I link therefore I am (31/12/09)

My last set of links of the decade. Not sure they’re any more significant than usual but I still found them interesting enough to click on Mint has a map of the world’s most expensive cities  Here’s a good outline of biblical history courtesy of Graeme Goldsworthy I liked what Matt Hosier said about friends and neighbours  Here is the BBC’s Robert Peston’s thoughts on the next year for the economy, which will no doubt dominate the headlines again And that’s about it – Happy New Year and welcome to…

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What you've been reading (31/12/09) and other bookish things

Not too many for the final round up of reviews of the year Mark Heath has read Slave of Christ by Murray Harris Gary McMurray has done some seasonal reading with Can Reindeers Fly? The Science of Christmas by Roger Highfield and The Asssociate by John Grisham. This is his list of books read in 2009 (I’ve read 9 of 41…so many books to choose from, which is why reviews are helpful!) This is Kevin DeYoung’s December book log  Tim Chester reviews The Gospel Driven Life by Michael Horton Can’t…

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The reward of kindness

On Christmas Day, with some kind friends from around the churches in town, we hosted a Christmas dinner for people who would for a variety of reasons be on their own. In the end there were about 100 of us from aged 1 to 96! Today I received this kind letter. It’s ample reward for a day I thoroughly enjoyed, celebrating the birth of Christ (in what is for me a more appropriate manner). Here’s the main body of the letter: “I felt I wanted to write and say many…

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I link therefore I am (30/12/09)

These links relate to my favoured themes of Gospel vs Consumerism (plus a few ringers) A great post from earlier in the year by Anne Jackson on fasting from facebook  Here’s some plastic surgery – dissecting the packaging that goes into a Barbie!  The Church of England supports a ban on product placement on TV. I think they’re right I like Inhabitats Top 6 green architecture stories of 2009. There’s some amazing innovation out there The BBC has some of the most striking images of 2009

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I link therefore I am (29/12/09)

Merry Christmas everyone – as you might expect lots of end of year/decade round ups around and other seasonal stuff. Here’s my pick of the crop: Trevin Wax has a good post on the state of the blogosphere (HT: Justin Taylor) Another good post from Tim Chester on Community as Identity and Decisions  The Guardian asks what the noughties did for religion  The Telegraph reflects on new year’s resolutions moving from altruism to self-absorption  Christianity Today offers their top 10 theology stories of 2009 (HT: Justin Taylor) These are Out of…

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What you've been reading (24/12/09) and other bookish things

Adrian Warnock posts his first review for ages and it’s Deep Church by Jim Belcher Mark Meynell has an extended reflection on Flickering Pixels by Shane Hipps Tim Chester reviews TransforMissional Coaching by Ogne & Roehl Gary McMurray has read Joy to the World – Preaching the Christmas Story by Paul Beasley-Murray Mark Heath reviews Fire & Blood by Mark Stibbe  Justin Taylor links to a short video on the future of the magazine  Kevin DeYoung lists his top 10 books of 2009  Andrew Marin chips in with his top…

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Church 

The battles for the church

At a recent event the PM said, “At the centre of our society, perhaps more so than any other country I know in Western Europe, is the belief that churches and faith have a role. At the centre of our society is the belief that the legitimate public debate is how we interpret our Christian values and our faiths to make for a better society. At the centre of that is also a sense that families are important. What we can do to support family life in this country is…

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