Song for the week
I chose Slade's "Far,Far Away" because it takes me back to an exciting time in my youth. I saw them many years later and they sure knew how to work a crowd.
Musings on faith, society and whatever else gets me going from one of a tradition of turbulent clerics.
Sodom and Gomorrah - the stuff of legend in the annals of Hellfire preaching. After all this is the Biblical story of God’s ferocious judgement on homosexuals. Indeed, our words sodomy and sodomite come from this very story.
A boy in a small village for some reason best known to himself took to attending the weekly Prayer Meeting at the local Methodist church. Each week, the regulars would welcome him warmly when he arrived, always a few minutes late. Each week, he would listen to the prayers but never contribute himself. That is until a few weeks before Christmas when to everyone’s amazement he prayed out loud;
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children....This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross."
I spend much of my time on this blog drawing attention to destructive interpretations of Christianity. I amke no apology for this as I feel that as a Christian, I need to be about putting my won house on order before battling with others.
I find this video containing a talk by American fundamentalist John Haggee deeply disturbing. Whilst it is every bit as fruitcake as the offerings of David Icke, what worries me is that it does violence to the Bible and more than that it presents not a Christian interpretation but what Walter Wink sees as the non Christian wordlview of the "myth of redemptive violence.
I am often critical of George Galloway. I would not get as close to the Muslim association of Britain as he has. I am of the belief that Salman Rushdie was much more wronged than wronging. And I support a genuine two party outcome to the Israel/Palestinian dispute which is not a dispute with one party being all right and one party being all wrong. And certainly, I do not share his sorrow at the fall of the Soviet Union or his less than critical approach to Castro
Richard Hall is in cracking form with this post about the healing anger of Jesus.
On Wednesday night before packing, I was taken to see the latest Harry Potter film - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." I hoped to write a review but sadly I kept falling asleep. My credibility with my two youngsters is now totally shattered.
Got back from my journey away at about 8.25am on Saturday morning. Having flown back to Birmingham sharing in a funeral of a fine old gent from the Isle of Man, I got caught up in the problem of the floods. At first the railway authorities seemed incapable of offering any guidance and I am sure many went to hotels in despair. Eventually, they did engage with us albeit with empty promises for some time. These were delivered in a manner that made Comic Ali appear convincing. Still in the end, they got the help of some taxi drivers. I was in a group that went to Exeter. The journey was awful with hard, low seats - in my case facing out at the back. We saw some real signs of devastation. Thankfully due to the rather feisty driving of our taxi driver, we managed after several turning backs and diversions way of the normal route, to get back to Exeter. He was quite a hero!
I have now linked to my sermon sites. The 2005/06 site needs to have sermons added which i will do sometime.
There is an old story in which three women arrive at the Pearly Gates. One is a Roman Catholic, another is a Baptist and the third is a Methodist. Before deciding whether to let them in, St Peter says to them;
Blogging has been light because I have had much work to squeeze in before I go on a journey tomorrow to share in leading the funeral of an old friend. I will not be back until Friday night. On Saturday, I will be in Cornwall to see my son rowing, visit my father on his birthday and hopefully get back here for a music event.
I do not know what the word “tradition” means to you. For me the word conjures up conflicting responses.
It’s a big question. One of the experts in the Law of Israel, asks Jesus;
Once more Allan Bevere has provided us with the Methodist blogs weekly roundup.
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David Hallam has been included on the Political and Social Issues resource group of Methodism's Faith and Order Committee.
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War is Hellish as anyone with a modicum of sensitivity who has been caught up in warfare, will tell you. Accounts of the Somme and some of the battles of World war 2 remind us of that.
The Cambridge Evening News has a revealing article with a man whose life has been devastated by gambling.
