From the monthly archives:

August 2007

International blog day

by Richard on August 31, 2007

Today is the 3rd International Blog Day, an opportunity for bloggers to make a special effort to share some of their favourite bloggers. I’m probably not following the instructions very precisely, but here are some of my local heroes, in no particular order.
John Heron Project by my great friend, Wood. Focuses on serial fiction, but [...]

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Allied Road post expanded below

by Joel on August 31, 2007

Although I didn’t want to move the whole post up to a “new” slot, I have expanded this post below (August 23) to reflect my original intentions.

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The Church: house or ship?

by Richard on August 29, 2007

Glyn Cardy writes in the Guardian
Archbishop Helder Camara once wrote: “Pilgrim: when your ship, long moored in harbour, gives you the illusion of being a house; when your ship begins to put down roots in the stagnant water by the quay: put out to sea! Save your boat’s journeying soul, and your own pilgrim soul, [...]

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Love and marriage

by Richard on August 28, 2007

I heard a fascinating interview on the radio this morning with Bishop Gene Robinson. In The Choice, Bishop Robinson was asked about the process of his becoming the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion, and if you didn’t hear it I commend it to you. For the next 7 days you’ll be able [...]

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Coffee illustrated

by Richard on August 27, 2007

If you’ve ever been intimidated by the options at your local coffee shop, this illustrated guide (with pronunciation hints) is a must-read.
via

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Motivational quote of the day

by Richard on August 27, 2007

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke
Via Ian’s Messy Desk

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The path to pacifism

by Richard on August 26, 2007

At Faith and Theology, Kim Fabricius recounts his Ten stations on the way to Christian pacifism

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 26, 2007

Let earth and heaven agree,
Angels and men be joined,
To celebrate with me
The Saviour of mankind;
To adore the all-atoning Lamb,
And bless the sound of Jesu’s name.
Jesus, transporting sound!
The joy of earth and heaven;
No other help is found,
No other name is given,
By which we can salvation have;
But Jesus came the world to save.
Jesus, harmonious name!
It charms the [...]

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This post is a response to the In the Agora post, Revolutionaries, of blogging friend and fellow Beatles devotee Joshua Claybourn, where he respondeded to my post here of August 17, 2007 and to an e-mail exchange with Josh, with the discussion originating with Seth Zirkle’s post of August 10 “Methodists United Against Volvo.” [...]

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A blogger’s return

by Richard on August 25, 2007

This has, I think, been my longest blog-break since I began this strange pastime. I don’t regret being away, but I have missed it. I’m grateful to Joel for his recent contributions, keeping the fires burning. Diolch yn fawr, as they say in these parts.
Of course, the worst thing about going away is coming back. [...]

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Light, life, Allied Road, and Grace

by Joel on August 23, 2007

Note: Light, life and Allied Road updated on August 31 to restore material “cut” from the original. The restoration was inspired by the fact that my yellow lab puppy, “Grace,” missing for several hours, and the subject of a multi-person hunt, was discovered yesterday morning in the vicinity of 7th Street and Allied Road. [...]

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United Methodist Counter-Revolution

by Joel on August 17, 2007

Fellow United Methodist and blogging friend Joshua Claybourn of In the Agora responded to a comment in this post by lifting up a counter-revolution in the UMC to keep it from being taken over by what he labels the “progressive left.” Never mind for a moment our disagreement about my claim that employment of [...]

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Preaching on the run

by Joel on August 13, 2007

Sunday worship service began at Stroud yesterday at its regularly scheduled time of 10:50 in the morning. It began without me, for I was either asleep or knocked out on the bathroom floor of the parsonage. At our church, we commence with the preaching early on. So at 10:50 I’m in my [...]

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Howie here (there)

by Joel on August 13, 2007

Earlier this month I met Howie Howard — friend of Andy Bryan of Enter the Rainbow – at a wedding I officiated in Stroud, Oklahoma. Howie grew up in the United Church of Christ, attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and is very musically talented. He is on the staff of St. Peter’s [...]

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Blogging break

by Richard on August 5, 2007

It’s August and well into the holiday season. Time a took a little break. I’ll be turning my computer off tomorrow. I wonder if I can manage a fortnight without it? That’s the plan. My co-bloggers are, of course free to ‘fire at will’.
See you in a couple of weeks. Unless I get the itch [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 5, 2007

WEARY souls, that wander wide
From the central point of bliss,
Turn to Jesus crucified,
Fly to those dear wounds of his:
Sink into the purple flood;
Rise into the life of God!
Find in Christ the way of peace,
Peace unspeakable, unknown;
By his pain he gives you ease,
Life by his expiring groan;
Rise, exalted by his fall,
Find in Christ your all in [...]

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When the Church Is Behind the Curve

by Joel on August 4, 2007

At Oklahoma’s United Methodist Annual Conference on the campus of Oklahoma City University in May, Conference Members (delegates), both clergy and laity, used a new electronic keypad voting system for the first time, finally abandoning the old paper ballot system. The results were not encouraging. Despite fairly clear-cut (eventually) instructions on how to [...]

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Mustard and Leaven

by Kim on August 3, 2007

Sermon on Matthew 13:31-33
You want the message of Jesus in a nutshell? Here it is then: “Flash! Good news just in! The time we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, the kingdom of God has drawn near, so near you can almost taste it; so re-think your life - where you’ve [...]

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Blogging in the news

by Richard on August 2, 2007

Blogging features in two stories in today’s Independent.
In the first, How the bloggers are making politics more febrile, more fun - and more challenging, Steve Richards scratches his head over the fact that on both sides of the Atlantic it is the Right which dominates the blogosphere. (I’d venture that this is true of [...]

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