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Posted 3 hours 16 min ago

Yesterday afternoon, I taught a two-hour session on the EU Institutions. I attempted to explain the difference between the Council of the European Union and the European Council, not wishing to muddle these two bodies with the Council of Europe. We attempted to look at the respective powers and jurisdictions of the European Parliament and European Commission and their particular responsibilities.

Posted 1 day 3 hours ago

 

George Dunlop Leslie painted this allegory of faith in 1858 and it’s displayed in Hull’s Ferrens Gallery. A virtuous-looking woman, she has unlocked a gate; behind her is a beautiful, tended garden, basking in light. The patch into which she has entered, however, is dark and overgrown, representing the disordered soul of the unbeliever.  

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Posted 2 days 15 hours ago

It’s an unsettling time of year for some of us, around mid-March. Spring seems to be on its way, and then come days of non-stop rain, and then that thin and gusting wind that makes you wish you’d never abandoned your winter wardrobe. People become impatient, going on about unimportant things, until they get on your nerves. 

Posted 3 days 2 hours ago

This is what ‘revival’ looks like in some churches: grown men and women falling over like drunkards, self-indulgently shrieking and giggling while others clap,  enjoying the others’ charade. Such pandemonium is not of the Holy Spirit, but the Flesh and unclean spirits:

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Posted 5 days 2 hours ago

Posted 5 days 16 hours ago

“World peace will come by the will of ordinary people like yourself.”  So, at least, read the poster outside the Quaker Meeting House.

 

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Posted 1 week 4 hours ago

“When I was a kid, whenever I was feeling small and lonely, I would look into the stars and wondered if there was life up there. Turns out I was looking in the wrong direction. When they entered our world, it was from deep within the Pacific Ocean, a fissure between two tectonic plates, a portal between dimensions: the breach.