Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Independent -- Tricky reality for preacher after world fails to end

I saw this article from The Independent and thought it might be of interest to you

It's fair to surmise that today did not go entirely according to plan for Mr Harold Camping. For starters, he woke up.

© 2009 Independent News and Media

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fully Human...

Certain words to me seem to have been hijacked and diluted and 'pure heart'seems to fit that category.

Calon Lân is a Welsh hymn, the words of which were written in the 19th century by Daniel James, sung before Welsh rugby union test matches an anthem. I found it interesting that this Welsh word used for pure heart equally means to be complete.

I don't ask for a luxurious life,
the world's gold or its fine pearls,
I ask for a happy heart,
an honest heart, a pure heart.

A pure heart full of goodness
Is fairer than the pretty lily,
None but a pure heart can sing,
Sing in the day, sing in the night.

If I wished for worldly wealth,
It would swiftly go to seed;
The riches of a virtuous, pure heart
Will bear eternal profit.


Evening and morning, my wish
Rising to heaven on the wing of song
For God, for the sake of my Saviour,
To give me a pure heart.


I love the connection that is begining to take shape in my thinking that can be summed up by St. Irenaeus. 'The glory of God is a human being fully alive'

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lost Lyrics - Saviour, I long to be!

Song number 521 seems to be quite a mission anthem

Saviour, I long to be
Nearer to thee;
In word and deed and thought
Holy to be.
O take this heart of mine
And seal me ever thine,
Fill me with love divine,
For service, Lord!

Make me a blazing fire
Where'er I go,
That to a dying world
Thee I may show:
How thou hast bled and died
That none may be denied,
But in thy bleeding side
A refuge find.

So shall my moments flow
In praising thee,
For thou hast never failed
To strengthen me.
Filled with the Holy Ghost,
Saved to the uttermost,
In Christ alone I'll boast
And forward go.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Independent -- The first year of coalition government

I saw this article from The Independent and thought it might be of interest to you

A is for Arts, which the Liberal Democrats mostly like but the Tories don't, because they see them as being devised by, and for the enjoyment of, a predominantly left-wing, anti-government bunch of "agitprop" merchants, gays, chatterers and subversives who shouldn't be subsidised by public money. Hence, a big cut in Arts Council – how they hate those two words – funding, and the abolition of the Film Council. Unemployed actors will have to bite the bullet and do voice-overs for Tesco. Do Tories really have what Denis Healey once called "a hinterland", something other than politics or money on their mind?

© 2009 Independent News and Media

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Buechner's Ontological Winner...!

There is perhaps no better proof for the existence of God than the way year after year he survives the way his professional friends promote him.

Buechner, F. (1988:5-6). Whistling in the dark: an ABC theologized. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

A Primer on Today’s Missional Church

JR Woodward clearly loves Mission and has put together an amazing resource here

Thanks Wayne!

Just a bit of fun.

Here's my cabinet based on the short questionnaire.

You took the Political Animal quiz on, and your personalised cabinet of political characters was:

William Wilberforce

You basically accept that Christian political action will be necessary on all fronts if we are going to have a fair and righteous society. The law should reflect both Godly moral foundations and practical concern for the poor. This approach is epitomised by the campaigning parliamentarian William Wilberforce, who led the drive to abolish the slave trade and restore the 'manners' (ie moral foundations) of Britain.

Oliver Cromwell

The most committed political activist needs to recognise that there are limits to what can be achieved by politics alone. Ideals can too easily become idols, and some things will never change without an inward work of salvation in people's lives. Puritan parliamentarian leader Oliver Cromwell used the power of the state and military force to pursue his vision of a fairer and more Godly society, but is often accused of oppression and brutality in the process.


You believe that Christians should be passionate advocates for social justice using every means at their disposal, including political ones. 'Saint Bono of Dublin' has used his massive public profile as a rock singer to campaign for international humanitarian causes, especially in Africa. His faith in Jesus has led him on a journey that has influenced politicians and presidents around the world.

A little worried that Cromwell crept in - sorry to my Irish friends!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Wise Words...

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.

"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that"

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Here's the quote in its fuller context following the double bluff that has gone viral!

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, pp. 62–63 (1967).