From the monthly archives:

March 2009

Righteous anger

by Richard on March 31, 2009

PamBG is justifiably angry at this bit of pernicious nonsense which claims that when marriages fail, it’s almost always the husband’s fault
Guys, welcome to leadership…the husband gets commended when it is going well and he gets the heat when it is not. A happy, holy wife is a wonderful endeavor for a husband. A husband [...]

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The BNP and Jesus

by Richard on March 31, 2009

Ekklesia reports that British far right party the BNP are to use Jesus in their next election campaign.
The poster, pictured here, quotes John 15: 20 ‘If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you’ and presents the BNP as martyrs for the Christian faith.
British churches have rightly been quick to dismiss this silly propaganda. [...]

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A reluctant universalist

by Richard on March 30, 2009

It’s strange, isn’t it, how sometimes what appear to be very different thoughts end up pulling in the same direction? I’ve been meaning to write this post (or one much like it) for quite a while, and have been unable to find the way to start it. This week, various things have prompted me [...]

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Packhorse Bridge

by Richard on March 29, 2009

The 18th century packhorse bridge in Caergwrle has just undergone some repairs ans restoration. I’ll have to go back for a proper picture. In the meantime, this snap from my phone will have to do.

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on March 29, 2009

The latest round up from Allan Bevere.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 29, 2009

Would Jesus have the sinner die?
Why hangs he then on yonder tree?
What means that strange expiring cry?
(Sinners, he prays for you and me)
“Forgive them, Father, O forgive,
They know not that by me they live!”
Adam descended from above,
Our loss of Eden to retrieve,
Great God of universal love,
If all the world through thee may live,
In us a [...]

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Solo at Caergwrle Castle

by Richard on March 28, 2009

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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“I just wanna praise you, Lord …”

by Kim on March 27, 2009

From the senior demon Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood

“My Dear Wormwood,
“… it is high time for me to write to you on the painful subject of prayer…
“The best thing, where it is possible, is to keep the patient from the serious intention of praying altogether. When the patient is an adult recently re-converted to [...]

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Salvation through orthodox belief?

by Kim on March 26, 2009

“A major theme of twentieth-century theology, ever since Barth’s dalectical ‘theology of the Word,’ has been the epistemological relevance of ‘justification by grace.’ That is, the moral tension between works- righteousness and the righteousness of Christ through faith has its equivalent significance for the intellect, and thus for the very method by which faith [...]

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A blast from the past

by Richard on March 26, 2009

I’ve no idea what brought this to mind, but I can’t resist sharing this slice of my childhood.
Now tell me. Why has no one thought to set a worship song to this theme tune?

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Only just

by Richard on March 26, 2009

Another bit of genius from ASBO Jesus

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Rowan Williams on climate change

by Richard on March 26, 2009

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sounded an important warning about the danger of being complacent about climate change.
In a lecture given at York Minster on Wednesday he reminded us that the providence of God does not mean that he will always intervene to protect us from the outcomes of our our [...]

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Who is it that can tell me who I am?

by Richard on March 25, 2009

From a funeral homily by Kim Fabricius
“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” The ultimate answer to that question is to be found in the title of an old African-American spiritual: “Oh, nobody knows who I am / Till the judgement morning.” Which is why the prospect of judgement is so awesome [...]

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A day of meetings

by Richard on March 25, 2009

The “more later” I promised never materialized, but here’s what I intended…
Yesterday started with our Circuit Staff Meeting. Normally we’d have this in one of the manses, but this time we had a change of venue meeting in Starbucks instead. It was a very positive experience . First off, I went to order the coffees. [...]

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St Deiniol’s Library

by Richard on March 24, 2009

More later…

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Five Oscar Romero Quotes

by Kim on March 24, 2009

On this day (March 24th) in 1980, Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of El Salvador, was assassinated by a US funded right wing terrorist group while preaching at Mass. Here are five quotes from the man whose statue stands with nine other twentieth century martyrs (including Maximilian Kolbe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Martin Luther King) above [...]

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How would you respond to this sign?

by Richard on March 21, 2009

I’d appreciate your thoughts.

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Many criminal laws are enacted with good intentions, but politicians seeking votes often refuse to place any meaningful limitations with respect to possible penalties; rather it is bragging rights for “law and order” or “tough on crime” rather than logical protection of the public. One such case is “Actual Physical Control” (APC) driving under [...]

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Hart attack

by Kim on March 18, 2009

David Bentley Hart’s new book In the Aftermath: Provocations and Laments (Grand Rapids, Michigan / Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans, 2009) has just arrived in the post. It’s a collection of twenty-one shots, previously fired in journals and newspapers, from the Eastern Orthodox hit man from Providence College, Rhode Island. (Lots of weapons [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on March 16, 2009

Allan Bevere has the latest round up.
I’ve been away from blogging longer than I can ever remember being since I began. It’s been more than a week –yikes! It’s good to be back at the old stand. More later, I hope.

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