From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Islam is ‘bigger’ than catholicism?

by Richard on March 31, 2008

Strange little piece in today’s Independent that doesn’t seem to have made the online edition.
Islam is ‘bigger’ than catholicism
Vatican City: Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said yesterday. Monsignor Vitorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican’s 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 per [...]

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Fresh Expressions

by Richard on March 31, 2008

ASBO Jesus does it again. Great stuff!

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14 Old Testament ways to get a wife

by Richard on March 30, 2008

Ian McKenzie tells all

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Post-Easter Sermon

by Richard on March 30, 2008

The A-Z of faith: a sermon for after Easter by Kim Fabricius
I still have this vivid memory, from when I was in primary school. I’d been a naughty boy, and my punishment was to stay after school and write lines on the blackboard. When I had finished I headed home. I always caught the bus [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 30, 2008

Our Lord is risen from the dead!
Our Jesus is gone up on high!
The powers of hell are captive led,
Dragged to the portals of the sky.
There His triumphal chariot waits,
And angels chant the solemn lay:
Lift up your heads, you heavenly gates;
You everlasting doors, give way!
Loose all your bars of massy light,
And wide unfold the ethereal scene;
He [...]

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Judgement Day: The Passion

by Kim on March 26, 2008

I finally got around to viewing my recording of the BBC’s The Passion. I was right: it was not very good. But I was also wrong: it was not as bad as I had expected – and it could have been a lot worse. To be honest, I kind of enjoyed it. [...]

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Every sperm is sacred?

by Richard on March 26, 2008

Bishop Alan comments on the embryo wars. Useful thoughts.

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Easter Vigil: the missing service

by Richard on March 25, 2008

I had to change my plans at our overnight vigil when I discovered that I hadn’t burned the right file onto the CD. We had the Proclamation of the Cross at 10:30, Sarah led us into the night at midnight, and I’d intended to lead a re-telling of the Passion at 2am. I still could’ve, [...]

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Following Joel’s post Pastor Jeremiah Wright: God Damn America? the other day, Inhabitatio Dei offers some very useful links on Black liberation theology.

Obama, Race and theology
Understanding Wright: Black Liberation Theology from Cone
Cone Explained: How the Media, Politicos, and Others Like Them are Stupid as a Brick and Got it All Wrong
A Humble Suggestion

Take your time [...]

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Ice shelf “hangs by a thread”

by Richard on March 25, 2008

The break up of Antarctica’s Wilkins Ice Shelf is being taken as further evidence of global warming.
An iceberg some 25 miles wide and a mile and a half deep has begun to break away from the ice shelf. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey are monitoring the event, calling it “unprecedented”.

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Robert Owen exhibition

by Richard on March 25, 2008

An exhibition featuring on of my long-time heroes Robert Owen is on tour in Wales.
Robert Owen is widely regarded as the ‘father of British socialism’ and one of the forerunners of the cooperative movement. His pioneering enterprise at New Lanark, providing decent housing, improved working conditions and educational opportunities to workers was a beacon of [...]

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Easter greeting

by Richard on March 25, 2008

It’s too late to send this Easter e-Card this year. Maybe next…

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Fruity

by Richard on March 25, 2008

ASBO Jesus keeps coming up with the goods. This one reminds me of something that happened to me a little while ago. I’d been having lunch with a recently retired academic at the university. He’s a very highly respected chap, a ‘pillar of the community’ and quite a big noise in his church.
When it came [...]

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Believing in resurrection

by Richard on March 24, 2008

A little gem from Will Willimon
Since Jesus Christ is raised, let loose, invading a world, returning to the very people who betrayed him, then we work not alone. The risen Christ goes before us. We serve a God who lives to raise the dead–even us. Therefore, we work with hope–not hope in ourselves and our [...]

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Bearing the name

by Richard on March 24, 2008

My three faithful hounds belong, I think, to the dog breed with the longest name. They are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, a breed which traces its roots back to 16th cent France. Bred for following huntsmen on foot rather than horseback, what they lack in speed they more than make up for in stamina. Their [...]

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Easter vigil :: walking into the night

by Richard on March 23, 2008

The Easter vigil was punctuated by specific acts of gathering for prayer. We began with a liturgy at 10:30pm, then gathered again at midnight, 2am and 4am. Sarah wrote this for our midnight gathering, and she has agreed for me to share it.

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No payback! :: an Easter Sermon

by Richard on March 23, 2008

…by Kim Fabricius
For the followers of Jesus, there were two days of total eclipse, and then – resurrection! – an even more apocalyptic moment than the crucifixion: in Jewish thought resurrection belonged to the scenario of the end-times, when God would bring the old world of suffering and death to a dramatic conclusion and begin [...]

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Easter Vigil

by Richard on March 23, 2008

I’ve had a blessed start to Easter this year. As has become traditional in Sketty, a small group of us kept vigil in church during the night sharing in prayer and fellowship. We began at 10.30pm and met with others on the beach for a short sunrise service around a roaring fire. The sun didn’t [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 23, 2008

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now [...]

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“Suddenly” by R. S. Thomas

by Kim on March 23, 2008

As I had always known
he would come, unannounced,
remarkable merely for the absence
of clamour. So truth must appear
to the thinker; so, at a stage
of the experiment, the answer
must quietly emerge. I looked
at him, not with the eye
only, but with the whole
of my being, overflowing with
him as a chalice would
with the sea. Yet was [...]

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