From the monthly archives:

January 2018

Women, Know Your Limits

by Richard on January 31, 2018

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The term ‘Climate Change’ was adopted in preference to ‘Global Warming’ in a deliberate attempt to distract the public as part of a political campaign.

I didn’t watch Piers Morgan’s interview with Donald Trump. When I need an emetic, I’ll go to the chemist. But I was interested to read a report of it in The [...]

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Baptism and Eucharist at Auschwitz

by Kim on January 28, 2018

Häftling*: I have learnt that I am Häftling. My number is 174517; we have been baptized, we will carry the tattoo on our left arm until we die.
The operation was slightly painful and extraordinarily rapid: they placed us all in a row, and one by one, according to the alphabetical order of our names, we [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 28, 2018

Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord,
My Saviour and my Head;
I trust in Thee, whose powerful Word
Hath raised Him from the dead.
In hope, against all human hope,
Self desperate, I believe;
Thy quickening Word shall raise me up,
Thou shalt Thy Spirit give.
Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, “It shall be done!”
To [...]

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Immigration and the NHS

by Richard on January 27, 2018

If conversations I’ve had recently are anything to go by, it seems to have been widely accepted that the current problems of the NHS can be laid at the door of “runaway immigration” and “health tourism”. This comment from a recent article in the Daily Mail about sums it up

It isn’t true, as a few [...]

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The Fuck prayer

by Kim on January 25, 2018

When I write that my own situation in those months of pain and decision can be described as prayer, I do not only recall that during that time [of illness] I sometimes read the Psalms and they became my psalms, or that … I occasionally cried “Jesus” and that name was my prayer, but I [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 21, 2018

Eternal Son, eternal Love,
Take to thyself thy mighty power;
Let all earth’s sons thy mercy prove;
Let all thy saving grace adore.
The triumphs of thy love display;
In every heart reign thou alone;
Till all Thy foes confess thy sway,
And glory ends what grace began.
Spirit of grace, and health, and power,
Fountain of light and love below,
Abroad Thy healing influence [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 14, 2018

Christ, from whom all blessings flow,
Perfecting the saints below,
Hear us, who Thy nature share,
Who Thy mystic body are.
Join us, in one spirit join,
Let us still receive of Thine;
Still for more on Thee we call,
Thou Who fillest all in all.
Move and actuate and guide,
Diverse gifts to each divide;
Placed according to Thy will,
Let us all our work [...]

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Screwtape on prayer

by Richard on January 11, 2018

From the senior demon Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood

“My Dear Wormwood,
“… it is high time for me to write to you on the painful subject of prayer…
“The best thing, where it is possible, is to keep the patient from the serious intention of praying altogether. When the patient is an adult recently re-converted to [...]

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Time for another referendum?

by Richard on January 11, 2018

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, so it was kind of inevitable that at some point Nigel Farage was going to be right about something. I think his time has come, at least in part.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he is close to backing a second EU referendum to end the [...]

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Alms for an ex-leper

by Richard on January 11, 2018

A gratuitous bit of Monty Python

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Note to self

by Richard on January 9, 2018

So, kids. What have we learned from the Toby Young fiasco?
There are probably lots of lessons at lots of different levels. But there is at least one lesson for every single person who ever posts anything anywhere on t’interweb, and it’s a dead simple one: Think before you post. Think about what you’re writing, and [...]

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Toby Young: unfit for office

by Richard on January 8, 2018

If you were hiring a teacher or university lecturer, would you appoint someone who had posted the tweets above?
That’s what I thought.
But despite expressing her irritation at the language of these tweets, Theresa May still intends to appoint Toby Young to serve on the new regulatory body for universities, the Office for Students.
Young [...]

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A sermon for Covenant Sunday*

by Richard on January 7, 2018

Main Text: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 The New Covenant
When we talk about the Covenant Service, we often talk in terms of renewing our Covenant - but it is not.The New Covenant, like the old, is God’s choice, not ours. The Covenant between God and Israel was not one that Israel made, but one that god made [...]

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It’s incredible, isn’t it?

by Richard on January 7, 2018

This sketch from Not the Nine O’Clock News following the election of Ronald Reagan seems more relevant than ever.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 7, 2018

Come, let us use the grace divine,
and all with one accord,
In a perpetual covenant join
ourselves to Christ the Lord;
Give up ourselves, through Jesus’ power,
His Name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,
for God to live and die.
The covenant we this moment make
be ever kept in mind;
We will no more our God forsake,
or cast these words [...]

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On being born again

by Richard on January 6, 2018

Adrian Warnock has started 2018 with a commitment to blogging about the commands of Jesus.
At the beginning of this year, I have resolved to look more closely at the commands of Jesus. And to learn to obey them. Since Christians are meant to be followers of Jesus, it is remarkable that we don’t pay more [...]

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Epiphany re-blog

by Richard on January 5, 2018

Epiphany is the day in the church calendar when by tradition the visit of the Magi is remembered. These strange visitors with their even stranger gifts - (”Quick - throw it in the trough!”) - are such an integral part of the Nativity story that it’s easy to forget how odd they are.
Matthew’s gospel is [...]

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Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes –
Some have got broken – and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest [...]

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Time for some sense about Brexit?

by Richard on January 4, 2018

Writing in Unherd, the usually sensible Giles Fraser suggests that Remainers still sore at the prospect of losing their maroon EU passport … could apply for a world passport. I recognise that he isn’t being entirely serious, of course, but for me this article epitomises all that has been wrong with the Brexit debate both [...]

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