The 10 Commandments for Bloggers

Last week I took part in a day on blogging hosted by the Evangelical Alliance (called Godblogs), it was an interesting day, hosted by Krish Kandiah. Mark Meynell from All Souls Langham Place, introduced us to some different types of blogs, (I think this blog has become the Pastor’s Study). I did a short talk on the differences I’ve noticed between online and offline communities and then Pete Sanlon talked about a theology of web 2.0. So far, so good. In the final session we discussed a proposed 10 commandments…

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What about trade justice?

Trade justice – it’s an interesting issue because it directly affects our thinking about the world and how we view money. The ethics of business, the thought with which we use our money and the places we put it say something about us and the way we interact with the world. It’s one that as cropped up a number of times, so for example in the comments following this post on bookshops, I debate with fellow blogger Hugh Bourne whether you putting your money with godless Amazon is better than…

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Supporting Christian Bookshops

Tim Challies in Canada, has posted on this subject and it’s one dear to my heart. As the owner of a Christian bookshop (that is constantly fighting to survive) I thought I’d repost it here and see what response I get to exactly the same poll. Here’s Tim’s post “Last week I added a poll to this site and asked where you buy the majority of your books. The results really surprised me. As of this moment Amazon has a clear lead with 55% of the votes. That means that…

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What you've been reading (25/09/08)

Incomparable by Andrew Wilson – reviewed by Ant Hilder Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels – reviewed by Beat the Drum What would Jesus buy by Reverend Billy – reviewed by Jeremy Living Hope Pocket Devotions from Every Day With Jesus by Selwyn Hughes – reviewed by Chloe Lynch He is not Silent by Albert Mohler – reviewed by Tim Challies Jack by George Sayer – (biography of CS Lewis) reviewed by Tim Challies The Ultimate Treasure Hunt by Kevin Dedmon reviewed by Andy Moyle Most of these you can get…

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Fighting to save the rich

Put a headline like that up and it’s not long before people’s backs are up. But this is precisely what is happening in our financial system. Billions of pounds and dollars (not to mention euro’s, yen and almost every other currency) to keep the markets afloat. Every day ‘billions are being pumped into financial markets’ ($30bn just today). I wonder how many mosquito nets that is, or clean water supplies, or I wonder what difference that giving every person who earns a dollar a day (1 billion) $30 would make.…

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Praying for the economy

A few of the blogs (Justin Taylor, Matt Hosier) I read have linked to this post by Matt Perman at Desiring God blog on why he prays for the economy, in it he also links to Wayne Grudem’s book on business that I reviewed here. I think I have a few questions about Matt’s post. So Matt says, “There are few things that have more impact on the welfare of large groups of people, in the physical sense, than the state of the economy. Therefore, I believe that the command…

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The future of capitalism?

It’s hard to imagine a title like this even just a few months ago (well, perhaps you could have imagined it in something written by me) on the BBC. So here are some viewpoints on what the current system says about capitalism. Here Robert Peston thinks American Capitalism is failing. Here’s a reasonably understandable summary for the non-economists among us. I wonder what Wayne Grudem thinks now. Here’s an eye-catching quote from a BBC blog: “I conclude from their actions – Brown/Darling with HBOS and Paulson/Bernanke with AIG – that…

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