Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Wednesday 30 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:20 pm

I’m listening to Beck’s new album Guero for the first time just now. My first reaction is “O no, he’s back to being funny again.”

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:15 am

Peter Leithart’s translation of 1 Kings 21

Tuesday 29 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:52 pm

Thomas Storck on the 60s

Monday 28 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 4:14 pm

Telford Work speech to university candidates
The education & Catholic conversion of EF Schumacher
Daniel Nichols: The Wounded Tree
Lyrics: Nina Simone/Mississippi Goddam

Friday 25 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:31 pm

I am trying to learn Russian by translating Anna Karenina. I have the cyrillic alphabet almost internalised. I came across the word ????????? which transliterated is ekonomkoy. It means housekeeper, which reminds me of Wendell Berry’s idea of the economy as we normally talk about it being an extension of families’ household economies.

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:02 pm

In Jesus and the Victory of God, NT Wright says:

As a prophet, Jesus staked his reputation on his prediction of the temple’s fall within a generation; if and when it fell, he would thereby be vindicated. As the kingdom-bearer, he had constantly been acting … In a way which invited the conclusion that he thought he had the right to do and be what the temple was and did, thereby implicitly making the temple redundant. The story he had been telling, and by which he had ordered his life, demanded a particular ending. If, then, the temple remained for ever, and his movement fizzled out (as Gamaliel thought it might), he would be shown to have been a charlatan, a false prophet, maybe even a blasphemer.
   But if the temple was to be destroyed and the sacrifices stopped; if the pagan hordes were to tear it down stone by stone; and if his followers did escape from the conflagration unharmed, in a re-enactment of Israel’s escape from their exile in doomed Babylon-why, then he would be vindicated, not only as a prophet, but as Israel’s representative, as (in some sense) the “son of man”.

For we do not know what we are doing

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:57 pm

I spent this morning with my Substance compatriots walking the new stations of the cross. There was silence about. In the selections from the Gospel of St Mark I found evil, weakness, weakness sliding into evil, mob evil, evil for hire. It was a lot to carry. I was moving too slowly early on to spend any time in front of the empty tomb at the end. Perhaps if I had I would have a better idea of what difference it makes.

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:11 am

The development of magazine cover lines
The decline of magazine cover design [both via Ben]
Russell Brown vs David Cohen on Destiny Church in the media

Thursday 24 March, 02005

Isis and Grandad

by Matthew Bartlett @ 4:25 pm

Wednesday 23 March, 02005

Isis, day one

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:26 pm

Monday 21 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:31 am

Islam past and present

Friday 18 March, 02005


by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:02 am

I am off, with David and Joel, to Auckland for Sybrand & Karina’s wedding. We’re driving up in David & Angela’s Humber, and I think it is going to be a very good trip. I’m very much looking forward to staying at the Flinns’.

Tuesday 15 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:52 am

Happy birthday Isis Jasmine.

Thursday 10 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 5:09 pm

Bell-bottoms [via Sam E]

Monday 07 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 4:40 pm

Yesterday evening at Substance we read Psalm 15 together. The line about not lending money at interest struck me. I wonder how all the Christian and Jewish bankers have got around that.