From the monthly archives:

January 2009

A cause of schism

by Richard on January 30, 2009

Church Times Blog: It seems that personal disorganisation is splitting the Anglican Church. Do the bishops need a dose of GTD. But Bishop Alan has an iPhone so he can’t possibly be disorganized. Could he be the next Archbishop?
Another fine cartoon from Dave Walker.

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Wind, wind, blow on me

by Richard on January 30, 2009

Lady Whiteadder was wrong, it seems.
Conrad Askland reveals a much overlooked weapon in the Christian’s armoury.
I’m more powerful than I had imagined!
Deep gratitude to the excellent (and effervescent!) Paul Martin for the link.

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A sporting triumph brings back memories

by Richard on January 29, 2009

OK, “sporting” and “triumph” are both too strong. But I just passed 2000 on Wii tennis, and I’m feeling pleased with myself.
It happens that today I rediscovered an old school friend on Facebook. Had quite a chat. And I remembered that the first time I played a video game was on an arcade Atari Pong [...]

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A picture paints a thousand words

by Richard on January 29, 2009

This cartoon needs no further comment. A little bit of genius.
From Naked Pastor via Randy

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John Updike and theology

by Richard on January 28, 2009

Ben Myers offers a thoughtful (and beautifully written) theological obituary of John Updike

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The first part of a 1945 documentary, narrated by Alfred Hitchcock

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Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my [...]

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Holocaust Memorial Day

by Richard on January 27, 2009

Reflections from Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks

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Church response to gambling proposals

by Richard on January 26, 2009

From the Methodist Church
Methodist anger at Government’s ‘immoral’ gambling proposals
 
In a submission to the Department for Culture Media and Support (DCMS), the British Methodist Church has criticised the Government for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘potentially dangerous’ gambling legislation proposals.
The DCMS is accused of giving in to pressure from the gambling industry, concerned more with the profits of [...]

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Down Under

by Richard on January 26, 2009

Well, it is Australia Day.

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BBC, Gaza and impartiality

by Richard on January 26, 2009

The BBC, along with Sky, continue to refuse to broadcast an appeal for aid for Gaza from the Disasters Emergency Committee. The BBC are claiming that to broadcast the appeal would compromise their editorial impartiality. They further claim that there are no guarantees that aid given through DEC would reach those who most need it.
DEC [...]

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Boff on ecology

by Richard on January 26, 2009

From Ecumenical News International
Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff, once a thorn in the side of the Vatican, is now on a mission to convince humanity of the desperate need to change its relationship to the environment. “We cannot go on. We have to change,” Boff, a 70 year-old former Roman Catholic priest, said in a [...]

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A Man’s a Man for A’ That

by Richard on January 25, 2009

A bit o’ poetry for Burns Night. Haggis and neeps, anyone?
Is there for honest poverty
That hings his head, an a’ that?
The coward slave, we pass him by -
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an a’ that!
Our toils obscure, an a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ [...]

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Methodist blogs

by Richard on January 25, 2009

The latest highlighlights according to Allan Bevere.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 25, 2009

WHAT shall we offer our good Lord,
Poor nothings, for his boundless grace?
Fain would we his great name record,
And worthily set forth his praise.
Dear object of our growing love,
To whom our more than all we owe,
Open the fountain from above,
And let it our full soul o’erflow.
So shall our lives thy power proclaim,
Thy grace for every sinner [...]

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The Lord loves a cheerful giver

by Richard on January 22, 2009

The splendid Dave Warnock is after your money. Not for himself, you understand. He’s saddling up for a coast-to-coast bike ride in aid of Christians Against Poverty.
You can sponsor him through his Justgiving page.
Go on. You know you want to.

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A different god, or a different word

by Richard on January 22, 2009

Early in this thread we got into conversation about the use of ‘Allah’ in naming God.
This issue is especially important in Malaysia, where it seems the government is trying to ban the use of the word by non-Muslims. Christians there have been holding vigils to pray for their continued use of ‘Allah’ for ‘God’
January 19, [...]

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Book ideas

by Richard on January 22, 2009

I’m compiling a list of books for use as a resource in a ‘getting started with theology’ course I’m trying to put together. Anything that introduces the basics of the sorts of things you’d expect: theology (of course, the Bible, church history, prayer, ethics… The emphasis is on ‘introductory’, though. (NB: ‘introductory’, not simplistic)
Oh, and [...]

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New evidence on Antarctic warming

by Richard on January 21, 2009

The BBC tells of new evidence that Antarctica is warming along with the rest of the planet.
Scientists say data from satellites and weather stations indicate a warming of about 0.6C over the last 50 years.
Writing in the journal Nature, they say the trend is “difficult to explain” without the effect of rising greenhouse gas levels [...]

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Churches tackle credit crisis issues

by Richard on January 21, 2009

From the Methodist Church
Call to move towards a sustainable economy
Christian thinkers came together at Methodist Church House in London yesterday to talk about how the Churches could lead the way through the economic crisis.
The speakers at the conference organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland examined the root causes of the current crisis from [...]

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