From the monthly archives:

February 2007

Change of address

by Richard on February 28, 2007

Levellers has moved to a new home. Pop over to help him settle in. Don’t forget the fruit cake or a nice bottle of something.


The Bones of Jesus

by Kim on February 28, 2007

I’ve just read that the Hollywood film director James Cameron claims that his latest film will demonstrate that he has discovered the mortal remains of Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed he avers that his claim will be supported by DNA testing.
Okay, that’s hilarious enough, but - wait for it - Cameron goes on to say [...]


Church Unity

by Richard on February 28, 2007

Kim offers 10 Propositions on ecumenism.


An alternative universe?

by Richard on February 27, 2007

Our friend Bene Diction points us to Conservapedia, a new wiki intended to challenge what it sees as anti-Christian anti-American bias in Wikipedia.
Conservapedia is an online resource and meeting place where we favor Christianity and America. Conservapedia has easy-to-use indexes to facilitate review of topics. You will much prefer using Conservapedia compared to Wikipedia if [...]


Worldmapper: seeing the world in new ways

by Richard on February 26, 2007

All maps are a distortion in one way or another. It just isn’t possible to present the surface of a sphere onto a flat surface without introducing some sort of inaccuracy. The conventional Mercator’s projection — the one we’re all used to from our school atlases — offers a map on which straight [...]


Facing reality

by Richard on February 26, 2007

Wood wonders if British Christians today can really face up to the reality of death.
What strikes me most of all is that even though we make a show of accepting the reality of death, we actually don’t. The death and pain we’re singing of are familiar, comfortable; we disconnect its true meaning from our personal [...]


Amazing grace - again

by Richard on February 26, 2007

Following on from Sunday’s post, I defy anyone to find a better rendering of Amazing Grace than this fine offering from the Blind Boys of Alabama. Even though they sing that verse Newton didn’t write. Brilliant.


Global warming sceptic profile

by Richard on February 25, 2007

PhysicsWorld profiles climate-change sceptic Richard Lindzen.
via RealClimate


Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 25, 2007

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me [...]

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A Positive Lent

by Richard on February 25, 2007

I almost hate to admit this (almost!), but I really like the Church of England’s promotion of a positive Lent. Instead of giving things up, you take actions daily: make someone laugh, give way to someone in a hurry, spend time in silence… Nothing grand or earth-shattering by themselves, but could have quite an impact [...]


True community on the web?

by Richard on February 24, 2007

This is an interesting article which challenges the notion of “community” on the internet:
The most obvious distinctive of life in cyberspace is an ominous one: communication is generally restricted to the written word. This skews interpersonal relationships among the Netizens in disturbing ways. Since you only exist in cyberspace by virtue of your words, it [...]


Are you washed?

by Richard on February 23, 2007

Make sure your speakers are plugged in, then sing along: Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?


“A Load of Bunk from the PM’s Bunker”

by Kim on February 22, 2007

I still cannot straighten the rictus. In “The Sketch” in today’s Independent Simon Carr has outdone himself. Here’s the gist.
“Tony Blair came to the House [of Commons] to announce troop withdrawals from Iraq …The PM is looking very threadbare. He may have crossed the thin line that separates lunacy from insanity (it’s [...]


Lessons on responding to complex problems

by Richard on February 22, 2007

This is not new, but then they say “the old ones are the best.”
After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond [...]


George Herbert: “Lent”

by Kim on February 21, 2007

If anyone would like a Lenten education, try the poetry of George Herbert. Here are the last two verses of his poem “Lent”.
Who goeth in the way which Christ hath gone
Is much more sure to meet with Him then one
That travelleth by-wayes;
Perhaps my God, [...]


Ash Wednesday

by Richard on February 21, 2007

Lent is here. It’s a long season, all the way from Ash Wednesday to Easter that does not exactly inspire many modern day Christians. In this fast moving world, we lack the patience for a season of such length. We prefer the one day beano, like Christmas, Easter, or (at a pinch) Pentecost. Sometimes we [...]


Shrove Tuesday

by Richard on February 20, 2007

Lent is a time for abstinence. Shrove Tuesday is not. It’s time to get out your frying pans and cook the most indulgent pancakes you can! What will you put on yours?


Gratuitous link

by Richard on February 19, 2007

There are some beautiful pictures at Welcome to Gower


W is the new Q

by Richard on February 19, 2007

Locusts & Honey proposes a radical new solution to the “Synoptic problem”.
I can’t imagine why no one has thought of it before.


Diamorphine shortage

by Richard on February 19, 2007

I’ve just been listening to a piece on the radio about the shortage of diamorphine in British hospitals. It is used both to keep cancer patients pain-free and also in the treatment of heroin addicts. A shortage of the drug means that these two vital areas of medicine are in competition with one another.
Meanwhile, [...]