From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Independent investigation of the key issues sceptics claim can skew global warming figures reports that they have no real effect


NatWest CommunityForce bids

by Richard on October 20, 2011

If you haven’t registered to vote for your favourite community project, time is running out!
My scout group would be very glad of your support.
See also:
Support You local community projects
Begging a favour


Bible video

by Richard on October 20, 2011

Accessible but scholarly video introductions to every book of the Bible. A brilliant resource produced by the University of Nottingham.
Great stuff, via Faith and Theology


An evening at St Paul’s

by Richard on October 19, 2011

Pete Phillips visits the anti-capitalist protest.

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Vicaring and blogging don’t mix?

by Richard on October 19, 2011

David Keen wonders “Opinionated Vicars: Why should the dole queue have all the best bloggers?”
What is it about blogging vicars? An increasing number are ending up between jobs, of whom RevLesley is the most recent. …
She joins Peter Ould (now a financial analyst) and MadPriest, the original opinionated vicar, who has been unemployed since last [...]


Action for Children challenges the justice of government spending cuts.
It’s always the poor who suffer most.


Bargaining chips

by Richard on October 18, 2011

Stephen Sizer: Shalit should have been released 5 years ago
What this conflict needs is radical and unconditional acts of compassion, not bartering, as if human beings were animals to be traded.
Jesus insisted,
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. [...]


Sketty Methodist

by Richard on October 17, 2011

I took part today in the re-opening of Sketty Methodist Church after an extensive redevelopment project. I have to say — the place looks great!
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog


Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 16, 2011

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.
Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee [...]


The limits to growth

by Richard on October 15, 2011

Simple economics lesson from a hamster

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Here we go again

by Richard on October 14, 2011

I haven’t spent much time in the blogosphere recently and while there have been lots of things I’d like to have blogged about, the time and energy have been somewhat lacking. I had a feeling that this week would be a bit fallow blog-wise and I’d intended to write something cheery when I put fingers [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 9, 2011

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven,
Feed me now and evermore.
Open thou the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream shall flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong Deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield.
When I tread the [...]

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What is the opposite of faith?

by Kim on October 8, 2011

What is the opposite of faith?
A lot of people would say doubt. But that won’t do. There is, for sure, a kind of doubt that is entirely negative, which puts faith in jeopardy. But I suspect the main kind of doubt with which we are familiar is the kind that asks questions [...]


Support your favourite community projects

by Richard on October 5, 2011

No time to blog again today, but Methodist Preacher has been kind enough to highlight 1st Hope Scouts’ bid to the NatWest Community Force fund and it wouldn’t be right not to return the favour. If you haven’t already used all your votes (when you register, you get three) please consider using one of them [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 2, 2011

Let us join, (’tis God commands)
Let us join our hearts and hands
Help to gain our calling’s hope,
Build we each the other up:
God his blessings shall dispense,
God shall crown his ordinance;
Meet in his appointed ways;
Nourish us with social grace.
Let us then as brethren love,
Faithfully his gifts improve,
Carry on the earnest strife,
Walk in holiness of life;
Still forget [...]

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Ten Propositions on Prayer

by Kim on October 1, 2011

1. There is no more outrageous and presumptuous idea than that we ought to be able to pray. Prayer is an impossible possibility. Prayer is miracle, prayer is resurrection from the dead. We pray not by nature but by grace. We are free to pray only as we are freed to [...]