Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon's) School of Theology 2010

For it's School of Theology from 6th - 8th July this year, the Metropolitan Tabernacle has as the theme "Winning and Keeping Souls from the World". I have wanted to attend this annual event for some years but with being housebound I am simply unable to do so. However, recordings of all the talks can be purchased afterwards on CDs and DVDs. For further details see the following PDF brochure -


Saturday, 6 March 2010

"My Grace is Sufficient"

Another poem from "Echoes of Eternity", a collection of Christian poems by Michael R Abbott; used with permission.

"My Grace is Sufficient"

Upon this weary, earthly road,
The soul may bow beneath its load:
The child of God may oft despair
Of sin and sickness, toil and care.

Look in the scriptures: comfort find
From saints who knew such peace of mind
That, even in the darkest hour,
They knew the Lord's redeeming power.

God's servant Job such suffering knew,
He wished his days and hours were through.
Yet he could say, through faith God gives,
"I know that my Redeemer lives."

Did Joseph, when misused by all,
Refuse upon his God to call?
In prison cell, or palace grand,
He knew the blessings of God's hand.

Elijah, in a mountain cave,
Hid for his life when things seemed grave.
Then, in a voice so small and still,
The Lord revealed His sovereign will.

When Jonah sought to flee from God
And knew the chastening of His rod,
He prayed to God within the whale
And found that mercy could not fail.

When Daniel from his home was brought
To Babylon, a pagan court,
He purposed in his heart to stay
Obedient to God each day.

The Apostle well knew Satan's dart,
A thorn which from him would not part:
But through it heard the Lord's decree:

"My Grace sufficient is for thee."

A man of sorrows was our Lord:

With grief acquainted says the Word.
Let His example to us shine:
"Thy will be done, O Lord, not mine!"

Take heart, for our dear Saviour knows
Our sins, our sorrows and our woes;
So be content in Him to rest,
Accepting that His will is best.

The Myth of Evolution

This poem is taken from "Echoes of Eternity", a collection of Christian poems by Michael R Abbott; used with permission.

The Myth of Evolution

Some men would have us to believe
This world by fluke occurred:
From chaos order just appeared
And life by chance was stirred.

Primeval mud gave birth to life,
With no external power;
And simple cells combined to form
Both animal and flower.

From lesser creatures complex came:

Thus lizard changed to bird,
Whilst men from monkeys did evolve,
No matter how absurd.

No evidence can they produce
To prove this human view:
The missing links are really chains,
Anomalies not few.

So eager they to prove their case,
By frauds they're taken in:

Professing to be wise, like fools,
Their minds are closed within.

In schools and colleges today
They teach that this is fact,
Without a case that can support
This atheistic pact.

Their darkened hearts cannot accept
An answer more profound:
God's handiwork is clearly seen
In nature all around.

He made the stars and formed the earth,
He parted day from night;
He clothed the ground with trees and herbs,
So pleasant to our sight.

He formed the creatures, every one,
In sea and on the land.
He spoke the word and it was done,
Exactly as He planned.

Let all creation shout aloud
To magnify His name:
Though men deny the power of God,
Their arguments are lame.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Magical Medicine: How to make a disease disappear (4)

Response to Magical Medicine from Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman of NICE


From: Professor Sir Michael Rawlins FMedSci

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
MidCity Place

71 High Holborn

To: Professor Malcolm Hooper
2 Nursery Close

02 March 2010

Dear Malcolm,

Thank you for your letter and for enclosing "Magical Medicine: How to Make Disease Disappear".

You are obviously aware that NICE has, in the recent past, been involved in defending an action for Judicial Review over the ME/CFS guideline we published a couple of years ago. Although judge found in favour of the Institute the legal costs were considerable. I am afraid, therefore, that I am not prepared to enter into any correspondence on this matter.

I am returning your document.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins FMedSci



This is Professor Malcolm Hooper's reply to Sir Michael Rawlins' unscientific refusal (above) to address the biomedical evidence that exists about ME/CFS -

From Malcolm Hooper Ph.D.,B.Pharm.,C.Chem.,MRIC
Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
School of Sciences
Fleming Building
Wharncliffe Street
University of Sunderland

Phone 0191 515 2000 0191 515 2000
FAX 0191 515 2502

Public Relations Office 0191 515 2691 0191 515 2691

Chief Scientific Adviser to the Gulf Veterans' Association
President: the National Gulf War Veterans and Families Association, NGVFA, (2002)

Web site http://osiris.sunderland.ac.uk/autism

05 March 2010

Dear Sir Michael,

Thank you for your letter and the returned copy of Magical Medicine which I found very disappointing and disconcerting.

To be faced, yet again, with the denial and dismissal of the comprehensive amount of biomedical evidence about ME that has been presented in some 5000 published and peer-reviewed papers is disturbing and has sinister connotations devoid of any compassion.

Failure to consider this evidence means that any policy towards people with ME will be "built upon sand" in defiance of the basic principles of scientific inquiry and any consideration for very sick people, their families and carers.

As a fellow medical scientist I find the continuing denial and unwillingness to face the biomedical evidence both puzzling and incomprehensible.

We know Government is committed to funding research that is perceived to support policy, an attitude that has, in this case, lead to lack of scientific rigour, integrity and humanity in order to avoid developing a policy based on the biomedical evidence available in this complex and difficult area of medicine.

With best wishes

Malcolm Hooper