalter itself”

As another Facebook commenter notes:

The problem is that the anti-EP side continually resurrect bad arguments that have been addressed and refuted many times before. Not to say there aren’t some good arguments on their side, but the person who has thought carefully enough about the issue to make them is rare.”

Baptism resources: David Gibson & Sinclair Ferguson

Came across a few useful resources on Baptism while preaching on Colossians 2.