From the monthly archives:

September 2013

Methodist Church consults on BDS

by Richard on September 30, 2013

The Methodist Church has launched a major consultation on the arguments for and against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The consultation, arising from a request by the annual Methodist Conference, is seeking responses from any interested individuals or organisations, in writing or through an online form.
BDS is a movement that calls on individuals [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 29, 2013

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.
For His mercies aye endure, Ever faithful, ever sure.
Let us blaze His Name abroad,
For of gods He is the God.
He with all commanding might
Filled the new made world with light.
He hath, with a piteous eye,
Looked upon our misery.
He the golden tressèd sun
Caused all day [...]

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Ouch-quote of the day

by Kim on September 28, 2013

“We are Christians, in so far as our heart condemns us; we are Christians in so far as our heart condemns our actual Christianity. Christians are people who are torn apart by the contradiction of the life which is bestowed upon them, and the death in which they still participate, and who therefore ask [...]

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A recovering lop-sided Christian

by Richard on September 26, 2013

Another sermon from Kim
My mistake, however, was that I initially thought that this search was a private investigation, that faith is what you do with your solitude, very personal, altogether inner. During my final year at college I had become disillusioned with politics – the murders of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, followed by [...]

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Springboard to languages

by Richard on September 25, 2013

Tim Morley argues the propaedeutic value of Esperanto.

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Christian Aid: Climate Change is already happening

by Richard on September 25, 2013

Christian Aid is urging governments to heed the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes its new report on the state of the world’s climate on Friday.
The report, only the fifth since the body was formed in 1988 and the first since 2007, is expected to say that scientists are now [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 22, 2013

Who would true valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather;
There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.
Whoso beset him ’round
With dismal stories
Do but themselves confound;
His strength the more is.
No lion can him fright
He’ll with a giant fight
But he will have a right to be [...]

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Eeyore ’s birthday

by Richard on September 19, 2013

Posted for no particular reason. Just for fun
“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he.
“Why, what’s the matter?”
“Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
“Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.
“Gaiety. Song-and-dance. [...]

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“Born again?”: a sermon

by Kim on September 18, 2013

A sermon preached at a mid-week Communion service in a small and aging church in which many people are feeling marginalised by the “message” and projects of their evangelical lay pastor.
Raise your hand if you’re a Christian? … Now raise your hand if you’re “born again”… Just as I thought: a disparity. [...]

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The oldest building in British Methodism?

by Richard on September 18, 2013

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A New Advent Hymn

by Richard on September 15, 2013

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes offers a hymn for Advent which makes a fine use for the tune of In Christ Alone. Here’s taster
In ages past the ancients told
Stories of what God promises:
From Noah’s dove, to Sarah’s laugh,
Wrestling with God or counting stars.
Stories of light, stories of love,
Stories of joy, stories of peace.
Through exiled years of slavery
Stories [...]

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Standing up for inclusion

by Richard on September 15, 2013

Antonia Honeywell has a cautionary tale for Justin Welby.
We should all listen.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on September 15, 2013

Jesus, we thus obey
Thy last and kindest word;
Here, in thine own appointed way,
We come to meet thee, Lord.
The way thou hast enjoined,
Thou wilt therein appear;
We come with confidence to find
Thy special presence here.
Our hearts we open wide
To make the Saviour room;
And lo! The Lamb, the Crucified,
The sinners’ friend, is come!
His presence makes the feast;
And [...]

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How does Jesus save?

by Richard on September 14, 2013

Ben Myers offers a very helpful guide to six different ways the atonement has been understood.

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Serving the Borderlands

by Richard on September 13, 2013

Two weeks in, and I’m still excited to be serving as Superintendent of the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit. One of the most exciting pieces of work we’re involved in is the Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy.
I spent the day yesterday with David Gwatkin, our agricultural chaplain (pictured above in conversation), visiting a livestock market and a [...]

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Please stop moaning about how busy you are

by Richard on September 11, 2013

Picked this up from old friend Andrew Careaga on Facebook. It was written for business-types, but there’s a message for ministers as well. If you’ve ever witnessed a group of ministers trying to out-do one another with how full their diaries are, you’ll know what I mean. Please stop.
We’re all just so “busy” these days. [...]

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The day the world changed?*

by Richard on September 11, 2013

September 11th 2001 will be remembered for a long time as a day when a terrible evil was committed. The dreadful loss of life in the heart of a major city in the most powerful of the world’s nations should not be lightly forgotten. I’m not convinced though that 9-11 deserves the title, “the day [...]

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The truth about “austerity”

by Richard on September 11, 2013

From The Guardian
…there’s nothing cosy and nostalgic about missing days of meals, turning the heating off for two consecutive winters and every bloody day and night in between.
There’s nothing cosy and nostalgic about unscrewing the light bulbs so you can’t accidentally turn them on, or selling your son’s shoes, or drinking the formula milk [...]

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The silent military coup

by Richard on September 11, 2013

Jon Pilger has some hard words for the USA.
John Kerry’s farce and Barack Obama’s pirouettes are temporary. Russia’s peace deal over chemical weapons will, in time, be treated with the contempt that all militarists reserve for diplomacy. With al-Qaida now among its allies, and US-armed coupmasters secure in Cairo, the US intends to crush the [...]

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