Monday, December 29, 2008

Israel Attacks Gaza

Israel has now been attacking Gaza for three days. I've blogged in various places before about the rocket attacks on Israel (eg here) which are clearly unacceptable and should be condemned. It's easy to explain (which is obviously different to condoning) the motives of a disenfranchised and suffocated Palestinian people with Gaza effectively cut off.

But cycles of violence are never going to be broken if homemade rockets that rarely injure get met with anhilation and significant deaths of women and children. It's hard not to avoid the cliche of driving the disillusioned into the arms of terrorism.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

25 Dec

Happy Christmas all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

24 Dec

Well here we are, I've blogged my way through advent.

Liked this Christmas message in the EDP from the Anglican bishop of Norwich.

God places his confidence in very ordinary and unlikely people. He lets them get things wrong. He encourages them to take risks. All this is to bring hope to those who are anxious, depressed, and uncertain what the future will bring. The Christmas story is a sign of God's confidence in people like you and me, a confidence that comes from love. God's confidence in us is the best reason for wishing you a very happy Christmas.

Couldn't do better than that.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

23rd Dec

Jay Jacobson from

Waiting for what you can't imagine...

Sitting this side of advent, or even shortly after the birth of Christ. Who could have imagined...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Firefox and Facebook

Also just discovered this handy addition - a facebook toolbar for firefox.

Assuming you're signed up go here.

Everything in your toolbar, messages, status updates etc.

Open Office

I've been regularly checking back at for version 3.0. Basically the website says it's an en-us version. I'd been waiting for an english uk version.

I was doing some searching today to find out when that would come out and discovered that if you have a uk intel chip it automatically converts it from your pc settings.

Suffice to say, it's been downloaded and looks great. Much improvement on v2.x which itself was pretty handy :-)

You can download from here.


22nd Dec

One of the things that strikes me is how sickly sweet the portrayal of the birth of Christ is. It's a big leap to go from meek and mild, carol lyric passive to a God who is relevant and engaging at the point of everyday reality - good times and bad times. Given that the Christmas story is about incarnation, God moving into our reality it's annoying that our descriptions of Christmas almost suggest there's not much to say.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

21st Dec

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The activist response - to spread the what they had seen.
The contemplative response - to treasure and ponder.

But a response all the same.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

20th Dec

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

I know I've used this passage before but I liked the image. Got me thinking about digital communication and what would be a contemporary equivalent. Would the angels have set up a group on facebook, arranged a flashmob or would there have been a huge increase in traffic on twitter?!

But then I guess the point is the angels went to the shepherds. Equivalents for us wouldn't be people with access to technology, probably on the edge of society. Funny then how middle class faith has become....