From the monthly archives:

March 2013

The Holy Box

by Richard on March 31, 2013

The Bible had been rolled away,
The Holy Name of Jesus lay
Like crumpled linen on the floor.
A stranger stood beside the door.
“You will not find him here,” he said
“This is the dwelling of the dead.
You put him in a holy box
But he has shattered all the locks.
By Christ or any other name
The shape of truth would [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 31, 2013

Our Lord is risen from the dead!
Our Jesus is gone up on high!
The powers of hell are captive led,
Dragged to the portals of the sky.
There his triumphal chariot waits,
And angels chant the solemn lay:
Lift up your heads, you heavenly gates;
You everlasting doors, give way!
Loose all your bars of massy light,
And wide unfold the ethereal scene;
He [...]

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Methodist President’s Easter Message

by Richard on March 30, 2013

Who’s to blame?
The Methodist Church, through our Joint Public Issues Team, has been bringing to our attention a great untruth perpetrated by some press and some politicians alike: we’re told that poverty is the fault of the poor.
There has always been a temptation to do this, something John Wesley was well aware of when he [...]

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Meeting Mystery: an Easter sermon

by Richard on March 30, 2013

Kim’s Easter sermon
The resurrection of Jesus, however, puts an end to all such self-serving manipulation of God. For note well: the resurrection of Jesus is fundamentally a message about God. “Jesus is alive!” doesn’t quite capture this significance. “Christ is risen!”, because God raised him, does. The subject of the resurrection is God. Indeed Karl [...]

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Good Friday with Sydney Carter

by Richard on March 29, 2013

It was on a Friday morning that they took me from the cell
and I saw they had a carpenter to crucify as well
You can blame it on to Pilate
You can blame it on the Jews
You can blame it on the Devil
Its God I accuse
It’s God they ought to crucify instead of you and me
I said [...]

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Good Friday is the 100th anniversary of the birth of R.S. Thomas. Everyone has heard of Dylan Thomas, but the Swansea sot was not fit to untie the shoes of his Cardiff namesake, who was surely one of the finest poets — and certainly in the top three or four “religious” poets — of [...]

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and being in agony he prayed more earnestly… Luke 22:44
His last prayer in the garden began, as most
of his prayers began — in earnest, certainly,
but not without distraction, an habitual … what?
Distance? Well, yes, a sort of distance, or a mute
remove from the genuine distress he witnessed
in the endlessly grasping hands of multitudes
and [...]

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Holy Week :: Wednesday :: The Widow’s Mite

by Richard on March 27, 2013

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus [...]

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Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in [...]

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On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
Mark 11:15-16 (New International Version)

The 3 synoptic gospels tell us [...]

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“Whoever offers their life out of love for Christ, and in service to others, will live like the seed that dies … May this immolated body and this blood sacrificed for all nourish us so that we may offer our body and our blood as Christ did, and thus bring justice and peace to our [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 24, 2013

A change from Charles Wesley - we’ll let Kim Fabricius have Palm Sunday.
Jesus entering the city
on a donkey, grand but gritty,
weeping tears of peace and pity -
rocks and stones cannot be dumb.
Jesus at the place of praying,
overturning tables, saying,
“In my Father’s house no paying!” -
now the temple’s Judge has come.
Jesus in [...]

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Cheesus saves?

by Richard on March 23, 2013

Source: dudelol.com via Richard on Pinterest

 
 
There’s been a bit of a stir in my twitter feed about Giles Fraser’s latest Guardian column which appears under the headline “I bang my head against the wall when evangelicals turn Jesus into Cheesus”
Once again, the evangelicals are in the ascendency in the Church of England. Rowan Williams never [...]

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The Pastor as Theologian

by Richard on March 22, 2013

Allan Bevere writes
In my almost thirty years of ministry I have listened to pastoral colleagues speak disparagingly of the discipline of theology and on a dozen occasions throughout the years people questioning why a pastor, like myself, would go through all the trouble of such rigorous studies. When I was asking for an appointment [...]

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What has Aid ever done for us?

by Richard on March 22, 2013

Nice video from EnoughFoodIf. There’s more than a nod towards Monty Python…

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A begging we will go

by Richard on March 22, 2013

Here’s a sample from the ‘Chapel & Tavern’ gig the other night, recorded live at the Saith Seren pub in Wrexham. I’ll win no prizes as a sound recordist but I hope it gives a ‘flavour’. It was a great night - I’ll write more later.
listen to ‘A begging we will go’ on Audioboo
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Faith “… even despite You”

by Kim on March 13, 2013

[So Yosl Rakover, shortly to be murdered by the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto, concludes his testament, dated 28 April 1943, discovered "preserved in a little bottle and concealed amongst heaps of charred stone and human bones" ...]
My rabbi used to tell me, again and again, the story of a Jew who escaped the [...]

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The Methodist Church is undertaking a comprehensive review of every safeguarding matter it has dealt with over the past sixty years in order to learn the lessons of the past.
The independent Past Cases Review will see letters sent to all Methodist church leaders throughout Britain asking them to share the details of all relevant [...]

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A hymn for Mothering Sunday

by Kim on March 10, 2013

For the love of God the Father,
we lift our hearts;
birthing children whom he mothers,
we lift our hearts;
for his bold imagination
in the act of our creation,
and our wondrous variation,
we lift our hearts.
For the grace of Christ eternal,
we praise his name;
coming from his throne supernal,
we praise his name;
for the challenge of his teaching,
for his hand to rebels [...]

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The reality of US wealth distribution

by Richard on March 4, 2013

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