From the monthly archives:

July 2013

Kudos, Independent

by Kim on July 29, 2013

On Saturday, the leader of the Independent declaimed that “The Church should keep to matters spiritual.” While commending the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for his concerns about payday lending, the Indy insisted that “spiritual leaders … have no business in mainstream politics.” Ahem, I thought — and rifled the following email to [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 28, 2013

O what shall I do my Saviour to praise,
So faithful and true, so plenteous in grace,
So strong to deliver, So good to redeem
The weakest believer that hangs upon Him!
How happy the man whose heart is set free,
The people that can be joyful in thee!
Their joy is to walk in the light of thy face,
And still [...]

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The Apostles’ Creed for Methodists

by Kim on July 26, 2013

Well, the inestimable Allan R. Bevere asked for it …
Methodists are quite happy to keep the first two articles of the Apostles’ Creed, and, indeed, as John Wesley (”Pope John”) was a “serial plagiarist” (Stephen Tomkins), to present them as their own work, with a few stylistic variations provided by John’s brother Chuck in the [...]

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World Esperanto Day

by Kim on July 26, 2013

Richard says: “Kiel vi fartas? Pepu nin kun viaj komentoj.”

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More than 150 years of ecumenical progress

by Richard on July 24, 2013

Here’s an item from the Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser, 20th June 1857

Thanks, Bob!

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I believe in God the Father All-macho-mighty,
patriarch and misogynist, Steroidal Spirit,
intelligent-designer and micro-manager of heaven and earth.
Awesome!
I believe in Jesus, Jesus, sweet Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,
the friendly gh my personal Lord and Saviour,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary
(and anyone who questions the literal facticity of these events
on historical, biological, [...]

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The Apostles’ Creed for liberals

by Kim on July 22, 2013

I believe in God the Father, Mother, Life-Force, or whatever metaphor tickles your fancy, fashioner of heaven and earth from the stuff generated by the Big Bang.
I believe in Jesus of Nazareth, a great guru, a good mate,
who was conceived as anyone is conceived,
born of Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilates,
was crucified, dead, and buried (or at [...]

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A photon checks into a hotel and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. “No,” replies the photon, “I’m travelling light.”
“Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?”
When I heard that oxygen and magnesium had hooked up, it was like “OMg!”
A student travelling on a train looks up and sees [...]

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O what a happy day!

by Kim on July 15, 2013

Yesterday I presided at the baptism of my granddaughter, Scarlett Grace Fabricius Rowland. We didn’t sing the following hymn of mine, but to mark the occasion I thought I’d post it at Connexions. The sermon I preached should shortly be appearing at Faith and Theology.
O what a happy day!
We celebrate a death –
a [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 7, 2013

Light of the world, thy beams I bless;
On thee, bright Sun of Righteousness,
My faith has fixed its eye;
Guided by thee, through all I go,
Nor fear the ruin spread below,
For thou art always nigh.
Not all the powers of hell can fright
A soul that walks with Christ in light;
He walks, and cannot fall:
Clearly he sees, and wins [...]

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