From the monthly archives:

December 2005

We’re on the cusp of another new year. Traditionally a time for “resolutions”. Acutely aware of my own flaws of character and weakness of will, I rather use it as a time to sit in my Father’s lap and see how it is with us.
Wittgenstein, echoing Jeremiah, said that “Nothing is [...]

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Deck the Halls…

by Richard on December 26, 2005

I hope Christmas Day was as good for you as it was for me! I led a short family service at 10.30 — but only after opening presents, of course! Father Christmas was kind to the family this year, and he remembered a few things for me too, which was very gratifying. A good mix. [...]

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There’s only one thing to say today…

by Richard on December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

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Changing your mind

by Richard on December 23, 2005

maggi dawn on : Changing your mind
When God steps into our conflicts, he doesn’t take sides. He always shows us something much bigger - something that puts the whole conflict into perpective - by showing us a revelation of Himself. When we are locked in conflict in the church, we don’t need to search for [...]

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Ecce ecclesia! Ecce infans!

by Kim on December 23, 2005

Reviewing two books on the history of the early church in today’s Church Times, the Revd. Dr. Cally Hammond writes this:
“In the beginning of Christianity, there were disputes between moral purists and moral pragmatists.
“There were literalists who said they alone truly understood what the Bible was saying to believers; and scholars who perceived metaphor and [...]

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Christus natus est

by Richard on December 23, 2005

Richard Bott has kindly reposted Christus natus est for me. Great stuff.
She’s fourteen years old… and looks it.
Nine months pregnant,
with a face says that she’s more than ready to “have this baby now!“
The man beside her, the one with the huge hands…
the one who’s old enough to be her father…
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The roots of terrorism

by Richard on December 23, 2005

Salty Vicar: Why People Become Terrorists
Throughout history, people willing to join groups far outside the mainstream, and to take their own lives and the lives of others in service of those groups, have been thought of as irrational, motivated only by extreme hate or abstract ideas of rewards in the afterlife.

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Giving the Christmas answer

by Richard on December 23, 2005

Father Jake points us to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas message.
The question never quite goes away of why God made a world in which such tragedy is possible. But Christmas reminds us of the one thing we know for sure - and that is God’s way of responding to suffering. He doesn’t wave a magic [...]

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Last minute gift ideas

by Richard on December 22, 2005

If you’re stuck for a gift idea, Ramblin’ Folkie has some suggestions that will suit any budget or situation.

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Further Nativity thoughts

by Richard on December 22, 2005

If the Nativity stories are intended to tell us about Jesus, what do they say? Let’s remind ourselves of the “plot” first: In Matthew we begin apparently in Bethlehem. The angel appears in a dream to Joseph. Jesus is born. The visitors from the east follow a star. The flight to Egypt. The slaughter of [...]

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O Christmas Tree

by Richard on December 22, 2005

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Man of the Year?

by Richard on December 21, 2005

bloggedy blog: Geldof or Bono? St Bob gets my vote.

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First Civil Partnerships Celebrated

by Richard on December 21, 2005

The first Civil Partnerships are being celerated today in England and Wales. The most famous of these is undoubtedly that of Elton John, but there will be thousands of others.
Some religious commenters are suggesting that this new law in some way undermines the sanctity of marriage, but I can’t see that. It seems to me [...]

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Gmail hints: using Gmail for file conversion

by Richard on December 21, 2005

Here’s a handy Gmail tip from the evangelical outpost: you can use Gmail to convert files from a variety of formats into HTML. When you receive an attachment through Gmail, one of the options is to view it as HTML rather than downloading. Using this technique you can convert doc, xls, ppt, rtf, pdf [...]

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Getting the image right

by Richard on December 21, 2005

Media Photoshop Retouching. So the camera never lies, eh?
Kudos to Dave Warnock

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Global warming: a dose of scepticism

by Richard on December 20, 2005

RealClimate: How to be a real sceptic

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I gather that a court in the US has ruled that teaching ‘Intelligent is a breach of the seperation of Church and State and hence against the Constitution of the USA. The case was brought by parents at a Pennsylvania school who were dismayed that intelligent design was being taught alongside evolution in biology classes, [...]

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The purpose of the nativity stories

by Richard on December 20, 2005

As I’ve said before, I love school nativity plays. But I worry about the way that some (most?) Christians treat the stories, as though if anyone asks if the events were not exactly as they’re portrayed in the school play that somehow the integrity and truth of the Bible is being questioned. “Biblical criticism” [...]

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A bleak Christmas for Zimbabwe

by Richard on December 19, 2005

spero News: Dzikamai Chidyausku writes of the grim prospects for Christmas in Zimbabwe
There will be no real Christmas in Zimbabwe. Yes, December 25 will come and go in this largely Christian country. But there won’t be the kind of merry Christmas that Zimbabweans recall from earlier times, even in the pre-independence years of white minority [...]

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Clarifying Torture

by Bene Diction on December 19, 2005

The Evangelical Outpost, recepient of Weblogs Religious Blog of the Year 2005 directs our attention to an ethics symposium for US believers, set up by Joe Carter and Justin Taylor.
They asked a group of academics and columists et al to address Charles Krauthammer’s Weekly Standard article, The Truth About Torture, in a Christian [...]

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