From the monthly archives:

April 2006

What’s Your Eschatology?

by Joel on April 30, 2006

Allen McGraw of Methodist Corner took the Quiz Farm eschatology test, so I decided to follow suit.
My results:
100% Moltmannian Eschatology
100% Amillenialist
60% Preterist
15% Dispensationalist — I must have misunderstood the questions.
15% Postmillenialist
0% Premillenialist
0% Left Behind
I was unsure how to answer a few questions, or even what a couple of questions were getting at, but [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 30, 2006

O God, Thou art the Father
Of all that have believed;
From whom all hosts of angels
Have life and power received.
O God, thou art the Maker
Of all created things,
The righteous Judge of judges,
Th’almighty King of kings.
High in the heavenly Zion
Thou reignest God adored;
And in the coming glory
Thou shalt be sovereign Lord.
Beyond our ken Thou shinest,
The everlasting Light;
Ineffable [...]

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Joyeux Noel - Enacting or Observing?

by Joel on April 30, 2006

The other day, I took in the foreign (to me) film Joyeux Noel. After seeing it I was struck by a couple of quotes attributed to Gandhi, both getting at the same idea. One is, “I like your Christ; I don’t like your Christians.” The other is, “If it weren’t for the [...]

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A brief hiatus

by Richard on April 28, 2006

I’m falling back on a dialup connection for the next day or two — posting may be light to non-existant from me.

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The Bright Field

by Richard on April 26, 2006

I’m not usually much of a lad for poems and stuff, but I came across this one by R.S. Thomas today and was very taken with it.
The Bright Field
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the [...]

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The Good Doctor

by Richard on April 26, 2006

I haven’t said yet how much I’m enjoying the new series of Doctor Who. It is, in my opinion, thoroughly splendid. Only 2 stories in, David Tennant has got a really grip on the role and is making it his own. Great stuff!
But Mr Tennant has distinguished himself further by donating his copy of the [...]

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Having trouble with my piles

by Richard on April 26, 2006

This cartoon by the always splendid Dave Walker seems curiously appropriate to my circumstances.
(And I apologize for the very poor taste of the headline. I’ll try not to let it happen again)

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Not waving but drowning

by Richard on April 25, 2006

Mad Teacher seems to have the same struggles I do.
There are a million things I have to do already this term, the pile seems to grow, my desk gets more and more buried in paper, I lose things, other people moan, I apologise.
Sounds like we both need a dose of whatever this fellow is taking.

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Respected evangelical theologian N T Wright says “No”
“I have friends who I am quite sure are Christians who do not believe in the bodily resurrection,” he says carefully, citing another eminent scholar, American theologian Marcus Borg, co-author with Wright of The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions.
“But the view I take of them - and they [...]

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On mission in Britain’s most godless town

by Richard on April 25, 2006

Mark Berry, whose blogday it is today, features in this Guardian article, Going against the grain, on mission in Telford.
On the day Mark moved his wife, crucifix, child and cat into a small terraced house in the town (bought by the Church Mission Society and the local diocese), he was visited by a neighbour, [...]

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e~mergent kiwi >> Easter Sunday is never tidy

by Richard on April 25, 2006

e~mergent kiwi on the untidiness of the resurrection
If you’re looking for a tidy faith, well wrapped and beautifully packaged, you’ve come to the wrong place.
You won’t find it in the 4 gospel Resurrection stories. You won’t find in among the first women or the first man looking for Jesus in the Resurrection Garden. All you’ve [...]

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Calling all entomologists!

by Richard on April 25, 2006

Beetle

Anybody know what this little fellow might be? (Apart from blurred, obviously)

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 23, 2006

Our Lord is risen from the dead!
Our Jesus is gone up on high!
The powers of hell are captive led,
Dragged to the portals of the sky.
Alleluia!
There His triumphal chariot waits,
And angels chant the solemn lay:
Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates;
Ye everlasting doors, give way!
Alleluia!
Loose all your bars of massy light,
And wide unfold the ethereal scene;
He [...]

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UK Bloggers remain ‘in a minority’

by Richard on April 21, 2006

Phil Bradley (something of an internet guru to Britain’s librarians — my wife thinks very highly of him, so he must be a good egg) links to this article from The Guardian, which shows that despite rising media awareness, British internet users are not catching the blogging bug.
Awareness of blogs dramatically increased in the three [...]

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Be sure your sins will find you out

by Richard on April 20, 2006

So my secret is out. Jekyll and Hyde?

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Easter Sunday on the beach

by Richard on April 20, 2006

Excited Rainbow Girl has some atmospheric photos of our Easter sunrise gathering.

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Theological Re-test

by Joel on April 20, 2006

Following the lead of John of Locusts and Honey, I have re-taken the “What’s Your Theological Worldview” test from quizfarm.com.
There isn’t a lot of change except something of a drop in the Roman Catholic score and a significant increase in the Charismatic/Pentecostal score. I think the test is useful for one’s positioning relative to [...]

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Fighting another kind of poverty

by Richard on April 19, 2006

The Bible Society has launched it’s latest campaign, 8:32 - Waking Up to Bible Poverty. Taking it’s strapline from John 8:32 (“then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”), the Society has identified key causes of “Bible poverty” at home and abroad and is urging Christians to make a commitment [...]

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More online applications

by Richard on April 19, 2006

Photoediting with PXN8.com seems to work well, and you can post stuff straight to Flickr. Very cool.

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Images of Swansea

by Richard on April 19, 2006

It’s the sort of day outside on which one needs reminding that Swansea is a very pleasant place to live much of the time. Today is gloomy, wet and blustery, but it isn’t *always* like this.
A good place to be reminded of the more picturesque side of living in this fine city is the Swansea [...]

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