From the monthly archives:

April 2013

Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 28, 2013

O thou who camest from above,
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart.
There let it for thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
And trembling to its source return,
In humble prayer and fervent praise.
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
To work and speak and think for thee;
Still let me guard the [...]

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Half English

by Richard on April 23, 2013

It’s St George’s Day. This video seemed appropriate.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 21, 2013

O Love divine, what hast thou done!
The immortal God hath died for me!
The Father’s co-eternal Son
Bore all my sins upon the tree.
Th’immortal God for me hath died:
My Lord, my Love, is crucified!
Is crucified for me and you,
To bring us rebels back to God.
Believe, believe the record true,
Ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood.
Pardon for all [...]

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Legacy

by Richard on April 17, 2013

2 clips from Brassed Off seem appropriate today. No further commentary necessary.

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A new cartoon by the always-splendid Dave Walker

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From LiveScience
Summer ice melt has increased tenfold over the last millennium in the Antarctic Peninsula, with most of the melt occurring during the last several decades in conjunction with global warming, new research suggests.
Rapid melt can destabilize glaciers and ice shelves (the tongues of glaciers that float on the ocean), suggesting that there could be [...]

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The sign of a dying church

by Richard on April 16, 2013

Dave Faulkner points to 5 signs of a dying church and asks “What does a dying church look like?”
This is a really simple question, assuming that we’re talking about the church as you can see it in our towns and villages. (The Church Triumphant is, of course, a different matter) It isn’t a matter of [...]

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Enough food if…

by Richard on April 16, 2013

…governments keep their climate promise

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A question of calling

by Richard on April 16, 2013

Matt Collins — a self-confessed ‘Methodist geek’ –is called to be a bureaucrat
I am not a great ideas man, but I am happy to support those who are, to put frameworks in place, work on policy and procedure to facilitate great projects. As well as a meetings man, I am a bit of a techy. [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 14, 2013

Thou God of truth and love,
We seek thy perfect way,
Ready thy choice to approve,
Thy providence to obey:
Enter into thy wise design,
And sweetly lose our will in thine.
Why hast thou cast our lot
In the same age and place?
And why together brought
To see each other’s face?
To join with softest sympathy,
And mix our friendly souls in thee?
Didst thou [...]

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My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I do not know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the [...]

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Credit where it’s due

by Richard on April 8, 2013

…the threat to our world comes not only from tyrants and their tanks. It can be more insidious though less visible. The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.
Our ability to come [...]

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Dipsy doodlings

by Richard on April 7, 2013

Kim’s been doodling again, though at least one paragraph is more a howl of angry despair:
In 2004, the Philosophy Department at Swansea University, once world renown as a Centre of Wittgenstein studies, was terminated (Wittgenstein’s “full stop” with a vengeance). Last summer, the front of the main administrative building, Fulton House, was renovated (it now [...]

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Mental illness and the gospel

by Richard on April 7, 2013

Following the death by suicide of Rick Warren’s son, Adrian Warnock asks Can a Christian get depressed?
Given that Adrian is a practising psychiatrist, his answer is an unsurprising “Yes, of course.” However, the fact that the question can even be raised is profoundly disturbing. Apart from the extremes of the ‘name it and claim it’ [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 7, 2013

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My dear Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of Thy name.
Jesus! The name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
‘Tis life, and [...]

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How Casino Royale should have ended

by Richard on April 6, 2013

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Sometimes you have to walk away

by Richard on April 5, 2013

Velveteen Rabbi keeps coming up with good stuff. I’m hardly an authority on the art of the poetic, but her piece today made my spirits stir and I hope I’ll be forgiven for quoting the whole thing.
WORD TO THE WISE
here: click on the X
to close the browser window,
clap the clamshell laptop shut
resist the twitching [...]

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Allan R. Bevere
If the temptation of the state is to domesticate the church into doing its bidding, it is the continual temptation of the individual to domesticate Jesus so that he simply affirms our lives as they our instead of calling us to what God wants them to be.
Jesus doesn’t call us to embrace a [...]

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Day by day

by Richard on April 3, 2013

@RevRichardColes reminds us that today is the feast day of Richard of Chichester. That’s all the excuse I need.

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I’ve just finished reading Mark Thomas’ Extreme Rambling, a fascinating and funny account of the comedian’s attempt to walk the route of Israel’s security barrier. It isn’t a book that is likely to appeal to any of Israel’s apologists, though his route took in both sides of the fence and the effects of terrorism are [...]

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