From the monthly archives:

October 2012

Happy Birthday

by Richard on October 5, 2012

The United Reformed Church is 40 years old today
Today, Friday 5 October, the United Reformed Church, arguably the youngest of the mainstream Christian denominations in the United Kingdom, will be forty years old.
The United Reformed Church came into being exactly 40 years today – when, on 5 October 1972, English Presbyterians formally united with English [...]

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Poem of the day

by Richard on October 4, 2012

It’s National Poetry Day, apparently. I’d thought about posting something frivolous, but let’s get serious with R. S. Thomas
Via Negativa R. S. Thomas
Why no! I never thought other than
That God is that great absence
In our lives, the empty silence
Within, the place where we go
Seeking, not in hope to
Arrive or find. He keeps the interstices
In [...]

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I’m a believer

by Richard on October 4, 2012

Starting the day with feel-good music…

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The globalisation of politics

by Richard on October 3, 2012

The Conversation: Cranks, crazies and globalisation – US politics is fair game for Aussies
Wayne Swan’s remark last month that the US Republican Party had been taken over by “cranks and crazies” is notable in two respects.
First, it is true.
Second, it marks a further move towards a globalised politics, in which political arguments routinely transcend national [...]

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The General’s Son

by Richard on October 3, 2012

An interview with Miko Peled.

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Time to tell the truth about gay marriage

by Richard on October 3, 2012

Thinking Anglicans: Jeffrey John on same-sex marriage
When I was a teenager, I once plucked up courage to ask a vicar what he thought about the issue of gay relationships. After a long pause and a deep breath, he finally replied: “Well, Jeffrey my boy, I suppose we must try to keep an open mind about [...]

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Singalong of the day

by Richard on October 3, 2012

Because you can never be uncheered with Laurel & Hardy.

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Diabolical doodlings

by Richard on October 3, 2012

Kim’s been doodling at Faith and Theology again, this time with Old Nick as his main subject. My favourite? “On Judgement Day, God will ask us not what we have done, or what we believe, but what we desire, what we love.”

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Bits and bobs

by Richard on October 2, 2012

Tim Chesterton quotes Giles Fraser on the red herring of relevance. Amen indeed.
Dave Faulkner comments on the christian tv companies jostling to get the best view of the 2nd Coming. I bet they’ll be annoyed if any of their employees get left behind.
Alpha publicity manque, by David Keen.
October is church music month over at Internet [...]

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No Oil in the Lamp: faith without fossil fuels

by Richard on October 2, 2012

This is a guest post by Neil Hollow of The Oil Lamp and co-author of No Oil in the Lamp

Why is petrol so expensive?
Why is food so expensive?
Why have gas and electricity prices risen so much?
Why has inflation been so high?
The common link to all these questions is oil. All four conventional energy sources [...]

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Is Zionism integral to Judaism?

by Richard on October 2, 2012

Religion Dispatches has a review of Judith Butler’s Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism
From its inception Zionism had been always one of a variety of Jewish narratives of identity. Anti- or non-Zionist narratives always existed, both in Europe and the U.S., from Bundists, Yiddishists, German nationalists, universalist and internationalists of various stripes, Marxists, [...]

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