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Charted Hope

Charted Hope Charts and diagrams, Chronology and exact detail, Military and political moves, What have these to do with Christ? Are not these the genealogies And the quarrelling about words of today, Against which Paul the apostle warned us? We have a living hope, But we dissect it into minutiae, Make these minutiae all in… Read more »

Bhatti Elegy

Bhatti Elegy How the best are fallen before the worst The bravest lion before the contemptible cowardly dogs, The snakes who lurk with malice The music of his blood ascends with his soul to heaven Like incense to the throne of God Rise up, O blood, build a strong house of flesh and bone Where… Read more »

Christmas Storm

Christmas Storm Cold wind blowing, Harsh flung from the sea, Thrust landward by the roaring waves, Yellow-grey monster, eating up the blue, Distant ship, twisting at its open anchor, Obscured by an encroaching fog of white, Air attacking with razor sharp bean-bag balls, Stinging through clothes, rattling, drifting like snow, Frosting the upper sands, mingling… Read more »

24-7 Society

Twenty-Four – Seven Society   All sense of proportion gone, A streaming headless mass we rush on, All sense of rhyme and reason and rhythm gone, An endless screaming round we run, Twenty-four hour jobs and shopping and films, Entertainment for free with the hidden cost, It goes on and on and we ‘enjoy’ alone,… Read more »

Acid

Acid (27-04-98) There it is Here we are, Left alone In a world of machines Antiseptic world Tidy and neat, Acid of society Brutal, subtly, Brutal to the soul Brutal to the spirit And then we find Brutal to the body, From within. The hand that washes Replaced by a tray, Slid into a machine… Read more »

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer

Noah’s Watery Chaos

So, someone said that as a theologian, I should go and review the new ‘Noah’ movie.  (Mother : ‘Why did you see that when you recommended I didn’t?’ – Well, this was as good an excuse as any 🙂 ).  There have been lots of reviews in the Christian world ranging from ‘Great, a bible… Read more »

Coptic Christians praying in Tahrir

BBC bias and Egyptian Christians – again

http://www.natlewis.co.uk/?p=155 http://blog.standforisrael.org/articles/islamic-power-goes-unchecked 10,000 mob of Muslim men – incited by state-TV call to attack protestors, mobs attacked any car suspected had Christians in it http://aina.org/news/20111011160141.htm Rule of law in Egypt ending, parallels to Syria http://aina.org/news/20111011155636.htm On the ‘fair and balanced’ Egyptian and Western media coverage of Cairo massacre, implying Christians on rampage, killing soldiers, the… Read more »

The Turning of St Valentine

St Valentinus turns in his grave once more, wondering At the vile twisting of his name and legacy, pondering The tale of his life.  Defying a ban on marriage in force By an emperor keen on war, he refused to divorce His also banned devotion to Christ from the command Of Christ for Christians to… Read more »

Agricultural Advent

Agricultural Advent (6-12-12) In the dark earth, soil the fruit of blight The divine farmer plants a rare seed tonight. In the wreckage of dead dreams And corrupted hope that seems To mock all the promise of good That the prophets of old said would Redeem the world and end all strife And bring God’s… Read more »

UK media miss the plot on the Egypt church bombing

How the media reports things can be subtly distorting, never more so than when key contextual details are left out.  ITN report on bombing is one case in point.  Granted you can’t report everything – particularly in a video report, and yet, and yet, it looks like a very PC template that they force the… Read more »