From the monthly archives:

April 2009

Cultural experiences with my friend Wood

by Richard on April 30, 2009

Wood has been on a roll, offering some fine critical reviews of his recent cultural experiences.
He’s the one in the White Hat is an account of the concert Bob Dylan gave at the Cardiff International Arena the other night. Wood, it must be said, was distinctly underwhelmed
Mid-tempo and bluesy was the only pace the band [...]

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Ben Myers on his ass

by Kim on April 29, 2009

Most of the usual suspects at Connexions will also be frequent flyers to Faith and Theology, the outstanding theological blog of Dr. Benjamin Myers. Ben plays a starring role in the recent collection On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2009), edited by Matheson Russell. It is worth the price [...]

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Welcome a new blogger

by Richard on April 28, 2009

The fellowship of blogging Methodist Ministers just got a little larger. Birding and the Bible is the work of my colleague and friend Chris Pritchard. He’s a keen bird watcher and has just begun a sabbatical, a precious gift that the Methodist Church gives to her ministers. He’s following in the footsteps of evangelical priest [...]

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The Church needs more WIT

by Richard on April 28, 2009

That’s women in theology. So says Micky Youngson, and I’m not arguing.
But she isn’t content to wait around, so she’s set up a WIT Facebook group as a beginning, “for women who want to talk about, think about, write about God, what they believe about God, the Church, life. What’s out there in terms of [...]

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A neo-Augustinian take on “bullshit”

by Kim on April 27, 2009

“Why is there so much bullshit? Without assuming that the incidence of bullshit is actually greater now, I will mention a few considerations that help to account for the fact that it is currently so great.
“Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about… This discrepancy [...]

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My weekend adventure

by Richard on April 26, 2009

It isn’t very often that a trip to synod is an adventure, but this time it was. A small adventure to be sure, but good fun for all that.
The Wales Synod is invariably held In Newtown, it being equally inconvenient for almost all the members. I’d intended to go by train so that the wife [...]

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St Paul’s, Butetown

by Richard on April 26, 2009

My afternoon appointment was at St Paul’s, only a ten minute walk from the Cardiff Bay development, but a world apart from the concrete, steel and glass that is The public face of the bay.
Here was a small, faithful congregation, bearing witness to Jesus, facing all sorts of difficulties and yet determined to press on. [...]

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Conway Road, Cardiff

by Richard on April 26, 2009

Preaching in Cardiff today. This morning I was made very welcome at Conway Road, a huge Victorian building that has been superbly modernized. The congregation had a good spirit and it was a privilege to share worship with them.
My apologies for the lack of a hymn of the day today, but if I’d had the [...]

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Ministry in the body of Christ

by Kim on April 26, 2009

“Christ is like a single body with its many limbs and organs … But God has combined the various parts of the body, giving special honour to the humbler parts” (I Corinthians 12:12, 24).
All the organs of the body were having a church meeting, trying to decide who should be in charge.
“I should be in [...]

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It wouldn’t surprise me if parliamentary satirists soon join the swelling ranks of the unemployed, hard as it now is to top, for rib-splitting hilarity, the Pythonesque sketches starring the Labour leadership that feature nightly on what television producers still insist on calling the News. It is blindingly obvious to anyone not in pathological [...]

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I see that the BBC are having a go at re-making Reginald Perrin.
Which raises only one question: for heaven’s sake, why?
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was an absolute classic, and Leonard Rossiter’s Perrin one of tv’s great characters. What is to be gained by re-making it?
Some things should be left well alone.

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No time for a blog post of my own…

by Richard on April 21, 2009

I’m driving down to Cardiff to do a training sesion today, and as I need to be in Wrexham tomorrow I’ll have to come back tonight when I’m done. That kind of constrains your day, and leaves little time for blogging. But here are a few things I’ve noticed from others.
PamBG on love the sinner
Will [...]

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Todd Bentley comeback?

by Richard on April 20, 2009

Bene Diction reckons that our old friend Todd Bentley is about due to make his comeback, neatly sidestepping the discipline that was supposed to have followed his high-profile troubles.
Just as long as he makes it back onto GodTV. I’ve missed him.

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‘Sing Lustily’ workshop update

by Richard on April 20, 2009

If you’re interested in coming to the ‘Sing Lustily’ workshop — and why wouldn’t you? — you can now download a leaflet and application form

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 19, 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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“Emmaus” by Rowan Williams

by Kim on April 19, 2009

First the sun, then the shadow,
so that I screw my eyes to see
my friend’s face, and its lines seem
different, and the voice shakes in the hot air.
Out of the rising white dust, feet
tread a shape, and, out of step,
another flat sound, stamped between voice
and ears, dancing in the gaps, and dodging
where words and feet do [...]

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This is a gratuitous plug for a weekend event I’m organising with Andy Watts of the Carnival Band on June 27/28th.

Andy will provide music specially adapted from the arrangements used by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band in their recordings ‘Sing Lustily and With Good Courage’ and ‘Paradise Found’. Assisted by one or more [...]

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Happy blogday

by Richard on April 16, 2009

Hacking Christianity is celebrating his first blogiversary. Hearty congratulations!

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Kierkegaard and “freedom of choice”

by Kim on April 16, 2009

Christianity teaches that you should choose the one thing needful, but in such a way that there must be no question of any choice. That is, if you fool around a long time, then you are not really choosing the one thing needful. Consequently, the very fact that there is no choice expresses [...]

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I found myself thinking about my friend Mike Blakey earlier today. Mike was murdered in India in November 2006, and I’m reposting this article he wrote in honour of his memory. If you should feel moved to comment on this post, I’d ask you to respect that.
Before I became a Christian, one of the things [...]

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