From the monthly archives:

June 2007

Letter to Lauren: A Baptismal Sermon

by Kim on June 30, 2007

This is for Lauren. It’s something quite unusual in these days of e-mails and text-messages: it’s a letter! You remember - pen, paper, writing. But there will be no envelope or stamp, because this is a letter I’m not going to post, I’m going to read it out loud - in place [...]

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Crossed wires

by Richard on June 28, 2007

Wires from the Bunker responds to Britain’s recent flooding
I have been pleasantly surprised that not to many reports appear to have invoked climate change during the recent national floods in the UK - and rightly so. To do so, of course, they would have to mention global warming as the prime cause - and [...]

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Ili Parolas Esperanton

by Richard on June 28, 2007

Quite a nice articlefrom Plotki ~Rumours from around the Bloc
Zsofia Korody is a teacher at one of the most prestigious full grammar schools in Hungary. Vanildo Siller, a tourism expert from Brazil, is currently enjoying cycling through London and earning some money at a hotel to fund his coming studies in Paris. Jean Codjo is [...]

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8 things about me

by Richard on June 28, 2007

Randy tagged me with this meme last week. So here goes…
1. I was born in the village of Askern in South Yorkshire. My roots are solidly working class. My ancestors, going back to around 1700, were all farm labourers and miners. Although I was born in Yorkshire, my family comes from Lancashire and Northumberland.
2. I [...]

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Out with the old…

by Richard on June 27, 2007

In case you hadn’t heard, Britain has a new Prime Minister. Former Labour MEP Methodist Preacher is pleased.
I think I’ll wait and see.

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Kim’s confession

by Richard on June 27, 2007

As you might suspect, it’ll take more than a few ‘Hail Mary’s’ to sort out this little lot.

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God is biassed

by Richard on June 27, 2007

So says Wood. And, somewhat scarily for me, he’s right.

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Yessiree. The Emerging Church has been nailed as a bunch of pot-smoking hippies.
And then as the Lord led me into the study of the new cult of liberal theology which is the Emergent Church oddly enough much of the bohemian and communal talk reminded me of the 60’s. So I got to thinking, many of [...]

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Patriotism and the Church

by Richard on June 26, 2007

Randy wonders about displays of patriotism in worship and asks whether this is a uniquely American phenomenon.
Five years ago I was in Florida on a pulpit exchange at this time of year and had to conduct a ‘4th of July’ service. On my blog I wrote
This has been the most difficult Sunday so far, being [...]

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New worship song

by Richard on June 26, 2007

Via Dave Walker comes the Powerpoint Song
All the hymnbooks that we used to use
Have been thrown in the recycling bin
With the photocopied service sheets
And the last remaining BCPs
Powerpoint pleases nobody
But it’s the latest thing
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Britain gets more extreme weather

by Richard on June 26, 2007

North eastern Britain was hit by torrential rain yesterday causing severe flooding. The city of Sheffield appears to have been the most affected, with a month’s worth of rain falling in a few hours. The M1 motorway has been closed and 250 people evacuated from their homes after cracks appeared in a dam. At least [...]

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Churchgoing in the UK

by Richard on June 25, 2007

A survey conducted by Tearfund provides some encouraging statistics.
Dr Elaine Storkey, President of Tearfund, who also lectures in Theology at the University of Oxford, says, “This survey is a valuable contribution to exploring what people in Britain today think about church, why people attend and crucially, what is most likely to encourage people to make [...]

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An evangelical Christian sect that considers television and computers evil is in talks with the Government about sponsoring a city academy, it became clear last night.
Members of the Exclusive Brethren met Jim Knight, the schools minister, to discuss the possibility of backing one of Tony Blair’s flagship schools.
The sect believes that the world is the [...]

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Christian government?

by Richard on June 25, 2007

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his [...]

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Have you read True History of the Kelly Gang, the Booker Prize-winning novel by Peter Carey? It’s about the eponymous Ned Kelly, a sort of Robin Hood figure in the turn of the 19th century Australian outback. It’s a dazzling read. Not only because of perennial themes wonderfully, comically, tragically woven into [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 24, 2007

Christ, from whom all blessings flow,
Perfecting the saints below,
Hear us, who Thy nature share,
Who thy mystic body are.
Join us, in one spirit join,
Let us still receive of thine;
Still for more on Thee we call,
Thou who fillest all in all.
Closer knit to thee, our Head,
Nourished, Lord, by thee, and fed,
Let us daily growth receive,
More in Jesus [...]

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A Vocation

by Kim on June 21, 2007

Someone rashly asked for some more sketches. How’s this?
GOD: Oi, Moses . . .
MOSES: [Startled] Who’s that?
GOD: Over here. In the bush. It’s me.
MOSES: And who, hotshot, is “me”?
GOD: I AM “me”. Yahweh’s the name. But you can call me God.
MOSES: You mean as in “the God of Abraham, Isaac, [...]

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Poisoning the Student Mind

by Richard on June 21, 2007

Wood (top bloke!) has added a new job to his portfolio.He’s become editor of the Student Christian Movement magazine, Movement. I’m certain he’ll do a cracking job and have said as much to the fine folk at SCM.
For those not ‘in the know’, SCM is the smaller of the two main organisations for Christian students, [...]

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Anglicans needs photo of the Transfiguration

by Richard on June 21, 2007

Dave Walker reports that our friends in the Communications Office of the Anglican Church need a photograph of the Transfiguration.
If you were present at the Transfiguration and managed to get a photo then please do send it in to them. I appreciate that most of those present at the Transfiguration would not have had a [...]

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Heal your church office with online apps?

by Richard on June 20, 2007

Dean wonders if declares Microsoft Office is dead
…now is the time to see if Zoho, Google Apps and or various others are better suited to the office needs of your church and/or charitable organization
It’s hard to argue with that. Zoho and others are offering products that are more and more capable of challenging Microsoft’s dominance. [...]

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