From the monthly archives:

July 2006

Amos in Lebanon

by Kim on July 31, 2006

In the context of the crisis in the Lebanon, Amos 1-2 makes instructive reading.
Amos, remember, comes from Judah, but he goes to the northern kingdom of Israel to preach. He is a child of the covenant - and yet an outsider. A bit like an ex-pat. But that is by-the-way.
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ReliefWeb

by Richard on July 30, 2006

ReliefWeb is an “on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, it provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of “forgotten emergencies” at the same time.”
Excellent.

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David and Goliath

by Richard on July 30, 2006

under the acacias reports that cotton farmers in Burkina Faso and other West African countries may sue the USA over agricultural subsidies which have depressed cotton prices on the world market.
[tags]wto, cotton, Burkina Faso, trade[/tags]

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ESV Journaling Edition Review

by Richard on July 30, 2006

Ian’s Messy Desk points us to this very positive review of the ESV Bible - Journaling edition
Inside the paper is of a good quality and a nice light creme colour, it certainly resembles the paper found in a moleskine journal albeit a bit thinner. The pages are still slightly transparent, as in most Bibles, so [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 30, 2006

Break thou the bread of life,
O Lord, to me,
As thou didst break the loaves
Beside the sea.
Beyond the sacred page
I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit longs for Thee,
O living Word!
Thou art the Bread of Life,
O Lord, to me,
Thy holy word the truth
That saveth me;
Give me to eat and live
With thee above;
Teach me to love thy truth,
For thou [...]

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Blog tip

by Richard on July 29, 2006

It’s OK not to be popular
Words of wisdom from Rachel

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News Update from the Bible Lands Society

by Richard on July 29, 2006

At the end of June, Israeli troops re-entered Gaza in a campaign to force the release of a captured Israeli soldier. Since this time, Gaza has been under siege, leaving its people with regular military attacks, lack of freedom of movement, water, food, electricity and fuel, and with rising unemployment and poverty. Over [...]

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Crisis in Lebanon

by Richard on July 29, 2006

Another Point of View: Evangelical Blindness on Lebanon via 42

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Street knitting

by Richard on July 28, 2006

Who’d have thought it? Apparently, knitting has gone “urban” with a new craze for graffiti knitting.
…Knitta - a gangsta crew who “tag” public monuments and objects, just like graffiti artists, except for one difference: they do it with knitting.
…the Knitta taggers are wrapping trees, street lights, car antennas and door knobs in knitted coverings. The [...]

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The Crisis in Israel & Lebanon

by Richard on July 28, 2006

This post will not be fair and balanced. I believe that Israel’s present actions are contributing to the instability of the region and are further endangering her own citizens. That is not to say that I believe that Hezbollah are innocent victims. But I don’t see how anyone can look at the history of that [...]

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Dewi “DZ” Phillips

by Richard on July 27, 2006

I was very sad to learn of the death of Prof. D. Z. Phillips on Tuesday. He had an exceptional mind and was surely one of Swansea’s finest scholars. As well as being the Rush Rhees Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Swansea, he was also Danforth Professor of the Philosophy of Religion [...]

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Caravanning for beginners

by Richard on July 27, 2006

As Britain’s Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett prepares for her annual caravanning holiday, The Guardian offers her Special Branch minders some advice
A caravan site is not the place to get trigger happy. “Caravanners are very sociable people,” says Nichol. “They’re all ages, come from all walks of life and they’ll all give you a warm welcome [...]

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Albums that changed my life - contd

by Richard on July 27, 2006

Following on from yesterday…

Slayed? - Slade
Has any band ever been more fun than Slade? They were part of the soundtrack of my childhood. Noddy Holder screaming “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” had every kid in my class wanting to be on stage screaming with him. Superb!
In the Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary
There wasn’t a [...]

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Albums that changed my life*

by Richard on July 26, 2006

My friend Andrew Careaga is inviting bloggers to share 10 life-changing albums. This is as good an excuse as any for breaking my recent near-silence here. So here are my 10 life-changing albums, in this particular order.

A Night at the Opera - Queen
I know - Bohemian Rhapsody is probably over-rated, but this is an album [...]

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Humanitarian Relief for Lebanon

by Joel on July 26, 2006

Regardless of one’s position on Israel’s attack on Lebanon, the need for humanitarian relief is undeniable. By many reports, up to 700,000 Lebanese have been driven from their homes. Food and medical supplies are running low. There are also claims that as much as 95% of Lebanon’s bridges have been demolished and [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 23, 2006

O what shall I do my Saviour to praise,
So faithful and true, so plenteous in grace,
So strong to deliver, So good to redeem
The weakest believer that hangs upon Him!
How happy the man whose heart is set free,
The people that can be joyful in thee!
Their joy is to walk in the light of thy face,
And still [...]

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The Revelation to John, aka Revelation, is notoriously difficult. It is also widely abused. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This simple introduction will get you started with Revelation: don’t be put off by that reputation!
1. Recognize what you’ll be reading: inspired preaching to a church in trouble. You may not be persecuted [...]

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Over the last few years, I’ve become convinced that one of the major weaknesses of Christianity as practiced is that most Christians consider Christianity to be centered in Christ. It shouldn’t be. Rather, Christianity should be centered in the Church, of which Christ is the head. Christianity centered in Christ results in [...]

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Sick Note

by Kim on July 19, 2006

About eighteen months ago I was diagnosed as having an illness which is serious but not mortal, and for the past year I have been taking medication for it, the side-effects of which have been an absolute bitch of an itch (it’s like having ants crawling through your veins) and chronic insomnia (in the morning [...]

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Holy Mischief

by Richard on July 18, 2006

CBC.ca profiles a Christian magazine that sounds like it might be worth reading, the irreverently titled Geez.
Geez’s mandate is to have some fun with faith, to mix it up a little. One page in the premiere issue was set up as a boxing card, with televangelist Pat Robertson’s right-wing Jesus duking it out with Venezuelan [...]

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