From the monthly archives:

January 2005

Where do you stand?

by Joel on January 31, 2005

Just out of curiousity, I’m interested in getting as many folks as will to respond to this question:
On a scale of 1 (Arminianism) to 10 (Calvinism), where do you stand?
I’d give myself a 2.62. — We aren’t called Methodists for nothing. OK, make that a “3″.
Or, if you think the question [...]

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On Burning Bushes

by Richard on January 31, 2005

In His Big Grip >> Testing Your Attention Span
Here’s why I ask: How long was Moses standing there staring at the bush — just watching it — before he realized, “That thing isn’t burning up”? Have you ever thought about that?
Did he see it every day for a couple of weeks? There’s that bush again [...]

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Bloglinking dilemma

by Richard on January 31, 2005

Kinesis is confronted by a question of bloglinking etiquette. A treasured member of the UnRight Christians, she has done the decent thing and included the whole UnRight blogroll on her site, though of course she is under no obligation so to do. But - and here’s the rub - the list contains members whose views [...]

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Iraqi elections

by Richard on January 31, 2005

The elections in Iraq seem to have been a success. Despite continuing violence and attempts to disrupt the polls and voter turn-out was higher than observers expected in spite of the danger.
Of course, there is more to establishing a democracy than one successful poll (candidates being allowed to campaign would be nice) but at this [...]

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Final entry

by Richard on January 30, 2005

Ivan Noble has written the final entry in his “tumour diary”
I would also like to say thank you both to the many colleagues and friends at the BBC who have been such a support and especially to the people who manage the department I work for, for their personal support way beyond the call of [...]

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A morning dedication

by Richard on January 30, 2005

O GOD, what offering shall I give
To thee, the Lord of earth and skies?
My spirit, soul, and flesh receive,
A holy, living sacrifice;
Small as it is, ’tis all my store;
More shouldst thou have, if I had more.
Now then, my God, thou hast my soul,
No longer mine, but thine I am;
Guard thou thine own, possess it whole,
Cheer [...]

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Clothes maketh the man

by Richard on January 29, 2005

Air America Radio carries the controversy Dick Cheney’s attire at the event which marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Blogger La Shawn Barber takes exception to the fuss:
It must be a slow news day. Vice President Cheney’s outfit wasn’t solemn enough for the recent Auschwitz rememberance ceremony. …
With a not-so-subtle implication that Cheney, [...]

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Talking about spam…

by Richard on January 28, 2005

Whilst we’re on the subject of spam, I really object to other bloggers sending manual trackbacks to posts they haven’t really linked to. Terribly bad form, I reckon.

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Wiki spam

by Richard on January 28, 2005

First email. Then blog comments. Now wikis. They’re all subject to the misery that is spam. As the Recent Changes page shows, my Christian wiki is getting heavily spammed. I’d be grateful if anyone could help me clean it up…

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Pity me

by Richard on January 28, 2005

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The conflicts of a reporter

by Bene Diction on January 28, 2005

I found this well written article hit very close to home. Closer than I might have liked.
My Kitty - A Crime Reporters loses her faith while writing her church letter is at Killing the Buddha.
I filed the story and went home around 1 PM. I had a governmental meeting to attend that night, so [...]

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Guantanamo

by Bene Diction on January 28, 2005

A draft manuscript obtained by The Associated Press is classified as secret pending a Pentagon review for a planned book that details ways the U.S. military used women as part of tougher physical and psychological interrogation tactics to get terror suspects to talk.
This article makes for disturbing reading.
Saar didn’t provide the manuscript or approach AP, [...]

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Never Forget

by Richard on January 27, 2005

“When they came for the Jews, I did nothing, for I am not a Jew. When they came for the Socialists, I did nothing, for I am not a Socialist. When they came for the labour leaders, the homosexuals, the gypsies, I did nothing, for I am none of these, and when they came for [...]

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Cycle Paths in South Wales

by Richard on January 27, 2005

A neighbour of mine stopped me this morning to tell me about his guide to the cycle paths in South Wales, and very useful it is too. There are a dozen routes described, with helpful pictures. If you’re in South Wales, get on yer bike!

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Look out LA…

by Richard on January 26, 2005

… the Brits are coming!
Well, one Brit anyway.

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A Gay Sexual Ethic?

by Joel on January 26, 2005

About once a week, I drive through Prarie Grove, Arkansas, home of the late Jesse Dirkhising, 13, who died of suffocation on September 26, 1999 at the hands of Davis Don Carpenter and Joshua McCabe Brown. Dirkhising had been brutally raped over a period of several hours at Carpenter’s home in Rogers, Arkansas. [...]

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Burns Night

by Richard on January 25, 2005

A very happy “Burns Night”, whether you’ll be celebrating tonight or (like me) not. Here’s a few lines of Burns’ verse in honour of the great man.
A Man’s a Man For A’ That (1795)
Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave - we pass him by,
We dare be poor for [...]

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It’s all in the definitions

by Richard on January 25, 2005

Via Josh Claybourn: Parsing Bush and Clinton

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Interpreting a scandal

by Richard on January 25, 2005

Ron Sider has an interesting article in Christianity TodayThe Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience (found via The Living Room)
Scandalous behavior is rapidly destroying American Christianity. By their daily activity, most “Christians” regularly commit treason. With their mouths they claim that Jesus is Lord, but with their actions they demonstrate allegiance to money, sex, and self-fulfillment.
The [...]

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When does bible thumping crush us?

by Bene Diction on January 24, 2005

There was a time I looked very seriously at chaplaincy work. Very seriously.
I contacted a university, looked at the options, and would have been able to clear the financial debt if I’d made it through. I was encouraged and welcomed with open arms.
I wanted to be a police chaplain, to be a caretaker to the [...]

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