All Aboard the Number Two

sandyfaithking:

I just want to share this here as well as on my eco blog. Innit marvellous!

Originally posted on The Un-paving Paradise Project:

What a brilliant idea. That’ll get the job done. I was thinking only the other day how human waste is an unused, ever-renewable resource***. We must be able to utilise it more. Ingenious!

*** I really, really must get out more.

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He Holds Us When We Fall

When we fall he holds us lovingly, and graciously and swiftly raises us.

In all this work he takes the part of a kind nurse who has no other care but the welfare of her child. It is his responsibility to save us, it is his glory to do it, and it is his will we should know it.

Utterly at home, he lives in us forever.

From Enfolded in Love, Daily Readings with Julian of Norwich

I will not forget you… I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands…

Isaiah 49:16 (NRSVA)

Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… [teach] them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

Matthew 28:18-20

Reblog: Church Shopping Rhetoric – otherwise known as “What you’re not allowed to look for in a church.”

sandyfaithking:

Some very interesting thoughts here.

Originally posted on All Things are Yours:

I have come to the conclusion that we are all very afraid of facing what is wrong with our churches – and thus, an entire body of messages has sprung up by which we attempt to – and succeed at – confusing ourselves and others in their process of attempting to find a group of believers to be a part of.

It starts off simply enough.   You could be a new believer, who has never really been part of a church.   Or you could be a believer who has had to move to a new geographical area, and is looking for a church to connect with.   Or, you could be someone who neither of these things apply to, but who for whatever reason just wants to join a new congregation.

Now, I have to say, if you are in the latter category: you haven’t just gotten saved, and you haven’t…

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UK: Shut Down this Rape ‘Guru’ (a message from Avaaz)

‘In Japan he told his students, “Dude, just grab her.” In some seminars he teaches men how to choke women. In another class caught on video he told men they need to “short circuit the emotional and logical mind” of women — to get them into bed against their consent. He’s an evangelist of rape culture, and he’s coming to the UK in a week — unless we shut him down.

A self-described American “pick up artist,” Julien Blanc earns thousands for his sick classes, and in a week he’s scheduled to teach a sold out “boot camp” in London. But Julien is running into a PR problem: campaigns in Australia, Canada, Japan and Brazil have just taken off, asking governments to keep him out — and Australia revoked his visa this week! Now a new petition in the UK is taking off, calling on the Home Office to deny him a visa. It’s the perfect moment to jump on board and put him and his sexist snake oil operation out of business for good.

To allow this man into the UK sends a message that women are objects to be manipulated and preyed on, and it legitimises sexual assault. Not on our watch.Sign now, share with everybody you know, and let’s add the UK to the list of proud countries standing up for the rights of women.’

from Avaaz.

To read more and to add your name to the petition, please click here.

I’d be interested to know how this relates to laws in the UK about incitement to hatred and/or violence. Mind you, victims’ rights are often forgotten in favour of the ‘rights’ of convicted criminals… but this isn’t about me; it’s about my country and it’s about standing up for what is right. Sometimes the best way of doing right is to be seen to be doing right.

Gobbledegook

‘…for each x in the range of the random variable X, we have

p(x) = P(x)

… an upper-case letter… is used for the label of a random variable, while the corresponding lower-case letter (x) is used as representative of the possible values the random variable might take.’

(from my textbook, published by the Open University)

There comes a time in any mathematics course that I feel like Mr. Bean in the exam. What once made sense becomes unintelligible gobbledegook. This is when I stop and take a break.

Why I Love Statistics

I am loving my studies. It’s so much fun. I get to play games with numbers, call it academia(!) and learn something that will be such a useful, practical tool. Today I have been rolling virtual dice and studying the patterns in the outcome. This chap explains it all so well, although he’s not even a statistician. Watch this – just the raw enthusiasm will make you smile.

Lest We Forget

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, peace was finally agreed. Too late for so many men and boys who had lost their lives, lost their health, lost their sanity. Too late for so many wives and mothers who had lost their precious husbands and sons.

We say ‘lest we forget’, but we do forget. When we close our eyes and our lips for two minutes’ silence this morning, perhaps we, the body of Christ, can pray for all the places in the world where the brutality of conflict is not something distant and remote but the reality of every day. God help us all.

I can’t add any more useful words, but I would like to share this breath-taking poem, slightly less well-known than Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, and these verses from the book of Revelation:

I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold… God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new… I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End…”

extract from Rev. 21:3-6 (NKJV)