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.
He ate my toast and drank my beer. But that seemed sufficient to put him at his ease and get him talking (good cop routine). And it was a lot of fun. Charles Cumming has managed to craft a very successful career as a spy novelist out of the failure to enter SIS/MI6 after their initial approach. Read more
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
Every blogger needs to feel the love. But it’s a dangerous pursuit. And sometimes, we need help to get over our hangups.
- 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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to a great 2013!
- Law and Grace in Les Miserables
- Important booklet on Prosperity Gospel made available by the Theology Network
- Why CSLewis’ Mere Christianity should have bombed… and the lessons we can learn
- It’s done the rounds – but no less fun for that: Higgs vs Dawkins on Atheist fundamentalism
- Eddie Arthur has provided some important updated stats on Bible Translation.
- An interesting response to voting in a presidential election
- Barnabas Piper on 7 things a kind wants from his pastor dad – really helpful stuff here
Wow – how about that!? The 50th map of monthly treasure!
- Rowan Williams’ recent interesting Theos lecture on The Person and the Individual
- Tim Keller has been involved with creating a new catechesis – looks very interesting indeed
- In case you missed it, here are the links to the recent, interesting series at All Souls: Great Lies of our Time
- A heart-rending 16thC letter of grief from a pregnant widow to her now buried husband.
- Very interesting interview in Third Way with Tanni Grey-Thompson (Britain’s greatest paralympian)
- Covenant Seminar in St Louis have put some great free courses online in their Worldwide Classroom
- Bart Ehrman is a widely respected atheist NT scholar – this is an important site that engages with many of his controversial (though not particularly original) assertions
- The complexities of translation: you never realised John 3:16 could be so complicated – a great little video from Wycliffe
- Phillip “Red Tory” Blond has a very interesting piece on Western Political Bankruptcy and what ‘is coming sooner than you think.’
- Religious people are psychotic apparently… Interesting article by Jules Evans from Wired – a classic sign of the prevailing culture that values pragmatism over truth.
- A very interesting critique of the US Christian right from a member of the US Christian right (HT Carl Trueman)
- For fans, this will be a huge treat. Abraham Kuyper’s legacy is online c/o Princeton. For others, definitely worth a browse…
- Amazing story: The Passion Play in ‘Angola’
- This sums up SO much of where our culture has come to – with Bertrand Russell’s new Liberal Decalogue, his personal 10 Commandments from way back in December 1951. Fascinating. There is a lot of practical wisdom here too.
What makes a good archive or library? Well, as I’ve written elsewhere, I think there are at least 3 key ingredients.
- Excellent, unique and desirable content
- Well ordered and easily retrievable resources
- Intuitive and straightforward search processes.
- The importance of being forgivers in ministry… helpful, brief piece by Paul Tripp
- Keeping Pastor Yousef on the agenda – remember his extraordinary letter from January 2011
- Nice brief summary of Craig Keener’s helpful rebuttal of Hume’s objection to the miraculous: Hoist with his own petard
It’s one of those brilliant ideas that you kick yourself for not thinking of first. “Ok, so for my next
trick project, I’m going to spend six months in Trinidad trying to understand the impact Facebook has had on the island’s culture.” Genius. But that’s precisely what UCL Anthropology Professor Daniel Miller has done - and it’s not quite as random or self-indulgent as it might at first appear. Desptie the rather anodyne title, and the faintly ridiculous cover image, his book Tales from Facebook contains some very helpful and interesting insights into the effect of social networking. Read more