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Life Poetry

Wednesday Kipple.

It’s Advent. St Wilfrid was quite real, Eddi is probably his biographer. There is a church at Mahood End, which is a real village. But the saying of the mass and preaching to the animals may be a poetic conceit. Regardless, this is the best Kipling Christmas poems: his one about India is morose. Eddi’s […]

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11 December 19

Brevity is wit, silence is golden. One of the great joys is to sit with your spouse in peace and look at the beauty that surrounds you and the beauty graven upon their face. We are to be holy, and then what is holy will be spoken from us: but we are unable to be […]

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Poetry

Advent poem, Victorian.

There are some Advent poems that are too good not to quote at this time of the year. I generally avoid the Victorians, but all eras have great poets. Christina Rossetti was one. In the bleak midwinter In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow […]

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10 December 19.

This world works almost completely by fear. We are encouraged to be afraid that our speech and thoughts will lead to us being shamed, sacked, and cast out: even the most famous among us fears, for they know that the foundation of society is broken, for they were involved in it. We are called deplorable […]

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Hardware Life Linux Wokeness

On the joys of the commeteriat and administration.

About every second day I have to empty the spam bucket around here. I have bad behaviour and Akismet up and running, and crap still gets through. Some people think that blogs are about the comments, which normally means that they think the blog is about them. Vox Popoli, which has the best set of […]

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Lectionary

9 December 19

Over the weekend there was a nasty storm, that left the main highway in the South Island and main railway line flooded and broken in South Canterbury. This meant that the internet fibre cables were broken. The plan for Sunday was that one of the main pastors was going to preach from Christchurch to all […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet

Holy Sonnet 12 Why are we by all creatures waited on? Why do the prodigal elements supply Life and food to me, being more pure than I, Simpler and further from corruption? Why brook’st thou, ignorant horse, subjection? Why dost thou, bull and boar, so sillily Dissemble weakness, and by one man’s stroke die, Whose […]

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Christianity Life New Zealand Social Change Wokeness Writing

The week in reactivity.

This week started badly. The activists of the Umma decided to go full jihadi. It got weirder and weirder. A London event was being run to rehabilitate offenders — both the jihadi, one of the two murdered and one of the defenders came from that meeting. The locals stopped the jihadi cold with improvised weapons […]

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Sunday 8 December 19

This week I am again running late. It is the busy time of the year: we have much on. The times are such that those who are of Christ are seen as the despised: those who are not of Christ are praised, regardless. At this time, we should look at the old men of faith, […]

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7 December 19.

The Pharisees knew their prophets and that there would be a restoration, but their model of the restoration was faulty. They could not see the Christ when he arrived, and they ignored the scriptures that said that they would miss him. Be very wary of your spiritual assumptions, and theological categories. Our God is greater […]