From the monthly archives:

June 2008

Sunday Song

by Richard on June 29, 2008

John Cooper posts a beautiful song and dedicates it to his ministerial friends who are on the move this summer. A lovely thought, and I thank him from the heart of my bottom.

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Seeking a sexier God

by Richard on June 29, 2008

Ben Myers shares a pornographer’s dream.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 29, 2008

Thy ceaseless, unexhausted love,
Unmerited and free,
Delights our evil to remove,
And help our misery.
Thou waitest to be gracious still;
Thou dost with sinners bear,
That, saved, we may thy goodness feel,
And all thy grace declare.
Thy goodness and thy truth to me
To every soul, abound,
A vast, unfathomable sea,
Where all our thoughts are drowned.
Its streams the whole creation reach,
So plenteous [...]

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Not blogging

by Richard on June 29, 2008

I’m not blogging tonight. I’m too tired. I’ve been away from home overnight, sorting out some stuff about the house I’ll be moving to in August. It’s all coming together, but these things take time. If I had been blogging though, I would certainly want to have mentioned the story of the cardboard bicycle. It [...]

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The difficulties of counting whales

by Richard on June 26, 2008

We might never know how many whales there are in the oceans, according to a fascinating article from the BBC.
Counting whales may be difficult, but weighing them is dead easy.
Where do you weigh whales?
At a whale-weigh station!.
I’m so dreadfully sorry for that. I don’t know what came over me.

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Going green at home?

by Richard on June 26, 2008

If you’re thinking of changing some electrical at home or in your office, sust-it.net will help you compare the energy efficiency of various models. Even if you aren’t interested in reducing your carbon footprint, you’ll want to know how much that telly, computer or washing machine is likely to cost you to run, right?

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Now wash your hands please

by Richard on June 25, 2008

Some of you know that there was a time when I worked in a rather splendid wholefood co-op. It was a good while ago, but I learned alot about the food trade in a short space of time and could get quite animated on the subject of wholefoods, given the opportunity.
I remember once someone had [...]

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Fanboys, take cover

by Richard on June 25, 2008

Wood has got you in his sights.
Another great rant from the rant-meister himself.

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Sing a new song

by Richard on June 25, 2008

Backburner offers this subtitled worship song. Just don’t be eating or drinking anything while you watch. I almost choked.

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Todd Bentley, Florida & Dudley

by Richard on June 25, 2008

Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion turns our attention back to Todd Bentley and the Florida ‘revival’, revealing that Todd has resolved the vexed issue of the authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews. We now know that it was, despite what many scholars think, authored by St Paul. How do we now this? Because St Paul [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 22, 2008

Christ, from whom all blessings flow,
Perfecting the saints below,
Hear us, who Thy nature share,
Who Thy mystic body are.
Join us, in one spirit join,
Let us still receive of Thine;
Still for more on Thee we call,
Thou Who fillest all in all.
Move and actuate and guide,
Diverse gifts to each divide;
Placed according to Thy will,
Let us all our work [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on June 22, 2008

The latest round up by that splendid fellow Allan Bevere. A round of applause for all his efforts.

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Bishop Alan: Tradition, ancient & modern
Hang on, some will say, wasn’t Archbishop Cranmer himself the first Vicar to marry a divorcee, and a rather famous one at that? Well no, I’m afraid not. Despite nonsense Pop historicism, Hank never got divorced. To get divorced Hank would have had to get in a time machine and [...]

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Bruce Springsteen in Cardiff

by Richard on June 19, 2008

Did I mention that I went to see Bruce Springsteen last weekend? I thought I had.
Another blogger who was there is David Williamson. He’s posted a splendid review of the gig.
Springsteen has a veteran’s understanding of the economics of showbusiness, having been thundering along this road since releasing his first album in 1973. [...]

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Internet argument

by Richard on June 19, 2008

Thanks to Beth for sending me this.

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Hole in one

by Richard on June 19, 2008

I don’t do sporting stories very often, but this one from The Onion is irresistible: Man Who Used Stick To Roll Ball Into Hole In Ground Praised For His Courage.

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Bristol named as “Cycle City”

by Richard on June 19, 2008

The English city of Bristol has been granted over £11m in a scheme to encourage cycling. The money will go on improving cycle lanes and other facilities, a bike rental scheme and (crucially, in my view) training for young riders. A further £90m is to be be shared between York, Stoke, Blackpool, Cambridge, Chester, Colchester, [...]

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BRITISH CHURCH LEADERS URGE SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO “REDOUBLE” EFFORTS TO ENSURE FAIR ELECTIONS IN ZIMBABWE
In a joint letter, twelve senior British church leaders have called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to “redouble” its efforts to ensure fair elections in Zimbabwe, where people are due to vote on 27 June in a second [...]

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Arctic ice disappearing

by Richard on June 19, 2008

Yes, it was a cold winter. But Arctic sea ice is melting faster than ever.

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Edward Norton really should read this

by Richard on June 18, 2008

Every once in a while, Wood goes on such a magnificent rant that all you can do is stand back in breathless admiration.
Today is one of those days.
The object of his ire is Edward Norton, and by extension, the whole Hollywood thing. More than that, I’m not saying. You’ll have to go read it.

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