From the monthly archives:

November 2004

A Poem for Advent

by Richard on November 30, 2004

Advent 1955, by John Betjeman
Some ways indeed are very odd
By which we hail the birth of God.

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Advent Calendar

by Richard on November 30, 2004

Here’s an online Advent calendar from the BBC.
Very nicely done, I think.

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Disciples the Constitutional Way

by Joel on November 29, 2004

George Barna is reporting that 66% of American evangelicals favor amending the U.S. Constitution to provide that Christianity is America’s official religion.
So much for my belief that Christ is looking for willing followers! Be a Christian or else!

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American Jesus

by Joel on November 29, 2004

Years ago, a church worship leader was preparing to introduce the morning’s affirmation or creed, which I had selected to be “A Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada.” The leader turned to me and in a voice that could clearly be heard throughout the sanctuary boomed, “Canada! Why are [...]

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Where are we going?

by Richard on November 29, 2004

Rachel Cunliffe wonders Where is the net taking us all?
It’s a good question. Wish I had an answer.

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Baptism by fire

by Richard on November 29, 2004

“Baptism by fire” is just one of those phrases that gets trotted out glibly, isn’t it? Few can use it quite so literally as Bene Diction in this moving piece.

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An Advent hymn

by Richard on November 28, 2004

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art:
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,
born a child, and yet a king,
born to reign in us for ever,
now thy [...]

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Some new hymns

by Richard on November 27, 2004

I know. I’ve blogged about this one before. But it is definitely worth mentioning again. THE WENCHOSTER CATHEDRAL HYMN BOOK takes a good-natured pop at some of the church’s favourite hymns. How about Church of Alpha, to the tune “Dundee”
O Church of Alpha, by whose word,
House groups are filled with food.
To fill their hearts and [...]

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A Misty Morning in North Wales

by Richard on November 27, 2004

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Diversity Thanksgiving

by Joel on November 27, 2004

One of the bloggers that I follow regularly posted a Thanksgiving essay of photos and images. While they are great images, I was struck by one thing — they are an image of an enitrely white America.
I don’t have the ability to post photos, but I want to offer the names of some others [...]

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The future of Christianity

by Richard on November 26, 2004

I was privileged to attend a fascinating lecture last night given by Prof Keith Ward. I’ve just finished his most recent book

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Different labels, same Spirit?

by Richard on November 26, 2004

Maggi Dawn on the “emerging Church”
Whatever language is used, I love to hear stories of how the same spirit is at work in different ways, under different labels. The spirit of Emerging - if it’s worth anything at all - is simply the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is leading many people who don’t [...]

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Niche blogging

by Richard on November 25, 2004

What’s a novice degu owner who is also a blogger to do?
DeguBlog.

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Books for the ‘presidentiary’ library

by Richard on November 25, 2004

A tongue-in-cheek (?) look at at what might go into GWB’s Presidential Library.

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Celebrating?

by Richard on November 25, 2004

I gather that today is something of a festival for some folk. Apparently, today is something called Thanksgiving, which I gather is kind of a cross between an early Christmas and a late Harvest Festival. If you’re partying today with friends and family, I wish you a joyful day. What are you doing looking at [...]

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Absolute God

by Joel on November 24, 2004

I consider myself to be a believer in absolute truth, but my take on it is a little different than that offered by some, particulary those I might consider as more fundamentalist Christians. For me, absolute truth begins with God. For that reason, my starting point is faith rather than fact, and [...]

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Blogograph book?

by Richard on November 23, 2004

Here’s a thought:
I wonder if there’d be any interest in compiling an autograph book of bloggers? I’m thinking of inviting bloggers to send me an autograph of some kind, perhaps with a picture, drawing or personal quip either by email or (for preference) on a real bit of paper through the post. I’d compile it [...]

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The Bible Blog

by Richard on November 23, 2004

The Bible Blog is new collaborative blog from those lovely chaps and chapettes at the Wibsite.
A number of us will be posting bits of the Bible and talking about it. Sometimes talking about it as part of the blog post itself, sometimes just inviting your thoughts in the comments. We’re not preaching. We’re not saying [...]

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The doctrine of “Penal Substitution”

by Richard on November 22, 2004

I’ve had to write this piece. I promised. But I can’t say that I’ve found it very easy. Systematics is not really my thing — I’m more your “jobbing parson” than I am theologian. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
I headlined penal substitution as a doctrine, though that isn’t strictly a true designation. The doctrine is [...]

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Power and the kingdom

by Richard on November 22, 2004

Maggi Dawn posts on some thoughts gleaned from one of her students on Right handed and left handed power.
And it’s affirming to know that we poor Methodists can still be of some little help to our brothers and sisters in the Established Church.

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