From the monthly archives:

March 2014

Faith in the dark

by Richard on March 31, 2014

A great reflection on the Creed from Ben Myers
I believe
Not I know. Not I think. Not I feel. Not I understand. But I believe. When I am in darkness, when I do not know the way, when every step is uncertain, I walk. I live not by what I know or feel but by a [...]

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Climate Change: not future, now.

by Richard on March 31, 2014

The latest IPCC report is sobering.
Food security is highlighted as an area of significant concern. Crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%.
After 2050, the risk of more severe yield impacts increases, as boom-and-bust cycles affect many [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 30, 2014

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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From Pink News
Marriage has survived and flourished down the ages by reinventing itself, but its strength in every generation comes from fulfilling and expressing the way we are created. Allowing gay people to marry enriches and expands the public understanding of marriage. It emphasise its core meaning as a partnership of equals. Over the past [...]

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Climate name change

by Richard on March 26, 2014

Seems like a reasonable proposal.

Hope there’ll be room for Lord Lawson.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 23, 2014

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, [...]

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Here’s Gary Novak in Pravda, that organ famous for its commitment to the plain, unvarnished truth
There is nothing but modeling in global warming analysis, the simple reason being that the complexities and randomness of the atmosphere are totally out of reach of the science that can be applied. Only modeling is obscure enough to evade [...]

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Big Bucks stolen from Joel Osteen

by Richard on March 17, 2014

I’m very tempted to make a comment about the theft of $600 000 from Joel Osteen’s Cornerstone Church. One weekend’s offerings, apparently.
But on balance, I’d better keep my mouth shut.

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“Born again?” - a sermon for Lent 2

by Kim on March 16, 2014

Raise your hand if you’re a Christian… Now raise your hand if you’re “born again”… Just as I thought: a disparity. Which disappoints me hugely, but doesn’t surprise me. Instead of being a term that all Christians can and should own, “born again” has become a phrase that some Christians claim [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 16, 2014

O GOD, what offering shall I give
To thee, the Lord of earth and skies?
My spirit, soul, and flesh receive,
A holy, living sacrifice;
Small as it is, ’tis all my store;
More shouldst thou have, if I had more.
Now then, my God, thou hast my soul,
No longer mine, but thine I am;
Guard thou thine own, possess it whole,
Cheer [...]

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The Guardian: 8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today
We’ve all been there. I still lapse into mis-CHEE-vous if I’m not concentrating. This week some PR whizzes working for a railway station with an unusual name unveiled the results of a survey into frequently garbled words. The station itself is routinely [...]

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Richard Branson, that well-known anti-business, pale pink, hair-shirted communist, has told climate change deniers: “Get out of the way”
Conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) - Apple shareholders - criticised Cook for pursuing sustainability programs, questioned the impact of combating climate change on the bottom line, and demanded return on investment [...]

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Dare to sit with suffering

by Richard on March 10, 2014

A Lenten thought from sojo.net
The season of Lent calls us to give up something as a way of making room for Christ to enter our lives. As we look to the cross, we are asked to remember suffering, to sit with it, to experience it, to not ignore it, as we are so prone [...]

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Sound of Silence

by Richard on March 10, 2014

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 9, 2014

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and [...]

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Lent Photos

by Richard on March 8, 2014

If you’re looking for a creative challenge this Lent, Rev Mark invites you to join a daily photo challenge for Lent 2014. Tweet or post your pics to Instagram with the hashtag #Lentphotos (what else?). There’s a daily list of themes — I’m sure it’s OK to join part way through.

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Racism in action

by Richard on March 7, 2014

Two fellows, one black one white, try to break in to a car. Let’s see if they get treated the same way…

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Ben Myers has been having a week focused on the parables of Jesus. The series includes a number of sermons by one Kim Fabricius. I draw your particular attention in particular to The Parable of the Sower
What is our condition? It is not good: rocky soil, weeds, pests. The church is in decline. What should [...]

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Rowan Williams: Lent reflection

by Richard on March 6, 2014

This video is a few years old, but Rowan Williams is always worth attending to.

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From The Guardian
The International Monetary Fund has backed economists who argue that inequality is a drag on growth in a discussion paper that has also dismissed rightwing theories that efforts to redistribute incomes are self-defeating.
The Washington-based organisation, which advises governments on sustainable growth, said countries with high levels of inequality suffered lower growth than nations [...]

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