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Note to self

by Richard on January 9, 2018

So, kids. What have we learned from the Toby Young fiasco?
There are probably lots of lessons at lots of different levels. But there is at least one lesson for every single person who ever posts anything anywhere on t’interweb, and it’s a dead simple one: Think before you post. Think about what you’re writing, and [...]


Happy New Year

by Richard on January 2, 2018

I was very pleased to see that Dave Walker has decided to restart his blog in 2018. Like him, I’ve had a blog for a long time (I’m not sure now exactly when I first began blogging, but I re-started in Feb 2002) and like him I’ve missed it. And I think this might be [...]


Can these dry blogs live?

by Richard on January 2, 2016

My last attempt to re-engage with blogging didn’t go too well. But this is a new year. So let’s try again…


Lenten leanings

by Richard on March 5, 2014

My friend Ivan Corbin has a new blog. His most recent post, Fat Tuesday and Lenten Leanings, invites us to journey through Lent with him. Wouldn’t miss it!


Happy New Year

by Richard on September 1, 2013

Today’s the day when British Methodism stirs itself from the summer hiatus. Up and down the land there are ministers beginning new appointments but new appointment or not, there’ll be a sense of fresh beginnings as the round of church business gets going once again.
All this means changes for me too. For one thing, I’m [...]


Our communication may not be as good as we think*

by Richard on February 20, 2013

The internet has brought enormous advantages in communication. That’s so obvious, it’s hardly worth saying. We can talk to one another across the world in ways that would have been unimaginable even 25 years ago. In terms of speed and efficiency, communication between people has improved to a staggering degree. Through text message, email, blogs, [...]


Bizy. Bakson.

by Richard on October 10, 2012

There are a few comments in the moderation queue, but I don’t have time to read them now. If you’re in there now, or go in there later, don’t take it personally. I’ll be back to the blog shortly.
Stuff to do.


Seven year itch

by Richard on July 5, 2012

Ben Myers celebrates his septennial blogiversary. Bravo!


An editorial comment

by Richard on July 4, 2012

A rare joint post by Richard & Kim.
Googling around to find out a bit about Edward Kessler, Kim came upon a story about a Jewish guy who travels from Israel to the United States. When he returns, he tells his friend some of the amazing things he has seen. “I met a Jew [...]


Radio silence

by Richard on June 1, 2012

It’s the Diamond Jubilee weekend, followed by the kids being on half term. Between camps with cubs, scouts and a bit of family time, I’m not expecting to around much for the next week. I’ll probably still post stuff (phone signal permitting), but doubt I’ll have much chance to do any blog admin. I just [...]


5 ways to run your own blog

by Richard on May 2, 2012

Starting a blog has never been easier, but I’ve had a few conversations recently about the options. Whatever kind of blog you want to run, one of these 5 will suit you.

WordPress.comIn the world of self-hosted blogs, WordPress is king. If you don’t want the fuss of rinstalling and managing the wordpress software on a [...]


Ten Rules for Social Media Engagement

by Richard on April 9, 2012

From iBenedictines:

Pray. Bring Christ into the relationship at the very beginning, and let your prayer have more of the ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’ than ‘Lord, open my lips that I may declare your praise …’
Listen. Engage with others, don’t preach at them. Know when to be quiet. It’s O.K. to have nothing to [...]

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Still blogging after all these years

by Richard on February 13, 2012

I noted the other day that my tenth blogging anniversary has just passed by. My old friend Mark Byron commented that he too has been blogging ten years or more. That prompted me to wonder who else who was blogging back then is still blogging now?
There were early efforts to list Christian bloggers, notably [...]


Hope in God’s Future

by Richard on February 7, 2012

The excellent Byron Smith commends and comments upon the Methodist Church’s report Hope in God’s Future, describing it as “probably the best brief theological treatment of climate change I have seen”. Praise indeed.
Regarding neighbourly love, the report very helpfully (though not uncontroversially) uses the category of neighbour to include a number of groups containing many [...]


A few links that have caught my eye

by Richard on January 9, 2012

When ‘Anti-Semitism’ Is Abused
…when anti-Semitism is falsely applied, we must also stand up and decry it as defamation, as character assault, as unjust. That is why when we debase the term by using it as a rhetorical conceit against those with whom we disagree on policy matters, we have sullied our own promises to our [...]

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Vicaring and blogging don’t mix?

by Richard on October 19, 2011

David Keen wonders “Opinionated Vicars: Why should the dole queue have all the best bloggers?”
What is it about blogging vicars? An increasing number are ending up between jobs, of whom RevLesley is the most recent. …
She joins Peter Ould (now a financial analyst) and MadPriest, the original opinionated vicar, who has been unemployed since last [...]


Lies, damned lies… and blog posts

by Richard on September 3, 2011

Here’s a piece that’s been ‘doing the rounds’
Subject: EU regulations.
Pythagorean theorem: …………………………………….24 words.
Lord’s prayer:………………………………………………. 66 words.
Archimedes’ Principle: ……………………………………. 67 words.
10 Commandments: …………………………………….. 179 words.
Gettysburg [...]


Blogging urban theology

by Richard on July 24, 2011

My friend Chris Shannahan has a new blog: Faith in an Urban World. He’s off to a great start.

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UMC Social Media debate

by Richard on July 3, 2011

UM Portal: Clergy debate social media policy
The blogosphere has been abuzz over a social media policy in the Kentucky Annual Conference which requires candidates for ordination to report their activity on Facebook and other sites.
Many bloggers and commenters are crying foul, calling the policy “overkill” and one that amounts to “policing” candidates’ social media [...]


Climate change blog

by Richard on June 16, 2011

Only in it for the Gold is a consistent source of sensible and informed comment about climate change. Hardly suprising: Michael Tobis, the fellow behind the site, is a working climate scientist. Two good recent posts: How 97F is no longer hot in Texas and why we shouldn’t be excited by the sun’s dimming
An even [...]