From the monthly archives:

September 2005

What does it mean to know God?

by Richard on September 29, 2005

My friend and colleague Kim Fabricius (a New Yorker, but resident in Wales) preached this sermon in the university chapel this evening and has kindly agreed to allow me to post it here. It is strong, challenging stuff. See what you make of it.
What does it mean to “know God” and not to know [...]

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The Times must be off its rocker?

by Richard on September 28, 2005

Peter Glover (aka Wires From the Bunker) is vexed about the standard of journalism in the British media. The latest focus for his ire is an article in The Times reporting an American researchers claim that religion causes crime, describing the article as “anti-Christian, anti-American propaganda”.
The sad state of the British mainstream media (MSM) [...]

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Saturday Sudoku - the solution

by Richard on September 27, 2005

By popular demand.
Well, Olive asked.

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Reclaiming a voice

by Richard on September 27, 2005

I’ve been asked (very politely) to give a plug for the forthcoming Values, vision and the via media conference, and I’m very pleased to accede.
Who speaks for “Christian Values” in America today? Does the Religious Right speak for all Christians or is there a progressive perspective on Christian Values that has been sadly lacking in [...]

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The Bible and Science

by Richard on September 27, 2005

Do science and Christianity mix?
And the LORD God spoke unto Moses, “Write this: 16.3 billion years ago, I set the gravitational constant at 6.673 10-11 m3 kg-1 s-2. Then I inserted an infinitely compressed drop of energy into a multidimensional time space continuum to make a Big Bang - Moses, why aren’t you writing this [...]

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Welcome back

by Richard on September 26, 2005

Legally Blonde returns to blogging after a little break. You know what to do!

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Gmail invites

by Richard on September 26, 2005

I daresay that everyone who wants one, has one by now. But just in case, I have some gmail invites to give away to anyone who’s interested. Just leave your email address, disguised as you wish, in a comment here.
Update: I don’t want to be hard-nosed about this, but my offer of gmail invitations was [...]

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Faking it?

by Richard on September 26, 2005

I admit it. I almost blew a gasket when I read this over at Locusts & Honey: Learning from the Street Prophets
Steyn observed that Leftist efforts to co-opt the Christian faith seem artificial and pretended, despite the uphill battles that some liberal Christians are fighting to make their political activity a reflection of their sincere [...]

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Harvest festival

by Richard on September 25, 2005

Harvest festival

Originally uploaded by connexions.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 25, 2005

I sing the almighty power of God,
That made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command,
And all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the Lord,
That filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with [...]

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Saturday Sudoku

by Richard on September 24, 2005

Another nice easy one!

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Rita & Global Warming

by Richard on September 23, 2005

Is hurricane Rita the latest bit of evidence for global warming? The Independent has no doubts if its front page today is anything to go by
Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the “smoking gun” of global warming, one of Britain’s leading scientists believes.
The growing violence of storms such as Katrina, which wrecked [...]

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A revelation

by Richard on September 23, 2005

I’ve wondered for ages why any comment that refers to s-o-c-i-a-l-i-s-m or s-o-c-i-a-l-i-s-t ends up in the moderation queue — even if it’s by me. Finally, the penny drops. It’s because the name of a drug used to treat (ahem) “erectile dysfunction” (and therefore a common spam word) is contained within it. Don’t think [...]

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The Contemplative Internet

by Richard on September 23, 2005

CENTERING FROM THE CENTER is a pocast from US Methodist (yay!) Jonathon Norman — “prayers, poems and thoughts on the contemplative life”. Very new, but it looks like the aim is to be about weekly, duration is around 10 minutes. This week is an introduction to lectio divina, which I found very helpful.
via jonny [...]

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Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents

by Richard on September 22, 2005

Reporters sans frontières - Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents
Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they’re tremendous tools of freedom of expression.
Bloggers are often the only [...]

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Gratuitous linkagery

by Richard on September 22, 2005

Wood is on a bit of a roll today: explaining why a. he’s a prostitute, b. he’s smug and c. he thinks the FBI’s war on porn is stupid.
It’s like putting an Elastoplast on a compound fracture: the surface grazes might heal up, but the injury isn’t going to go away.
Ok, the last one is [...]

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Toccata and feud

by Richard on September 22, 2005

There’s an old joke:
What’s the difference between an organist and a terrorist?
You can negotiate with a terrorist.
It seems that organists are not always happy with their clergy. And there was me thinking it was always the organists’ fault! The Times reports today the publication of a new book for Church Organists, Everything [...]

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Waiting for Rita

by Richard on September 22, 2005

As hurricane Rita gets upgraded to a category 5 storm, and thousands are evacuated from the Gulf Coast, the people must be feeling like Job today.
Let’s keep them in our prayers.

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Internet archaeology

by Richard on September 21, 2005

It seems you can now find anything with Google. Even a Roman villa
Latest technology proved an unexpected aid to unearthing the past when an Italian man decided to look at internet maps of his home.
Computer programmer Luca Mori found the remains of an ancient Roman villa when he browsed Google Earth maps showing satellite images [...]

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Bible lite

by Richard on September 21, 2005

* Sigh *

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