From the monthly archives:

September 2012

Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 30, 2012

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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Climate change: the economic impact is already here

by Richard on September 26, 2012

One of the arguments against taking action on climate change is that it will cost the economy, either in direct costs, growth foregone, or both. ‘Skeptics’ rarely address the question of the costs of not taking action, I think because of the assumption that those costs will come in the future and we’ll find a [...]

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Lakeland: the movie

by Richard on September 26, 2012

Thanks to Bene Diction for sharing this

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The seasons fly;
the flowers wither;
the leaves lie
on the ground. Listen
to the sad song
of the reapers: ‘Ripe
corn’, as over the sea
the birds go.
Suddenly the year
ends. The wind rages;
everything in its path
breaks. Dire weather;
in front of a stick
fire, fetched from
the forest, firm and infirm
cower within doors.
The longest of lives
too soon slips by.
Careers fold and [...]

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Come ye thankful people, come

by Richard on September 25, 2012

Neil of The Oil Lamp laments a decline he’s noticed in the celebration of Harvest Festival. I can’t say I’ve noticed that myself. But I do share his deeper concern about the rise of food banks in Britain. These seem to be springing up everywhere, and are being well-supported by local churches.
Of course, it is [...]

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Poem of the day

by Richard on September 23, 2012

My friend Pam has sent this poem by Australian A D Hope (1907-2000)
The Mayan Books
Diego de Landa, archbishop of Yucatan
- The curse of God upon his pious soul -
Placed all their Devil’s picture-books under ban
And, piling them in one sin-heap, burned the whole;
But took the trouble to keep the calendar
By which the Devil had taught [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 23, 2012

Arise, my soul, arise;
shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice
in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on his hands.
He ever lives above,
for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love,
His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.
Five bleeding wounds He bears;
received on Calvary;
They [...]

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“Defending family, faith and freedom”

by Richard on September 21, 2012

Last night, I was given a flyer for a local event being organised by The Christian Institute. Topics will include homosexual marriage, freedom of speech and religious liberty. Apparently the event will offer “simple and powerful ideas to help you make a stand for the truth”.
I wonder if Christians with a different perspective will [...]

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Nick Clegg: “I’m sorry”

by Richard on September 20, 2012

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Arctic sea ice reaches new minimum

by Richard on September 17, 2012

The extent of the arctic summer ice cap is a key indicator of our warming world. And it looks as though it is shrinking faster than many anticipated. Satellite evidence reveals that the 2012 melt has set a new record, leaving the ice sheet covering less than half the area it occupied 40 years ago. [...]

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Rochdale Pioneers reach the big screen

by Richard on September 17, 2012

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that the Rochdale Pioneers have been heroes of mine for a long time. The cooperative principles they established more than one hundred and fifty years ago provide a model for economic activity which is still applicable across a range of sectors and which [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 16, 2012

My muse is still being elusive. Perhaps Isaac Watts will help?
I sing the almighty power of God,
That made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command,
And all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the [...]

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Caergwrle Castle

by Richard on September 15, 2012

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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An address to students, September 14th, 2001

by Kim on September 11, 2012

As an American chaplain at Swansea University, I was asked to speak to a chapel full of traumatised students, many recently arrived from the US, at a special service on Friday September 14th, 2001. I’ve just found my address in an old lever arch file. Here it is.
My name is Kim. I’m [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 9, 2012

Blest be the dear uniting love,
That will not let us part!
Our bodies may far off remove,
We still are one in heart.
Joined in one spirit to our Head,
Where He appoints we go;
And still in Jesus’ footsteps tread,
And show His praise below.
O may we ever walk in Him,
And nothing know beside;
Nothing desire, nothing esteem,
But Jesus crucified.
Closer and [...]

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A Tory Jesus

by Richard on September 7, 2012

This was so good, I’ve shamelessly stolen it in full from Lansbury’s Lido. (He stole it too, from Organized Rage, so that’s all right then. Here’s a passage from the gospel as it might have occurred if Jesus had been a tory.
The Lazy Paralytic
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that [...]

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Doodle doing

by Richard on September 6, 2012

I’m conscious that there hasn’t been much doing here lately. I’m coming back next week, all being well. In the meantime, Kim’s been doodling again
Jonathan Edwards – no, not the American theologian, the British athlete – won the silver medal in the Triple Jump at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and then the gold medal at [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 2, 2012

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and [...]

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