From the monthly archives:

March 2007

Focusing on US evangelicals

by Bene Diction on March 29, 2007

We aren’t Christians.
Who knew!
This is rather funny/pathetic.
Think of Dr. James Dobson as a self made archbishop of US evangelicals - the US evangelical pope- only preaching to a way smaller crowd. A guy with a lot of money, mailing lists and his own media bully pulpit.
Dr. James Dobson decided to phone Dan Gilgoff of [...]

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“… The proper question to ask, is what would be the modern equivalent of Wilberforce’s crusade [against the slave trade]. Which political campaign today would replicate the scale of the task he took on? It would have to be a practice so woven into the economic life of the nation that its abolition [...]

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A Hymn for Good Friday

by Kim on March 28, 2007

Pilate poses,
Christ exposes -
power challenged and defied;
Christ appearing,
people jeering -
sin and righteousness collide.
Life the winner,
new creation;
for the sinner,
full salvation:
Christ the Lord is crucified!
Christ the Lord is crucified!
‘Midst the shambles
soldiers gamble,
bandits braying at his side;
earth is shaken,
dead awaken
at the dreadful deicide.
An absurd day -
wait! - surprises! -
on the third day
Jesus rises:
Christ the Lord is glorified!
Christ the [...]

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A Story for Palm Sunday

by Kim on March 27, 2007

My 80-year old mother sent me this story, which seems a good one for Palm Sunday.
A pastor entered his pet donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased that he entered the donkey in another race, and it won again.
The local paper read: PASTOR’S ASS OUT FRONT.
The bishop [...]

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As can be seen from Richard’s frequent posts on environmental concerns, particularly global warming, there is the “big picture” in needing to address the greatest pollution causes. Yet, the “small” items figure in as well.
During the eight days without power in January, a great many batteries, particularly alkalines, were used and thrown away when [...]

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Book of the week

by Richard on March 26, 2007

Exploring Reality: The intertwining of science and religion, John Polkinghorne
John Polkinghorne is a most remarkable man, a world-class physicist whose faith led him to become an Anglican priest. He is also a very gifted communicator. I was privileged to hear him lecture in Swansea a little while ago, and it was one of the best [...]

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A Hymn for Palm Sunday

by Kim on March 26, 2007

Jesus entering the city
on a donkey, grand but gritty,
weeping tears of peace and pity -
rocks and stones cannot be dumb
Jesus at the place of praying,
overturning tables, saying,
“In my Father’s house no paying!” -
now the temple’s Judge has come.
Jesus in the temple preaching,
using stories for his teaching,
Pharisees and scribes are screeching,
while the traitor does his sums.
Jesus [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 25, 2007

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
be thou my [...]

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Zimbabwe petition

by Richard on March 21, 2007

Turbulent Cleric urges us to sign this petition calling for sanctions against Mugabe’s vicious regime.

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As Easter approaches

by Richard on March 21, 2007

Kim comes over all theological (and poetic) again with 10 Propositions on the Resurrection.

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Wade Steffey

by Bene Diction on March 20, 2007

A body discovered inside a dormitory’s locked, high-voltage utility room was identified Tuesday as a 19-year-old Purdue University student who vanished more than two months ago, school officials said.
A maintenance worker investigating a “pinging” sound on Monday discovered the body of Wade Steffey, a freshman who was last seen in the area Jan. 13 [...]

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Jesus Camp and George Bush

by Richard on March 20, 2007

With thanks to Wood who decribes it as “one of the vilest things I have seen for a long, long time.”
I’m not going to argue with that. But I wonder where I can get a GWB cardboard figure like that? It might come in handy…

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Local news — via Oz!

by Richard on March 20, 2007

The internet plays havoc with geography.
I live less than half a mile from my friend Kim. I see him two or three times a week. But I found about his interview on BBC Radio Wales via Ozzie blogger Ben Myers. How daft is that?
Kim discusses the replacement of Trident with an Anglican priest [...]

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More American roots music

by Richard on March 20, 2007

“My Name is Buddy” arrived from Amazon this morning.
And it’s every bit as splendid as I expected.
This is an album very much in the tradition of the dustbowl troubadours such as Woody Guthrie, whimsical but passionate. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard anything quite like it. The songs are social commentary put into [...]

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Church marketing

by Richard on March 19, 2007

From the ever-splendid Dave Walker

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Mothers’ Day

by Richard on March 18, 2007

It’s Mothering Sunday today — popularly known as Mothers’ Day. The tradition of Mothering Sunday has quite different origins from the American Mothers’ Day, but while their origins are different they are elebrated in exactly the same way.
I’ve been reminded that Mothers’ Day was the brainchild of activist Julia Ward Howe, who issued this Mother’s [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 18, 2007

Hark my soul! It is the Lord,
‘Tis thy Saviour, hear his word;
Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee,
“Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?
“I delivered thee when bound,
And, when bleeding, healed thy wound;
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Zen Judaism

by Kim on March 17, 2007

Have you seen these?
If there is no self, then whose arthritis is this?
Be here now.
Be someplace else later.
Is that so complicated?
Drink tea and nourish life.
With the first sip, joy.
With the second, satisfaction.
With the third, peace.
With the fourth, a Danish.
Wherever you go, there you are.
Your luggage is another matter.
Accept misfortune as a blessing.
Do not wish for [...]

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On this day…

by Richard on March 15, 2007

44 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome, is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus.
1820 Maine enters the Union
As part of the Missouri Compromise between the North and the South, Maine is admitted into the Union as the 23rd state. Administered [...]

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Swindled

by Richard on March 14, 2007

I know I said I wouldn’t mention The Great Global Warming Swindle again, but the takedown of this programme in today’s Independent was too good to ignore. I was very tempted to just blockquote the whole article (which of course would be naughty and bad), but it really is worth reading — especially if you [...]

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