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
Iain Banks (known as Iain M Banks when he’s writing science fiction) had the most extraordinarily fertile imagination. It was one of the reasons his books have been so loved and respected. His last SF book before he died of cancer in June at only 59 was The Hydrogen Sonata, in his Culture series. I’d not read any of his books before but was very struck by the way people talked about him over the summer, and so decided to make amends. Well, I certainly dived into the deep end.
- 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
- 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.
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)