More iFuss over the iPhone

I first blogged about the iPhone at the beginning of the year here, and now it is finally on sale. So in reading about the frenzy over the phone I came across quotes by Jessica and Shawn (below). Jessica said, “It feels great, oh my God, overwhelming. I never thought this day would come – and now it finally has, it’s mind-blowing,”  Shawn said, “€œWe’ve been looking forward to this for so long, been talking about it, thinking about it, reading about it. Nothing matches this.”  Is no-one going to tell them…

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Book Review: Confessions of a Reformission Rev.

Confessions of a Reformission Rev is an interesting book, didn’t take me too long to read (less than a week) of yet another mega-church in an American city, this time Seattle. Ok Seattle is the most unchurched in America with only 8% evangelical but I dream of 8% of any kind of Christian. For the UK to get up to 8% in any place would be an achievement. In my area if we get up to 8% most people would think revival has broken out. In my area if the…

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Maintaining focus

It’s not easy to say ‘no’ to things especially when you enjoy them. It’s also not easy to judge the pace your life should be led at. It isn’t easy to reject the furious busyness of contemporary life, to choose to slow down. All of the above means I find it much harder to step down from things than I do to step up to new challenges (as a church leader I also understand that some people have the opposite problem!).  I ride motorbikes, absolutely love it and there are some…

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Radical Dependency and Kids

Following my second post on is Christianity Middle Class, one of my commentators said:  “Going back to the point about self-sufficiency… As a parent, you have this tiny new-born that is 100% dependent on you. Your mission for the next 18 years is then to change that around so the new person can stand on their own – and of course leave home as soon as possible! Not sure how you marry that with radical dependency on God and others. I guess it needs to be experienced as part of normal…

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Book Review: The Power of Generosity

The Power of Generosity is an excellent book. Dave Toycen has led World Vision Canada and been involved in humanitarian work for a long time, as a result this book has a rich vein of personal testimony, powerful stories and insightful reflection on generosity. Some books the stories are unoriginal and the connections trite and cliched but not here. Sometimes the stories outweigh the reflection to an extent that the point is not sufficiently made but the criticism is minor compared to the many strengths. Toycen examines what generosity is,…

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Bibliophiliac?

It’s not a word I know – but what would you call someone addicted to buying books? Perhaps that what I am. I went to the small town of Wem today for a course and during the lunch break went to find the secondhand bookshop only to find it had closed down. I think I suffered withdrawal symptoms. Seriously (well not entirely seriously). Wikipedia seem to think I could have a problem. A pyschological disorder no less. Nah….really? So bibliophiliac or libriholic? Anyway I came across this post on Make…

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Is Christianity Middle Class? Part 2

The first part generated some interest and this comment really made me think…. “Having been brought up in a nice protestant middle class home, I was conditioned into a culture of high educational achievements, good job leading to a house, wife, 2.3 kids, nice car and you’ve made it. Keep your head down, be nice people, uncontroversial. Maybe get a hobby but above all create a nice safe settled life where you can live in a self sufficient comfortable bubble. When you put 100 similar people together and call it…

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Eco-Consumerism

I just read this news piece from the BBC that explains much of the reason for China building 2 new power plants a week is to satisfy the demands of western consumers. Everybody’s aim is to try and have their cake and eat it. To keep standards of living as they are, to keep ways of living as they are but just to achieve that without further damage to the environment. This is ‘green consumerism’ or maybe ‘eco-consumerism’.  But it all still plays to a materialist concept of ‘standard of…

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