From the monthly archives:

January 2010

A hundred lesser duties?

by Kim on January 31, 2010

“Most ministers were ’set apart for the gospel,’ as Paul says of himself … The preacher’s vocation was once a kind of circle that began and ended in the word. Whatever it was that made you a minister was aimed at its eventual public expression. The minister’s whole existence was concentrated to a [...]

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Our Calling?

by Richard on January 31, 2010

British Methodists might enjoy this little joke, which I found while reading this sermon (pdf). Tongue firmly in cheek, of course. My mother laughed when I told it to her.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 31, 2010

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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The report offering guidance to Methodists on the use of Social Media has generated a fair bit of comment from my blogging friends. Some of that comment has been helpful, others less so. One blogger is imposing guidelines of his own, censoring or removing perfectly reasonable comments whilst screaming about gagging. That’s life. I was [...]

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Loaves and fishes - without the stoves and dishes

by Richard on January 30, 2010

In the mood for a laugh? Head over to Hacking Christianity and look at Make your last supper one that will last. Just don’t be eating or drinking while you watch.

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Social media guidelines again

by Richard on January 29, 2010

Following the bit of fuss we’ve had about draft guidance on the Methodist Church and social media, I was interested to read that councillors in Cornwall are getting themselves in a tizzy over the same thing.
Councillors in Cornwall could face being reported to the authority’s standards committee for using social networking sites.
It follows claims that [...]

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Obsession

by Richard on January 29, 2010

Dave Walker is on his usual excellent form over at the Church Times blog.

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Send me…where?

by Richard on January 29, 2010

Real Live Preacher is re-evaluating his vocation.

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Out and about in Mold

by Richard on January 28, 2010

From misc

Thursday is my regular “hanging about in Mold” night, first while daughter #2 has a guitar lesson, then while she’s swimming. There’s no end to the excitement! Pictured is the emporium that regularly supplies me a fair trade americano to ease my wait, the excellent Caffe Espresso. They also do a splendid fried egg [...]

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Jolicloud’s victory over Windows is complete

by Richard on January 28, 2010

I’ve been using Jolicloud on my netbook for a little while, and I have to say that my

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Churches say There is Enough For Everyone - Poverty and Homelessness Action Week
There is enough for everyone – that is the message of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week beginning on January 30.
From Methodist Church News
The Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church are supporting the awareness-raising week [...]

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Pete Philips wants a lighter touch
The good bits of the paper… point out the responsibility of blogging and using social media. Confidentiality is a requirement. Libel and slander and defamation and harassment - see yesterday’s postings - are a reality within the world of blogging. But if people are blogging or tweeting [...]

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(Don’t) Love Your Niebuhr

by Richard on January 28, 2010

Kim Fabricius on Obama and Afghanistan
Even when Caesar is a good guy – and I take Obama to be a good guy, despite his idleness over Israel and his hyperactivity in Afghanistan – it is always a bad idea for the church to hitch its wagon to his military-industrial express, and to concede that, when [...]

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iPad envy

by Richard on January 27, 2010

Dave Walker does it again.

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

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Apple launches iPad

by Richard on January 27, 2010

I know. All that stuff about covetousness and everything.
But do you think God might make an exception in this case?
‘Cause I really want one of these.

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Toby Scott, Director of communications and campaigns for the Methodist Church and author of the Social Media paper we discussed yesterday, answers a few questions.
Your job title is “Director of communications and campaigns”. Can you tell us what you do?
I manage the work of the communications team - events, internet communications and media - as [...]

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I’m reblogging this hymn by Kim Fabricius for Holocaust Memorial Day
Children die from drought and earthquake,
children die by hand of man.
What on earth, and what for God’s sake,
can be made of such a plan?
Nothing - no such plan’s been plotted;
nothing - no such plan exists:
if such suffering were allotted,
God would be an atheist.
Into ovens [...]

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Disclaiming disclaimers

by Richard on January 26, 2010

Why Allan Bevere won’t put a disclaimer on his blog.

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Limits to growth

by Richard on January 26, 2010

It’s a central tenet of green politics that there have to be limits to economic growth. The world is not boundless, its resources not infinite. Andrew Simms explains with the use of a hamster.
From birth until it reaches sexual maturity at about six weeks, a hamster doubles its weight each week.
If, instead of levelling-off [...]

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Methodism and the new media

by Richard on January 26, 2010

There’s a paper going to the Methodist Council next week containing advice to the church on the use of “social media”. David Hallam has read it, and he doesn’t like it. That’s his prerogative, of course. Unfortunately, his dislike of the paper has lead him, unknowingly I’m sure, to rather misrepresent what it actually says. [...]

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