Sorry this late – It’s been an absolutely CRAZY month (including finishing a job, moving house and going on a couple of week long meetings.) Soon, normal Q service will resume, I promise!
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I SUPPOSE.
- This is important: Paul Vallely’s much linked (rightly) article: Christians: the world’s most persecuted people
- Nice interview with my Langham US colleague, Ben Homan, on preaching globally
- Damian Thompson as provocative as ever – about that other agent provocateur, Richard Dawkins, and his new offensiveness to the Left.
- The issues in the middle east are as intractable and confusing as ever. Here are some theological perspectives (not necessarily in agreement with each other): Archbishop Justin Welby; Matt Smethurst picks up on John Piper from a decade ago; Cranmer suggests the Jews are leaving Europe…
- John Stevens starts a little series on Spurgeon’s encouragements not to give up; pt 2 here
- Stevens characteristically has strong stuff on assisted suicide here: but this is an important insight: our culture has replaced fear of death with fear of dying
- Meet the failed pastor who ministers to other failed pastors…
- It’s hard to avoid issues in the Middle East. Here is a list of 10 crazy conspiracy theories about the region.
- And trying to understand what’s going on in Putin’s mind is pretty tricky – but here Ben Judah has a fascinating, if terrifying, stab
- An inter-racial love story that has got Kenya talking
- How clever is this? Concrete that cleans and filters smog-filled air
- Turkish women told not to laugh in public – this is what resulted…
- Weird – Didcot power station gone in seconds – I remember going round it as a kid, on a geography field trip (of all things)
- Amazing from the UK’s air-traffic control peeps:
- Charlie Cumming has a great piece on why modern tech makes spy novels so much harder to write
- Some spoof (silly) rejected first drafts of movie scripts; And while we’re on movies, here are some silly graphs summarising iconic movie scenes (both from 22 Words)
- Yarn bombing – classic!
- Notorious Monty Python sketches that are surprisingly factual (apparently)!
- For music geeks only perhaps: I am really enjoying Tom Service’s series on great symphonies in the Guardian. Here he is on Mahler 9
- Love it: the first “homeopathic” anti-virus software!!
- Some magical treehouses