From the monthly archives:

December 2010

New Year with Emily Dickinson

by Kim on December 31, 2010

One Year ago - jots what?
God - spell the word! I - can’t -
Was’t Grace? Not that -
Was’t Glory? That - will do -
Spell slower - Glory -
Such Anniversary shall be -
Sometimes - not often - in Eternity -
When farther Parted, than the Common Woe -
Look - feed upon each other’s faces - so -
In [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 26, 2010

Away with our fears!
The Godhead appears
In Christ reconciled,
The Father of Mercies in Jesus the Child.
He comes from above,

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A Christmas hymn

by Kim on December 24, 2010

Happy birthday, baby Jesus,
born in awkward circumstance,
named in heaven “God is with us”
while the world looked on askance.
You were praised by simple peasants,
not by princes nor by priests.
Who should bring you priceless presents?
Unbelievers from the [...]


Hauerwas on Mary as our Abraham

by Kim on December 22, 2010

Without Mary’s obedience, without Mary’s willingness to receive the Holy Spirit, our salvation would be in doubt. Raniero Cantalamessa, therefore, quite rightly entitles his 1992 book Mary: Mirror of the Church. With some justification Mary is often identified as the second Eve, but Mary is also our Abraham. Just as Abraham obeyed [...]


Heaven is so far of the Mind
That were the Mind dissolved -
The Site - of it - by Architect
Could not again be proved -
‘Tis vast - as our Capacity -
As fair - as our idea -
To Him of adequate desire
No further ’tis, than Here -
The Fact that Earth is Heaven -
Whether Heaven is Heaven or [...]


John Cleese, scientist

by Richard on December 21, 2010

via Andrew Brown


Can a Homosexual be a Christian. One might as well ask, can an insurance man be a Christian? Can a lawyer be a Christian? Can an ecclesiastical bureaucrat be a Christian? Can a rich man be a Christian? Can an infant be a Christian? Or one who is sick, [...]


Why has no one thought of this before?

by Richard on December 20, 2010

You’ve got to laugh…
From Pithless Thoughts via Lansbury’s Lido


The true wonder of Christmas

by Richard on December 19, 2010

Over at Faith and Theology, Kim offers a PowerlessPoint Presentation


Even from the cabin window I sensed the wind’s
contagion begin to infect the rags of leaves.
Then the alders are gilded to it, obeisant, the way
angels are said to bow, covering their faces with
their wings, not solemn, as we suppose, but
possessed of a sudden, surreptitious hilarity.
When the little satin wind arrived
I felt it slide through the [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 19, 2010

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return,
till thy mercy’s beams I see;
till they inward light impart,
glad my eyes and warm my [...]


Boycott Nativity Plays!

by Kim on December 17, 2010

‘Tis the season of shameless reblogging. So here’s a post I did on December 11th, 2007. I leave it unrevised, its social location intact.
Recently the Catholic League in the US idiotically called for a boycott on the film version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (it turns out there is nothing to boycott [...]


Christmas expectations

by Richard on December 17, 2010

Expectations are hard things to live with. In a culture increasingly driven by “targets”, the expectations we have of ourselves and others can be a source of great hurt and confusion. This is especially true when our expectations do not match those of others. And it has to be said that there are many times [...]


Saviour of the world

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Sometimes, the bizarre way my mind works (if you can call it that) disturbs even me. Working on a sermon, pondering the meaning of the phrase “Saviour of the World”, what should pop into my head but the words of the 1968 (I think) hit “Lily the Pink” by The Scaffold. Such thoughts have to [...]


Lying about Santa?

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Many Christians are apt to be just a little bit churlish when it comes to Christmas. I sometimes get a sense that Christians are resentful that “our” festival has been stolen, taken over by revellers who are happy to sing carols and watch a school nativity play but will give little or no thought to [...]


The Witness: a short story

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Ben Myers tells how and when God made his full and final revelation
The Revelation took place on a Sunday, the evening of February 28, 1983. The sky was bright and clear that Sabbath night – almost supernaturally clear, as one TV weatherman remarked the following day, with scarcely a cloud in sight anywhere across the [...]


A Digital Nativity

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Silly, but quite fun. With thanks to Postmodernbible


McCabe on “Motorways and God”

by Kim on December 15, 2010

When the M40 motorway comes to the Chiltern Hills, it doesn’t really climb them. It slices straight through. And when it comes to the valley of High Wycombe, it doesn’t go down to it. It strides across on stilts. It never turns any sharp corners. It goes on in a [...]


O Come

by Richard on December 15, 2010


A hymn for Mary

by Kim on December 14, 2010

In Mary’s song of praise and peace
we call “Magnificat”,
a peasant maiden mocked the claims
of earth’s proud plutocrats.
An angel whispered, “You’re the one
who’ll carry heaven’s child.”
The girl, in fearful faith, said, “Yes!”
but barely forced a smile.
She went to see a kindred soul,
who praised what God would do;
yet Mary felt a deep unease
about the coming coup.
But then [...]