Having just come back from a week's holiday and finding that I will have very little time online for a while, I thought I'd better post something so you all know that I'm okay! And what better way than pointing to blog posts discussing John Howard Yoder and/or nonviolence?Read more...
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tuff is a good guy. You know how some people say that about other people all of the time - and it becomes just a bland way of saying, "He's alright, I s'pose." Well, in this case, its true.
Those of you who blog at LwC will no doubt know this. Tuffy may have helped you with techie or template problems. Or, you may just enjoy reading his thought-provoking and wide-ranging posts. (He has the knack of being able to post on something fairly controversial, without anyone really noticing or getting worked-up.) Or, you may be one of the dreadful people who comment on his epic 'poop' comment threads.Read more...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
"Would you perform a civil blessing ceremony?"
"Well, a gay couple."
"Which gay couple?"
"Any gay couple!"
"Oh, any gay couple. No."
"Well, would you marry a straight couple?
"What if you thought he was secretly beating her? Or, they were divorced? Or, you knew that she was still legally married to someone else, or they were both practicing swingers, or..."
'Okay, then, no. There are some straight couples that I wouldn't marry. As a normal rule, yes, but there are other things to be taken into account, which is why we have marriage preparation classes...
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The Mad Priest recently slandered my reputation by inducting me into the HEROES OF THE BLOGOSPHERE HALL OF FAME. Please avoid the temptation to play Guilt-by-association.
I've no idea what I've done to deserve such an attack, but I wanted to assure my readers that I am not a bad man. The Mad Priest, on the other hand, most certainly is. I guess that's Anglicans for you!
Monday, July 09, 2007
In an (old, it should be said) interview, whilst discussing her Christian faith, J.K. Rowling may have given away a little too much detail about how the Harry Potter series will end.
Asked if she was a Christian, Rowling answered:
''Yes, I am,'' she says. ''Which seems to offend the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God. Every time I've been asked if I believe in God, I've said yes, because I do, but no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that, and I have to say that does suit me, because if I talk too freely about that I think the intelligent reader, whether 10 or 60, will be able to guess what's coming in the books.'' [Emphasis added]
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Spotted, out and about...
The Christian Universalist Association will be of interest to some of you. Rather than being another web-based ministry started by lonely net-nerds, there are some well-known universalists involved with this one and it looks like it could do some good. However, I'm slightly concerned that they are already thinking about starting churches and offering ordination.
I'm sure that many of you have heard about the rather silly comments from some Anglican Bishops that suggest the recent bad weather and floods in England have been a judgement from God. All I can think in response is that God can't really be that angry then, can he? I mean, a little cheesed off perhaps, but if he was really displeased wouldn't his wrath be slightly more impressive?! This cartoon response is, I thought, worthily derisive of one of the most vocal Bishops involved.
Similar to my question about God's theism, Mark asks 'do people need to be “converted” to theism before becoming Christians?'
Finally, Ben Witherington writes well about baptism (talking about his new book) - but he's still wrong!
So, there you have it. There should be something there to please all comers.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Given my recent confessions, I thought that this might be a good time to finish off my Eucharist series from, er, 4 months ago! So, here goes.
The notes below are taken from the talk that I did on Anabaptist Eucharist as a Meal of Reconciliation. I began with a breif discussion on Communion as a full mean, before finishing off with some specfic comments on the Eucharist as practiced by anabaptists. I will only post the first part here.
“The Lord’s Supper is our most profound and formative symbol. How we practice it reveals more of what we believe about grace, the church, and mission than any other aspect of congregational life; it is our theology incarnate.” (John Rempel)
My theory is that our practice of the supper as a silent, solemn, individualistic eating of morsels of bread and drinking shots of wine is radically dissimilar from the joyous communal meal that united Christians in first century churches. If that is true – and if John Rempel is correct that our practice of communion forms us and reveals our theology – then what is being formed and what is being believed in our practice of breaking bread may be radically different than Jesus intended.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
It's true that simple things please simple minds, but I just wanted to let you good folk know that the search function for this blog is now working.
As You'll see, I've used Google Search and embedded the results in a blog post. So, you have to put up with a couple of google ads, but no more than when you use Google itself!
You can also search the web from here, but anyone with a decent browser should be able to do that from their toolbar, so it's pretty pointless.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
We went to see Shrek the Third yesterday. "We" = my wife and I and our two daughters aged 5 and 10. They'd been looking forward to the third installment of the cuddly ogre for months. I, on the other hand, would have quite happily stayed at home and looked after the pets. Damn, I wish we'd had some pets!