Sorry this late – It’s been an absolutely CRAZY month (including finishing a job, moving house and going on a couple of week long meetings.) Soon, normal Q service will resume, I promise!
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I SUPPOSE.
- This is important: Paul Vallely’s much linked (rightly) article: Christians: the world’s most persecuted people
- Nice interview with my Langham US colleague, Ben Homan, on preaching globally
- Damian Thompson as provocative as ever – about that other agent provocateur, Richard Dawkins, and his new offensiveness to the Left.
- We refuse to be enemies. This is an astonishing story from a family of Palestinian Christians living in Bethlehem.
- Dominic Lawson (son of former Chancellor Nigel, brother of celeb chef Nigella) writes wonderfully about his 19 year old daughter with Down’s Syndrome.
- Abp Justin Welby’s address at the National Prayer Breakfast, on 17th June – some great stuff
- Chris Green asks whether or not we should preach like TED talks
- God raises the dead – even for preachers like Chris!
- Why Emily Letts filmed her own abortion…
- The Twitter Disconnect: Why Christians are more loving in real life… some good stuff here
- A Nick Cave service??! Looks a lot of fun (H/T Maggi)
- Why Benedict Rogers, a Christian, opposes the very idea of a Christian political party
- So a mural artist in Montenegro considers Tito, Marx and Engels deserves to be depicted in hell… what do you think?
- Some good news from Cranmer: highlighting all the UCCF outreach efforts this term
- Mikhail Kalashnikov was apparently in ‘spiritual pain’ over his (in)famous invention
- Dave Criddle has some wisdom about engaging with the likes of Ricky Gervais on Twitter
- Andrew Brown is pretty good here, at least in what he affirms (if not in what he denies).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
- Justin Welby, the ABC, rather delightfully writes to his 14 year old self
- One Rolex Short of Contentment – striking piece by George Monbiot
- Chris Green is v wise as ever: where never to have a quiet day
- A story of God, Redemption and the late, great Steve McQueen
- Katherine Welby was wonderfully open and honest about her depression and faith here
- LivingOut: This is a remarkable new resource for people living with unwanted same-sex attraction
- Don Carson gives 6 excellent reasons not to abandon expository preaching
- CS Lewis arrives in Poet’s Corner
- Prompted by recent death of Sir John Tavener, an Interesting piece from Charles Moore about how a brush with death draws people for religion.
- Really good article on Lord Kelvin (he of the temperature scale) and his integration of faith and science
- A Concise Theology of Voluntary, Principled Book Purging – a painful read for bibliophiles!
- Is Gravity the perfect film for our godless times – a great piece from Justine Toh of the Centre for Public Christianity
- Why a Rabbi went to Saddleback – very moving
- 10 things a vicar needs to hear often… hint hint….
- Cranmer is trenchant as ever: Christians may be bombed but Muslims can’t be gassed.
- Some very helpful advice on how to approach reading intimidatingly old classics of theology and philosophy
- Are we exploiting church interns?
- Are sex offenders the modern lepers? The BBC reports on an extraordinary but vital ministry in an unusual Florida town
- The Six Types of Atheist from Andrew Brown
Trying to write in the wonderfully balmy sun of Pembrokeshire this week has been a struggle! But I’m not complaining. it’s been a joy to be down here, heatwave and all. But I’m particularly thankful to have got out for half a day yesterday to visit Skomer Island at last (been coming to Dale for years, but this was a first). So here is some jollity from the delightful puffins of Skomer. What fun they are… Read more
- Thabiti Anyabwile has some wisdom to bear on the thorny issue of those who say ‘the church hurt’ them
- My good friend Ziya Meral wrote this over 5 years ago – but it needs frequent revisiting: Bearing the Silence of God.
- John Crace at his hilariously trenchant best, reducing Steve Jones’ The Serpent’s Promise to 600 words.
- Culture, Class and the Decline of Marriage by Ross Douthat. Very helpful insights into the wider context of recent gay marriage debates on both sides of the Atlantic. While Brendan O’Neill sees the whole issue as a case study in conformism.
A brief plug before this outing. Someone asked how I keep track of various internet things. My secret is the wonder that is Pocket. People send me stuff or I see stuff on my RSS reader (NetNewsWire if you’re interested), and then I click pocket in the browser – and can then check them out off-line on my phone on trains and tubes etc. Simple really – so there you are.
- This is a wakeup call – a global rich list tied to an appeal to donate to the world’s poorest. Very simple, very effective.
- A more interesting conversation now that “Richard Dawkins has lost…”
- A brief but pastorally important response to suicide amongst believers.
Oooooops – this is seriously late!! Many apologies. Been rather a busy week and completely forgot to post this!
- Shhh!! Chris Green on introvert preachers and introvert lightbulb changers
- Eddie Arthur quotes the wonderful Oscar Muriu on the traps of western (though here, particularly American) missionaries in E. Africa.
- Is there a new US-style religious Right in the UK – Theos argues no
- Research shows that if you ‘survive’ first 10 years of marriage, you’re more likely to last the course as divorce rates for that stage haven’t shifted much
- This is a bit of a surprise for this particular blog: 10 reasons why Creationism should be taught in schools
- Great stuff from Keller: Preaching in a Secular Culture
- This is good: 8 ways preachers harm the depressed
- Fantastic news: Proc Trust makes its audio archive available for free download.