Hearing the Unheard: 3. Five Novels by Black Novelists

One of the many reasons for missing life in central London is Daunt Books. I've mentioned it a few times here, including in this post about keeping reading diets mixed. The wonder of this travel bookshop is their geographical shelf-arrangement…

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Q Marks the Spot 141 (July 2020)

Sacred Treasure Carl Trueman has a simply superb First Things piece on Covid19, human mortality and modern culture's avoidance of death: The Final Enemy Justin Taylor helpfully summarises Alan Jacobs' Thinking Person's Checklist Greg Forster very helpfully engages with some…

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Echoes from Eternity: 35. Irina Ratushinskaya from the Gulag

Irina Ratushinskaya was an inspiration. I've mentioned her here before, having had a fluke encounter in a bookshop. She proved remarkably resilient in the most appalling circumstances, a Soviet labour camp. Her crime? Poetry. It's terrifying that some today might…

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Flooded Out: Can you HELP a dear friend in Romania?

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I can't quite believe it but I first met Dani Oprean 12 years ago now, during my first visit to Romania. We had little idea how the seeds sown during that consultation would germinate - but now the Langham work…

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Hearing the Unheard: 2. Five Black Theologians to listen to

Inevitably, this series' lists are very personal and limited. It's primarily a way of honouring those who have had an impact on me, but they're certainly not exhaustive lists. What's more, I've primarily focused on African, rather than African American,…

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Hearing the Unheard: 1. Five Black Perspectives at TED

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I'm starting a new occasional blog series with this post, which was stimulated by something I recently read in Daniel Hill's challenging book White Awake: An Honest Look At What It Means to be White. Hill describes an important conversation with an…

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Q Marks the Spot 140 (June 2020)

Sacred Treasure George Floyd left a Gospel legacy in Houston: tragedy piles on tragedy, but this is just one tiny glimmer of light.Having God in a squad is no longer mocked: Matt Dickinson in the Times (£) on Football and…

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