From the monthly archives:

June 2010

“My concern is to understand America biblically…
“The task is to treat the nation within the tradition of biblical politics - to understand America biblically - not the other way around, not (to put it in an appropriately awkward way) to construe the Bible Americanly. There has been too much of the latter in this [...]


A dose of Bonhoeffer on “peace”

by Kim on June 29, 2010

“‘Let me hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his faithful’ (Psalm 85:8). Between the twin crags of nationalism and internationalism, ecumenical Christendom calls upon its Lord and asks for guidance. Nationalism and internationalism have to do with political necessities and possibilities. [...]


Another hymn of the day

by Richard on June 27, 2010

A new one by Kim Fabricius


Kierkegaard on preaching

by Kim on June 27, 2010

“To preach from the pulpit means to bring charges against oneself.”
“A speech expert is just as suitable for proclaiming Christianity as a deaf-mute for being a musician.”
“The greatest possible error arises when we reduce the clergy to teachers. Imagine that the police, instead of acting, began to teach about thievery.”
“The reason why preachers are [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 27, 2010

And are we yet alive,
And see each other’s face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give
For His almighty grace!
Preserved by power divine
To full salvation here,
Again in Jesus’ praise we join
And in His sight appear.
What troubles have we seen,
What mighty conflicts past,
Fightings without, and fears within,
Since we assembled last!
Yet out of all the Lord
Hath brought us by His [...]


Methodists live longer than the average Brit

by Richard on June 25, 2010

This news just in…
Last Sunday, Stanley Lucas of Cornwall died aged 110 (born on 15 January, 1900). Stanley was thought to be not only the oldest male member of the British Methodist Church, but one of the oldest men in the world.
Is this sort of longevity characteristic of Methodists? Seemingly, yes. An analysis of family [...]


“To be a preacher is to be called to love God more than our congregations.
“Barth underscores the way in which faithful preachers exist in a rather ambiguous, potentially contentious relationship to their congregations. The congregation is the Body of Christ, that gathering whom God has convened to hear the royal proclamation, but the congregation [...]


Civilian Control of the Military

by Joel on June 23, 2010

President Truman made President Obama’s job of firing General Stanley McChrystal in 2010 (Christian Science Monitor) easier by firing General Douglas MacArthur in 1951. The pressure faced by Truman was worse than by Obama because MacArthur was a hugely popular military figure at the same time that Truman’s approval rating was far worse than [...]



by Richard on June 21, 2010

This argument has nothing to do with me, but…
1. Can we please stop using -gate at the end of controversies? It’s really irritating. (The only exception I’ll make is if something leaks from Microsoft. ‘Gatesgate’ would be fun)
2. If you’re getting worked up about the sort of hat someone wears (or doesn’t wear), you know [...]


Learning about worship from the early church

by Richard on June 21, 2010

Bosco Peters on recovering the simplicity of the Eucharist
On Sunday all of us gather from far and near. We read from the scriptures and from the writings of the apostles for as long as possible. Then the one presiding at the service speaks to us, urging everyone to live up to what we have heard [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 20, 2010

God, in whom I move, and live,
God who givst me still to be,
Thankful I thy gifts receive,
In the streams the Fountain see,
See my natal day return,
Bless Thee, that I e’er was born.
In the slippery paths of youth
Led by all-preventing grace,
Govern’d by the word of truth,
Jesus, I thy hand confess,
Wonderful in guardian power,
Thee with all my [...]


“That miserable bigotry”

by Kim on June 19, 2010

Geez, and I thought this was a Methodist blog! So it takes a minister in the Reformed tradition to wish a belated “Happy Birthday!” to John Benjamin Wesley - “Jacky” his parents called him - who was born on June 17th, 1703. I gave you guys two days to make good this disgraceful [...]


In memory of Olive

by Richard on June 18, 2010

This video was recorded at an Evangelical Alliance event, one of the few times that I met Olive ‘in the flesh’. All bloggers present were invited to take part in a video interview, and excerpts of each were used to provide a sort of summary of the day. The video is Olive’s complete interview, kindly [...]

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Ugly Truth, Beautiful Reality

by Richard on June 17, 2010

I may not get to post anything else today. Go read Jollybloger :: The Truth is Uglier Than We Think, God is More Beautiful Than we Realize and Internet Monk :: Sometimes it’s just plain hard.

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Will Willimon: Let the children come…

by Richard on June 17, 2010

…but let’s ditch the children’s sermon
A couple of decades ago, in a sincere attempt to make our churches more accessible and welcoming to children, some of our churches adopted an innovation: the children’s sermon. Today the children’s sermon is, to my mind, a prime example of a noble effort but an unfortunate strategy. I’ve heard [...]


Worthwhile articlette from Spencer Burke on The Ooze.
via maggi dawn, to whom thanks are due.


When I post something here, it automatically goes out on Facebook and Twitter. That seems to be a good way of keeping in touch with as many of my friends as possible. However, it does divide the coversation. Comments left on Facebook can’t be seen here, and comments here don’t get added to Facebook. Tweets [...]


World Cup misery. In Lego™

by Richard on June 16, 2010

Couldn’t resist this!


Backing up your Android Phone

by Richard on June 16, 2010

Tested has a complete guide to backing up your Android phone. Of course, Android automatically syncs some stuff: calendar, contacts, that sort of thing. But the article gives some handy hints on backing up the other things. One I particularly like is CallTrack, which logs phone activity on a google calendar. I suppose that’s not [...]


Barth: honesty, not accessibility

by Richard on June 16, 2010

Ben Myers quotes Karl Barth. It bears repeating here, I think. It’s from his commentary on The Epistle to the Romans
Those who urge us to shake off theology itself and to think – and more particularly to speak and write – only what is immediately intelligible to the general public seem to me to be [...]