The video below shows unsavoury conduct by the Labour Party in Sedgefield. Were it my children so behaving, they could look forward to being grounded for a week or two. What is shown is a total contempt for the democratic process. I am sure that there are times when the other political parties act like morons but it disturbs me that we have had a Prime Minister for the past 10 years who surrounds himself with the sort of cretins on show here. Frankly, the more I see of the corporate obsessed major parties who agree on nearly everything but compete as to who can behave in the most mindless way, the more tempted I am to refuse to be on the electoral roll for next year. Quite bluntly, my democratic message is that none of them deserve the encouragement of my vote. Anyway, here it is;
Good news from The Guardian suggests that we may soon see the closure of that in house chammpion of the arms industry the Defence Export Services Organisation.
As truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our Mother, and he revealed that in everything, and especially in these sweet words where he says: I am he, that is to say, I am he, the power and goodness of fatherhood; I am he, the wisdom and the lovingness of Motherhood; I am he, the light and the grace which is all blessed love; I am he, Trinity; I am he, the unity; I am he, the great supreme goodness of every kind of thing; I am he who makes you to love; I am he who makes you to long; I am he, the endless fulfilment of all true desires. For where the soul is highest, noblest, most honourable, still it is lowest, meekest, mildest.
Yesterday, being my day off, My wife and myself went off on our travels. Having been to Launceston, we stopped off back in Holsworthy for our lunch. The food in the pub was not as hood as when we last ate there several months ago. But that didn't matter much at all. What struck us was how fresh the air was. We felt so glad at the ban on smoking in such places. So for once in my life I am grateful to MPs who pushed for this ban - even if my threat to break wind in reprisal at smokers, is now redundant.
A nation of snitches!. I reckon that there's a lot of revenge involved. Oh well, back to George Orwell's 1984. Not so much fantasy, I guess.
Tonight I feel very raw and so at times like this, I find this Coldplay song, "Fix you" very much in my mind;
David Hallam is not a man to be found hanging around bookies. In fact he is a passionate opponent to an industry that prospers due to the gullibility of its consumers.
Over at Connexions, there is this fabulous skit by Kim Fabricius on one of those subjects that interest me - women! It is a reminder of just how liberating is the example of Jesus
Sarah Dylan Breuer is a real treasure even if she rather likes U2 Eucharists. Anyhow she has been posting about the Scripture verses they don't teach you in Sunday School.
This weekend I am preaching at neither of the services with which I am involved. Therefore, there will be no addition to the Sermon blog.
Soft porn rag The Sun is working up quite a thing about flying the Union flag as a rejection of terrorism. Various celebrities are being chased to join in. Doubtless any who refuse to do as the totalitarians demand, will be castigated.
Why not sign the Live Earth pledge?.
Simon Barrow asks if capitalism is the only show in town.
Man never desires anything so earnestly
A story of misplaced revenge appears on Osama Saeed's blog. Apparently someone rammed their car into a shop owned by an Asian in what appears to be a copycat revenge for the terrorist attack on Glasgow aiport.
A couple of interesting articles relating to recent terrorist acts is to be fund in The Independent.
Dave Warnock is off on his travels today.
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Back seat drivers - don’t you love them! Well I am married to such a person. When I am in the driver’s seat, as my head begins to move around with my eyes looking at things to either side of the car, I am regularly given the abrupt message;
Perhaps the Bishop of Carlisle, Graham Dow, should instead of blaming a liberalisation of laws regarding gay people as a cause of floods, look closer to home when a certain Bishop of Carlisle did the blessing of a nuclear submarine only a few weeks ago.
The best reason I know for joining up with the Church of England, Mad Priest is also on to the case of the Bishop of Carlisle's suggesting that recent floods were the result of God geeting even with the British Government over its pro gay policies (that is taking steps on road to treating gay people equally with heterosexuals). He provides the following ditty supplied by one of his readers which relates to the fact that in the San Francisco earthquake whilst a number of churches were destroyed, the whiskey distillery remained intact;
So new Trade minister Digby Jones was negotiating with the Tories under Michael Howard with a view to being a spokesman for the either by getting a peerage or a safe seat in the Commons.
A report in today's Sunday Telegraph tells that some Bishops see recent floods as literally an act of God.