From the monthly archives:

May 2009

The mother, the son and holy toast

by Kim on May 29, 2009

So reads the headline of this article I just came across browsing the net.
“A family’s breakfast turned into a religious experience when they spotted what they believe is the face of Jesus in a jar of Marmite. Claire Allen, 36, was the first to notice the image, on the underside of the lid, as [...]

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“As far as theology goes, Ditchkens [Eagleton's hilariously sardonic name for Dawkins-and-Hitchens] has an enormous amount in common with Ian Paisley and American TV evangelists. Both parties agree pretty much on what religion consists in; it is just that Ditchkens rejects it while Pat Robertson and his unctuous crew grow fat on it. [...]

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“The advanced capitalist system is inherently atheistic. It is godless in its actual material practices, and in the values and beliefs implicit in them, whatever some of its apologists might piously aver. As such, it is atheistic in all the wrong ways, whereas Marx and Nietzsche are atheistic in what are by and [...]

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Eagleton on Jesus

by Kim on May 23, 2009

“Jesus, unlike most responsible American citizens, appears to do no work, and is accused of being a glutton and a drunkard. He is presented as homeless, propertyless, celibate, peripatetic, socially marginal, disdainful of kinsfolk, without a trade, a friend of outcasts and pariahs, averse to material possessions, without fear for his own safety, careless [...]

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“Having explored Phil 2:6-11 [Paul's 'master story'] in some depth, … we may now paraphrase Ernst Käsemann, who said that the cross was the signature of the Risen One, and assert that the cross is the signature of the Eternal One. Any other understandings of God are henceforth rendered either incomplete or obsolete or [...]

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Two temptations:
I am very tempted to raise my own assessment of Barack Obama’s performance from a C+ to a B-, based on (1) his seeming approval of legislation reigning in, as a matter of law, and not mere regulation, the interest banks can charge on credit cards, and the procedures they take (don’t take) in [...]

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“… is the problem of prayer not the problem of God? People feel that if only they could be a bit clearer about who or what God is they would see more sense in praying to him. Now I am afraid it is going to have to be the other way round. [...]

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Herbert McCabe on “belief”

by Kim on May 15, 2009

“The whole of our faith is the belief that God loves us; I mean there isn’t anything else. Anything else we say we believe is just a way of saying that God loves us. Any proposition, any article of faith, is only an expression of faith if it is a way of saying [...]

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Reading group

by Richard on May 12, 2009

I met with a group of ministers this morning for our regular reading group session. Today we were discussing “Propositions in Christian Theology” by our friend Kim Fabricius. I’m glad to say that it was very warmly received, even by those who felt inclined to disagree with Kim on, for example, the question of [...]

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Vice-President in Wrexham

by Richard on May 12, 2009

It’s a while ago since the President and Vice-President visited North Wales, but the VP has just got round to blogging his trip to Regent Street’s youth club. I only mention it because my daughter is peeping out of one of his pictures.

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Methodist Church website

by Richard on May 11, 2009

Is it just me, or has the Methodist Church website turned up its toes?

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On using the interweb

by Richard on May 11, 2009

Ben Myers put me on to Mark Stevens, who quotes N.T. Wright on blogging
“It really is high time we developed a Christian ethic of blogging. Bad temper is bad temper even in the apparent privacy of your own hard drive, and harsh and unjust words, when released into the wild, rampage around and do real [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on May 10, 2009

Allan Bevere offers his pick of this week’s highlights. Cracking job, Allan.

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Church magazine articles

by Richard on May 10, 2009

Minister and blogger Micky Youngson is vexed about writing articles for church newsletters
I seem to have to write a lot of them and my problem is I’m not sure what they are for. Is it a chance for me to share with folk what I’ve been up to (boring!), some vision for the church, some [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on May 10, 2009

All praise to our redeeming Lord,
Who joins us by his grace;
And bids us, each to each restored,
Together seek his face.
He bids us build each other up;
And, gathered into one,
To our high calling’s glorious hope,
We hand in hand go on.
The gift which He on one bestows,
We all delight to prove;
The grace through every vessel flows,
In purest [...]

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A sneak preview

by Richard on May 9, 2009

Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much of late (Whether that’s a source of joy or sorrow, I’d rather not know!) and although this is ‘jumping the gun a tad, I would like to offer something of an explanation.
One of the tasks I’ve been given in my ‘new’ job (7 [...]

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Welcome to a new blogger

by Richard on May 9, 2009

Olive offers a ‘welcome to blogging’ to new Methodist blogger truffler. I’m glad to share the love. Please give a warm hand for his blog Bridges, Baristas and the Business.

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John Wesley :: Chapel Linebacker

by Richard on May 9, 2009

Here’s what happens when John Wesley himself is recruited by a US Methodist College.

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Plus ça change …

by Kim on May 9, 2009

“The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiqués are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been [...]

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You!

by Kim on May 7, 2009

Where I wander - You!
Where I ponder - You!
Only You, You again, always You!
You! You! You!
When I am gladdened - You!
When I am saddened - You!
Only You, You again, always You!
You! You! You!
Sky is You, earth is You!
You above! You below!
In every trend, at every end,
Only You, You again, always [...]

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