Book Review: Angels & Demons

Every now and then I need to read fiction. I get busy and my regular reading slows up as tiredness kicks in and to restart the reading habit and a page-turner is my usual remedy. As the film of Angels & Demons is currently in the cinema and the book was sitting on my shelves the choice wasn’t difficult. Mostly the book is nonsense. It’s enjoyable nonsense but nonsense all the same and so I won’t waste anyone’s time by trying to sum up the plot. There are two interesting…

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Revelations: How to find God

Recently Channel 4 showed a fascinating documentary on Alpha. For the next 28 days you can watch it online here. It’s always good to get an insight into how others see you – does Alpha really have a ‘mathematical niceness’ about it? Is it too nice? Is it endearingly flaky? They showed some footage of the Toronto Blessing and my most dominant emotion as I watched it on my own was one of embarrassment. I heard a man I respect speak in tongues and I cringed. Alpha would be easier…

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The Power of Advertising

This article by philosopher and author Alain de Botton in the Observer is well worth a read. Here are a few highlights, “I’m routinely astonished by how seriously people in power take the impact of advertising on children and how relatively unbothered they are by its impact on adults. At what precise moment is one supposed to accede to that magical age when one can be confident enough not to be seduced by the satanic genius of advertisers?” and, “Google, