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Archive for July, 2012

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“There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” – from an ancient Persian mass prayer

Farewell

From Peter Hardy, Chaplaincy Assistant:

As the academic year has ended I am leaving the Chaplaincy now to do new things elsewhere. Whether or not new material will be posted by others in the near future I’m very pleased to know that our resources will remain available here to you and others for many years to come. Thank you for reading and goodbye!

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“Little things console us because little things afflict us.” – Blaise Pascal

Preaching the Bible

One of the key ways in which the Bible is actually is during church services, particularly with a sermon or homily. ‘Preaching’ can refer to both reciting scripture and to the exegesis on it. In denominations where preaching is seen as more important than the Eucharist preaching may take on a sacramental character. This means that it will typically be longer, more central to the service, and involve more personal discretion of the minister. Elsewhere, the big churches of Catholicism, Methodism, and Anglicanism share a liturgical devise called the Lectionary. This is a calendar of readings from the Bible which cycles every three years, each year based around a Synoptic Gospel– with John used on special occasions.

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“The love of the humanity of Our Lord is the love of our neighbour. … Love of neighbour means voluntary poverty, stripping one’s self, …non-participation in those luxuries which have been manufactured by the exploitation of others. While our neighbours suffer, we must suffer with them.” – Dorothy Day

π Canon

I didn’t make this myself, although I wish I did.

From Peter Hardy, Chaplaincy Assistant:

After our Bible For Bluffers session on the Biblical Canon I was wondering to myself what happens if you skim through the Bible, focusing on verses corresponding to pi (that is, 3.14)? What would the Bible be like if we were limited to these passages? (more…)

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