From the monthly archives:

February 2014

JCs square up: Clarkson and Jesus

by Richard on February 24, 2014

It should come as no surprise that I’m not a fan of Jeremy Clarkson. By no means a fan. When I read his latest idiocy, I was appalled but not surprised.
The Bible is basically a blueprint for Marxism. In Luke 16:19-31 we are told that those who work hard and buy nice things for [...]

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Auden encore: “The More Loving One”

by Kim on February 24, 2014

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.
How should we like it were the stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 23, 2014

GREAT is our redeeming Lord,
In power, and truth, and grace
Him, by highest heaven adored,
His church on earth doth praise:
In the city of our God,
In his holy mount below,
Publish, spread his name abroad,
And all his greatness show.
For thy loving-kindness, Lord,
We in thy temple stay;
Here thy faithful love record,
Thy saving power display:
With thy name thy praise is [...]

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A God delusion?

by Kim on February 22, 2014

I just rifled this letter to the Independent in the wake of its abysmal Saturday editorial “A God delusion”, which leads: “Britain’s poorest are suffering terribly. But clerics have no special authority in political debates about their welfare.” I trust you’ll pick up the gist of its argument from my reply.
Sir:
Your “A God [...]

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A video for Baden Powell’s birthday

by Richard on February 22, 2014

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Auden (b. 21 February 1907) con-verses

by Kim on February 21, 2014

Our news is seldom good: the heart,
As Zola said, must always start
The day by swallowing its toad
Of failure and disgust. Our road
Gets worse and we seem altogether
Lost as our theories, like the weather,
Veer round completely every day,
And all that we can always say
Is: true democracy begins
With free confession of our sins.
In this alone are [...]

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For International Mother Language Day, the Dhaka Tribune has an interesting article about language diversity in Soth Asia and the adoption of Urdu as the national language of Pakistan.
Languages are the expression of a culture’s soul; they preserve values, philosophies, stories, parables, proverbs, humour, priorities and traditions that reflect the history and sociology of the [...]

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Prayer of the day

by Richard on February 19, 2014

Grant to me, O Lord, the penitence of the Publican who dared not raise his eyes to heaven, the longing of the Prodigal who wanted to return home and the wisdom of the Merchant who surrendered all to possess the kingdom. Amen.
Rabbula of Edessa (d.435)
(via Facebook)

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It’s a matter of getting the right perspective

by Richard on February 18, 2014

Brian Zahnd explains his problem with the Bible. Chances are, it’s yours too.
I’m an ancient Egyptian. I’m a comfortable Babylonian. I’m a Roman in his villa.
That’s my problem. See, I’m trying to read the Bible for all it’s worth, but I’m not a Hebrew slave suffering in Egypt. I’m not a conquered Judean deported to [...]

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Voices of reason??

by Richard on February 18, 2014

Two videos for tonight. First, Bill Nye explains climate change to a Republican congresswoman

You won’t often find me approving of Pat Robertson, but here he is explaining why ‘young earth’ creationists are just wrong.

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day!

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 16, 2014

Happy the man that finds the grace,
The blessing of God’s chosen race,
The wisdom coming from above,
The faith that sweetly works by love.
Happy beyond description he
Who knows, The Saviour died for me,
The gift unspeakable obtains,
And heavenly understanding gains.
Wisdom divine! Who tells the price
Of wisdom’s costly merchandise
Wisdom to silver we prefer,
And gold is dross compared to her.
Her [...]

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Jerusalem

by Richard on February 14, 2014

Billy Bragg, recorded at the Greenbelt Festival 2011. (Using a handheld cam from the back of the hall, so it jumps about a bit at the beginning! But the sound quality is Ok, and that’s what counts)

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7 April 1852.
Went to the Zoo.
I said to Him –
Something about that Chimpanzee over there reminds
me of you.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 9, 2014

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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Credo

by Richard on February 5, 2014

I believe…
1. The love of God has been most completely revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
2. That love is available to all people of all races, cultures and conditions. It is “for all”.
3. Freely given, freely received — that love demands from us a response of obedience which will often [...]

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“People say that it is utopian to regard the Sermon on the Mount as a basis for historical-political action. This view has become so widespread … that historical-political action and Christian action have been completely torn apart. However, it is not difficult to prove that this view is in conflict with reality, unrealistic, [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 2, 2014

And can it be, that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood`?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
To sound the [...]

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