From the monthly archives:

December 2006

Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 31, 2006

Let earth and heaven combine,
Angels and men agree,
To praise in songs divine
The incarnate Deity,
Our God contracted to a span,
Incomprehensibly made Man.
He laid His glory by,
He wrapped Him in our clay;
Unmarked by human eye,
The latent Godhead lay;
Infant of days He here became,
And bore the mild Immanuel’s Name.
Unsearchable the love
That hath the Saviour brought;
The grace is far [...]

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Boxing Day at Caswell Bay

by Richard on December 26, 2006

A dip in the sea was just the thing today. Very bracing!

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It’s a Boy!

by Kim on December 25, 2006

It’s a boy! A tiny mite of a creature with slick black hair, swarthy face, dark brown eyes, squinting, adjusting to the light in the shock and wonder at suddenly being thrown into existence, and - what always gets you most - those perfectly formed little fingers and toes. He’s crying - of [...]

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Happy Christmas!

by Richard on December 24, 2006

Nadolig Llawen…Hristos se rodi…Feliz Navidad…Nollaig chridheil huibh…Maligayan Pasko…En frehlicher Grischtdaag…Gledelig Jul…Meri Kirihimete…Linksmu Kaledu…Buone Feste Natalizie…Nodlaig mhaith chugnat…Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou…Bo Nada…Zalig Kerstfeest…Hyvaa joulua…Gajan Kristnaskon…Zorionak eta Urte Berri On…
However you say it, I wish you a very happy Christmas!

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 24, 2006

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heav’n’s all gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the [...]

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Michael Blakey: news from India

by Richard on December 23, 2006

I learned this afternoon that Pawan Bhardwaj, the husband of Rachel Owen, who had been arrested on suspicion of Mike’s murder, has been released without charge. It appears that he has been completely exonerated, which is obviously great news. Michael’s missing mobile phone has been found in the Punjab, and a second man has been [...]

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As Christmas Day approaches…

by Richard on December 22, 2006

Expectations are hard things to live with. In a culture increasingly driven by “targets”, the expectations we have of ourselves and others can be a source of great hurt and confusion. This is especially true when our expectations do not match those of others. And it has to be said that there are many times [...]

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The materialism of Christmas

by Richard on December 21, 2006

At this time of year it is common to hear the complaint, “The trouble with Christmas is, it’s too materialistic these days.” Christians up and down the land go even further, “It’s all very well celebrating, but what about the spiritual spects of Christmas?” And there is no shortage of evidence for the truth of [...]

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Hey, Jesus - Happy Birthday!

by Kim on December 21, 2006

Peter: Eh . . . Jesus . . .?
Jesus: Yes, Peter . . . ? [Seeing Peter's black eye] Peter, what’s happened to your eye? Have you been fighting again?
P: Honest, Jesus. it wasn’t my fault. The other guy started it. He called you names. So I put his lights out!
J: [...]

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The magic of Christmas

by Richard on December 20, 2006

Many Christians are apt to be just a little bit churlish when it comes to Christmas. I sometimes get a sense that Christians are resentful that “our” festival has been stolen, taken over by revellers who are happy to sing carols and watch a school nativity play but will give little or no thought to [...]

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Bloggers will be familiar with the fourfold sense of scripture in medieval hermeneutics: the literal sense (plain, historical), the allegorical sense (ecclesiastical), the tropological sense (moral), and the anagogical sense (eschatological). Here is an allegorical interpretation of the birth of Jesus - a bit of fun with Christian denominations.
The Angels: Methodists - of course [...]

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Reading is good for the soul

by Richard on December 19, 2006

Over at Faith and Theology, Kim offers Ten thoughts on the literal and the literary.

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Christmas Giving

by Richard on December 19, 2006

I realise that there is no shortage of charitable bodies out with the begging bowl at this time of year, but if you haven’t made your mind up which one to support yet let me offer you 3 internet-based campaigns.
(Red)emption is seeking to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation which works for the relief [...]

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The Big Debate

by Kim on December 18, 2006

Swansea University’s Catholic Society recently held a light-hearted debate - but a proper, formal debate, two teams, allotted speaking times, a vote and a prize for the winner - on the question: Which is the more important Christian festival, Christmas or Easter?
The evangelical in me got to thinking: What about the cross? Shouldn’t this [...]

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Michael Blakey: new suspect sought

by Richard on December 17, 2006

The Sunday Times is claiming that police are on the trail of another suspect for the murder of Mike Blakey.
INDIAN detectives investigating the murder of a British volunteer working for a Scottish charity have revealed that they are hunting another suspect in connection with the killing.
Senior police officers in Dharamsala, in the north India state [...]

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Free Christmas music

by Richard on December 17, 2006

If you’re stuck for Christmas music — shame on you for leaving it so late! — you could do worse than visit ChristmasCarolMusic.org, which offers exactly what it says. And all free. There are SATB arrangements, MIDI versions, arrangements for instruments in different keys… Greta stuff.
Thanks to Rebranded

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 17, 2006

Jesus — the Name high over all,
In hell or earth or sky!
Angels and men before it fall,
And devils fear and fly.
Jesus — the Name to sinners dear,
The Name to sinners given!
It scatters all their guilty fear,
It turns their hell to heaven.
Jesus — the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
And life [...]

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Bliar

by Richard on December 16, 2006

Dave Warnock picks up a piece from yesterday’s Independent exposing new evidence of the British government’s untruthfulness on the run up to the Iraq War
The Government’s case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass [...]

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Billy Graham remembered

by Richard on December 16, 2006

Bene Diction ponders the dispute surrounding the burial of Billy Graham (no, he isn’t dead yet) and remembers an encounter with the evangelist himself.

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Zamenhof-tago

by Richard on December 15, 2006

Apparently, today is Zamenhof-tago (that’s Zamenhof Day for those few of you who don’t speak Esperanto), a day to celebrate Dr Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof, the inventor of Esperanto.
Distressed by the inequalities and misunderstandings between ethnic groups in his home town, he believed that a neutral and easily learnt communication tool could help to promote mutual [...]

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