From the monthly archives:

May 2012

A nun walks in to a wholefood shop…

by Richard on May 30, 2012

Olive oil is in the news as oversupply has caused plummeting prices. This is a serious matter, but it reminds me of an incident that happened back in the days when I had a proper job. (They made me work 5 days a week and everything!)
I was working in a co-operative, dealing in nuts, grains, [...]

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Methodist Preacher

by Richard on May 29, 2012

Can’t quite believe I’ve not come across this bluegrass tune before and I certainly can’t resist sharing this engaging recording of it. Made me smile from ear to ear.

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Pre-service message

by Richard on May 29, 2012

This comes via Allan Bevere, to whom go my hearty thanks. As he says, Every Church Needs To Play Something Like This Before Worship

Seriously though. Love them or loathe them, mobiles are a fact of life. I hate the snotty tone of some of those pre-event messages, the self-righteous tutting when someone else’s phone rings. [...]

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Offering pentecostal welcome

by Richard on May 28, 2012

Bishop Alan is on fine form this morning, going beyond sneering
1. I am in no position, as one sinner, to endorse or not endorse what another sinner does. The Lord does that bit. In God we trust. All others pay cash. I therefore have to be very careful and critical of my own perception. Only [...]

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Ukraine crackdown

by Richard on May 27, 2012

From allout.org

This week, millions saw this dramatic photo of a gay man beaten by neo-Nazi extremists in Kiev, Ukraine. It’s shocking, but the anti-gay movement doesn’t stop there. As early as this week, Ukraine’s legislature is expected to vote in favor of new laws that will make it illegal to be gay or [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on May 27, 2012

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire,
Let us thine influence prove:
Source of the old prophetic fire,
Fountain of life and love.
Come, Holy Ghost, for moved by thee
The prophets wrote and spoke;
Unlock the truth, thyself the key,
Unseal the sacred book.
Expand thy wings, celestial Dove,
Brood o’er our nature’s night;
On our disordered spirits move,
And let there now be light.
God, through [...]

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It’s good to talk

by Richard on May 25, 2012

Looking Deeper offers some wisdom on inter-faith dialogue.
It is impossible to have a genuine and helpful debate about something when both parties are consistently misunderstanding each other.
This is why I think we need first to start promoting dialogue with the express intention of understanding the beliefs of the other individual. I say individual because [...]

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An antisemitic exam?

by Richard on May 25, 2012

Students sitting their GCSE RE exam last week were asked, “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.” Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told the BBC’s Today programme that the question was “incredibly badly worded” because it invites students to list things that are objectionable about Jews.
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“John Wesley” comes home on Wesley Day

by Richard on May 25, 2012

"John Wesley" comes home on Wesley Day
Published on Methodist Church of Great Britain News Service | shared via feedly mobile
At a ceremony at Methodist Church House in London yesterday, the Revd Dr Leslie Griffiths, The Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, unveiled the nameplate “John Wesley” from a High Speed Train (HST) power car [...]

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Fisheries Walk

by Richard on May 25, 2012

I took the opportunity to go out with the Clwydian Ramblers last night. The sun was shining, the birds were singing… a genuine pastoral idyll.
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Wesley Day

by Richard on May 24, 2012

On this day, 1738, John Wesley wrote in his journal:
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith [...]

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An antidote to one of those days. One of those weeks, tbh.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on May 20, 2012

WHERE shall my wondering soul begin?
How shall I all to heaven aspire?
A slave redeemed from death and sin,
A brand plucked from eternal fire,
How shall I equal triumphs raise,
Or sing my great Deliverer’s praise?
O how shall I the goodness tell,
Father, which thou to me hast showed?
That I, a child of wrath and hell,
I should be called [...]

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I say I say I say

by Richard on May 18, 2012

I’ll get my coat…
via Tony Burgess

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Another evening ramble

by Richard on May 18, 2012

View Below Ffrith Mountain in a larger map
Went out for another little hike with the Clwydian Ramblers last night and it was another good one. It’s remarkable just how many walks this little group are able to organise during the summer, and the welcome they offer is very warm. If you happen to find yourself [...]

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Thicker than water?

by Richard on May 18, 2012

Will Willimon: Jesus’ Family Values
From the first, it was not easy to be the mother of the Son of God. And now, even from the cross, Jesus is busy ripping apart families and breaking the hearts of mothers. Because he was obedient to the will of God, because Jesus did not waver from his God-ordained [...]

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Methodism via your smartphone

by Richard on May 17, 2012

News just in…
A brand new app from the Methodist Church in Britain is now available on all mobile devices. The app offers users a daily Bible study, as well as all the latest news, audio and video from the Church.
Features include:

Daily Bible studies, featuring a different author each week
The latest news stories from the [...]

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Ascension Day

by Richard on May 17, 2012

He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.
Luke 24: 50-53
While Methodists do [...]

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On seeing what you want to see

by Richard on May 16, 2012

Some while ago I had a bizarre experience on a school trip. We visited the village of Port Eynon on Gower, I was there as an extra pair of adult hands, helping out the teachers. The weather wasn’t fit to start the day on the beach, so we spent the morning doing a geography project, [...]

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On reading the Bible [reblogged]

by Richard on May 15, 2012

One way or another, I’ve been involved in lots of conversations recently about the Bible and how we read it. When Christians disagree, very often the “nub” amounts to a diiferent way of reading the scriptures. There are many approaches to the Bible, but not all of them are helpful. What is needed is [...]

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