From the monthly archives:

January 2012

Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 29, 2012

Thou Shepherd of Israel, and mine,
The joy and desire of my heart,
For closer communion I pine,
I long to reside where thou art:
The pasture I languish to find
There all, who their Shepherd obey.
Are fed, on thy bosom reclined,
And screened from the heat of the day.
Ah! show me that happiest place,
The place of thy people’s abode,
Where saints [...]

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I’m reblogging this hymn by Kim Fabricius for Holocaust Memorial Day
Children die from drought and earthquake,
children die by hand of man.
What on earth, and what for God’s sake,
can be made of such a plan?
Nothing - no such plan’s been plotted;
nothing - no such plan exists:
if such suffering were allotted,
God would be an atheist.
Into ovens [...]

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Australia, we love you. Amen.

by Richard on January 26, 2012

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Some of them, of course, are consistent in arguing for a blunt instrument approach for everything. These types have always been readily available to us. We give them the hammers and everything looks like nails. So, they smash their world up in the name of their ideologies, personal slights, and hatreds. [...]

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“Cradle Catholic” by Elizabeth Jennings

by Kim on January 25, 2012

The hope and charity may go
A moment but the faith that’s you,
You I can’t feel and never see,
Yet feed on my identity.
O Christ, can it ever be just
To make a burden out of trust?
Love does. I mean our human love
And you are man but spoken of
As God. To make life simplified
You were a [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 22, 2012

Father of Jesus Christ — my Lord,
My Saviour and my Head –
I trust in thee, whose powerful word
Has raised him from the dead.
Thou know’st for my offence he died,
And rose again for me,
Fully and freely justified
That I might live to thee.
Faith in thy power thou seest I have,
For thou this faith hast wrought;
Dead souls thou [...]

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The difference between weather and climate

by Richard on January 18, 2012

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 15, 2012

Come, let us use the grace divine,
and all with one accord,
In a perpetual covenant join
ourselves to Christ the Lord;
Give up ourselves, through Jesus’ power,
His Name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,
for God to live and die.
The covenant we this moment make
be ever kept in mind;
We will no more our God forsake,
or cast these words [...]

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Large Primate in Crisis

by Richard on January 12, 2012

This is probably very unfair, but it started my day with a laugh.

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Thoughts on hospital visiting

by Richard on January 10, 2012

Strong stuff from Jason Goroncy
While the context demands some different ‘rules’ (These are basically common sense. For e.g., never sit on the bed, check with the nurse first if the patient wants to go for a walk outside with you, etc), hospital visiting is at core simply a more disinfected version of any other form [...]

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Actually, they’re not mine, they’re observations of the late, great George Carlin which become particularly pertinent during an election year. Here they are:
In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.
The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in the opposite direction.
Have you ever wondered why Republicans [...]

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A few links that have caught my eye

by Richard on January 9, 2012

When ‘Anti-Semitism’ Is Abused
…when anti-Semitism is falsely applied, we must also stand up and decry it as defamation, as character assault, as unjust. That is why when we debase the term by using it as a rhetorical conceit against those with whom we disagree on policy matters, we have sullied our own promises to our [...]

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Jeffrey Pugh on Satan’s Blog

by Kim on January 8, 2012

You may wonder why I am starting this blog….
I debated whether to start a Facebook page, but there are so many who are doing the heavy lifting for us there it would be merely redundant. I am also thinking about a Twitter acount, but am still trying to figure out what the point is. [...]

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A hymn for the New Year

by Kim on January 8, 2012

Christmas and New Year,
now they are over;
but all the good cheer –
is it now past?
Yes, the big question –
facing the future:
was it suggestion,
or will it last?
Babies grow bigger,
they become children;
boys [...]

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Epiphany thought

by Richard on January 6, 2012

Although the scribes could explain where the Messiah should be born, they remained quite unperturbed in Jerusalem. They did not accompany the Wise Men to seek him. Similarly we may be able to explain every article of our faith, yet remain spiritually motionless. The power that moved heaven and earth leaves us completely unmoved.
What a [...]

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The Trickle Down theory

by Richard on January 4, 2012

via the Sign of the Cross

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Pastor Maybe

by Kim on January 3, 2012

I wonder if at the root of the defection [of pastors from their vocation] is a cultural assumption that all leaders are people who “get things done,” and “make things happen.” That is certainly true of the primary leadership models that seep into our awareness from the culture — politicians, businessmen, advertisers, publicists, celebrities, [...]

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Black plays White

by Kim on January 1, 2012

[Scene: a dump of a New York tenement.
Characters: White, a college professor in suicidal despair; Black, an ex-addict, ex-con who -- who lives ...]
Black
Suppose I was to tell you that if you could bring yourself to unlatch your hands from around your brother’s throat you could have life everlastin?
White
There’s no such thing. Everybody dies.
Black
That [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 1, 2012

Blow ye the trumpet, blow!
The gladly solemn sound
let all the nations know,
to earth’s remotest bound:
The year of jubilee is come!
The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.
Jesus, our great high priest,
hath full atonement made;
ye weary spirits, rest;
ye mournful souls, be glad:
Extol the Lamb of God,
the all atoning Lamb;
redemption in his [...]

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Happy New Year!

by Richard on January 1, 2012

What else is there to say?

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