From the monthly archives:

January 2006

Sharing good news

by Richard on January 31, 2006

Another public lecture at the university tonight, unpromisingly titled “Anglican models of evangelism”. The lecture was given by Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading.
But do you know what? It was a really splendid lecture, delivered with passion and warmth, engaging and accessible. We had an audience of about 120, but I wish more had been there.
I [...]

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Ten Propositions on Hell

by Kim on January 31, 2006

1. What is hell? Hell cannot be known in and of itself. As a negative to a positive, hell can only be known as the antithesis of heaven. Heaven is life with God, hell is existence without God.
2. Or, again - because God is love - hell is lovelessness. At its [...]

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A jaunt around Methodist blogs

by Richard on January 31, 2006

Locusts & Honey has the latest Methodist Blogs Weekly Roundup. Number 50, if you can believe it.
I’m not in it but our friend Dave gets some kudos, which is nice.

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Building your own church

by Richard on January 31, 2006

via blogs4God comes this exciting opportunity to waste time on almost any computer gaming platform (sadly, though, not the ZX Spectrum) by building a virtual church in your own image.
I bet it’s more fun than the real thing.

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UK Methodist website makeover

by Richard on January 30, 2006

Over at theConnexion.net (the fledgling British Methodist group blog), those responsible for UK Methodism’s website are inviting comments to improve it’s design, usability and usefulness. You know what to do…

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Funeral music

by Richard on January 30, 2006

On an email group I belong to, a colleague shared some of the more inappropriate music and songs that have been used in funeral services, especially at the crematorium. They’re all genuine, or so he says!
1. instrumental - Vangelis - Chariots of fire
2. Colours of day - chorus - so light up the fire and [...]

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Making friends in Tokyo Zoo

by Richard on January 30, 2006

Here’s a story with more than a little of Isaiah 11:6 about it.
In Tokyo Zoo, there is a rat snake named Aochan who got cheesed off with his usual diet of frozen mice. Well, I can understand that - what self-respecting snake would be content with nothing but frozen mice. So his keepers decided they’d [...]

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US ‘tried to gag’ global warming critic

by Richard on January 30, 2006

Allegedly
The top climate scientist at NASA has said the Bush Administration tried to stop him from speaking out after he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
The scientist, James Hansen, longtime director of the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said NASA officials had [...]

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Making a song and dance of Lambeth

by Richard on January 29, 2006

Salty Vicar: Rowan, the Song.
Yes. *That* Rowan.
I’m sure it’ll be a hit, especially if Sting can be persuaded to record it.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 29, 2006

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 [...]

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Getting to grips with tags

by Richard on January 28, 2006

Via this splendid piece at blogs4God comes tag literacy, the best explanation of the hows and whys of [tag]tags[/tag] that I have yet seen. It looks at the personal and social utility of tagging, offers some guidelines on choosing tags and offers a meaningful explanation of the merits of tagging as against a computer-generated search [...]

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Credibility on the web

by Richard on January 28, 2006

Dave Warnock picks up on the Web Credibility Project and raises some sensible issues with it. Some, though, may question his choice of sites he regards as ‘credible’. Modesty forbids…

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Essential spiritual and devotional writings

by Richard on January 28, 2006

Faith & Theology has another list: Essential spiritual and devotional writings for theologians by our friend Kim. Good stuff, as always.

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Stunning piece over at Ethics Daily by Robert Parham.
What would Nathan say?
What would Amos say?
What would Zechariah say?
The unspoken question is screaming in me.
Parham ends with this:
But of course, everyone knows that Monday evening’s address will be built on the shifting sand of politics, not the solid rock of biblical wisdom.
Partisans will draft it. [...]

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Children die from drought and earthquake,
children die by hand of man.
What on earth, and what for God’s sake,
can be made of such a plan?
Nothing - no such plan’s been plotted;
nothing - no such plan exists:
if such suffering were allotted,
God would be an atheist.
Into ovens men drive brothers,
into buildings men fly planes;
history’s losers are the mothers,
history’s [...]

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Blog interview

by Richard on January 26, 2006

Rachel Cunliffe interviews Bene Diction about blogging (what else?!)

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Best of the web?

by Richard on January 26, 2006

It’s hard to know which is the *very* best, isn’t it. I mean, there’s so much that there is always going to be something you’ve missed.
Even so, Yahoo UK have found some very interesting stuff for their Best sites of 2005 Awards.
I especially liked the Cloud Appreciation Society. They’re too often taken for granted, are [...]

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Gotcha Christianity

by Joel on January 26, 2006

Recently in the mail I received an offer for a VISA credit card. On its face, the offer is very attractive: an 8.9% fixed rate, no interest until May of 2007 for purchases and transfers, and a low yearly membership fee. Looking at the fine print, however, reveals the setting of a potential [...]

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Dear Mr Wesley

by Richard on January 25, 2006

JoBloggs (h/t Faith and Theology) has been reading some unpublished letters of the early Methodists and quotes a very moving piece to Charles Wesley from his wife, informing him of the death of their child
It’s a deeply moving letter. And I am struck that at the most intimate level of this eighteenth-century woman’s grief over [...]

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Priest offers ‘no handshake option’

by Richard on January 25, 2006

You have to be careful in church these days. You never know what you might catch.
A Londonderry priest has given parishioners the choice of whether or not to shake hands with others at Mass.
The parish priest in Ballymagroarty has said he has had a letter from a Mass-goer worried that the traditional “sign of peace” [...]

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