From the monthly archives:

May 2008

The Ten Worst Movies About Jesus

by Richard on May 30, 2008

From The Wittenburg Door. They don’t count The Passion of the Christ because, as it says, “that would be too easy”. Two of my favourite Jesus films made the list too, which is a bit irritating. And I haven’t seen Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, though you can count on me making every effort to find [...]

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That’s the title of an article in today’s Independent by Matthew Norman, UK Columnist of the Year.
“Shock and awe envelop Washington upon the publication of a political memoir,” the article begins. “The shock has nothing to do with the contents of What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, which [...]

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These little fellows are eggs of the giant prickly stick insect Extatosoma Tiaratum, kindly donated by that exceptionally fine fellow Bishop Alan. Have a look at his blog if you want an idea of what they’ll look like when (if?) they hatch. The eggs arrived with a hint of minty freshness, having been packed in [...]

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Arthur C. McGill on Love and Need

by Kim on May 30, 2008

“Too often in our churches we hear the gospel of love without the gospel of need. Too often we hear the lie that to love is to help others without this help having any effect upon ourselves. But too often we also hear another lie: that to love our neighbors is so to [...]

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From the Methodist Church News Service
At talks in Dublin over the last two weeks, governments have drafted the text for a treaty to ban the use of cluster bombs. This week the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has committed the UK to withdrawing the remaining two cluster munitions from its arsenal.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, [...]

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Challenging the climate change consensus

by Richard on May 29, 2008

My friend Peter C Glover is very pleased to have had an article published in The First Post: Whatever happened to the climate change consensus?.
Ten days ago Dr Arthur Robinson of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM) announced to a packed National Press Club in Washington DC that more than 31,000 scientists [...]

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Herbert McCabe on Forgiveness

by Kim on May 29, 2008

“It is very odd that people should think that when we do good God will reward us and when we do evil he will punish us. I mean it is very odd that Christians should think this, that God deals out to us what we deserve. It is not, I suppose, really odd [...]

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Irony alert

by Richard on May 28, 2008

Two items just arrived together in my RSS feed from BBC News.
Brown expands nuclear vision
Apparently our beloved PM Gordon Brown is responding to the outcry about oil prices by announcing that the government will encourage the building of more nuclear power stations. (I’m not sure how the one follows from the other, but maybe I’m [...]

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Cheese warning

by Richard on May 28, 2008

Jordon Cooper displays a collection of the worst album covers of all time. Take a look at your own risk.

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Zimbabwe Methodists condemn violence

by Richard on May 27, 2008

Via Ecumenical News International
The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has condemned mounting post-election violence which has left at least 50 people dead and displaced thousands of villagers, according to rights groups and the main opposition political party. At the same time police tried to prevent worshipers entering Harare’s Christ Church in the suburb of Borrowdale despite [...]

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Ban cluster bombs

by Richard on May 27, 2008

So say Dave Faulkner and PamBG, and I’m not arguing. Both point us to Avaaz.org, which is running an online campaign to gather signatures as representatives gather in Dublin this week to sign a treaty banning these munitions. The British government is one of those doing most to oppose the treaty, and it especially important [...]

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Another wanderer returns

by Richard on May 26, 2008

An old blogging friend, Richard of Looking Backward…Looking Forward has been away for a while, but I was delighted to see that his blog has sprung to life again. Richard has always been a voice of compassion and sanity and I’m thrilled that he’s back.

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Todd Bentley again

by Richard on May 26, 2008

Our friend Dave Faulkner posts more questions about Todd Bentley, linking to an extraordinary video in which Todd Bentley boasts of kicking an old lady in the face under the orders of God. Yeah, right.

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(Thinking about) Behaving badly

by Richard on May 25, 2008

I wonder how often you’ve felt like Aled Edwards does?
Sorry I have been away for a while. I have been having problems with Christians again and I want to behave really badly.
I am now at the stage where I not only like Herod but I am very partial to Nero. I have also been thinking [...]

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Spreading the word

by Richard on May 25, 2008

New Statesman takes another look at Esperanto and it’s use by anti-globalisation activists
There have been many attempts to spread the word (or vorto in Esperanto), but the latest spurt of enthusiasm comes from among contemporary anti-capitalist organisers hoping to use it to facilitate international action.
The Esperanto League for Freedom in Hokkaido (Libera Esperanto-Asocio en Hokkajdo), [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on May 25, 2008

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful Name;
The Name all victorious of Jesus extol,
His kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
And still He is nigh, His presence we have;
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.
‘Salvation to God, who sits on [...]

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Eurovision nonsense

by Richard on May 24, 2008

The Eurovision Song Contest reached a new low tonight. Even the indomitable Terry Wogan seemed subdued.
Let’s not bother next year.

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on May 24, 2008

The latest roundup by the splendid fellow that is Allan R. Bevere

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Worship

by Richard on May 24, 2008

Bishop Alan :: Worship for the Me Generation
Do you wish worship at your church was more relevant and personal? As we all become more obsessed with ourselves, churches become self-selecting voluntary organisations for people who like particular club experience, or share particular views. Salvation becomes self-fulfillment, & Ego judges everything. Here’s the ultimate hi-relevance lo-tradition [...]

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First law of communication

by Richard on May 24, 2008

Seth Godin :: Saying the same thing LOUDER doesn’t usually help

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