Jessie McFarlane wanted to have a deeper, more real Christian life - "teach me to pray" she begged God continually. She had been inspired by hearing Donald Coggan (1909-2000) say at his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury, that "whether you're a housewife baking a cake or being crowned as archbishop, it is all for the glory of God." Her relationship with God grew stronger and she began meeting with her sister and a friend as a prayer triplet. There was plenty to pray about in 1981 and soon she was organising a 24 hour round the clock prayer meeting for a Luis Palau mission in Glasgow. Afterwards the three women continued to pray together; it was the time of the Yorkshire Ripper murders, Belfast was erupting in violence after the death of Bobby Sands, coal miners were striking, unemployment reached 2.5 million in the UK.
Peter Raina's magnificent history of Lords reform has already brought into the public domain a mass of original documents and thrown light on the debates they fueled. In Volume 4 he brings his study up to the present age. The Thatcher and Blair governments were both determined to shake up the system, and in such times the old House of Lords began to look more and more outdated. Mrs Thatcher's inaction on the issue only increased calls for abolition or change. So the Blair government grasped the nettle. In one historic Act of Parliament it ejected hereditary peers from the House - except for 92 saved by a last-minute amendment. The negotiations and reactions surrounding this event are recorded here in lively detail. This concluding book brings Peter Raina's History of Lords' Reform up to the end of 2014. It follows on from the banishment of hereditary peers from the House in the name of democracy. This was proclaimed as only the start of more sweeping change. What was to happen next?
A bright spring day was fading into evening. High overhead in the clear heavens small rosy clouds seemed hardly to move across the sky but to be sinking into its depths of blue. In a handsome house in one of the outlying streets of the government town of O-- (it was in the year 1842) two women were sitting at an open window; one was about fifty, the other an old lady of seventy.
In the Wake of a Local Government Initiative: KuÃ§ukÃ§ekmece: AYAZMA-TEPEÃœSTÃœ Urban Regeneration Project is the first and so far only publication to elaborate on all the stages of one of the many "Urban Regeneration" projects being implemented in Turkey, especially in recent years. In this publication the authors detail the operation and management processes of the municipality where the initiative is taking place, in addition to the actors involved and the duties they have taken over. The book not only examines the "KuÃ§ukcekmece Ayazma-Tepeustu Urban Regeneration" project, but it also gives a clear account of the positive and negative aspects of the process.To date, especially in the western world, a large number of scientifically significant books have been released on some such initiatives (mainly in the UK), yet there has been no widely disseminated volume on Turkey's approach and project building methodologies. Unlike in the Western world, in Turkey, urban regeneration is a means to overcome the challenges created by the growth of unauthorized housing. In the case of Turkey this publication will serve as a step in developing more publications, as well as present the reader with an example for comparison.The authors prepared the book in order to bring into public view the "KuÃ§ukcekmece Ayazma-Tepeustu Urban Regeneration Project" and all its associated dynamics. The project has been under way since 2004 and is the first project in Turkey with well adjusted social projects implemented in parallel. The Ayazma-Tepeustu region is historically a location of unplanned/illegal settlements,. Unlike a standard project, this initiative was embarked on with a genuine academic enthusiasm and an investigative perspective, making it valuable to share publicly all phases, timelines and current achievements.
Where is God at home? Is He at home in Richmond, VA? Is He at home in Washington? Is He at home in Richmond, Surry? Is He at home in these other places? Where is God at home? There are thousands of living stones, many, many dear believers with real experience of the Lord, but where has the ark come home? Where are the staves being lengthened that God has finally come home? Let's look into this desire of the Lord together. This desire He has to dwell with His people. What would this dwelling look like? Let's seek the Lord, that we can say with David, "One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of Jehovah, And to inquire in his temple."