The Depression Epidemic (at CT)

And while we're on Christianity Today (see previous post), the focus this month has been on what they've provocatively headlined 'The Depression Epidemic'. There's actually quite a lot of helpful stuff there. The main article is interesting, but i found the…

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What would JC say to DC?

No - that's not what would Joan Collins say to David Cameron? Or Jim Carrey say to the Dixie Chicks? Or even (for that matter) John Coltrane to Don Carson? It actually stands for WHAT WOULD JOHN CALVIN SAY TO…

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U2’s NLOTH spiritual resonances (part 4)

I had a fascinating conversation with some friends last week about the Celtic concept of 'Thin Places'. These are places around the world where the gulf between heaven and earth is smaller than in other spots. This was the sort…

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Some gems from Eugene Peterson’s EAT THIS BOOK

I took a break from reading Gitta Sereny's weighty tome on Albert Speer this weekend - to read Eugene Peterson's (relatively) recent book EAT THIS BOOK (which takes its title from one of John's visions in Revelation 10:9-10). As well…

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Getting our heads round the credit crunch at All Souls

At All Souls last night, we had the latest in our occasional series of "Christians Facing Issues" - the topic this time was the Credit Crunch. It was a brilliant evening, having been devised by Tim Plyming, our workplace minister and…

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U2 wordles – complete!

To coincide with the launch of a Quaerentia page totally dedicated to U2, here is this... You're going to think I'm completely mad, sad and probably quite dangerous to know after this. But I've now done a wordle for each of…

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Quotes from Wilde & Dannatt

A number of people have requested two quotes I used in my sermon on Phil 2:12-18 yesterday. So here they are: Oscar Wilde wrote these remarkable prison reflections on his life in De Profundis. It's a long piece, and wide-ranging (the…

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U2’s NLOTH spiritual resonances (part 3)

The 3rd instalment...In my mind, these 2 songs go together - they're both counter-cultural. - Stand up for your love which is emphatically NOT RIGHTS (Stand Up Comedy) - [then what appears to contradict the previous quote, there is one right that…

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Mugabe – Who does he think he is kidding?

I can't remember a news event of more calculated and cruel cynicism than this appalling moment where President Mugabe visits his new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in hospital. Not only did he have to endure the agonised grief for his late…

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U2’s NLOTH spiritual resonances (part 2)

Here are some more random thoughts. Magnificent In tone, this is the most explicitly biblical song on the album. It isa psalm, nothing less. Beth has a nice observation on how Bono sings this, contra those who are perceive it…

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U2’s NLOTH – the comments roll out

The web is spewing reactions to the album - faster than anyone can keep up with - lots of +ve and -ve stuff. The world is full of people who love to hate U2, and who love to love U2, with…

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