From the monthly archives:

February 2005

A voice in the wilderness

by Richard on February 28, 2005

From the BBC: Stephen Tomkins reports on the activities of Christian Voice.

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Defending freedom?

by Richard on February 28, 2005

Tony Blair’s government is on the defensive about its plans to introduce legislation which will allow house arrest without trial for terrorist suspects on the say-so of the Home Secretary. This is a very bad idea. Locking people up is what judges too, not politicians. And given the government’s recent foul-up over the interpretation of [...]

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One Man Band?

by Bene Diction on February 27, 2005

Aided by sympathetic hard-line religious groups, Christian Voice intends to target media companies, politicians and public sector organisations during a high-profile campaign designed to reverse the UK’s drift into secularism and establish a “British Bible Belt” that would provide the country with moral backbone.
“We have been too silent and too pious for too long. It’s [...]

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Blog welcome

by Richard on February 27, 2005

For some reason I haven’t put the excellent 42 on my blogroll before.
An oversight that is now corrected. Wander over and say hello from me.

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Sunday’s hymn

by Richard on February 27, 2005

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire,
let us thine influence prove;
source of the old prophetic fire,
fountain of life and love.
Come, Holy Ghost (for moved by thee
the prophets wrote and spoke),
unlock the truth, thyself the key,
unseal the sacred book.
Expand thy wings, celestial Dove,
brood o’er our nature’s night;
on our disordered spirits move,
and let there now be [...]

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Baptism revisited

by Richard on February 26, 2005

There’s been quite a bit of talk about baptism around the God-blogs. Le Sabot Post-Moderne defends infant baptism from covenantal theology. Jared Wilson , coming from the Southern Baptist tradition, explores the idea of infant baptism “with trepidation”.

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Dippin’ and dunkin’: The puzzle of baptism

by Richard on February 25, 2005

Half Pint House is frustrated about the baptism of children.
I’m concerned because I’m a member of a church that practices this and we are about to attend a seminary that teaches this. And I do not understand it. And I want to.
I realize none of you can solve all my baptist-turned-presbyterian problems, but all I’m [...]

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Email woe

by Richard on February 25, 2005

My main email account was down all day yesterday, but last night the ISP announced it was fixed. Except that I’m not likely to receive any messages until about lunchtime today.
That doesn’t sound “fixed” to me. Bah!
In the meantime rhall AT freeuk dot com is getting through.

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When to take a stand

by Richard on February 24, 2005

Two paragraphs from the latet edition of The Methodist Recorder
“…the camps at Auschwitz did not come into being overnight. What began as a barracks for soldiers and was then a prison for Polish dissidents, only became a place of unimaginable horror by small incremental steps. By such a process many became desensitized to suffering and [...]

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Appeal by Amnesty International

by Richard on February 24, 2005

I have a good deal of respect for the work of Amnesty International. So i report the contents of an email I received from them testerday without further comment.
Huda Hafez Ahmad al-’Azawi (f), businesswoman
Huda Hafez Ahmad al-’Azawi was arrested by US and Iraqi military
personnel on 17 February. Her whereabouts are unknown and Amnesty
International is concerned [...]

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Careless Blogs Cost Jobs!

by Richard on February 23, 2005

The Independent reports on how blogging can cost more than hosting and bandwidth:
Blogs are growing in influence within and beyond the “blogosphere”. But most bloggers are not aware of the dangers they face when casually turning in what they think is a harmless account of their day at work. No matter how well intentioned, the [...]

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Legally Bald

by Mike on February 23, 2005

For those of you who’ve been missing the regular posts of Legally Blonde, yet haven’t figured out why they’ve stopped coming, here’s the reason.
Alice would like you to know that she and little Benjamin are doing very well; i’m sure they’ll be back blogging in no time.

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Compass: A Christian Wiki

by Richard on February 23, 2005

Compass, the Christian wiki, is moving. It has been a modest success, but I know that some folk have been put off using it because of occasional problems with the script. There has also been a significant spam problem, meaning that I’ve had to put energy into keeping the place tidy rather than expanding the [...]

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Christian Voice cautions charity

by Bene Diction on February 22, 2005

Last month some executives at the BBC received death threats for the decision to air “Jerry Springer, The Opera.”
Leading the protest to the programming of this show was a group called Christian Voice.
Ticket sales of the show went up because of the controversy.
Now it appears the head of Christian Voice told a charity that the [...]

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Transatlantic views

by Richard on February 21, 2005

From Our Own Correspondent is a series on BBC Radio 4 in which the BBC’s foreign correspondents are given the opportunity to file radio “essays” rather than reporting news items. It is always a source of interesting reflections, and this week’s programme was no exception.
BBC Washington Correspondent Justin Webb spent some time reflecting on the [...]

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Prayer for the pious

by Mike on February 21, 2005

O God, if I worship You for fear of hell,
then cast me to the fire.
If I worship You in hope of paradise,
exclude me from Your paradise.
Yet if I worship You for Your own sake,
deny me not Your everlasting beauty.
Rabi’ ah Al’ Adawiyah (717-801 AD)

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Global Warming: the evidence keeps piling up

by Richard on February 21, 2005

This time it is studies of the world’s oceans which demonstrate the link between human activity and global warming.
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and their colleagues have produced the first clear evidence of human-produced warming in the world’s oceans, a finding they say removes much of the [...]

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Florida Agony

by Joel on February 20, 2005

Regarding Terri Schiavo, the woman whose husband won a court order to remove feeding tubes, I don’t know that I can give a definitive answer. It seems to me that there should probably be clear-cut directions from the patient before such a dramatic life-ending decision is made. It should also be evident [...]

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Looking beyond the culture war

by Ivan the Crank on February 20, 2005

I posted the following article by out Florida United Methodist Bishop, Timothy Whitaker, as a response to Richard’s latest blog, then realized it probably is good enough “stuff” to let it stand alone. It comes from the Florida Conference e-Review located at our conference web site: http://www.flumc.org. I hope this adds to the [...]

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Convenient Inconsistency

by Mike on February 18, 2005

I’ve just received, as I often do, an e-mail that is inviting me to take part in a course in which I can learn to develop a correct Christian worldview. I don’t know what I signed up for, but these things keep on coming. I do wonder each time exactly what this biblical [...]

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