Snippets (03/12/08)

The story of Lazarus at the Gate Bible Studies on Economic Discipleship. If that makes no sense it has four parts give thanks, spend justly, spend less and give more. Making a difference in the workplace. Not as hard as it sounds This is heartbreaking My friend Dave wonders if God hates some of our blogging Andy Naselli reports on a Mike Bullmore sermon called ‘What should we do with our money?’ Tim Challies wonders about the role of technology Excellent article by Terry Virgo on purity

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Church 

Why I’m happy to lead a Newfrontiers Church

Sometime ago I was trying to think of something to write and I began to write about why I wasn’t a member of another denomination. I can’t remember why, possibly started by the idea that we shouldn’t plant more churches because we have enough of them already or something similar. In addition the ‘Warnock wars’ between Newfrontiers most read blogger (Adrian Warnock) and one of Methodism’s most ardent bloggers (Dave Warnock) are always interesting and thought-provoking. I’m sometimes in agreement with one or the other, though it is almost impossible…

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The shallow end of existence

You get a lot of junk sent to you when you have a baby, not counting all the junk the baby ends up needing. Amongst the junk was an invitation to hold a naming ceremony. I’d never heard of such a thing, and just supposed if you didn’t want a christening or thanksgiving then you’d just get on with it. But this is like those only with all references to God removed. Very strange this need to imitate the spiritual while removing all the substance. It can’t be good for…

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Articles 

People are Lonely

Sometimes when I write about community I do so with instinct, i.e. ‘I think this is the way it is’ but haven’t done the hard work of researching it for facts which prove my case. That was probably the case when I wrote ‘What about community?’ In that piece I said, “Perhaps more importantly, why is there a sense that community is often missing from modern life?” It was something I ‘felt’ to be true but hadn’t done the research. Fortunately for me the BBC has come to my rescue…

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Ethical stuff

A while back I was reading Which? magazine and they did a feature on ethical money. I can’t find in online and you probably need to be a subscriber anyway. So I thought I’d highlight a few things because it’s important to use it wisely. Mortgages – apparently some building societies will plant trees for you if you have a mortgage with them. Norwich & Peterborough and London & Country are the leaders. Or you could get the best mortgage you can and plant trees yourself. Car insurance – Cars…

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Evolution?

I’m still slowly ploughing my way through this book on creation and evolution (I’m really rubbish at science so it’s slow progress). Anyway, here’s an article he wrote to give you an idea of his general thrust. He writes, “It seems odd that Christians might have a problem with the idea of God working through a process, because the idea is so familiar in our daily walk with God. Physically we have been created by God through a lengthy process of development, “knit together in our mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).…

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