From the monthly archives:

November 2008

Methodist blogs

by Richard on November 30, 2008

Allan Bevere has the latest round-up

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Wachet Auf

by Kim on November 30, 2008

Advent.
Season when
Dual citizenship
Holds us in
Awkward tension.
The world, intent on
Spending Christmas,
Eats and drinks its way to
Oblivion after dinner.
The Kingdom sounds
Insistent warnings:
Repent, be ready,
Keep awake,
He comes.
Like some great fugue
The themes entwine:
The Christmas carols,
Demanding our attention
In shops and pubs,
Bore their insistent way
Through noise and traffic;
Underneath, almost unheard,
The steady solemn theme of
Advent.
With growing complexity,
Clashing, blending,
Rivals for our attention,
Themes mingle [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on November 30, 2008

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now thy [...]

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Climate change links

by Richard on November 29, 2008

In “welcoming” a recent contrarian report, the good folk at RealClimate provide a bunch of links which answer the naysayers now-familar mantras.

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Good news stories

by Richard on November 28, 2008

I needed some good news. Maybe you do too.
Via an email from the Methodist Church I came across these stories of welcome from the Evangelical Alliance. And guess what? In three of the four stories featured on the front page (when I looked), the Methodist church figures prominently.
My eye was caught particularly by the [...]

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A test post

by Richard on November 28, 2008

Just testing…

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BBC Wales reports on a new drive in Cardiff to stop drivers ignoring school crossing patrols.
Cardiff council’s road safety team said there had been a number of incidents where drivers had been reluctant to stop for lollipop women and men.
They said the problem was particularly bad if they were helping adults cross the road.
Motorists are [...]

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Welsh baseball

by Richard on November 26, 2008

According to Paul Flynn MP, Welsh baseball is set to get a new image.

It turns out that there’s been a British version of the popular US sport all this time. Who knew? It had certainly gone under my radar.

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Tradition and traditionalism

by Richard on November 26, 2008

The excellent Bishop Alan has some helpful things to say about the difference between tradition and traditionalism.
Good religious communities are laboratories within which we can see the dynamics of tradition properly working. The life to which Benedict calls Christians renews itself generation by generation, as it is lived. …
Lived tradition challenges tendencies, understandable in times [...]

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Things to do in Edinburgh

by Richard on November 26, 2008

Things to do in London is not enough for some people. So — does anyone have any suggestions for Edinburgh?
I haven’t been in the Scottish capital for some years. The camera obscura was good, I remember. And the castle, of course. Oh, and Thunderbird 3 is there. But if I was going to Scotland, I’d [...]

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Dealing with recession

by Richard on November 25, 2008

Paul Martin reveals the truth about the government’s plan to beat the economic slump.

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Guns. Lots of Guns.

by Richard on November 25, 2008

My friend Randy has posted one of the scariest internet videos I’ve ever watched. I don’t think that was its intended effect.
A commenter warns that this video may contain a virus. Follow the link at your own risk.
The video has lots of men shooting big guns. That about sums up the content.

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Christian Aid Advent email

by Richard on November 25, 2008

Sign up for Christian Aid’s Advent email
Receive daily tips to help beat the credit crunch this Christmas. The handy hints, which will be emailed daily from the 1st December until Christmas Eve, are designed to help you save cash, cut carbon emissions and have some Yuletide fun.
via ethical pulse

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Advent Beach Huts

by Richard on November 25, 2008

This looks like a great idea from Beyond.
All along the Hove seafront from the border with Brighton up to the Hove Lagoon there are some 440 beach huts and it occurred to us a year ago that opening their doors was rather like opening the doors on an advent calendar to reveal a piece of [...]

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I was right. It really is all about sex*

by Richard on November 25, 2008

Or so says iMonk
Women, it is time to submit! God’s will has been announced! It’s the Seven Day Sex Challenge!
Git ‘er done there Christians.
We’re sexy now. We’re having sex, yes we are. Sex. Ask me to say it again. Sex.
Here’s the message for the world this week: We’re for having sex. Lots of sex. Sex [...]

Things to do in London

by Richard on November 25, 2008

Regular connexions commenter DH is coming to London next year. What are your ‘top 3 things to do in London’? Try to keep a first time visitor in mind.

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Telling Good News

by Richard on November 24, 2008

There’s a good post at Seven Whole Days on engaging with local media
Lots of times we Christians complain that we’re never in the news for the right reasons. But what do we do to change that? At Christ Church, we’ve gotten a fair amount of local media coverage in the last year. It’s not because [...]

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First salaried Methodist Youth President

by Richard on November 24, 2008

Sarah Malik has been named as the first salaried Methodist Youth President. This is the first appointment of its kind in any mainstream UK church.
Sarah Malik has been elected Methodist Youth President at this year’s Methodist Youth Conference. From January until September 2009 Sarah will work full time to serve as an advocate and [...]

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It took me 15 years to get round to this

by Richard on November 23, 2008

Richard Hall dw i. Dw i’n byw yn Abermorddu.
I became a Welsh learner this week. The language may never get such a mangling again…

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Poetic confrontation

by Richard on November 23, 2008

Wood imagines a meeting between the atheist bus and the rainbow bus. Here’s an extract
The Christians counterattack;
NIVs and Dawkins hardbacks
Make equally effective weapons;
Screamed invective in a torrent, the exchange
Of vicious but not obscene names
Draws a crowd. They watch the two
Buses go up in flames.
This thread may help you to understand the background.
Readers from outside the [...]

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