From the monthly archives:

August 2010

The Justwanna Prayer

by Kim on August 31, 2010

There are some pretty awful prayers out there. The Sinner’s Prayer is an awful prayer for all sorts of reasons that have been well rehearsed, not least by evangelicals, particularly the version where, as the climax to a manna-back guaranteed four-part plan of salvation, you say it on the Naughty Step (otherwise known as [...]


A call to worship

by Kim on August 29, 2010

Why are we here?
We are not here to “do a bunk” from the world.
We are not here to “get in touch with our ‘inner selves’”.
We are not here to “recharge our batteries”.
And God help us if we are here to “make a deal” with God:
“Lord, if you do this for me, then I’ll do that [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 29, 2010

COME, sinners, to the gospel feast,
Let every soul be Jesu’s guest;
Ye need not one be left behind,
For God hath bidden all mankind.
Sent by my Lord, on you I call,
The invitation is to ALL:
Come, all the world; come, sinner, thou!
All things in Christ are ready now.
Come, all ye souls by sin opprest,
Ye restless wanderers after rest,
Ye [...]


Near the end of his time at Notre Dame, where he had become a member at Broadway United Methodist Church, Hauerwas, with his family, spent six months teaching in England. In South Bend Hauerwas always took his son Adam with him to worship. So, in London …
“We thought we should go to a [...]


Supply Preacher

by Richard on August 27, 2010

Thanks to Darryl Dash

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On being Stanley Hauerwas

by Kim on August 26, 2010

…. I certainly count myself a Christian. Or, more accurately, I have friends who count me as a Christian. I have, moreover, tried to live a life I hope is unintelligible if the God we Christians worship does not exist.
I believe what I write, or rather, by writing I learn to believe. [...]


Methodist blog round up

by Richard on August 25, 2010

I’m conscious that since he changed from doing a weekly to a daily round up of Methodist blogdom, I haven’t really given Allan Bevere much of a mention. But he’s doing a cracking job and offering a great service to those of us who try to keep up with what’s happening across Methodism.


The “idolatry of the actual”

by Kim on August 25, 2010

The “idolatry of the actual” is the target of Our Shadowed Present: Modernism, Postmodernism and History (2003) by J.C.D. Clark, Hall Distinguished Professor of British History at the University of Kansas (who has also taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and the University of Chicago). Clark diagnoses and treats the chronic intellectual illness of “presentism”, the [...]


My hovercraft is full of eels

by Richard on August 25, 2010

Bishop Alan gives us an introduction to the Hungarian language. Who’d have thought that reading blogs could be so educational? And who would have guessed that the Church of England has Hungarian-speaking bishops? Now if only I could work out the difference between barásnak and baráshoz, I’m sure I’d be a better, more rounded, [...]


Blogger Daryl Lang has caused quite a stir with his post “Hallowed Ground”. Daryl is a resident of New York and decided to examine just how sacred the ground of the proposed Muslim community centre can be considered. So he walked around taking photographs in its vicinity, and at other sites a similar distance from [...]


Plant growth slowing down?

by Richard on August 24, 2010

From the NY Times Green blog we learn that a study published in the journal Science shows that climate change has caused a noticeable reduction in global plant growth
“Earth has done an ecological about-face,” a NASA statement said. “Global plant productivity that once flourished under warming temperatures and a lengthened growing season is now on [...]


Water for weight loss

by Richard on August 24, 2010

Drinking water before meals helps dieting, according to a report on the BBC.
Scientists from Virginia found that slimmers can lose an average of 5lb extra if they drink two glasses of water three times a day before meals.
They tested the theory on 48 older adults, split into two groups, over 12 weeks.
While drinking water [...]


That mosque again

by Richard on August 23, 2010

More good stuff from Jay Vorhees, this time looking at the ‘ground zero mosque’ from the perspective of US history.
…the concerns raised about Muslim expansionism in recent weeks shouldn’t surprise us, for they are the extension of the John Birch Society raised concerns about the election of a Roman Catholic president during the [...]


On being a “fat pastor”

by Richard on August 23, 2010

Jay Vorhees writes of his struggle with his weight. It’s hard not to admire a blogger who is prepared to be so vulnerable in his writing.
Last week I got a call from Bob Smietana, the religion reporter at the Tennessean. It seems like Bob is always calling looking for some sort of response on the [...]


Ground zero mosque: 2 more responses

by Richard on August 23, 2010

Mark Byron :: Having a sacred cow
It (ground zero) housed a number of key financial futures markets and a number of high-powered business offices, but it wasn’t a holy site to say the least. Unless money and international finance is your god.
It has become a memorial for the people who died there, but it is [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 22, 2010

COME, O thou Traveller unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see!
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with thee;
With thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.
I need not tell thee who I am,
My misery and sin declare;
Thyself hast called me by my name,
Look on thy hands, and [...]


1st Hope Scouts blog

by Richard on August 21, 2010

1st Hope Scouts have a blog.
That’s it, really. Actually, we’ve had it a while, but for some reason the search engines don’t seem to be picking it up. It’s a bit odd: the main site is being indexed OK.
Anyhow, this is a gratuitous attempt to get the 1st Hope Scouts blog noticed by google.


A change of perspective can be nauseating

by Richard on August 21, 2010

I visited the Blue Planet Aquarium today with Mrs H, daughter number 2 and a young friend. It’s a great place to spend a couple of hours. The entry price is quite high, but if you find vouchers it can be made quite reasonable.
The main selling point of the place is a very large [...]


Theology and friendship

by Richard on August 20, 2010

Ben Myers on why you should be kind to theologians.


The poison behind the Ground Zero mosque furore

by Richard on August 19, 2010

Andrew Brown nails it.