It seems that mental health issues have been making headlines. The House of Commons even debated it a week or so ago, and Michael Wenham responded with a great little piece on EA's Friday Night Theology. "Tell it how it is", he simply concluded. And bizarrely enough (without the slightest inkling it would coincide so much with public square events), we had our next Christians Facing Issues service planned for last Sunday on the very issue. Having tackled all variety of things in the past (the Credit Crunch, Celebrity culture, Pornography, Euthanasia etc), this time our theme was Facing Up To Depression.
The next section in our 2 Corinthians mini-series presented a particular challenge - because the whole section is about giving (in particular, Paul's encouragement of the Corinthians' gift to the famine-starved believers in Judaea). But how do you encourage giving as a good thing to do without it being an arm-twist or guilt trip? Especially when everyone in today's financial climate is stressed about the future.
- 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.