From the monthly archives:

July 2008

All good things

by Richard on July 30, 2008

Life is a bit strange at the moment. On the one hand, I need to be getting ready to move. (The removers are turning up on the 6th August) On the other, there’s stuff here that I’ve got to finish off. And, of course, there’s all that business of saying goodbye. I’m not good at [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 27, 2008

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there’s a kindness in his justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is plentiful redemption
in the blood that has been shed;
there is joy for all the members
in the sorrows of the Head.
There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh [...]

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Cartoon blogger silenced

by Richard on July 22, 2008

Our friend the amiable Cartoon Blogger (aka Dave Walker) has been received a “cease & desist” order from SSG, the (not very) charitable trust that took over the SPCK chain of bookstores. For some while Dave has been faithfully blogging this story, giving the perspective of those who have worked in the bookshops and providing [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 20, 2008

Let earth and heaven agree,
Angels and men be joined,
To celebrate with me
The Saviour of mankind;
To adore the all-atoning Lamb,
And bless the sound of Jesu’s name.
Jesus, transporting sound!
The joy of earth and heaven;
No other help is found,
No other name is given,
By which we can salvation have;
But Jesus came the world to save.
Jesus, harmonious name!
It charms the [...]

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The texts we never preach on

by Richard on July 19, 2008

Our friend Paul Martin throws down an interesting preaching challenge.

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Garden(ing) Party

by Richard on July 19, 2008

It’s been a well-known fact in these parts for some considerable time that Richard is not a gardener. He may (may!) have many other fine qualities, but he is by no means a gardener. Faced, then, with the task of bringing order to a somewhat neglected plot so that he can hand it on to [...]

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An ex-Vice-President, but not an ex-blogger

by Richard on July 18, 2008

Ruby Beech has her own blog.
With thanks to PamBG for bringing this news.

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President’s blog

by Richard on July 17, 2008

New President of Conference Stephen Poxon has taken his first step into blogdom. Get over there and make him feel welcome…

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An afternoon in Narnia

by Richard on July 16, 2008

I took the kids to see Prince Caspian. I had 4 children: 3 girls (aged 7-11) and a 7 year old boy. The girls enjoyed it. Young T, though, declared it “boring”. When I asked him to elaborate, his final word was, “All they did was fight.”
I think he was right. To my mind it [...]

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A rose by any other name

by Richard on July 16, 2008

Olive, of Octomusings is trying to come up with a new blog name, having been prompted by Dave W. Any ideas?

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Unison strike

by Richard on July 16, 2008

Thousands of council workers are on strike across the UK today and tomorrow, forcing the closure of many of our schools. All but one that I know in Swansea is shut. I’ve got every sympathy for the strikers: the union represents many of the lowest paid whose work is routinely undervalued and unappreciated. My sympathy [...]

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WordPress upgraded

by Richard on July 15, 2008

WordPress Version 2.6 has been released. So there’s another job for me to do…
H/T Problogger

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Marriage

by Richard on July 15, 2008

10 propositions on marriage by Kim Fabricius.
Dave Warnock comments “A combination of dictionary and flak jacket is probably needed”.
What could he mean?

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New insect in London

by Richard on July 15, 2008

Do you recognize this bug? If you do, please give the entomologists at Britain’s Natural History Museum a call. Last March, it turned up in a garden at the museum. Now it’s to be found in other parts of London too. And they don’t know what it is. You can imagine that this is a [...]

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Oldest blogger dies

by Richard on July 14, 2008

The BBC are reporting that Olive Riley, believed to be the world’s oldest blogger has died in Woy Woy*, New South Wales, aged 108.
Old bloggers never die. They just go into God’s moderation queue.
* Don’t Aussie towns have some great names?!

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Pots and kettles

by Richard on July 14, 2008

In this video, you’ll see how a protester interrupted the sermon of Bishop Gene Robinson as he preached in London. Notice his hairstyle. Then read 1 Corinthians 11:14.
With thanks to Richard Bartholomew for pointing out the irony.

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on July 13, 2008

The latest round up.

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A bit more about singing…

by Richard on July 13, 2008

Just to add to what I was saying this morning, can I recommend a couple of books? In The Singing Thing, John Bell (of the Iona Community) provides some answers to the question of why congregational singing is so important to worship. The follow up, The Singing Thing Too looks equally impressive, though I admit [...]

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The death of congregational singing?

by Richard on July 13, 2008

Internet Monk points us to a report from The Briefing headed The Slow Death of Congregational Singing
I was at a convention recently, seated near the rear of the auditorium. The music team at the front were ‘leading’ (and I use that word advisedly) and we were singing. Well, we were meant to be singing. And [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 13, 2008

Lord, if at thy command
The word of life we sow,
Watered by thy almighty hand,
The seed shall surely grow.
The virtue of thy grace
A large increase shall give,
And multiply the faithful race
Who to thy glory live.
Now then the ceaseless shower
Of gospel blessings send,
And let the soul-converting power
Thy ministers attend.
On multitudes confer
The heart renewing love,
And by the joy [...]

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