From the monthly archives:

May 2006

Climate change chat

by Richard on May 30, 2006

A new ‘google group’: globalchange — “Moderated discussion of environmental science, economics, policy and politics, especially as related to global change issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability”
via A Few Things Ill Considered

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An argument about the Atonement

by Richard on May 30, 2006

My friend Dave Warnock looks in on an argument about the Atonement at Adrian Warnock’s blog, giving me the excuse to repost a few thoughts on that very subject.

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Faith on Two Feet

by Kim on May 29, 2006

It won’t go away. The spirituality craze I mean. I thought it might. This is an age of faddism, and it’s also an age when people have the attention span of a gnat, but it looks like spirituality is here to stay.
New Age spirituality is a pastiche of myths, mysticism, eco-wisdom and [...]

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Another wander through the Wesleyan web

by Richard on May 29, 2006

The latest Methodist Blogs Weekly Roundup is ready for your reading pleasure at Locusts & Honey. Always worth a look through.

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Two recent studies provide further evidence that climate change sceptics are simply burying their heads in the sand. Both studies, one in Europe the other in the US are showing that not only does increasing atmospheric CO2 lead to higher temperatures, but that higher temperatures appear to cause CO2 to increase. That’s a ‘psitive feedback [...]

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A squash and a squeeze

by Richard on May 28, 2006

I’ll write something about my experience yesterday later with a bit of luck, but I just wanted to share this bit of the BBC’s match report.
Thousands of Swansea City fans have seen their team fail to reach the Championship in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Millennium Stadium.
Around 34,000 fans travelled in 36 coaches to [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on May 28, 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.
There His triumphal chariot waits,
And angels chant the solemn lay:
Lift up your heads, you heavenly gates;
You everlasting doors, give way!
Loose all your bars of massy light,
And wide unfold the ethereal scene;
He [...]

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Question of the Day?

by Joel on May 28, 2006

Should churches be exempt from paying state and local sales tax? That’s my qestion of the day. In Oklahoma, churches may apply to the state to be exempt from sales tax. The exemption doesn’t extend to instances where a church engages in certain business-type transactions in the manner of a for-profit entity [...]

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Match day!

by Richard on May 27, 2006

Match day!

Originally uploaded by connexions.

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Child abuse

by Richard on May 26, 2006

Bene Diction Blogs On: If you beat a child with “quarter-inch plumbing supply line”, it’s child abuse. No matter what religious language you dress it up in.

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Football fever

by Richard on May 26, 2006

It is going to be one of the biggest games in Swansea City’s history. Tomorrow they meet Barnsley in the League One playoff for a place in the Championship, the second rung of British professional football. Exciting stuff. And along with my daughter and about 70 000 others, I’ll be there!

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Theological love-in

by Richard on May 25, 2006

As I mentioned the other day, there’s good dtuff going on over at Faith and Theology, including Why I love Rowan Williams by our very own Kim.

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I don’t usually just reproduce press releases, but I’m making an exception for this one from Oxfam
As top sportswear brands prepare to showcase their wares at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Germany, behind the scenes many sportswear workers in Asia who attempt to unionise are facing intimidation or dismissal, according to a report released [...]

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A Hymn for Pentecost

by Kim on May 25, 2006

Holy Spirit, breath of life,
breathe upon me;
comforter in times of strife,
make my fears flee.
You alone can save my soul
from life’s wild sea;
you alone can fill the hole
deep within me.
Come, then, Sprit from above,
fall upon me;
bond of Son and Father’s love,
set my soul free.
To the cell in which I’m bound
you’re the sole key;
through the years you’ve [...]

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WikiHow to…

by Richard on May 24, 2006

…Write a Song
Of course, it isn’t that easy. But you can dream.

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Label or libel?

by Richard on May 24, 2006

You might have heard about the fuss at the weekend over an alleged new law in Iran that would force religious minorities to wear identifying coloured armbands. The story broke in Canada, and my friend Bene Diction has a piece about the political fallout there. Peter Glover has also picked it up and appears to [...]

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When is a spammer not a spammer?

by Richard on May 24, 2006

You might remember that a little while ago our friend Bene Diction received what looked like comment spam that turned out to originate from within the Christianity Today organization. SperoNews has looked into it and has the full story. (BD also has some further comments)
There can be a very fine line between sharing information and [...]

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Living in God

by Richard on May 23, 2006

David Jason & Ronnie Barker mind the store

I wonder if you know the tv comedy Open All Hours. British readers certainly will, though I’m not sure how widely travelled it has been. (It was filmed in my home town and I’ve got a particular soft spot for it)
In the show, the incomparable Ronnie Barker plays [...]

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Methodist Blogs Weekly Roundup # 66

by Richard on May 23, 2006

A meritorious melange of Methodist musings

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Google Notebook

by Richard on May 23, 2006

inner.geek reveals a very handy little Google Notebook ‘easter egg’.

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