From the monthly archives:

December 2004

Neighbours

by Richard on December 31, 2004

The death toll from the Southeast Asia tsunami seems to have risen everytime I turn to a news source. The BBC are reporting 125000 confirmed dead this morning. A number like that can’t really be taken in. It is the individual stories that really tear at me - mothers who have seen their children washed [...]

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Warning suppressed?

by Richard on December 30, 2004

ireneQ shares the depressing news that Tsunami warnings in Thailand were not issued because of the damage that might have been done to the lucrative tourist industry.
I wish I could say I find it hard to believe.

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Millions set to lose garment jobs

by Richard on December 30, 2004

From Christian Aid
One of the most sweeping acts of global liberalisation is about to be unleashed on some of the world’s poorest workers, with devastating consequences for the millions, mostly women, who are expected to lose their jobs.
At midnight on 31 December 2004, the World Trade Organisation will scrap the quota system that governs the [...]

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Tsunami bravery

by Richard on December 30, 2004

Alongside the horror and tragedy of Sunday’s disaster, there was also nobility and courage. The BBC shares some examples.

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Blogger Idol >> Resolution

by Richard on December 29, 2004

I was preaching in one of our Circuit churches, and as a “way in” to a children’s talk I asked the congregation if anyone had made a New Year’s Resolution that year. No one would admit it, so I changed tack and asked if anyone had ever made one. Most had at some point - [...]

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My Christmas

by Richard on December 29, 2004

I tend not to do “journal” type entries, but there’s no harm in ringing the changes every now and again.
I’ve got to admit that Christmas day did not start well. I’d been very busy on Christmas Eve - a children’s service to which hardly anyone came and a midnight service where I thought my preaching [...]

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A matter of perspective

by Richard on December 28, 2004

I thought I might write a cheery reflection on my Christmas which has, it has to be said, been a prety good one. But somehow that doesn’t seem quite appropriate, with the news that the deathtoll from the earthquake is now known to be well over 20 000. How do you make any sense of [...]

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Sometimes all you can do is weep

by Richard on December 26, 2004

Even as Christmas is celebrated a terrible tragedy strikes the world as thousands die in south east asia from the effects of an undersea earthquake. The BBC is reporting 6000 dead. 2 hours ago the figure was 4000. It’s hard to avoid bringing to mind the words of this morning’s lectionary
“A voice was heard [...]

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A hymn of the Incarnation

by Richard on December 26, 2004

This hymn is probably Charles Wesley’s boldest statement of the Incarnation and, for my money, his best “unsung” Christmas carol. (Can anyone explain to me how pious tripe like Once in Royal can achieve greater popularity than a great hymn like this?)
GLORY be to God on high,
And peace on earth descend!
God comes down, he bows [...]

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Unto us a son is given

by Richard on December 25, 2004

Those words have been fulfilled for Alice today! Congratulations Alice!

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Happy Christmas!

by Richard on December 25, 2004

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The baby and the cross.

by Richard on December 24, 2004

Rhys Morgan is on cracking form with this Christmas reflection.
Nicene Christianity is the religion of Christmas and Easter, the celebration of a Jesus who is either too young or too much in agony to shock us with his stunning message. The adult Christ, the adult Jesus who calls his followers to renounce wealth, power and [...]

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A Wesleyan Carol

by Richard on December 24, 2004

Although it was not until the Victorian period that the modern Christmas celebration was invented, Charles Wesley’s volume Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord went through 26 editions in his own lifetime. Where the Victorians would give us a sentimental vision of the baby in a manger, Wesley focusses on the mystery and paradox [...]

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Christmas - it’s for the kiddies

by Richard on December 23, 2004

BBC - Thought for the Day, 23 December 2004
Christmas is a time for children because the baby Jesus was a child. So were his mum and dad. Mary was 10 when she had her baby, because that is how old Sheryl Foster is, and Joseph was 11 like Ravinder Singh.
Joseph was not the real [...]

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Christmas Cheer

by Richard on December 23, 2004

Inspired by Maggi and her experiments with chocolate and chillies, I’ve had a little go myself. Green & Black’s drinking chocolate provided the base, with about 1/3 of a teaspoon of chilli powder and about the same of mixed spices, stirred well.
As she suggests, it does indeed lift the spirits! It may, of course, be [...]

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Christmas according to Disney

by Richard on December 23, 2004


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Tell me the old, old story

by Richard on December 23, 2004

Pen, the Gutless Pacifist is asking for help with the source of the story of Jonathan Edwards and Max Jukes. The story’s purpose is to provide hard evidence of the value of Christian parenting. It compares the descendants of the two and essentially says that Edwards’ lot were fine upstanding folk, while Jukes’ turned [...]

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Infected?

by Richard on December 22, 2004

hopeful amphibian:
Enough of seeking worship that satisfies me! Enough of seeking worship that meets my needs! Enough of turning worship into lifestyle choice or therapeutic activity!
Amen!

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Opps

by Bene Diction on December 22, 2004

If you are going to pull a car out of the ocean, it might help to bring the right crane for the job.
The Green Man’s sense of humour is as sick as mine.
This is really funny!

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Wiki’s

by Bene Diction on December 22, 2004

Wiki spam?
Wow.
Question - is there any place on the world wide web spammers or spam bots haven’t been?

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