From the monthly archives:

November 2012

An Advent address (reblogged)

by Richard on November 30, 2012

(Based on Mark 13: 24-37)
At the end of the film Terminator there is a scene in which the heroine, Sarah Connor, is making her escape into the wilderness. She has destroyed the cyborg sent from the future to kill her, but still she knows that the future of the world is bleak. Her thoughts are [...]

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Going Back

by Richard on November 30, 2012

Ignore the video. Just enjoy this beautiful song from St Dusty Springfield.

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From the BBC
The results show that the largest ice sheet - that of East Antarctica - has gained mass over the study period of 1992-2011 as increased snowfall added to its volume.
However, Greenland, West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula were all found to be losing mass - and on a scale that more than compensates [...]

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Scouting: Methodist President is inspired

by Richard on November 29, 2012

Mark Wakelin has been visiting the Scout Association.
I was a Cub Scout – not a good one - but a Cub Scout. My mother tells me that I came home one evening and proudly announced that I would be ‘Unroled next week’. I had my very own woggle and [...]

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Gabriel’s visit

by Richard on November 29, 2012

Applecart’s entry in the ITN competition Nativity Factor

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Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion: WND Puffs Unofficial “Sequel” to Mel Gibson’s Passion
The reason that the word “sequel” is in quotation marks is because the proposed film has no connection whatsoever with the makers of The Passion of the Christ:
…the makers of “The Resurrection,“ the unofficially dubbed “sequel” to Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” [...]

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30 years of MIDI

by Richard on November 28, 2012

listen to ‘The 'musical magic' of MIDI’ on Audioboo
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General Synod anticipates Advent –

by Kim on November 28, 2012

– death, judgement, heaven, hell. Well, 3 out of 4.

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Christian group challenges Energy Bill

by Richard on November 28, 2012

From the Methodist Church:
Exactly four years ago, campaigners were thrilled when the Climate Change Act was made law on Nov 26th 2008. The UK became the first country to set out legally binding and far reaching targets to reduce carbon emission by 2050. The Labour government was proud to show international leadership in tackling [...]

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Jerusalem

by Richard on November 28, 2012

Billy Bragg sings live at the Greenbelt Festival 2011.

(Just trying out SoundCloud)

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The Anglican Commnon

by Richard on November 28, 2012

Bosco Peters reckons the Anglicans are short of a couple of vowels.
I don’t disagree, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m pointing fingers. “Glass houses” and all that.

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Personal update

by Richard on November 27, 2012

I’m really enjoying my job with the Wales Training Network, but it is no secret that I’ve missed being in pastoral ministry. One result of The Fruitful Field project is that WTN will be coming to an end in 2013 to be replaced by one of the new regional training teams. In truth, the new [...]

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Straw man science

by Richard on November 27, 2012

The Conversation: Straw man science: keeping climate simple
Straw man climate science marries facts with errors of omission. Comforting numbers are presented with logical fallacies. Any uncertainty is confused with complete uncertainty. Uncertainty about “how” is confused with uncertainty about “if”. Dissent by a tiny minority is confused with a lack of scientific consensus.
Straw man [...]

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Affirming the ministry of women

by Richard on November 26, 2012

Tim Chesterton does what should no longer be necessary and makes the scriptural case for the ministry of women
…the small minority of texts that appear to restrict the ministry of women need to be treated with caution. We obviously are not fully informed about the context in which they were written, and in the one [...]

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Climate change is simple

by Richard on November 25, 2012

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on November 25, 2012

Jesus! the name high over all,
in hell, or earth, or sky!
Angels and men before it fall,
and devils fear and fly.
Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
the name to sinners given!
It scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven.
Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
and bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
and life into the dead.
O [...]

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Women bishops: resolving the issue

by Richard on November 24, 2012

Dave Walker in the Guardian

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Taking the lead on marriage (reblogged)

by Richard on November 24, 2012

Benny’s blog offers some useful thoughts on the mutability of ‘marriage’:
A common assertion among the latter is that you simply can’t change marriage. Marriage is what marriage is, and no-one has the power to alter it – not government, nor church nor equality activists. According to the Archbishop of York, it [...]

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Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

by Richard on November 23, 2012

Found on Facebook, and shared for your edification.

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Carol singing record attempt

by Richard on November 23, 2012

This sounds like fun. I love carol singing. Anyone from around Wrexham up for it?

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