â€œApparently Suggs is marching against racism and homophobia – I mean, itâ€™s just madness gone politically correctâ€
(from Stephen Fry on Twitter HT: http://theconnexion.net/wp/ …. perhaps incomprehensible to anyone not British…).
Serious this one…I’m going to use it on Sunday…
(Roots magazine Jan/Feb 2009 p2)
…not always….. see this http://revjph.blogspot.com/2009/01/cross-rewritten-for-modern-people.html and leave a comment. This site is always interesting and frequently controversial..
Image from www.lawyersconveyancing.com.au/img/im_gagged.jpg. It is amazing what images come out when you put the word â€˜gaggedâ€™ inâ€¦
Ok- I know that some people read this blog. A chosen few I actually know; most of you I donâ€™t. You do it either because:-
(1) You know me and it is to keep me quiet.
(2) You accidentally clicked on â€˜diggingalotâ€™ when you were looking for gardening supplies or you are a hep hip cat kind of dude that â€˜digsâ€™ things.
(3) It is part of your asbo/community service order /rehabilitation to surf the net.
(4) You do not have a life.
(5) You like it (reallyâ€¦?)
(or it could be a combination of all 5).
But not many of you comment!!!
Therefore, to make it easy for you Iâ€™ve put some sample comments below. All you have to do is cut and paste into the comments field! It couldn’t be easier! (well breaking wind and picking your nose probably is….).
* ‘Thanks for your blog; it is the most wonderful thing written ever! ‘
*’Amazing; have Â£60,000 a year and come and work for me.’
* ‘I will report you to your church; you are a heretic and should be burnt at the stake or at least forced to watch God Channel for 65 hours a week’.
* ‘Sorry, I just stopped by whilst looking for Dutch porn (you are not by any chance from Zeebrugge are youâ€¦.thought notâ€¦)’
(visitors should note that I often use a concept called ‘Irony’ (TM) in my postings…)
‘The Seldom Seen Kid’: another CD I must blog on soon (still yourselves…settle down…). I have always had a soft spot for Elbow as one of the lead singer’s friends was once part of a former congregation (Don’t you just love hanging on the coattails of fame? Did I ever tell you the story of when I saw ‘Wham’ in a service station?….ok I won’t).
This CD is beautiful, yearning and just lovely. Take the mystic yearning of ‘The loneliness of a tower crane driver’:-
Ah….. turn the lights off…kick your shoes off…light a candle…light several…..find a mature single malt… lie back… and once you know this song. I defy you to sing it in this mood and not have tears pouring down your face.
The blog title says it:- ‘musings from the web’…
This is one I unearthed a few days back, quoting from someone who trained for the ministry (Chris Hedges http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20081229_why_i_am_a_socialist/) who now rarely attends worship. It is from a USA perspective (I think):-
His bile is against the ‘liberal church’, but it could be any of us. Is church really worth anything if we just attend from time to time or even attend regularly, but spend ages on what goes on inside (and just become banal and safe)?
I was leading something this week based on something that ‘Fresh Expressions’ http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/index.asp?id=1 produced. It talked about how if Western churches make a move from isolated souls just happening to share the same space once a week, they move towards a ‘pastoral’ model- caring and loving each other, but that is where it stops. We have to move to a ‘missional’ model (horrible, horrible jargon) where our relationships show Christ, where we bleed and rejoice together, but where we turn outwards at the same time… so the hungry are fed and the humble lifted high (hmm… wonder where I have read that before?).
I guess when we just look at ourselves and get all pastoral, we end up getting obsessed with stuff that, although important, just doesn’t matter in the global scheme of things: worship styles, defining the word ‘missional’, is this a ‘proper’ communion?, are they ordained? etc etc etc. Or is this just me? Or is this just one of my dark January rants?
Warren Gamaliel Bancroft Winnipeg Harding
April 6th, 2008
Sleeve note- Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes (2008)
….Praying….. most Christians talk about it like going to the toilet…it is assumed that you do it…you just don’t talk about it in polite society.
I spent some time today at a church prayer breakfast. As always there was a lot of breakfast. That is why I have put these pictures in; to brighten up this posting. There wasn’t a full cooked English, but there was a lot of food……
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that God knows what we need and, as a loving Father, provides those things to us. Jesus also points out that God does not give harmful things (stones and snakes). As I look back over my life, I realize that a lot of things I prayed for were best left unanswered. I realize that in so many cases I was praying for rocks and snakes instead of bread and fish. This leaves me with a strong distrust of my ability to discern the difference.
You have to read this blog- it is an antidote to the ‘God has touched me and my life is a state of perpetual bliss’ (or ‘why I listen to CCM music all the time’). Today’s post http://nakedpastor.com/archives/2532#comments deals with existential crisis and actual crisis (note to those who wonder about random pictures- that is why I have the above picture). One of the comments to the posting says:-
From E.W.Hornung ‘Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman’ (1899, Penguin 2003) p17:
Don’t you just love being English? There was a multitude of quotes that I could have chosen from that book, but that one is a beauty. I have no idea what it means, but it sounds just lovely.
What is there to fear from a nation that can come up with phrases like that? How could anyone hate a nation that encouraged phrases like that? True, they could snigger behind their hands at a nation like that… but hate us….Pah unhand me you blaggard, you dashed scoundrel of the first water….