Mr Bean goes to church
He is frightfully like me when I sit in the congregation!
Musings on faith, society and whatever else gets me going from one of a tradition of turbulent clerics.
I have previously mentioned that my father is in hospital. My aunt is in the same hospital recovering from a stroke and she now has been hit by C Diff which is a particularly nasty hspital virus. I note that the site I have linked to suggests the following;
Labels: Health Care
I cannot claim to be a regular preacher on the Revelation to John. I have often thought of this book which concludes the Bible as being something of a happy hunting ground for cranks, the sort of people who see it as telling us exactly what the future holds - those who see it as some see the writings of Nostradamus.
Some interesting information on gambling in Scotland from The Scotsman.
Pity poor Arthur Batchelor. Of course, many of us laughed when we heard how he had cried after being called Mr Bean and having his IPOD taken away. In a sense he added to the gaiety of the nation.
Today my wife and myself received letter from our bank regarding their duty to disclose information as to bank accounts held in recent years in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. No big deal! We worked on the Isle of Man for five years and to be honest any tax gains were more than offset by higher prices for fuels etc.
We often assume Islam and Judaism to be two religions at each other's throats. Of course, the dispute over Israel/Palestine has encouraged such a notion. Howver, this has not always been so. Indeed, many Jews fled to the Ottomans following the edicts of Ferdinand and Isabella in fifteenth century Spain.
Labels: Labour Party
I am back from Nottingham. We spend out time there with a splendid group from the Bideford Amateur Rowing Club who were part of the Western team in the Regional Youth Rowing Regatta.
More information regarding the likely consequences of the Government's scandalous attempts to promote growth in gambling comes from two doctors. John Middleton and Farid Latif call for the medical aspects to be taken seriously;
A positive view of St George is offered by influential think tank Ekklesia.
Well, here is the song from Westboro Baptist Church to which I referred in this morning's sermon. Should prove to any doubters that I didn't make it up!
A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary entitled “The most hated family in America.” In the documentary, Louis Theroux spent some time living with the Westboro Baptist Church, a one church denomination, who are dominated by the Phelps family, especially the ageing patriarch, Pastor Fred Phelps.
Blogging this week has been light. My father who has parkinsons is in hospital and I have travelled to West Cornwall to see him a couple of times in the past week. On Fuday and Saturday, I shall be in Nottingham to see my son compete in a rowing competition - may get some pictures!
Illuminating stuff from Ekklesia.
An interesting article in the Guardian concerning Professor Jim Orford from Birmingham University.
I love reading Ekklesia which keeps me up with a range of issues within Christianity. Today I have particularly appreciated reading about the Easter address of the Anglican Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan.
"Behind the monastery, down by the road,
In that most gloomy of poems, “Funeral Blues”, WH Auden concludes with a dark note of despair;
You do nothing by half-measures. If you’re going to read the Bible, you want to read it in the original languages. If you’re going to teach, you’re going to reach as many souls as possible, through a proliferation of lectures and books. If you’re a guy and you’re going to fight for purity … well, you’d better hide the kitchen shears.
Well, I can't say I have read his writings. Still, it's nice to know he agrees with me!
I have just come back from our Good Friday Walk of Witness followed by a service at St Mary's. I always find the walk a very moving experience and this year the service was very helful with a most thoughtful sermon preached by our Roman Catholic priest, Father Terry O'Donovan.
And so this afternoon we draw ever closer to the Passion of our Lord. As the time of his death draws near, Jesus shares in one last meal with his followers. One more time, they will experience his acceptance in the sharing of table fellowship.
There are days when I think that sections of the church are on a self destruction mission without needing any help from Dawkins et al. A recent example is the statement by two Bishops released at Spring Harvest attacking a sermon preached on radio by Jeffrey John. The Bihops of Lewes and Willsden offer this critique;
Do read Kim Frabricius offering of Ten propositions on Political Theology.
Back once more to the issue of the Government of the UK taking on the role of croupier, like David Hallam I feel that we mustn't give up. David has argued that Methodists need to get active in lobbying our MPs to reverse their policy of encouraging us to stake our pensions on a roulette wheel. David is absolutely right.
A ever so sweet response from Westboro Baptist Church in response to the recent Louis Theroux programme concerning them.
Not so long ago, there was quite a race row regarding Celebrity Big Brother. As I blogged at the time, I felt that there were other factors involved in what happened. I was also concerned at the way that the media and politicians got a bandwagon going which made them look good and had a devastating effect on the lives of two of the women concerned, one of them attempting suicide.
Reading of this gay man deprived f the opportunity to be a youthworker in the Diocese of Hereford, I find myself with a feeling of some despair. The man was clearly felt by the interviewing panel to have the right qualities and indeed his Chrsitain faith is not in doubt. The reason for his not having the opportunity to proceed with the job he was orignally selected for is his homosexuality.
A letter in the Guardian from Dominic Carman the son of lawyer and gambling addict Sir George Carman is a pertinent warning as to the dangers of gambling. Hre is what he writes;
It is time to be honest. I am absolutely fed up with the sentimental donkey processions that in a sickly sweet way, are dragged out on Palm Sunday. I am fed up with Palm Sunday being constantly turned into a day for nice safe religious thoughts. Why? Because there is nothing safe about Palm Sunday for it is a day when sharply opposing worldviews clash, a day that makes the eventual outcome of a torture, a show trial and public execution become inevitable.