From the monthly archives:

September 2007

Penlan

by Richard on September 30, 2007

I shared worship this morning with one of the most indomitable little groups of Christians that I’ve ever met.
Penlan Methodist Church is at the heart of a post-war Council estate that has a reputation as one of Swansea’s toughest areas. Whatever indicator you use of social deprivation — unemployment, health, education — you’ll find [...]

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Save SPCK

by Richard on September 30, 2007

I knew that times were hard at SPCK bookshops, but from what I read at Dave’s blog, it’s a lot worse than I imagined.
Sad.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 30, 2007

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and [...]

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A Joke

by Kim on September 29, 2007

Here’s a joke I’ve adapted from one about politicians in today’s Independent.
A Barthian is standing on the top of a cliff with a liberal and a member of the Religious Right. Whom does he push off first?
Answer: the liberal. Business before pleasure.
Have a nice day!

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Gold rush

by Richard on September 29, 2007

Yesterday, I stood within a few feet of £2 million worth of gold.
There was no special security, just a wooden fence and a completely unarmed tour guide. The site of this fabulous wealth was the Dolaucothi Gold Mine here in South Wales, a really interesting glimpse of an unusual aspect of Wales’ past. The [...]

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The future of the weather forecast

by Richard on September 28, 2007

Dave Walker shows how to take weather forecasting to the next level. Genius. I can only ask, how come nobody thought of this before?

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Fresh Expressions and Emerging Church

by Richard on September 28, 2007

Martyn Atkins, the President of the Methodist Conference discusses what he sees as the essential difference between ‘Emerging Church’ and ‘Fresh Expressions’
EC tend to be a new ecclesial community in virtually every respect. Often arising from Alt Worship they tend to be configured around a group of believers, often pilgrims with stories of aother associations [...]

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Misc stuff

by Richard on September 27, 2007

You’ll have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much this week. It’s time, you see.
It has been Freshers’ Week at the University, and I’ve tried to put a bit of extra time in there. A dear old lady died at the weekend. I had another funeral to do yesterday, a training session to lead at [...]

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Dives and Lazarus: a sermon

by Kim on September 27, 2007

A rich man and a poor man named Lazarus. But let’s begin by being more specific. The Good News Bible speaks of the rich man’s “expensive clothes” and the “great luxury” in which he lived (Luke 16:19). A more recent translation (The Message) is more contemporary: it speaks of the “latest fashions” he wore and [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on September 26, 2007

Our fiend Dave Warnock is still trying to pull the threads together to organize a British Methodist bloggers gathering. I don’t envy him trying to sort that out. It’s guaranteed that whatever timing is chosen won’t suit everyone, but I do hope it happens. It would be good to get together.
As I anticipate the event, [...]

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How do I know that I’m saved?

by Richard on September 23, 2007

It was an anguished question. A woman with little self-worth who’d been struggling to find meaning, purpose and contentment. She needed to know that she meant something. She longed for faith but no matter how much she prayed, how many pages of the Bible she read, how many church services she attended she just couldn’t [...]

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Methodist blogs

by Richard on September 23, 2007

The latest round up from Allan Bevere.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 23, 2007

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let [...]

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The Madeleine McCann Show

by Kim on September 22, 2007

I wonder what all you guys think about The Madeleine McCann Show. Because that is what it has turned into, a show, or better, a soap, a reality-soap, whose storyline the writers of Eastenders must envy and the rest of us follow with a combination of compassionate concern and perverse fascination as we anxiously [...]

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Arctic ice - record retreat

by Richard on September 21, 2007

The Arctic sea ice has retreated this summer to a greater extent than ever previously recorded
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said the minimum extent of 4.13 million sq km (1.59 million sq miles) was reached on 16 September.
The figure shatters all previous satellite surveys, including the previous record low of 5.32 million [...]

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Satire warning

by Richard on September 20, 2007

How to read the Bible the RIGHT way
Remember, knowledge puffs up, so you need to have as little of it as possible (1 Cor. 8:1). In addition, many of these “scholars” use un-American languages like Greek and Hebrew to make their points, so it’s not wise to trust them. A lot of them are also [...]

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The History of Global Warming

by Richard on September 20, 2007

New Scientist Blog on the history of ‘global warming’ science
Why does this history matter? Because it shows that scientists, now united in agreement, were once the greatest climate change sceptics.
There is still plenty of scientific debate about just much the world will warm, an issue complicated by the many feedback factors. There’s also lots of [...]

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Gambling

by Richard on September 19, 2007

Gambling kills says Turbulent Cleric.
On that subject, Gambling Watch Global is a very useful resource for anyone wanting to learn more about gambling and its effects.

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Joined up thinking

by Richard on September 19, 2007

Dave Warnock wonders if some views might be connected
I suspect a connection or rather a correlation between these views. I wondered about other possible correlations. Do you think the following might be correct? …
- Those who do not believe in evolution are more likely to think that more guns means less gun crime. …
- Those [...]

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Rising to Dawkins’ bait

by Richard on September 19, 2007

In the letters column of my newspaper the other day, Richard Dawkins wrote:
Would you need to read learned volumes on leprechology before disbelieving in leprechauns?

Two responses appeared today, both from Swansea, one from yours truly.

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