Whitefield’s sermons and Saer’s iron-sharpener

I suppose it comes from writing random book reviews. Occasionally I get sent random books. Which is all very nice. But it doesn't necessarily mean that I would have bought them or wanted them in the first place. However, every…

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Yang Yongliang’s Artificial Wonderland

Every now and then I come across something that takes my breath away. And recently, I've found this happen more and more with contemporary Chinese artists. Q regulars may remember the powerful impact of Xu Bing's work with his meaningless…

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Communion and the Virtual Presence

Communion was of course a hot button issue 500 years ago. It's unlikely to be again in quite the same way, even though the debates were fiercely fought over issues of transubstantiation, real presence or (in Zwingli's case) a real…

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D H Lawrence and the Hands of God

Now this is an extraordinary poem from a very surprising pen. I can't imagine many contemporary novelists coming up with something on these lines (with the exception perhaps of PD James or Marilynne Robinson...?) THE HANDS OF GOD D.H. Lawrence…

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Christmas starts with Christ

Seems weird to start thinking about Christmas in July - but just received advance warning of an advert campaign for later this year - I quite like it, to be honest. Makes some pretty key points rather well, IMHO. It's…

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Tracing biblical melodic lines: Christopher Ash’s new overview ‘Remaking a Broken World’

Some years ago, I found myself in the middle of an awkward, and at bizarre moments heated, discussion. It was all to do with how one understands scriptural unity, and what the best way to articulate and summarise that unity. In other words, what’s the best way to do a bible overview? One side suggesting it didn’t really matter; the other side was strongly advocating that the only way was to follow the Graeme Goldsworthy Kingdom model (as articulated in his Gospel & Kingdom trilogy and According to Plan amongst others). I found myself more or less disagreeing with both, for different reasons. (more…)

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Bono: now we can all see what he’s made of

Here's an ingenious ad from Billboard magazine - it's part of a range of ads, each one taking a different music star and using colour print technology to point to his/her sources of inspiration. The one on Bono is quite…

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The Cavalry of the Clouds in the First World War?

How about this for an opening paragraph? January 15th, 1918, was a cold, sparkling, sunny day. Not much happened in the Great War that day. As usual, about two thousand men (of the millions along the Western Front) died; some…

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Backward Christian Soldiers

I don't know where this was originally published by George Verwer in classic satirical form... Backward Christian soldiers, Fleeing from the fight, With the cross of Jesus, Nearly out of sight. Christ our rightful master Stands against the foe Onward into…

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