What about generosity?

Not much has changed since Jesus watched a rich man and a widow give their offerings at the temple. We still think generosity has to do with the amount given rather than the amount left, Jesus disabused us of that notion. However, in the intervening 2000 years we’ve still managed to find ways of reducing and minimising the force of his teaching. We too easily identify ourselves with the poor widow and not often enough with the rich man. There are a host of reasons for that, no doubt, many…

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Challies reads on creation care

One of the best known Christian bloggers is Canadian Tim Challies, his blog is well worth reading even if only to see what makes a great blog. Tim devours books in a way that I devour my wife’s chocolate biscuits. Anyway he’s been reading recently on the issues relating to the environment.His book reviews are always thoughtful, insightful and usually helpful, I recommend checking out his blog and reading the following reviews: Francis Schaeffer’s Pollution and the Death of ManMatthew Sleeth’s Serve God, Save the PlanetAl Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth

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What about the way we label success?

Success – many people strive after it, it’s what we want for our children – to succeed, yet most of us have a muddled view of what success is. Success at school is getting high marks in exams, after that success is defined by career, partners and possessions. In the last decade a new category must be added to that is ‘experiences’ – travel the world, jump out of a plane, head off to Glastonbury, go to the best restaurants, meet the people, see the places, listen to the bands,…

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Some interesting thoughts on gender roles

Not too long this post kicked off a whole series of posts and debates here. So it was an intriguing few days at Newday, the Newfrontiers youth event. While taking some time out one afternoon I read this in the Sunday Times, where a female author argues for differences between men and women. A few days later I read this in the Guardian, that reported a decline in support for gender equality. Which isn’t quite accurate, rather that people believe if both parents work (especially mothers) then the family suffers.…

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How consumerism came about

I always take notice when another blogger posts on the issue of consumerism, especially those that don’t really do that. I have to say that anecdotally there’s far more evaluation and soul searching on this than ever before and I don’t think that’s entirely down to failing economies. Anyway Tim Challies quotes from a book he’s reading. Here are my recent posts: What about consumption? What about the consumer dream? Consumerism is idolatry

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Todd Bentley, revival, and discernment

Well, Todd Bentley is headlining the blogs again and not for good reasons. A month or so ago I was having a conversation with my friend Ian about Lakeland and Dudley and I said, ‘I don’t think we’ll be talking about Lakeland and Todd Bentley in January’ (for a list of my posts on Todd Bentley here and Dudley here ). I think I will be proved right, but not for any of the reasons I thought. And these reasons are sad indeed. There’s no room or place for gloating…

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Green God

I recently came back from Newday. Worshipping with 6000 teenagers is good for your soul, but not your voice. Anyway, while there with our youth group, I also gave a seminar called Green God. You can read my talk here and (audio here). Thanks to Matt Hosier for asking me. Do also listen to his seminars on Sex God and Just God. For an example of joyless living when a gracious green God is replaced by green laws, read this

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What about consumption?

At some point in the years after WWII our economies changed. The western world evolved into consumer economies. You are a consumer. I am a consumer. We have even designed our systems to measure your level of consumption. In fact from the point of view of a nation’s economy, the more you consume the more useful you are, even if you acquire massive debt in the process. The only point where this becomes problematic is when you can’t pay and default on your debts, because someone has to pay. Someone…

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