From the monthly archives:

October 2006

Christianity — 0r “American Christianity”?

by Richard on October 31, 2006

God School:
For a long time I really struggled with understanding American Evangelicalism - how can, for instance, American Christians support the bombing of Lebanese Christians? How can Janet Jackson’s bare breast be more worthy of outrage than the destruction of thousands of lives? What happened to “love thy neighbour”, let alone “love thy enemy and [...]

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Methodist Blogs

by Richard on October 31, 2006

The latest roundup.

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Climate change ‘brings huge cost’

by Richard on October 30, 2006

A report to be published today warns of the economic costs of ignoring climate change
The Stern Review, which is published on Monday, will say the key to solving the crisis is getting the big polluting countries, such as the US and China, to cut their emissions.
Sir Nicholas will say the polluters must be made to [...]

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New hymn: O God of peace

by Richard on October 30, 2006

Kim has another new hymn posted at Faith and Theology
O God of peace, whose peace is Christ your Son,
put on your armour that the war be won,
the war on war, your Word against the gun:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O God of power, whose power appears so weak,
call up your soldiers from among the meek,
who won’t [...]

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Liberal Christianity Is Dying?

by Richard on October 29, 2006

Wood isn’t very happy about the state Christianity has got itself in
It is too late. We have this situation where the Calvinist evangelicals are major voices, who yet believe that they’re marginalised and persecuted. Hell, UCCF is the second largest student society in the UK, after the NUS itself. There’s a terrifying number of students [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 29, 2006

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can [...]

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Tibetan refugees shot by the Chinese

by Richard on October 28, 2006

My friend Mike has emailed from India asking me to draw attention to this story, which does not seem to be getting the attention it deserves. It does seem bizarre that only 18 months before China is due to host the Olympic Games, the world’s media are not paying more attention.
The European Parliament is calling [...]

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Does the devil have all the best tunes?

by Richard on October 28, 2006

Our friend Andrew Careaga has posted a list of halloween hits. Not that I approve of halloween or anything, but it is quite a jolly list.

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Stating the obvious

by Richard on October 28, 2006

Art’s Strange World says Rush Limbaugh is an ignoramus.
I’m not arguing.

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More on The God Delusion

by Richard on October 27, 2006

Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks

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Tony Blair Sings The Clash

by Richard on October 27, 2006

Like Turbulent Cleric, I enjoyed this video very much.

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Sing in your own voice

by Richard on October 26, 2006

Good question:
Piccasso was a terrible colorist. Turner couldn’t paint human beings worth a damn. Saul Steinberg’s formal drafting skills were appalling. TS Eliot had a full-time day job. Henry Miller was a wildly uneven writer. Bob Dylan can’t sing or play guitar.
But that didn’t stop them, right?
So I guess the next question is, “Why not?”
I [...]

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Dealing with the God Delusion

by Richard on October 25, 2006

Terry Eagleton on Richard dawkins’ The God Delusion
Dawkins speaks scoffingly of a personal God, as though it were entirely obvious exactly what this might mean. He seems to imagine God, if not exactly with a white beard, then at least as some kind of chap, however supersized. He asks how this chap can speak to [...]

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Got the time?

by Kim on October 25, 2006

This weekend the clocks go back in the UK: we “gain” time. Which is ironic, really, because it’s been some time since we “lost” time. As an African visitor to Britain recently observed, “Everybody here has a watch, but no one has the time.”
It hasn’t always been so. Before the mechanical clock [...]

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Bloggedy pod

by Richard on October 25, 2006

bloggedy blog has another podcast up: the evolution of punk. As always, a great listen.

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Torchwood

by Richard on October 24, 2006

The new Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood got record viewing numbers for its opening night on BBC3, but I couldnt watch it then. The repeat has just started - I’ll keep you posted.

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Celtic Music Podcast

by Richard on October 24, 2006

If you like your music folkie, you might well enjoy the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, which does exactly what you’d expect it to do and does it very nicely.
My only quibble is that the (American) host seems to rule out anything English from his playlist. It really is a false division, this English/Celtic thing.

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Those doughnuts are not for you

by Richard on October 24, 2006

Watch the video, but put your coffee down first. You don’t want it on your keyboard.
Thanks to Wood, among others.

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Slideshare

by Richard on October 24, 2006

What YouTube has done for video, SlideShare promises for PowerPoint - you can upload a slideshow, share it with others and embed it in a blogpost. Could be a way of sharing worship resources if you use that sort of thing. And yes, it does accept OpenOffice files.
Kudos to Ian’s Messy Desk for the link. [...]

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How many is too many?

by Richard on October 24, 2006

HowManyOfMe.com

There are:5,120people with my namein the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

But if you Google “Richard Hall”, I’m the one who comes out on top.

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