Rejesus blog

Rejesus, the good website about Jesus, is to move from bulletin boards to a blog for its discussiony bits. This is the link to the new rejesus (with no capitals) blog. The discussion board, which has now been made a bit difficult to find from the main bits of the site, will close on February…

God's plan

God's plan

A lot of Christians talk continually about ‘God’s plan for our lives’. I have the following problems with this idea: It does not really seem to be a concept that the Bible endorses that much. Sure, you can dig up the odd verse here are there which says that God has a plan for someone’s…

God’s plan

God’s plan

A lot of Christians talk continually about ‘God’s plan for our lives’. I have the following problems with this idea: It does not really seem to be a concept that the Bible endorses that much. Sure, you can dig up the odd verse here are there which says that God has a plan for someone’s…

Take the heretic test

I noticed this challenge on the blog of Peter Ould: Three quick questions Susan: i) Is Jesus 100% divine and 100% human, now and for all eternity unchanged in that hypostatic union, in a way that no other human being could ever ever be? ii) Is Jesus the only way to the Father, in that…

My Posada blog chain contribution

My Posada blog chain contribution

Today it is my turn to host the Posada chain blog / blog chain, originally started here by Andii Bowsher. I originally posted about it here if you remember. OK, here is what we are going to do. There will be the official Mary and Joseph picture, followed by a meditation done via some drawings,…

The Advent struggle

The Advent struggle

I’m a bit frantic with Christmas cartoon deadlines, so plase forgive the lack of new cartoon material over the last few days. I have once again this year observed a number of bloggers determined to observe Advent properly in the face of overwhelming opposition. Take Father Jake as an example: In every congregation in which…

Walking the M62

John Davies has a new blog which will document the two month walk he is planning for his sabbatical in 2007. He will be walking along the approximate route of the M62, the motorway linking Hull with Leeds, Halifax, Manchester, and Liverpool. But why walk the M62? Many people given the chance for three or…

Advent calendars

Advent calendars

I have decided not to add to my Advent calendar blog this year because I have too many other projects that are demanding my creative energy and the extra stress will not help me. I have been working on ideas for the advent blog this year, but it is not to be. Perhaps I will…

Giving up Christmas for Advent

I have little sympathy for Christians who complain about Christmas becoming pagan. The truth is that we stole it off pagans in the first place and can hardly object if they want it back. Steve Tomkins laments a society that has forgotten how to feast in his column in the Guardian.

Causes for reflection

Today is World Aids Day. My thoughts are with my friends in Swansea who are mourning the loss of their friend, Michael Blakey. I didn’t know him, but their tributes are powerful: Wood, Alice, Richard, Sarah, Jacqui, Malcolm. Today marks the start of Advent (or at least Advent calendars). I have still not decided how…

Posada

Posada

The Posada is, as far as I can gather, a Mexican celebration commemorating Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of ‘Posada’, a Spanish word for ‘shelter’ or ‘inn’ (depending which web page you believe). Posada-related websites: Las Posadas Webpage about the original Mexican celebration. The Church Army Posada page The…

Religious discrimination

Religious discrimination

I am of course woefully late commenting about the story of the woman who wanted to wear a cross for evangelistic reasons but British Airways said no. Archbishop Sentamu has waded in, but my opinion is that he should have saved his wading for a better issue. There is a time to wade and a…

The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

The film ‘The Nativity Story‘ is coming to cinemas in the UK from the 8th of December. I do not know whether it is any good, though this image would suggest to me that work is still needed on the costumes if they are going for an authentic look. I watched a short trailer clip…

Halloween

Halloween

The Bishop of Bolton has started a campaign to encourage supermarkets to give shoppers a choice of things at Halloween. He has done this (according to the Cof E website) by revealing a shocking poster. The image above is not the shocking poster that the bishop is going to reveal. It is one I found…

Heaven in Ordinary

Heaven in Ordinary

‘Heaven in Ordinary’ is going to be the theme of the Greenbelt Festival next year. The particulars are on the Greenbelt site. ‘Heaven in Ordinary’ is, I have discovered, a phrase from a peoem by George Herbert entitled ‘Prayer‘. John Davies has written a splendid piece in this month’s Third Way about looking for heavenly…

Are you called?

Are you called?

Today’s topic: Do you need to be ‘called’ to be ordained? Why is it that many free thinking well-balanced churchgoing individuals (and others) suddenly adopt excessively spiritual language when they talk about ordination or becoming a minister? Much of this language revolves around ‘being called’ or ‘following ones calling’. There is a discussion thread on…

The Awareness Course

The Awareness Course is expected to be the most revolutionary experience in Christian self-development since the Alpha Course. So says the Anglican Communion website. The Archbishop is commending it. There doesn’t seem to be much online about it, though I eventually dug out the Trinity Foundation for Christianity and Culture which explains everything and has…