From the monthly archives:

July 2005

Taking a little rest

by Richard on July 31, 2005

Blogging from me will be light for the next 10 days or so. I won’t say non-existant, because I have prepared some stuff to go out during the week on a scheduled basis, and I might do a bit of moblogging from my phone. But after tonight, I’ll be leaving my computer alone for a [...]

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New wiki: The Belfry

by Richard on July 31, 2005

The Belfry is a new directory of the (protestant) Christian blogosphere. Because it is a wiki, any member of the community can add to or edit it’s content. Sounds good? Absolutely! Sign up now.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 31, 2005

What shall we offer our good Lord,
Poor nothings! for his boundless grace?
Fain would we his great name record,
And worthily set forth his praise.
Great object of our growing love,
To whom our more than all we owe,
Open the fountain from above,
And let it our full souls o’erflow.
Open a door which earth and hell
May strive to shut, but [...]

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Creationist Chemistry

by Richard on July 30, 2005

I am a Christian Too offers a Creationist version of the Periodic Table of the Elements. You have to smile.

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Michael Graham, who is described as a “Political humorist and radio talk host”, was sacked from his job on a US radio station for this article headed “The tragedy of Islam”. His claim? “Islam is a terror organization.” Here’s a brief quote.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is outraged that I would dare to connect the [...]

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Planet X?

by Richard on July 30, 2005

A new planet has been discovered in our solar system, apparently the largest object to be found since Neptune in 1846. Affectionately known as 2003UB313, the new planet is at least as large as Pluto, but three times as far away. It occupies an orbit which is inclined at 44 degrees to the ecliptic (the [...]

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Happy Birthday NASA

by Richard on July 29, 2005

On this day, July 29, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. It formally established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)on October 1, 1958.
I just thought I’d mention it.

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Coming of Age?

by Richard on July 29, 2005

American Digest ponders the growing maturity of blogging as a medium and wonders if we have merely exchanged one set of information gatekeepers for another
For quite some time now it has been glaringly obvious that, with few exceptions, blogs gargantuan and teeny-weeny are in fact a collection of footnotes and corrections tag-teamed onto print, radio, [...]

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Good News from Northern Ireland

by Richard on July 28, 2005

IRA says armed campaign is over
Alleluia!

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Who is the enemy?

by Richard on July 28, 2005

I got into a bit of a spat over at La Shawn Barber’s Corner. (I know, I should know better. But I can’t help thinking that if ever we were to meet we’d actually get on rather well) Anyway, I got off to a bad start by suggesting that all Muslims should be rounded up [...]

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London bombings: more arrests

by Richard on July 27, 2005

Four men have been arrested in Birmingham, another two in Grantham.
This is how we’ll defeat the terrorists. The rule of law.

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Shuttle Discovery launches safely

by Richard on July 26, 2005

I’m delighted to see that Discovery has safely launched, and I’m as jealous as sin of anyone lucky enough to see the spectacle. I’m old enough to remember the shuttle’s first launch and there is no denying that this craft has a hold on our collective imagination. The loss of Columbia in 2003 was genuinely [...]

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Building Christian unity

by Richard on July 26, 2005

Bene Diction kicks off with an article by Andrew Jackson on building Christian unity in the blogosphere and makes some useful additions including this sage conclusion
Pray. All the technical whiz bang doo-dad toys like RSS are fun, but nothing beats sitting quietly for a moment or two and praying for a blogger or reader.
Read the [...]

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Bloggers meet in Swansea

by Richard on July 25, 2005

A festive gathering gathering of bloggers occurred in Swansea today - a good way to spend an hour at lunch.
They were:
Wood, Ramblin’ folkie, Lemly, Rhys, Miss Guided, Maddie, Legally Blonde (& Benjamin!), Nessa and Dave — though not necessarily in that order!
Update: Nessa has a much better picture.

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Decoding Da Vinci

by Richard on July 25, 2005

paul roberts anticipates his holiday reading and offers some sensible advice to anyone contemplating perusing The Da Vinci Code this summer.
My guess is that nothing can now be done about this from the point of view of changing culture in the near future. Instead, the Church needs to invest again in its teaching role, preserving [...]

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Peacemaking across cultures

by Richard on July 24, 2005

Richard Sudworth offers some good thoughts
There is indeed a huge nervousness and defensiveness within the Muslim community and some of this comes out in hugely inappropriate and ill-considered remarks. Rather than being holier than thou from a distance, though, we need to recognise the Christian tendency to denial (”those Christians that let off bombs in [...]

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Getting rid of extremists

by Richard on July 24, 2005

richardwhite on extremists:
In the light of recent events, it’s really quite frightening to realise the mindset of some of the people who think they have a right to live in a country like Britain.
People who follow a religion that has repeatedly been taken the basis for hatred and violence towards any that oppose their worldview. [...]

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On the death of an innocent

by Richard on July 24, 2005

Michelle Malkin:
Confronted with a furtive individual who reportedly refused to obey orders, dressed suspiciously, and fled over a turnstile towards the subway train, London authorities made a fateful split-second decision in a moment of great danger. I have a feeling that no one who works in law enforcement–here or around the world–will blame the police [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 24, 2005

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
’Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
Bold shall I stand in Thy great day;
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.
That holy, meek, unspotted Lamb,
Who from the Father’s [...]

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Shot man not connected to bombing

by Richard on July 23, 2005

Sadly, it appears that a man shot dead by police at a London tube station had no connection to recent terrorist incidents.
A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday’s London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.
The man - thought to be Brazilian - died at Stockwell Tube in an [...]

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