From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Lent hymn

by Richard on February 27, 2009

Here’s a hymn for Lent, by Rachel Parkinson.
To the tune: Beneath the cross of Jesus
1. “Lord, save us from the desert”
is what we often pray
yet cushioned by securities
we often lose the Way.
So lead us into wilderness
and gently strip us bare;
That, trusting in your grace alone,
we find your blessings there.
2. The desert meant for Hagar
she met [...]

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What kind of youth work?

by Richard on February 27, 2009

…asks Will Grady. What say ye?

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Staff meeting

by Richard on February 27, 2009

A staff meeting wouldn’t normally result in a blog post, but this one was different.
Our Superintendent has been keen to get the Circuit staff sharing together in ways that go deeper than is possible at a normal staff meeting, so he’s introduced regular ‘away days’ which are led by one of the staff members. The [...]

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Tweet tweet

by Richard on February 27, 2009

I’ve been pretty sceptical about Twitter. It didn’t seem possible that messages confined to 140 characters could be useful. And yet I find myself drawn into an oddly compelling world. If you’ve tried it and didn’t ‘get it’, I felt much the same way. Stick around, and your patience will pay off.
I wonder if 12seconds [...]

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Twitter

by Richard on February 26, 2009

Speaking of Twitter, I’ve succumbed to the charms of a sidebar gadget over there on the right. I might well regret it, but I thought it would be worth trying to bring these things together. We’ll see how it goes.

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God, in 140 characters

by Richard on February 26, 2009

A post on Twitter has to be 140 characters or less. @Liturgy asks ‘what the word “God” means to you’, within the confines of a Twitter post. The responses are gathered here.
What would you have said?

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Lent Pilgrimmage

by Richard on February 26, 2009

2nd day of a virtual journey to Jerusalem with Christian Aid  
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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New Methodist Blogger*

by Richard on February 26, 2009

Let’s see how this goes, a blog for Lent. And, I suspect, longer. Anyway, the chap behind it is as fine a fellow as I’ve ever shared a nosebag with, and his blog is sure to be worth looking at. You know what to do.
Chris is the better other half of long-time Methodist blogger Ramblin’ [...]

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Darwin and God

by Richard on February 26, 2009

At Faith and Theology, Kim offers 10 Propositions on Darwin and the deity.

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 Following a coment by Wood, here’s an interview featuring Ben Goldacre which challengesthe claim that social networking hurts your brain. All in the intersts of balance, you understand.
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Obama’s performance to date: C+; your grade?

by Joel on February 25, 2009

My assessment of Barck Obama’s performance to date must be seen in the light that not only did I vote for him this past fall, but also supported him through the primary process and monetarily contributed to his campaign. My grade for him must be seen through the lens of pre-grade inflation days in [...]

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Ash Wednesday poem: Marked by Ashes

by Richard on February 25, 2009

Marked by ashes, by Walter Brueggeman
Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . .
This day — a gift from you.
This day — like none other you have ever given, or we have ever received.
This Wednesday dazzles us with gift and newness and possibility.
This Wednesday burdens us with the tasks of the day, for [...]

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Is social networking ruining the human brain?

by Richard on February 24, 2009

The Guardian: Facebook and Bebo risk ‘infantilising’ the human mind
Social network sites risk infantilising the mid-21st century mind, leaving it characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity, according to a leading neuroscientist.  The startling warning from Lady Greenfield, professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln college, [...]

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What if God were one of us…

by Richard on February 22, 2009

…and had a Twitter account

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Star Trek trailer

by Richard on February 22, 2009

Call me a sucker. I’m looking forward to this.
Posted via web from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Bloggers meet up

by Richard on February 22, 2009

Will Grady has been having a few days without the internet, but still managed to have some blogging fun. He’s been at St Deiniol’s Library, just up the road from here. On Friday I went up there and we spent a happy couple of hours chewing the fat and putting the world, or at least [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 22, 2009

A new hymn by Gareth Hill
While our horizons hem us in
your vision shows a farther shore:
where holiness is not a dream
and Good News runs from door to door.
As risk aversion holds us back
your footsteps trace an urgent path:
to where your reckless grace rebuilds
the love that helps the broken laugh.
What is the bridge that takes us [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on February 21, 2009

Allan Bevere has the latest roundup

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Erddig

by Richard on February 21, 2009

I’m having a National Trust experience at Erddig

See and download the full gallery on posterous
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Happy birthday, Wystan!

by Kim on February 21, 2009

Today (February 21st) is the anniversary of the birth of W. H. Auden (1907-73).
What I like best about Auden is the way he gave rich expression to a deep sense of human sinfulness yet within an overarching comic vision of the world: hence his fondness for the term “eucatastrophe” (coined by Tolkien). [...]

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