From the monthly archives:

June 2004

…according to
Legally Blonde. Here’s number 10

Thou shalt be boring, untidy and unattractive at times
Thanks Alice - I got a smile out of it.

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Seeing what you want to see

by Richard on June 30, 2004

I had a bizarre experience on the school trip today. We visited the village of Port Eynon. The weather wasn’t fit to start the day on the beach, so we spent the morning doing a geography project, walking round the village looking for various things. Nothing complicated, you understand. We are talking about 7 year [...]

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Good vs. Evil

by Joel on June 30, 2004

C.S. Lewis wrote, in The Problem of Pain, “On the one hand, if God is wiser than we His judgment must differ from ours on many things, and not the least on good and evil. What seems to us good may therefore not be good in His eyes, and what seems to us [...]

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Where’s ya bin?

by Richard on June 29, 2004

I detect a certain malaise in blogdom. People getting tired, taking breaks. Feeling disillusioned.
And in the middle of all that, I disappear for 2 days. My 3 regular readers might wonder if I’ve fallen victim to “bloggers’ wrist”, or whatever this present malady is. But rest assured! All is well here as far as blogging [...]

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An afternoon at the Pictures

by Richard on June 27, 2004

I took my daughters to see Shrek 2 this afternoon. Lovely!
And I thought that Thunderbirds, The Invincibles and Spiderman 2 looked like they’ll be worth seeing too, if the trailers are anything to go by. Looks like I need to increase the “entertainment” budget.

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Knowing your place

by Richard on June 27, 2004

Once again, I’m just thinking aloud…
We take it for granted that the culture we grow up in sets our most basic beliefs patterns of thought. Not irrevocably, of course. But that our culture gives us our world view seems to me to be a given. Is anyone arguing?
Good.
I’ve been wondering if there is a deeper [...]

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Another Wesleyan hymn

by Richard on June 27, 2004

 
GOD of all power, and truth, and grace,
Which shall from age to age endure,
Whose word, when heaven and earth shall pass,
Remains and stands for ever sure;
That I thy mercy may proclaim,
That all mankind thy truth may see,
Hallow thy great and glorious name,
And perfect holiness in me.
Thy sanctifying Spirit pour,
To quench my thirst, and make me [...]

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Harry Potter is evil!!

by Richard on June 26, 2004

Steve Tomkins does his best to send up the Harry Potter leads people into witchcraft crowd, but as he says, when a group is so determined to parody themselves, what’s a satirist supposed to do?

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Ian’s Philosophically Messy Desk

by Richard on June 26, 2004

Ian’s Messy Desk asks
“What if the Hokey Pokey is really what it’s all about?”
Blasphemer! Everyone knows that it’s the hokey cokey that it’s all about.

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Crown him with moonie crowns…

by Richard on June 25, 2004

Our good friend Wood sent me this strange story of the ‘coronation’ of Sun Myung Moon on Capitol Hill. He asks “What ON EARTH is going on here?”
And I have no answer.
Does anyone?

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Canterbury backs updated Bible

by Richard on June 25, 2004

According to the BBC, the Archbishop of Canterbury is backing a new translation of the Bible:
The book, entitled “Good as New”, is aimed at refreshing the language and themes of the Bible for modern readers.
In the new version, St Paul’s advice that men and women should marry is replaced with they should have a [...]

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Facing the future

by Richard on June 25, 2004

I watched a tv documentary last night about the prospects for face transplants. Surgeons in Louisville, Kentucky are expected to be the first team in the world to perform the procedure (though they’ve competition from surgeons in London and Paris). I have to admit, it made me squirm. Something about the idea just gives me [...]

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Playing around

by Richard on June 25, 2004

I’ve been messing about with rss feeds and javascript. Thanks to Feed2JS. Fun for children of all ages!

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Do we need enemies?

by Richard on June 24, 2004

When I was in the scouts in the mid-1970’s we went on camp, as scout troops do. This particular summer, we’d more or less finished pitching our tents when we discovered that the troop nearest to us on the camping ground was German. There was a real “edge” to that. Though Britain was in the [...]

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Democracy in Iraq

by Richard on June 24, 2004

The Faithful Skeptic quotes Stanley Hauerwas
To try to turn Iraq into a liberal democracy is absolutely crazy. Islam has no understanding of the separation between church and state because they don’t understand Islam to be a church. The very idea that you could have separation between mosque and state from Islam’s perspective is the [...]

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Global Warming Links

by Richard on June 23, 2004

The Science Museum has a worthwhile online exhibition, Climate Change: the Burning Issue. It’s in bite-sized chunks rather than extended analysis, but none the worse for that. One quote will suffice
The world’s biggest polluter is the United States. It produces 20.4 tons of carbon dioxide per person, per year. In the UK we release 9.5 [...]

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A scary moment…

by Richard on June 23, 2004

I’ve just “upgraded” to a newer version of WordPress, and for a while there it wouldn’t let me log-in. It seems to be working now, but only after I deleted the cookies from my computer. And i seem to have lost my cheery orange colour scheme by accident. But I have it safe, and can [...]

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Prayers please

by Richard on June 22, 2004

Matthew 25:40 asks Please, take just a moment to pray “for these young people and their leaders who will very soon be doing a mission project. This coming weekend they will be traveling to an impoverished Native American (US) reservation where they will be doing important work for the folks there.”
So you know what to [...]

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Grace? Amazing!

by Richard on June 22, 2004

via blogs4God I came across this version of “Arminian Grace”, a re-write of the popular hymn as it would be “if it was sung by an Arminianist”. The first verse will give you the flavour
Arminian grace! How strange the sound
Salvation hinged on ME
I once was lost then turned around
Was blind then chose to see
I’m sure [...]

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The Rochdale Pioneers

by Richard on June 22, 2004

If you’ve a few minutes, have a read of this article I’ve submitted to h2g2 about The Rochdale Pioneers. I’d be glad of any feedback.

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