What I know about you

In an entertaining (for me anyway) quest to find out more about the people who read this blog I’ve begun a series of polls, (usually at top right). The latest results are in: Under 16 0 (0%) 16-25 7 (22%) 26-35 11 (35%) 36-50 9 (29%) 51-65 3 (9%) Over 65 1 (3%) I don’t suppose any of that is all that surprising but it’s nice to know there’s some appeal across the generations. So I now know the age and gender (72% male, 27% female and 1%?) of my…

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Giving and Extreme Poverty

I recently came across Todd Hiestand’s blog and he’s starting a series on giving from 2 Corinthians 8 which was enough to catch and hold my attention. He writes, “Now, I am not a mathematician. In fact, its a little known fact that I actually got an “F” in 8th grade math and somehow still graduated Jr. High. But let’s think about about the equation that is presented here: Severe trial + Overflowing joy + Extreme poverty = Rich Generosity. Huh.” Read the whole thing here

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What you've been reading (27/11/08)

Terry Virgo recommends The Reason for God by Tim Keller and The Gospel According to Mark by James Edwards Matt Hosier recommends for the second time this time after actually reading the book, Worldliness ed by CJ Mahaney Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce for Abuse, Adultery and Desertion by Barbara Roberts reviewed by John Wilks Tim Challies dives into teenage fiction for girls with Twilight by Stephanie Meyer I review Rob Bell’s Jesus wants to save Christians Jeremy recommends Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion Tim Challies has an excellent post…

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Heslam on thrift

Peter Heslam calls for a rediscovery of thrift. He writes “Despite this silence, Hebrew and Christian scriptures provide solid foundations for a theology of thrift. Indeed, the word probably derives from an Old Norse word meaning ‘to thrive’. Literally it means ‘prosperity’ or ‘well-being’ – meanings encompassed in the Hebrew notion of shalom, which is central to the biblical theme of redemption. Not to be confused with ‘stingy’, thrift is an amalgam of attitudes and behaviours that leads to prosperity.” Read the whole thing here

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What about the future?

Well this is the final post in my ‘what about…’ series that was sparked off by this post from Dave Matthias. It’s taken me a while and I’ve clearly got distracted along the way, but here we are. What about the future? Jesus made a few blindingly obvious statements, ‘worrying won’t add an hour to your life’ (Mt 6:27). It’s obvious isn’t it, the future, that tie that lies ahead of us is something we have staggeringly little control over. All those pension plans ruined by swift collapse in the…

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Book Review: Jesus wants to save Christians

Jesus wants to save Christians is Rob Bell’s (he of the Noomas and Velvet Elvis) third and probably most substantial book, co-authored with Don Golden from World Relief. Its subtitle ‘A Manifesto for the church in exile’ neatly encapsulates the heart of the book. Church shouldn’t be about empire and in the USA it is. Church should be about the mission of God which is calling people and creation out of exile (slavery to sin) and into the new reality of God’s purposes. The book isn’t long, 181 pages and…

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