From the monthly archives:

July 2011

The Old Man of Stoer

by Richard on July 30, 2011

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Suilven

by Richard on July 29, 2011

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Highlands view

by Richard on July 29, 2011

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Murphy

by Richard on July 27, 2011

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Trible on Hagar

by Kim on July 27, 2011

Read in light of contemporary issues and images, [Hagar's] story depicts oppression in three familiar forms: nationality, class, and sex. Hagar the Egyptian is a maid; Sarah the Hebrew is her mistress. Conflicts between these two women revolve around three males. At the center is Abraham, their common husband. To him [...]

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Low Force, Upper Teesdale

by Richard on July 26, 2011

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Here, in his autobiography, Moltmann is reflecting on his encounter with Jesus of Nazareth in Mark’s Gospel, while he was in prisoner-of-war Camp 22 in Kilmarnock, Scotland, 1945.
For me, two experiences raised me from depression to a new hope in life: the friendly encounter with those Scottish working men and their families, and a Bible. [...]

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Blogging urban theology

by Richard on July 24, 2011

My friend Chris Shannahan has a new blog: Faith in an Urban World. He’s off to a great start.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 24, 2011

Jesus, in whom the weary find
Their late, but permanent repose,
Physician of the sin-sick mind,
Relieve my wants, assuage my woes;
And let my soul on thee be cast,
Till life’s fierce tyranny be past.
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Open Mike

by Richard on July 23, 2011

Whatever is on your mind — the floor is yours. Usual rules apply.

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Normal service will be resumed shortly

by Richard on July 22, 2011

Not much blogging from me recently. Not likely to be much* for the next week or two either. But in the meantime, Kim has posted more theological doodlings, Dave Warnock is cautiously pleased about developments in New Frontiers and PamBG advocates risk-taking faith.
Enjoy.
* I don’t say there won’t be any.

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“Settlers are terrorising Palestinians”

by Richard on July 19, 2011

A shocking headline, but this doesn’t come from the ‘usual suspects’ and I hope everyone will pause to consider its source before responding. This is not the sentiment of a western bleeding-heart liberal, but the hard-nosed assessment of an Israeli army commander who is no stranger to controversy. According to today’s Independent:
A senior Israeli army [...]

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Handwritten Bible goes online

by Richard on July 18, 2011

As part of the Methodist Church’s celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible and the Biblefresh initiative, Conference 2010 resolved that the Districts would work collectively to handwrite the Bible during the course of 2011. ‘Twas done, and ’tis finished — the whole thing is now online.

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David Hare talks to Rowan Williams in the Guardian (July 8th).
With thanks to Jason Goroncy at Per Crucem ad Lucem for the heads-up.
Williams speaks so gingerly about human beings, always unwilling to impute motive, that it’s shocking when you move on to theology and realise how uncompromising his version of God is. He rarely uses [...]

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Artful is God: a hymn

by Kim on July 17, 2011

Richard doesn’t seem to be around, and, hey, we gotta have a hymn!
One of mine, reblogged from 31/8/06.
Artful is God, creation is his canvas
on which he paints his cosmic masterpiece:
brushstrokes both broad and delicate in detail,
colours and shapes composed in perfect peace.
Artful is God, creation is his [...]

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Amy-Jill Levine in the Church Times

by Kim on July 15, 2011

Amy-Jill Levine is a professor of Jewish and New Testament studies. She teaches at Vanderbilt University and Wesley House, Cambridge. Here are a few extracts from the “back page interview” in this week’s Church Times.
For Christians interested in promoting a two-state resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I can help them see how their legitimate [...]

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Christ at the Checkpoint

by Richard on July 15, 2011

A guest post by Ben White
Next March, Bethlehem Bible College in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will host an exciting conference, ‘Christ at the Checkpoint: Hope in the midst of conflict’, which comes after the success of the first such gathering in 2010. There is an impressive range of speakers lined up, representing a variety of [...]

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BBC gets new social media rules

by Richard on July 15, 2011

From The Telegraph (via @annamdrew)
“Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way.
“Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute.
“Don’t criticise your colleagues.
“Don’t reveal confidential BBC information.
“Don’t surreptitiously sanitise Wikipedia pages about the BBC.”
The summary — “Don’t do anything stupid” — is as sensible as it [...]

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On the Israeli Boycott Ban

by Richard on July 15, 2011

Velveteen Rabbi presents a view from the diaspora
Those of us chutz l’aretz (outside the land of Israel) are impacted by this law only in an emotional and spiritual sense. The Knesset can’t legislate what we say or do in the Diaspora. But this is a development which should deeply concern those of [...]

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Never buy The Sun

by Richard on July 14, 2011

BILLY BRAGG - NEVER BUY THE SUN from Billy Bragg on Vimeo.

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