Tesco respond to Superbadger!

Another response this time from Tesco on the issue of making own brand coffee fair trade: Dear PhilThank you for your email, addressed to Sir Terry Leahy, asking for all Tesco own brand coffee to be certified as Fairtrade. Sir Terry has asked me to reply on his behalf.I would like to assure you that Fairtrade is strongly supported by Tesco. Fairtrade guarantees that farmers in the developing world are paid a fair price. This price covers the cost of production, plus an extra premium that’s invested in the local…

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Book Review: Bind Us Together

Bind Us Together…to be the church that Jesus really wants (The restoration movement and its message for the church) by John Fleming is a self published book and having read it I understand why. I picked it up because I belong to a family of churches called Newfrontiers, a grouping has its history very much in the restoration movement. I’m always keen to read books that give insight into the movements I’m a part of. Sadly this book isn’t one of them. John Fleming is a Professor of Nuclear Medicine…

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FA respond to badger!

A while ago I signed up to the Facebook application Superbadger from Tearfund (post here) and promptly began to send badgering emails to various companies. Here is the first response and email from the FA to ask them to supply ethically made footballs. Good to see it’s on their agenda. Dear Supporter, I write on behalf of The FA’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Simon Johnson. Thank you for contacting The Football Association regarding the use of Fairtrade footballs for FA competitions. The FA is committed to working with sponsors and…

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The Year of Living Biblically

AJ Jacobs is an Esquire journalist who loves to immerse himself into his projects, in this talk he shares on his year of trying to follow all 700 rules in the Bible. Along the way he learns a few things and makes a few dead end turns. It illustrates quite well that following the letter of the law but not getting the Spirit of the law is an exercise in missing the point, but that how even so God shapes lives. It’s worth 17 minutes of your time. For a…

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Social Injustice kills

Watching the news is always instructive, this story from ITV shows how poverty reduces your lifespan (in two parts of Glasgow not more than 8 miles apart the life expectancy in men differs by a massive 28 years) but also between nations – if you live in Lesotho your life will be 43 years shorter than if you were born in Japan. This reveals injustice, the poor once again on the sharp end. But of course the fact is, the rich die too it just takes them longer to get…

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Who am I protecting?

Over the weekend I was with our group of churches for a weekend away. One of the speakers was a lady from South Africa called Angela Kemm. Her seminars were called ‘The Priority of Social Justice’ and it was very provocative. Questions such as ‘If a non-christian took on your job would anyone notice the difference?’ (As a pastor, I desperately hope the answer is yes!). But what struck me most, was her insistence that as we care for the poor, the needy, the vulnerable that we tell them about…

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Book Review: Small Footprint, Big Handprint

Tri Robinson’s book Small footprint, Big Handprint: How to live simply and love extravagantly is an interesting contribution to the simple living discussion. It doesn’t really deal with the science of climate change or tackle the morality of capitalism or immorality of consumerism, they’re taken as given. Instead the heart of this little book (125 pages + study guide) focuses on the heart of a Christian. What, Tri asks, is your goal in life? To live extravagantly or love extravagantly? Which kingdom really has your heart? So here are his…

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Latest Breathe update

I meant to post this a while ago, and somehow slipped off the list. Anyway, if you’re interested in simpler living and wanting fresh thoughts on checking consumerism in life/church/nation then do check out Breathe. My friend Mark Powley is always thought provoking in his writing and the latest update is available here (pdf). For me the challenging article this time out was on life without a TV.

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