Monthly Archives: July 2012

Love is as strong as death

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Read this beautiful passage from the Song of songs at a wedding I conducted today and introduced it by saying “Don’t waste you time and money on “Fifty Shades of Grey” – look at this instead, and if you don’t have a Bible borrow one, or go to the public library or even better still a Church, and have a read – it’s racy stuff!  (it seemed to go down quite well)

this is the Authorised Version of the passage:

Set me as a seal upon thine heart,

as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death;
jealousy is cruel as the grave:
the coals thereof are coals of fire,
which hath a most vehement flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love,

neither can the floods drown it:
if a man would give all the substance of his house for love,
it would utterly be contemned.

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not so much Alabama, as AlaBARMY

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Aaron Fruh Gay Marriage

A right-wing pastor has come to Chick-fil-A’s defense, not only applauding the Atlanta-based fast food company for its anti-gay stance but also claiming that same-sex marriage brought about the great flood referenced in the biblical narrative of Noah’s ark.

Aaron Fruh, a pastor at Knollwood Church in Mobile, Ala., spoke out against marriage equality on American Family Radio, challenging listeners to “find any society in human history that ever tried that experiment [of same-sex marriage] and lived to tell about it, they’ve all been destroyed,” according to Right Wing Watch.

Identifying the “society just prior to the flood of Noah” as the only one prior to the present to offer same-sex marriage, Fruh went on to note, “God knew that the people on the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage, and so that’s why he brought the flood.”

Like former GOP candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Fruh also defended Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy’s controversial Baptist Press and “Ken Coleman Show” remarks, which have since been condemned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates nationwide.

“As Dan Cathy said, we’re shaking our fist in the face of God,” Fruh said.

 

((When the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2008, one rabbi claimed that the sin of homosexuality is so egregious that it caused God in the times of Noah “to annihilate the world and start from the beginning.”)

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1 John 3 verse 17

1 John 3 verse 17

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July 28, 2012 · 20:27

The Most Boring Speech – Ever!

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For three years, I was our local Presbytery’s “Church and Society” committee convener.

On one occasion, I had received a letter from the secretary of a local Church, outlining in great detail the inconvenience now caused to members of her congregation, through the change in the bus timetable: either members would have to arrive an hour early, or be half an hour late (can’t remember the exact details), if they came from a certain part of town.

Could I bring it to the attention of Presbytery so that members could agree to send a letter to the local bus company asking them to revert to what had been a better schedule?

Armed with the said timetable, I managed to spin this out for about fifteen minutes, cross-referencing different routes folk could take and the connections they could make etc.

Everybody looked glassy-eyed; some may have even died without our noticing it; others were wondering what they were doing there.

It was all deliberate – I can be a bit impish sometimes!

 

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Black and White

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I’ve used this story a couple of times in a sermon:

A 50- something year old white woman arrived at her seat on a crowded flight and immediately didn’t want the seat. The seat was next to a black man.

Disgusted, the woman immediately summoned the flight attendant and demanded a new seat. The woman said “I cannot sit here next to this black man.”

The fight attendant said “Let me see if I can find another seat.”

After checking, the flight attendant returned and stated “Ma’am, there are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class.”

About 10 minutes went by and the flight attendant returned and stated “The captain has confirmed that there are no more seats in economy, but there is one in first class. It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an UNPLEASANT person, the captain agreed to make the switch to first class.”

Before the woman could say anything, the attendant gestured to the black man and said, “Therefore sir, if you would so kindly retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn’t want you to sit next to an unpleasant person.”

Passengers in the seats nearby began to applause while some gave a standing ovation.

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July 28, 2012 · 15:15

2012

2012

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July 28, 2012 · 11:52

End of the World

End of the World

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July 27, 2012 · 12:58

Dalai Lama

I have great hopes that the world may become a better, more peaceful, more equitable place in the twenty-first century. From my own experience, at 16 I lost my freedom, at 24 I lost my country and for the last more than 50 years have faced all sorts of problems, but I have never given up hope. We have a Tibetan saying, ‘Nine times fall down, Nine times pick yourself up.’

 

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You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. [Matthew 5:14]

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