The flicker of a smile from the unsmiling man

Shostakovich is a personal hero of mine. He walked a tightrope between the Gulag and compromise in the vortex of Stalinist Russia. But more than that, his music has brought me consolation, invigoration, provocation, and perplexity. Sometimes all at once.…

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Michael Faraday’s appeal for scientific humility

Have been dipping into Max Adams equally fascinating and frustrating book The Firebringers - Art, Science and the Struggle for Liberty in nineteenth-century Britain (aka The Prometheans). The cast of heroes, rogues, and geniuses is startling in its breadth and…

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Q Marks The Spot – Treasure Map 122 (December 2018)

Sacred Treasure An interesting (as ever from Phil!) perspective on church and community life from Sweden Peter Dray has a handful of interesting posts about the Ligonier Theology survey - first one is here Ukraine (including its regions now controlled by…

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Managing Depression during the Christmas holiday

Last week I was interviewed for the IVP blog about the holiday season, a time that is often fraught and a particular challenge for those with mental health issues. 1. How do you manage depression during the holiday season? It…

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We Will Remember Them: #Armistice100

The 11th Hour. The 11th Day. The 11th Month.  Evidently a contrived moment at which to end a war whose conclusion was as complex and mystifying as its commencement. But it was a moment of inspiration to exploit it. It…

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Q Marks The Spot – Treasure Map 121 (November 2018)

Sacred TreasureDoug McElvey has a superb poem on weakness, over at the Rabbit Room: As WeakChris Green: Why you should choose heroes who disagree - very helpfulTim Challies: 8 ways Satan tempts you to doubt Christian securityThe Christ-like Gaze in…

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