U2’s BBC rooftopgig

Awesome. U2 live for free!! Having picked up news yesterday that U2 were going to be doing a live gig on the BBC roof (as part of today's BBC U2 day), there was great excitement in our household. So a…

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Vintage Lewis on Symbolism & Hope

It's a classic and packed with treasure. But I just came across this little gem today in Lewis' great Mere Christianity, having never picked up on it before. Trenchant but constructive, direct but hilarious. Fantastic. There is no need to…

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2009 Odd Book Titles

It's that time of year again (see previous post). The short list for this year's oddest book titles. And my personal favourite (for a snip at £917 at the Amazon marketplace): Vote for your favourite HERE

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Euthanasia in Oregon: Rights or duties?

Is this alarmist rhetoric or a salutary lesson from Oregon? Euthanasia is a tricky one. It is emotive. And it is hard to gain a hearing for theological arguments in a secularising society. But any good case needs a hearing.…

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The lament of a Calvinist’s Husband

A bit of silly (if rather slow-moving) calvinist fun, which, believe it or not, is NOT a contradiction in terms. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZdoSG0IdNE] HT Between Two Worlds & the singer's own blog

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What are friends for? Ecclesia Reformanda

What are friends for if not to scratch one another's backs. So here is a new development to bring to your attention, as requested by Ros Clarke: Here is the official blurb: Welcome to Ecclesia Reformanda Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda…

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DR Congo – justice in the Abbey

Well, it just so happened that I found myself preaching in Westminster Abbey (of all places) on Friday morning this week. It came about through an extraordinary sequence of events and contacts - and entailed me speaking to the twice-weekly…

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Seeing Faces in Kibera, Nairobi

Came across this extraordinary photographic project today - faces of Kenyan women have been blown up and placed on the roofs of Kibera slum in Nairobi. It is done by an anonymous French photographer called JR (shades of Banksy there?) as part…

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Everything Bad is Good For You

Have recently finished reading Steven Johnson's 2004 book on pop culture: Everything Bad is Good For You. A fascinating read - and certainly helps to explain the prevailing resurgence in TV programming (and makes me feel a bit better about my…

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Q marks the spot – Treasure Map 5 (Feb 2009)

Sacred Treasure Fantastic archive of Don Carson mp3s going back years. Because this is STILL rumbling on, especially now that Christians are going for a more in your face version, here, in case you missed it, a nice little piece from…

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Answers to an Armenian prayer for Turkey…

  On Sunday, I had the joy and privilege of being able to preach at a small Anglican church that meets in the Swedish Chapel in Istanbul (it is on the compound of the Swedish consulate - many independent and…

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