From the monthly archives:

August 2005

Hurricane Relief

by Joel on August 31, 2005

Contributions toward Hurricane Katrina relief efforts may be made on-line through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Or, contributions may be mailed to UMCOR at P.O. Box 9068, New York, N.Y. 10087-9068. If contributing by check, make checks payable to UMCOR and write “Advance # 982523 Hurricane 2005 Global” in the memo line. [...]

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Katrina’s meaning

by Richard on August 31, 2005

I see the “Katrina is God’s judgement” comments have started to appear around the blogs.
*sigh*

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Katrina’s wake

by Richard on August 31, 2005

The scale of the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina is horrifying, but it is the stories of individuals such as Harvey Jackson that really brings home what an event like this means. Pray for him and his family. As we lift him before God, we pray too for those who remain unknown to us.
“Lord, in [...]

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Methodist Blogs

by Richard on August 31, 2005

Want to know the latest from the Methodist blog world? Locusts & Honey has the weekly round up.

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Methocast #13

by Richard on August 30, 2005

Methocast #13 is up:

Hearts on fire controversy: Should the Lake Junaluska conference centre be hosting this event?Jay provides a very reasoned “yes”.
The difference between Baptists and Methodists
Heads up for a new project from Wesley blog
Brief introduction to some of the best of the Methodist blogs. (Somehow he managed to miss me out, but I don’t [...]

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The Laugh Judgment

by Richard on August 30, 2005

In response to the British government’s planned law on Incitement to Racial and Religious Hatred, Ship of Fools launched a competition to find the most offensive and the funniest religious jokes. The winning jokes were apparently told at the Greenbelt Festival over the weekend. I don’t think there are that many religious jokes that I [...]

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Binding Tension

by Joel on August 30, 2005

On many Christian blogs, including those of several Methodists (big family Methodist), dialogue and sometimes what resembles war can predomininate concerning theological and doctrinal matters. Could there be ways that the resulting tension binds us together instead of pulls us apart ?
The United Methodist Church, true to its Anglican roots, encourages the baptism [...]

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City empties as hurricane nears

by Richard on August 29, 2005

A quiet day for me, I hope, as it’s a bank holiday. The girls’ cousin has come to stay, so I think I’ll be getting the bicycles out for a ride to Mumbles. I can’t help thinking about the thousands of people who’ve left their homes in New Orleans, and those who’ve had to stay [...]

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A Living Testament?

by Joel on August 29, 2005

At one time, the United Methodist Church’s Disciplinary approach to alcohol consumption was singular — abstinence only. The church’s historical position has a strong rooting in the reality that alcohol abuse damages or destroys marriages and families, threatens jobs, leads to serious and often fatal automobile accidents, and can so consume an individual’s personality [...]

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Liberal or conservative?

by Richard on August 28, 2005

A few quotes about Liberals and Conservatives. It’s just a bit of fun.
“Conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.” — Ambrose Bierce
“Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen.” — Mort Sahl
“A Conservative Government is an [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 28, 2005

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful Name;
The Name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
His kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
God ruleth on high, almighty to save;
And still He is nigh, His presence we have;
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.
“Salvation to God, who sits on the [...]

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TTFN

by Richard on August 27, 2005

It looks like Liberal Christians has signed off for a while. Pity.

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Stand by your man

by Richard on August 27, 2005

I don’t know Eric Coomer, but I’m pretty sure I know his dad. He brings us news of My SweetPee/, a product for, shall we say, the convenience of ladies. Unbelievable! Thanks, Eric.

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Good news, bad news

by Richard on August 27, 2005

It is refreshing to get some good news on the environment occasionally. It seems that studies of Brazilian rainforests show that deforestation as much as halved this year.
Brazil’s government has announced estimates suggesting that deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has fallen by 50% this year.
Environment Minister Marina da Silva said some 9,000 sq km (3,475 [...]

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Facing the facts of energy use

by Richard on August 27, 2005

Both Jordon Cooper (who continues to need our prayers) and Bene Diction point up a fascinating interview with James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century.
“There is a lot of delusional thinking about how we are going to get out of this pickle. In fact, I [...]

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methocast

by Richard on August 26, 2005

I know I’m really behind the times with this, but hey — I’ve been on holiday. And as the saying goes, better late than never. So let me note that the methocast has been updated since the last time I looked, and very interesting it is. Jay Voorhees takes a look at scripture in the [...]

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A welcome return

by Richard on August 26, 2005

Greg Wiley hasn’t blogged for a while, but he’s come back today.
Go and give him some warm fuzzies!

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The 1st of September will see the launch of a website dedicated to the children of the Methodist Church, thought to be the first of its kind produced for 0-12 year-olds by a major British denomination. www.methodistchildren.org.uk seeks to give children a chance to have their say about what is important to them, both in [...]

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A Weighty Issue

by Richard on August 25, 2005

I came across this startling diatribe in a newspaper restaurant review a few weeks ago.
Having just returned from Las Vegas, I can report - needlessly so in the wake of Super Size Me - that American obesity has scaled such heights that were the King of Tonga to land there today, five minutes after eating [...]

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The “Other” Government

by Joel on August 25, 2005

Reading recently the Oklahoma news about the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee seeking to banish (strip citizenship or tribal membership) Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith, reminded me that at some level I am always parochial in my views, ignoring a large chunk of political matters involving Native Americans, who hold their own [...]

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