Kim

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Name: Kim
Date registered: March 3, 2012
URL: http://sandpipersthoughts.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. connexions: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” — biblically annotated — November 22, 2014
  2. connexions: The parable of the two — good guys? — November 18, 2014
  3. connexions: Since when is the political not also the ethical? — November 7, 2014
  4. connexions: Poppies red and white — November 4, 2014
  5. connexions: Hoot of the day (on the Rome Synod) — October 24, 2014

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Nov 22 2014

connexions: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” — biblically annotated

Original post at http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=14307


According to the latest research, “Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ has been replaced by Monty Python’s ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ as the most popular song played at funerals [in the UK]” (MSN Entertainment News, 22 November). This is terrific news for the Church — and Shakespeare too (vide infra). It demonstrates that, contrary [...]

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Nov 18 2014

connexions: The parable of the two — good guys?

Original post at http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=14291


On one occasion, a young man who knew his Bible went to Jesus to see if he was “sound”. “Jesus,” he asked, “what must I do to go to heaven?” “That looks like a Bible you’ve got there,” Jesus replied. “What does it say?” Waving the black book to which Jesus had pointed, the youngster answered, [...]

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Nov 07 2014

connexions: Since when is the political not also the ethical?

Original post at http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=14285


Letter published in the Church Times, 7 November Sir: Summing up a YouGov survey, Professor Linda Woodhead observes that “whereas the clergy [in the C of E] are to the right of the population on ethics, they are to the left in politics.”. But since when is the the political (Professor Woodhead mentions welfare provision and immigration) not [...]

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Nov 04 2014

connexions: Poppies red and white

Original post at http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=14282


Letter published in the British daily the i on 4 November. Stefano Hatfield is right that honouring the dead is not an endorsement of war. But the suggestion that “innocent” commemoration is all there is to the symbolism of the red poppy is staggeringly disingenuous. Otherwise why be so contemptuous of “those ridiculous white poppies”, [...]

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Oct 24 2014

connexions: Hoot of the day (on the Rome Synod)

Original post at http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=14279


“The conservative commentator Edward Pentin published an outraged piece in the National Catholic Register: ‘More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it.’ …. “The thought that a synod [...]

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Oct 10 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: Can you see it?

Original post at http://sandpipersthoughts.blogspot.com/2014/10/can-you-see-it.html


Today I was once again reading from Kalas' book, I bought a House on Gratitude Street.  In the chapter I read, he spoke of a sermon he heard that had the theme of "If you can see it, you can have it."  The scriptural basis of the sermon was the story of Elijah and Elisha.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ He responded, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.  (2 Kings 2:9-10)
Do you ever have the experience of sitting in a church meeting and feeling the weight of dread decend?  People talk about the lack of children in the service, the fact that fewer people are members of the church, the idea that people don't want to volunteer, and the list goes on and on.

I don't think we can see it.  I think we are so caught up in the negatives that we can't see a vital, healthy church.  Do we have the hope that we can be what God calls us to be?

If we can't see it, we can't have it.

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