From the monthly archives:

August 2008

Sharing good news

by Richard on August 31, 2008

Phil Bradley has some links for those tired of miserable news.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 31, 2008

Thou hidden source of calm repose,
Thou all sufficient love divine,
My help and refuge from my foes,
Secure I am if thou art mine;
And lo! from sin and grief and shame
I hide me, Jesus, in thy name.
Thy mighty name salvation is,
And keeps my happy soul above;
Comfort it brings, and power and peace,
And joy and everlasting love;
To me [...]

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Welcome!

by Richard on August 30, 2008

It was a big day for me today. I was formally welcomed into my new role as Deputy Director of the ‘Wales Training Network’ of the Methodist Church. The service was held at Wrexham Methodist Church, which is also the church which I’ll be attending with my family when I’m not preaching elsewhere, and [...]

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The view from Caergwrle Castle

by Richard on August 28, 2008

Panorama of View from Caergwrle Castle on CleVR.com
This is my first go with the panorama-creating CleVR software. Dead easy to use.
I’ve put some more pictures of the Castle on my Flickr account.

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Culture11

by Richard on August 28, 2008

From Joe Carter
“I have a favor to ask.
I’m the managing editor of Culture11 (www.culture11.com), a new online magazine/social network that was started by Bill Bennett, David Kuo, Steve Forbes, et al. Today is our first day and rather than making a lot of noise using traditional media, we’ve decided to announce our launch by reaching [...]

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Caergwrle Castle

by Richard on August 27, 2008

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As some might recall, I was arrested and jailed in Bixby, Oklahoma on April 19, 2008 for driving under the influence of [prescribed] drugs. After a long afternoon of waiting at the municipal courthouse today for the results of a pre-trial conference, I received word from my attorney the case was being dismissed without [...]

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Hope Mountain

by Richard on August 25, 2008

The weather being pleasant, and the Hall family needing some more time off from unpacking (yes, we’re *still* at it), we decided to have a walk up Hope Mountain which sits very handily on our doorstep.
It’s only just a mountain, a shade over 1000ft high, but as you can see the view as you approach [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 24, 2008

Come, let us with our Lord arise,
our Lord who made both earth and skies,
who died to save the world he made
and rose triumphant from the dead;
he rose, the prince of life and peace,
and stamped the day for ever his.
This is the day the Lord hath made
that all may see his love displayed,
may feel his resurrection’s [...]

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(Not) Getting Things Done

by Richard on August 15, 2008

DIY isn’t my strong point. Not at all. You could say that, DIY-wise, I’m a bit rubbish.
I don’t mean I’m completely useless. Most of the time, if I set out to do something DIY-ish, it tends to get done. Eventually. After a fashion. And to the accompaniment of a bit of unministerial language.
It isn’t [...]

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The name of God

by Richard on August 15, 2008

Bishop Alan tells that the Vatican has ruled that “Yahweh” must not be ‘used or pronounced’ in Catholic worship. Quite right too. And it gives the Bishop an excuse to show a classic Monty Python clip. No prizes for guessing which.
There aren’t any women here, are there?

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Sit vac

by Richard on August 14, 2008

Miss Wagstaff Presents shares a marvellous job opportunity. If I hadn’t just taken a new job, I might’ve applied.

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Long day

by Richard on August 12, 2008

I returned briefly to Swansea today, chiefly to collect my oldest daughter from her stint at Guide camp, but also to finish some bits and bobs at the old manse. Church members were hard at work painting it ready for its new occupant, and I’m glad to say that it no longer felt like mine. [...]

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Puzzles of the age #357

by Richard on August 11, 2008

Why is it that there can’t be one standard way of taking waste water away from a washing machine or dishwasher? And why are the hoses you’ve got always just a few inches too short?
I think we should be told.

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New life

by Richard on August 10, 2008

On my final day in Swansea, my stick insect died. She left a little hole in my life, and a legacy of her eggs.
Regular readers might remember that I was also sent some giant prickly stick insect eggs by the splendid Bishop Alan. Guess what?! The first of them hatched today! Hurrah!

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Going green

by Richard on August 10, 2008

Mr John Cooper offers a few links to provide further engagement in Environmental Issues.

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Not easier, but simpler

by Richard on August 10, 2008

Ben Myers on How (not) to preach the parables

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 10, 2008

Jesus, lover of my soul,
let me to thy bosom fly,
while the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
till the storm of life is past;
safe into the haven guide;
O receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none,
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and [...]

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Greetings from Caergwrle

by Richard on August 9, 2008

Made it safe and sound: I’m now ensconced in the gogledd. The move itself was pretty stressful, but I think that’s in the nature of things. Par for the course, as they say. There are heaps of things to do, but good progress is being made. The wardrobes were all unloaded into the garage because [...]

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So that’s that

by Richard on August 6, 2008

I’ve really enjoyed Swansea. I’ve made some great friends. Been part of some really good stuff. On the one hand, I’m finding it hard to believe that I’ve been here for ten years. Where on earth has the time gone? On the other, I realise that I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere in [...]

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