From the monthly archives:

May 2007

In which Richard proves he is no poet

by Richard on May 31, 2007

OK, OK. I’m no poet. But I couldn’t resist having a go at Dave Congdon’s competition. As the first verse sggests, I’ve borrowed from Wesleyan hymnody very heavily, and pretty much plagiarized the last verse. Charles Wesley in’t likely to sue me. (I suspect that this is another post I’m going to regret. :))
As Charles [...]

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Liberal media?

by Richard on May 30, 2007

Bene Diction reports a new study in the US that “shows conservative evangelical religious leaders (Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, Richard Land et al) have a larger representation in traditional media than any other religious group”. The only surprise here is that anyone should be surprised by this. The conservative claims about liberal media, especially in [...]

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Thee and thine

by Richard on May 30, 2007

You might have heard recently that France’s new President, Nicholas Sarkozy, intends to ban the use of the ’second person singular’ (tu) in schools, so that pupils are obliged to use the more formal vous (second person plural) when addressing teachers.
English-speakers are more or less denied the ability to make this distinction, the second person [...]

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Crossword Clue of the Day

by Richard on May 30, 2007

Most daring underwear combination (7)
Starts with a B…

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Dim Ysmygu

by Richard on May 30, 2007

From July 1st, England will join the rest of the UK in banning smoking from all public spaces. This is a Good Thing. Not sure about the signs going up everywhere though. The BBC has more about the controversy.
I will admit to feeling sorry for those forlorn souls you see standing outside every pub in [...]

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War Prayer

by Richard on May 30, 2007

Since we’re in poetic mood, Turbulent Cleric has video illustrating Mark Twain’s War Prayer. Strong stuff.

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Kim Fabricius gets me in trouble again*

by Richard on May 29, 2007

Call me a sad act, but there’s always a little thrill that goes with discovering that another blogger has linked a post here. Well, nearly always. Today, for example, I read mself described as a nasty little man by someone I’ve never met, but who I’m theoretically in fellowship with.
s this really the way a [...]

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Moribund

by Kim on May 29, 2007

Speaking of poetry …
I wrote the following piece, entitled “Moribund”, after visiting one of my members in a residential home, one of Swansea’s grimmer ones. I didn’t actually think of it as a poem, though it has an intra-linear rhyme scheme. Anyway, here it is.
Old age, last page, mute rage
Antique, pipes leak, joints [...]

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As Christ

by Richard on May 29, 2007

The Fire and the Rose has been running a poetry competition. Although I’m not much of a lad for poems, I particularly enjoyed this entry
As Christ (by Aric Clark)
Make of me no Christian,
God of Israel and of all,
Endlessly debating doctrine,
Instead of rising at your call.
Make of me no Christian,
Counting angels on a pin,
Make me salt [...]

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Malta shamed by British newspaper

by Richard on May 29, 2007

This was the shocking picture on the front page of yesterday’s ‘Independent’, showing African migrants clinging to tuna nets after the sinking of their boat. They spent many hours in the water while officials of the Maltese and Libyan governments argued about who should rescue them. They were eventually picked up by a vessel of [...]

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God’s game?

by Richard on May 29, 2007

Over at Faith and Theology, our friend Kim makes a plainly preposterous statement.

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Confession time

by Richard on May 27, 2007

I have a confession to make, but I’m hesitant. Who wants to look ridiculous? But my guilty secret is weighing me down and I’m hoping that ‘getting it off my chest’ will bring some relief. Confession, I’m told, is good for the soul. So here goes.
Mia nomo estas Richard, kaj mi estas Esperantisto.
That’s right. I [...]

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The Anonymous Spirit

by Kim on May 27, 2007

Here is the sermon I preached this morning at Bethel URC, Swansea.
Text: John 16:14:
“He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (NRSV).
In the creed issued by the bishops gathered at Nicaea (in what is now Turkey) in the year 325, there is a brief section on God [...]

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New Methodist website

by Richard on May 27, 2007

The Methodist Church of Great Britain has had the decorators in at its website. My first glance was favourable.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on May 27, 2007

Head of Thy church, whose Spirit fills
And flows through every faithful soul,
Unites in mystic love, and seals
Them one, and sanctifies the whole;
“Come, Lord,” Thy glorious Spirit cries,
And souls beneath the altar groan;
“Come, Lord,” the bride on earth replies,
“And perfect all our souls in one.”
Pour out the promised gift on all,
Answer the universal “Come!”
The fullness of [...]

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God save the Queen

by Richard on May 25, 2007

On May 27th, 1977, the Sex Pistols gave two fingers to the Establishment and the celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. With the release of “God save the Queen”, punk rock hit the mainstream — whether the mainstream wanted it or not.
God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
Potential H-bomb
At the time it [...]

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John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience

by Richard on May 24, 2007

On this day, 1738, John Wesley wrote in his journal:
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith [...]

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Good grief is bad grief.

by Kim on May 24, 2007

A good deal of a minister’s time is spent with the bereaved, time during which I have often felt helpless, useless, even fraudulent. Here is a reflection/meditation on my almost twenty-five-years’ experience of grief - and of grieving.
Grief that to cure must first poison.
Psalm 22:1, not 22:24, grief,
God deaf to my cry and “Why?” [...]

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Blair puts nuclear power back on the agenda

by Richard on May 23, 2007

A government white paper has suggested that new nuclear power stations will be essential to secure Britain’s energy needs.
I’m less than convinced. First, it just isn’t true that nuclear stations are carbon free. It may be that nuclear power produces no carbon at the station, but what of the carbon cost of producing and transporting [...]

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Global warming resources

by Richard on May 23, 2007


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