From the monthly archives:

June 2005

Only in Swansea?

by Richard on June 30, 2005

The BBC is reporting a bizarre ‘phone sex video’ inquiry at the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency, based here in Swansea.
A woman has been suspended over claims that mobile phone clips of her having sex were seen by hundreds of colleagues.
The Swansea-based Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) worker was said to have downloaded clips [...]


My first podcast

by Richard on June 30, 2005

It was only a matter of time, or so I’ve been told. I’ve finally given in to the temptation to have a go at podcasting. It’s a first go, completely unedited apart from a bit of noise removal. If I’d written it, it would have been rewritten before posting, but I didn’t. It’s just me [...]


The FP Interview

by Richard on June 29, 2005

Faithful Progressive interviews a certain blogger. Don’t be too hard on him.


My day out

by Richard on June 29, 2005

As the photos show, I toddled off to London yesterday to catch up with Darren Rowse and sundry other worthy folk from around the “emerging church” movement.
I need to be honest and admit that, no - I didn’t “have time” to do this. By any rational standard of efficiency I’d have stayed put in Swansea [...]


Burning an Abandoned House

by Joel on June 29, 2005

Former United Methodist pastor James Gibson, who once worked toward reform of the United Methodist Church, but later decided such reform couldn’t be done to his liking and left the church altogether, now wants to burn down the house he abandoned while others are still in it. How charitable!
In American politics, who are often [...]


In London #2

by Richard on June 28, 2005

That’s Andy Merrett, Dave Walker and, of course, Darren again


In London

by Richard on June 28, 2005

Darren Rowse lounges next to Jonny Baker.


Bloggers meet up in London

by Richard on June 27, 2005

jonny baker reminds us that he will be hosting lunch with darren rowse tomorrow.
I’ve got my train ticket!


It’s all about sex

by Richard on June 26, 2005

A careful reading of the gospels makes it plain that sex and sexual morality was at the heart of the ministry of Jesus. His absolute condemnation of sexual sin, the many parables and stories he told about sexual behaviour and the way that he refused to have anything to do with those whose sexual lives [...]


Sunday smile

by Richard on June 26, 2005

hopeful amphibian: isaiah 6 for today


Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 26, 2005

A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.
To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfill:
O may it all my powers engage
To do my Master’s will!
Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give!
Help me to [...]


Adrian Warnock quotes more of Christian Voice’s material than I was prepared to and, I think, allows them to make the case against themselves and show that the Co-op Bank made the right decision. Nice one.


Iran Presidential Election

by Richard on June 25, 2005

How are we supposed t react to the landslide victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran’s Presidential election?
Assuming that the elections were conducted fairly (an assumption which is very open to challenge) should the election of a fundamentalist hardliner be welcomed as the will of the people, or seen as a threat. It is all [...]


The Religious Left Speaks Up

by Richard on June 25, 2005

Here’s another voice of progressive Christianity:, a groupblog whose stated aim is “To broaden a currently narrow discussion on morals and values, and specifically religious ones, within the American political context” Sounds good to me.
Found via UnRight Christians - wonder if they’ll want to join?


MIT Blog survey

by Richard on June 25, 2005

Didn’t take too long…


Christian Voice in the news again

by Richard on June 24, 2005

Christian Voice, the controversial group that came to prominence through its opposition to the musical Jerry Springer the Opera has been told by the Co-operative Bank to find another banker.
the bank has decided the group’s stance on homosexuality is so extreme, it has asked members to look for a new bank.
“It has come to the [...]


Human Rights, Property Rights

by Joel on June 24, 2005

Quite a number of times I have taken conservatives to task for what I view as their favoring property rights over human rights and economic justice. But on a recent significant court case, I wholeheartedly agree with the conservatives and condemn the positions taken by the liberals. In U.S. Supreme Court [...]


Book Reviews

by Swan on June 24, 2005

Richard graciously allowed me to plug my personal blog here on connexions! I’m starting to write book reviews over there and would like to invite you to come over and check it out. I’m writing the reviews for Mind and Media. They are still looking for more reviewers, by the way.
My first review is for [...]


Thank you for the music

by Richard on June 23, 2005

My Thanks to my friend Andy for allowing me to use this devotional:
“Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing, thanks for all the joy their bringing. Who can live without it I ask in all honesty, what would life be, without a song and a dance who are we, so I say [...]

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I Stopped Praying

by Joel on June 23, 2005

Almost more years back than I can count, I stopped praying and told God that prayer was futile. At age 11, I got eyeglasses. I hated them. They were ugly and I thought they made me look really funny. Night after night I prayed for and to God to heal [...]