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South East Gospel Partnership 2014 and Coffee Pork Ribs

February 2, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Great time at the South East Gospel Partnership at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate today. Pity David Cook was laid up back in Australia and missed all the fishing banter.

It’s funny how churches and conferences tend to converge around certain books of the Bible within the same timeframe, whether by conscious design or not. In 2012/2013, it was 1 Peter. This year, it is Isaiah – a massive book, full of treasure.

William Taylor spoke on Luke 4:31 – 5:11, with reference to Isaiah 61:1-2 which he saw as the very center of the book:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Jesus insisted on (1) the priority of his word, and so should we; (2) the power of his word, and so should we; and (3) the purpose of his word in summoning sinners to salvation and service, and so should we.

This means that:

  • we do not rely on Christian experience but on the word to create Christian experience;
  • we do not believe that the power lies in relational communities but that the word creates such communities.

Kevin DeYoung spoke about the Last Day, and how the assurance that Christ will come again should shape our ministry. He looked at three issues:

  • Why has the Last Day not come yet? 2 Peter 3:8-13 (1) Because God does not look at time the same way as we do. (2) Because God is waiting for unbelievers to repent.
  • What will happen when it does? Annihilation and also regeneration. Both discontinuity and continuity. We are not to be avatars of Christ but his ambassadors.
  • What do we have to do now? (1) Be ready and be prepared. (2) Wait with patience. (3) Hasten its day and speed it along by faith and repentance.

At lunch, there were strong views about KDY’s eschatology, his view on continuity/discontinuity, with people arguing from Calvinist and Modified Lutheran perspectives.

After lunch, Marcus Nodder exhorted us, from Isaiah 2 and Isaiah 4, not to lose track of the time on God’s calendar. This would be a day of terror for the proud and lofty who disdained to rightly honour God:

19 And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
and the holes of the ground,
from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendour of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
20 In that day mankind will cast away
their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
which they made for themselves to worship,
to the moles and to the bats,
21 to enter the caverns of the rocks
and the clefts of the cliffs,
from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendour of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth. (Isaiah 2:19-21)

Pride is the root of all sin, said C.S. Lewis. And we Christians need to continue to be aware of our ongoing need for forgiveness and be humble. How badly do we react when other people are praised and we are criticised? Why do we take it so badly when we think we are snubbed or ignored? Why do we put what we put on Facebook? Christian ministry can too easily be about glorifying ourselves, building our own empires. We should love things that bring humility – like failure.

Good stuff. Caught up with some mates briefly during the breaks, managed not to mess up my role in the event, then went home to continue my coffee pork rib experiments. Ended up with this fairly satisfactory concoction. homemade coffee pork ribs Coffee Pork Ribs

1. take one rack of ribs

2. marinate overnight with:
4 tbsp pure coffee powder (i used espresso-ground Caravan Market Blend Espresso)
8 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground coriander
generous covering of freshly ground black pepper
generous pinch of Maldon sea salt flakes

3. deep fry in lard

4. deep fry again in lard

5. cover with:
3 packs of G7 instant coffee powder
some water
5 tbsp of sugar
5 tbsp of oyster sauce
a glug of honey
all reduced to honey-like consistency in a pot/wok

6. sprinkle with powdered cinnamon

PS: I’d previously tried the recipe from the plusixfive supperclub cookbook. Decent enough but oven-grilling just didn’t give it that over-the-top crunchy sticky coffee-umami goodness: coffee pork ribs from a plussixfive supperclub cookbook recipe

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