- 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
It is a great sadness to me that the word ‘pund’ does not exist. This is no doubt because the English ‘pundit’ is actually a corruption of an ancient Sanskrit work ‘pandit’ which meant ‘learned scholar, master, teacher’ (don’t worry – I didn’t know that until I looked it up in the OED). But I recommend using it – because I’ve noticed that there is an increasing amount of punding going on. And I’m not sure the sight is all that pretty. Read more
- John Piper offers some intriguing insights into why he loves G K Chesterton, despite the latter’s repudiation of Calvinism.
- The Bible becomes a best-seller in Norway…
- An interesting new Cambridge Paper: Guy Brandon takes a utilitarian approach to sexual freedom and assess the financial cost Read more
HAPPY NEW YEAR from Q, one and all!
- VERY grateful to have been sent this last month – Tim Keller on why Ministry can be dangerous to your health. Excellent.
- Lots has been written about the passing of Christopher Hitchens. But worth reading are definitely the appreciation by his (Christian) brother, Peter; and that of former debater Douglas Wilson. Also check out Tim Coomar’s thoughtful piece. Read more
- William Lane Craig certainly made waves during his October visit to the UK. Here one person testifies to how Richard Dawkins had led him to Christ (!), and an interesting if rather provocative article in the Telegraph.
- I like this – a Periodic Table of the Bible from Visual Unit
- Woody Allen and the Evangelicals?!
- And the influence of John Stott on American Evangelicalism at Huffington Post
- Every human being is part of the global community; every Christian is part of the global church; and yet is amazing how little we know of life in other parts of the world. This website will help a little – compare life in different countries and follow up with suggested reading.
- Did you go to a Christian University/College in the USA or were you home-schooled? If so, this research makes for interesting reading.
- I love good infographics. So when used with the Bible, it’s a win-win. Read more
- Sinclair Ferguson has some great preaching tips in his Preacher’s Decalogue
- A friend of mine who works in Sarajevo, Bosnia has researched a distant English relative of his who had a profound impact on the city. He’s written a book, and now has an accompanying website, MissIrby.com – really interesting stuff.
Sorry for the delay and somewhat truncated list this time – just back from holiday. But Q is due back on track v soon!
- “Greed given a spiritual name”: a great, if brief, PBS interview with Eugene Peterson on many things (incl prosperity gospel).
- It is now only a matter of time before another of the 20th Century Church’s greats follows his friend John Stott to glory – here is Billy Graham on facing the end of life.
Well, this is a lot of fun – done by my son and nephew. It’s amazing what you can do with a camera and some poker chips when you put your mind to it. Enjoy
and that concludes Q’s service for this academic year. Off for a couple of weeks – may be the odd photo posted. But normal service will resume in September.
This was almost too good to be true…
- Carl Trueman is his trenchant, swashbuckling self in his corrective about current obsessions with all things urban
- Jason Ramsami has remarkable graphic gifts. He’s now made his Jesus Comic (which is available as an iPhone app) freely available on his website in its entirety.
- Been doing the rounds, but Taylor Mali does a brilliant job of cultural deconstruction with his earnest appeal to speak with conviction. Check it out if you’ve not done so yet. Read more