The Newsletter of IBTM
with Douglas Jacoby
20 March 2024

Good morning from the village of Bare, in Morecambe, Lancashire

Spring is here. The vernal equinox—the time during spring when night and day are of equal length (everywhere on the planet) is today! For nature, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a time of new beginnings. In 11 days, it will be Easter Sunday. Our Lord rose from the dead, making all things new. And who doesn’t appreciate a fresh start?

Re: photos below: We recently became members of Leighton Moss bird sanctuary. It’s a great place to walk and pray. We also love living by the sea. There are precious few days when we don’t walk along the shore.



New in this week's bulletin:

  • Reading the Bible in a Secular Age”—article by Tony Watkins, of Tyndale House. Next week: “Reading Jeremiah with the Grain of Scripture,” by Jill Firth, of Tyndale House.
  • Vicki has produced another podcast in the Naomi series. It is “Naomi, Ruth, and Chesed.” CLICK HERE for the Woman of Worth podcast.
  • Cool quotes from G. K. Chesterton

Reading the Bible in a Secular Age

For someone living in the modern west, it’s hard to imagine living in Britain in 1611, the year in which the King James Version of the Bible was published. It became the default version of the Bible in English, though it was not the first to be widely available, and is the bestselling book of all time. Less than a century before, William Tyndale had to flee to Germany to work on his English translation, and was later martyred for his troubles. KEEP READING

Tony Watkins (of Tyndale House, Cambridge) highlights how our secular culture can influence the way we view the Bible, and suggests how Christians can factor that in when they read Scripture.


Today begins a mini-series of quotations from G. K Chesterton (1874-1936). The quotes will continue for several weeks.

  • There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions. – ILN,1/13/06
  • These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own. – ILN, 8/11/28
  • The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.What’s Wrong With The World, 1910

In the next couple of weeks, expect some poignant observations on morality.


On Friday I head down to the London area. It’s time for our next quarterly AIM UK-Ireland session. This unit: Spiritual Life, with Andy Boakye and Malcolm Cox. After our Saturday session I head up to Aberdeen (Scotland), for a personal spiritual retreat. As always, your prayers mean a lot.

Yours in Him,