From the monthly archives:

April 2008

Give me that old time religion

by Richard on April 30, 2008

I’ve mentioned this preacher before and because of that made the mistake of clicking the ‘play’ button when I saw the video above on Paul Martin’s site. So I thought I’d share the opportunity to make the same mistake with you.
He’s very pleased with his rhetoric, this preacher. And he doesn’t like homosexuals. Oh no.

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UMC no longer making disciples

by Richard on April 30, 2008

Hacking Christianity:
The United Methodist Church at General Conference 2008 just voted to no longer make disciples of Jesus Christ.
In other words, the mission statement of the UMC was previously “to make disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Now the UMC’s mission statement is “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”
This is a good [...]

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The real face of the BNP

by Richard on April 30, 2008

From Searchlight Cymru
If a BNP candidate is standing in your ward in Wales, chances are you may have been sent a glossy BNP leaflet.
Searchlight Cymru is interested in the “wholesome” white family that features on the Welsh election leaflet alongside the slogan “The REAL face of the BNP”.
For a start the adults of the family [...]

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Welsh blogger fined

by Richard on April 29, 2008

From the BBC…
A blogger who “let off steam” about the way he was treated by police has been convicted of posting a grossly offensive and menacing message.
Gavin Brent, 24, from Holywell, Flintshire, was fined £150 with £364 costs by magistrates at Mold.
The court heard Brent had been charged with theft offences - which have yet [...]

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It can be good to talk…

by Richard on April 29, 2008

…but it can get wearing, too.
PamBG is bothered by some of the debatable debating practices that seem to have become acceptable. Son of the Prophet wrote along similar lines yesterday.
Worth listening to.

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Pam is offended

by Richard on April 29, 2008

So am I. Veggies unite! Remember: meat is murder!

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If you see a crocodile…

by Richard on April 29, 2008

You’re probably in Swansea.
Allegedly.

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Wales gets new trains

by Richard on April 28, 2008

Good news for the rail service in Wales. A new service began operating today between Wrexham and London, the first in 41 years.
I’m particularly pleased about this because I’ll be moving to Wrexham in the summer, but any new rail service has to be good news. I hope it’s a success.

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Hot links

by Richard on April 28, 2008

Blogs are built by links. Links are good.
Most of the time.
‘Hot linking’ is not good. Hot links are bad.
A hot link is “is a direct link to a file on someone else’s web site. Usually this occurs with image files but people also link directly to mp3s, mids, zips, pdfs and others.”
If there’s a file [...]

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A little liturgical problem

by Richard on April 28, 2008

We had a ‘Circuit Service’ tonight for the dedication of the Easter Offerings. British Methodists will know what that’s about and I don’t suppose it will make any difference to those who don’t know. An order of service, or liturgy, for the worship is provided by Network and the service was organized and led by [...]

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Writer, the internet typewriter

by Richard on April 27, 2008

Another web-based text editor
Writer is a very simple idea. You type text. It saves it as you go along. If you’re only planning to use it from one computer and have cookies enabled on your browser, you don’t even need to register for an account to take advantage of it. With an account, your documents [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on April 27, 2008

The latest roundup from the splendid Allan Bevere

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Global Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe

by Richard on April 27, 2008

tearfund:
Zimbabwe today is a land of electoral confusion, political violence, economic meltdown, ravaged by hunger and HIV.
The list of prayer needs is as lengthy as the noughts on the country’s inflation figures.
All of which underscores the importance of this Sunday - World Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe.
Christians of every denomination in every nation are being [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 27, 2008

Thou God of truth and love,
We seek thy perfect way,
Ready thy choice to approve,
Thy providence to obey:
Enter into thy wise design,
And sweetly lose our will in thine.
Why hast thou cast our lot
In the same age and place?
And why together brought
To see each other’s face?
To join with softest sympathy,
And mix our friendly souls in thee?
Didst thou [...]

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London’s mayoral election debate

by Richard on April 26, 2008

via

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Humphrey Lyttelton

by Richard on April 26, 2008

Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and comic genius, has died. Thanks for all the laughter.

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Quote of the day

by Richard on April 25, 2008

“Holy laughter is a gift of grace. It is the human spirit’s last defense against banality and despair. Sometimes I think that comedians — those of the gentle type — can be God’s emissaries in a mean-spirited time like ours. Woody Allen depicts neurotic people who, despite everything, somehow succeed in being compassionate. Garrison Keillor [...]

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Layers of meaning

by Richard on April 25, 2008

internetmonk :: Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think
If I ever tell you that all I do is just read the Bible, then believe and do what it says, you have permission to laugh at me. Pay a small fee and you can smack me and say “What’s the matter with [...]

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Efficiency

by Richard on April 25, 2008

Where on earth did we get the notion that “efficiency” is a Christian virtue? There’s a place for it, of course, and there’s no virtue in inefficiency for its own sake. But you’d have a very hard time getting from the teaching of Jesus and the life of the early church to an advocacy for [...]

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It seems to be the poem for our times at funerals:
Do not stand at my grave and weep:
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
Blah, blah, blah, and on it goes.
But the problem isn’t that the poem is almost unendurably maudlin. What [...]

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