From the monthly archives:

September 2011

No time to blog this morning. Instead, read Whose death is acceptable for the sake of the economy?

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Maggi Dawn on Liturgy

by Richard on September 29, 2011

It’s not “the work of the people”, she says

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Dipping my toes into Kindle’s waters

by Richard on September 28, 2011

It has to be said. I like a gadget. So I’ve been giving occasional thought to getting myself one of Amazon’s Kindle devices. I’ve had a play with display models at the supermarket and been impressed. Mrs H likes the idea too, but although £150 might not be a fortune in the grand scheme of [...]

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At the turn of a year

by Richard on September 28, 2011

Velveteen Rabbi wishes everyone a happy New Year and offers some ways we might celebrate.

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Infographic: Chances of an Atheist Believing in God

by Richard on September 28, 2011

From GraphJam via David Keen

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A little anthology of prayer

by Richard on September 27, 2011

Ben Myers offers some gems

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Begging a favour

by Richard on September 27, 2011

My scout group (1st Hope, Wrexham) have applied for a grant from NatWest Community Force. If successful, it will gain us £6000 for much-needed improvements to our headquarters. It seems that the decision is made by public vote, so I’m asking all my friends to vote for us on our project page. (Voting requires [...]

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Google Dead Sea Scrolls Project

by Richard on September 26, 2011

From the Google Blog
Written between the third and first centuries BCE, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence. In 68 BCE, they were hidden in 11 caves in the Judean desert on the shores of the Dead Sea to protect them from the approaching Roman armies. They weren’t discovered again [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 25, 2011

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.
For His mercies aye endure, Ever faithful, ever sure.
Let us blaze His Name abroad,
For of gods He is the God.
He with all commanding might
Filled the new made world with light.
He hath, with a piteous eye,
Looked upon our misery.
He the golden tressèd sun
Caused all day [...]

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Another “Anti-Shariah” Conference

by Richard on September 23, 2011

Barth’s Notes On Religion > “Good news for those who think there aren’t enough conflabs about how Islam is a threat to the values of USA…”

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Christian social engagement

by Richard on September 22, 2011

David Keen reports the results of a survey undertaken by the Evangelical Alliance on social engagement by Christians
The research is based on a survey of 1151 people around Easter last year, and covers social involvement as well as spiritual practices. Some of the headline figures:
25% are trustees of a charity (10 times the national figure)
9% [...]

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Camus on Capital Punishment

by Richard on September 22, 2011

“But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would [...]

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Clinton: climate change denial makes US a joke

by Richard on September 22, 2011

Very true, but those who need to hear won’t be listening.
via Only in it for the Gold

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When ministry goes bad

by Richard on September 21, 2011

Dave Warnock asks “Is this the end for Mark Driscoll?”
Watch the video, and you can see why.

Dave describes Driscoll’s presentation as pornographic (you have been warned!), and I see no reason to argue. Clearly Pastor Driscoll needs prayer. And some serious conversation with a superior.

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1st Hope

by Richard on September 21, 2011

Can I give a shout-out to all my friends at the 1st Hope Scout Group?

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the banksyboy brief: Stages of Faith…

by Richard on September 20, 2011

Banksyboy says: things you see on a Christian bookstall that make you glad your phone has a camera: http://banksyboy.blogspot.com/2011/09/stages-of-faith.html
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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When Wesley’s words aren’t

by Richard on September 19, 2011

Our friends at UM Portal raise the routine (mis-)quoting of Wesley by Methodists
It made for a great Tweet:
“Set yourself on fire with passion & people will come for miles to watch you burn—John Wesley.”
After megachurch pastor Craig Groeschel posted that saying on Twitter, more than 100 people passed it along by “re-tweeting.”
The only [...]

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Smile of the day

by Richard on September 18, 2011

How different denominations see each other

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 18, 2011

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
be thou my [...]

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The Next Archbishop?

by Richard on September 17, 2011

Not quite satisfied with his last list, David Keen presents an (almost) all-women shortlist.
I’m filing this under “posts I wish I’d thought of”. Great stuff.

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