Yearly Archives: 2008

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For Good Self-Control, Try Getting Religious About It

That’s the headline of a NY Times article about the connection between self-control and religion. The religious tend to do better in school, live longer, have more satisfying marriages and be generally happier. The article reckons the results are ‘ascribed to the rules imposed on

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An exercise in missing the point

While most churches are currently challenging the idol of shopping and consumerism these guys in Italy are blessing it by putting a chapel in a shopping centre. So while it may “accommodate faith and everyday life” it also endorses and blesses the leisure pursuit known

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Bible Reading Plans

This is the time of year when we pledge ourselves to reading more of the Bible. Me included. I’m going for Cover to Cover Complete: One Year Chronological Reading Plan as I’ve never read the Bible chronologically. So we’ll see how I get on. For

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New Year Snippets

Not really an article this one, I’ll get back to full posting in the New Year but a few blogs I’ve read have started to reflect on all things economic. Will Willimon reflects at Christmas that we find Jesus amongst those in need Dave Bish

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Economic crisis a 'reality check'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called the current financial crisis a reality check to a society driven by unsustainable consumption. Which would be nice if we did wake up to that. At the moment though our solutions are turning a blind eye to greed and

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Top Ten Books of 2008

It’s that time of year when we make lists, and I’m joining a few others in ranking the best 10 books I’ve read this year. For the record I’ve reviewed 21 books on this blog this year, so I’m reading one a fortnight. I think

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Is our government immoral?

According to five bishops in the Church of England it is. Which really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. All governments are immoral at something. Paying heed to the rich, ignoring the poor. Covering up over here, vested interests over there, foreign misadventures here, scandal