Q Combinations 11: Christmas darkness and light with de la Tour and Levertov

Wishing all Q readers a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS! In celebration of this astonishing commonplace, here is a combination that evokes the shocking naturalism of the Incarnation. Georges de la Tour was a brilliant painter of chiaroscuro (literally Italian for light-dark) in…

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Inconvenienced and Uninformed… but it’s not the same

Regular air travel increases the likelihood of delays, missed connections and disrupted plans. Especially in winter. I'm writing this in Skopje, Macedonia (my 4th visit) - and I love returning because of the chance to revisit great friends. But the…

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The cost of a revolutionary vision

I had a remarkable week last week. It was my 12th trip to Turkey in 8 years, but in many ways saw the culmination of so many things that a number of us had been working towards. A 3 day…

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Q marks the spot – Treasure Map 87 (December 2015)

Sacred Treasure Archbishop Cranmer gets apocalyptic about the Investigatory Powers Act The Transformation of David Brooks: a fascinating article about one of America's most important writers today as he grapples with the concept of sin All of Lloyd-Jones' sermons are…

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Scatter to the winds: Some Wilderness Quotes

I'm wondering about writing a post or two about the sheer oddness off being an author. In particular about how one pours oneself into the construction of paragraphs, arguments and theses, only to find that one's work has only just…

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The Unforgiveness of The Surveillance State

It's big news these days - after all, it was only yesterday that MI5 was revealed to have been storing phone data for the last 10 years. The impact of the surveillance state is barely understood by most of us…

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Q marks the spot – Treasure Map 86 (Nov 2015)

Sacred Treasure David & Heather Jackman are old friends - and they've just contributed this essay on marriage to the Cambridge Papers There is something wonderfully redemptive about this - bride's father grabs stepfather to walk down the aisle too... Simon…

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