Things to be thankful for

I’ve got a few posts in me to get out but not sure when. But for the last few days my boy Noah has been back in hospital, due to an infection and slow weight gain. Hopefully those issues are resolved and we’re grateful for health, hospitals, supportive friends, the gift of prayer and of being back home as a family. And above all, the ever present foundation of God’s love and presence.

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Book Review: Humility

Humility: True Greatness by CJ Mahaney, is a good little book. It won’t take long to read, it doesn’t demand much in the way of brain power while demanding much of your character. It can be summed up fairly neatly, in that ‘in the light of the sacrifice of Jesus there’s not much for us to be proud about’ or for a more positive summation, ‘in the light of Jesus’ sacrifice we have much to be humbled by’. Mahaney sees at the root of every kind of sin, the sin…

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Book Review: Dissolution

My son and wife are asleep and all is well. I’m enjoying (between loads of visitors) the opportunity to do some reading. I need to balance my non-fiction with a good story, keeps my imagination going and are simply much easier to read. This is a good story. It’s essentially a murder mystery set in the reign of Henry VIII, and Matthew Shardlake, a hunchback lawyer is the riddle solver. It’s well written with a great sense of history, you get a sense of a changing world as power is…

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Breaking News:

A slowdown in the number of posts at The Simple Pastor was announced today, following the arrival of son number 1 – Noah James, weighing in at 8lbs 5oz or 3.8 kilos if you want it in metric. It’s always good to be reminded that there are more important things in life than blogging and this is one of them. Off to visit them now. We’re grateful to God for the blessings of new life.

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Christian Living 

Adbuster: Big Yellow

Adverts are designed to infiltrate your life and influence your habits and decisions. Prefer this brand to that and buy this not that. Adverts are at the vanguard of consumerism. So what do we make of this? There’s a tide of stuff flowing into your house, toys, goods, furniture stuff? This advert offers a solution. Sell some of it? Give some away? Buy less? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. Instead pay for more space, box up your stuff and put it in bigger box looked after by Big Yellow.…

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Completely out of step

Following my posts (here & here) on being out of step with culture a huge debate kicked off over at Dave Warnock’s blog. It reminded me of a couple of things, first that there seem to be some debates in which no one changes their mind (or at least very few) – sovereignty/freewill; gender; sex; views on scripture; atonement; heaven/hell; gifts of the Spirit. I’m pretty sure a religious mindset makes it harder to change your mind and I’m pretty sure no one is going to end up in heaven…

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Book Review: Free of Charge

Miroslav Volf’s Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace is an excellent book. Forgiveness is such a tough issue to both understand and more importantly to practice. There are so many emotional barriers that we struggle with and as a pastor I see people still bound to the hurt that they have received, still trapped by their offender because forgiveness hasn’t yet been found. Volf does not shirk the difficult issues, his examples are as heart rending as any – a father forgiving the sniper…

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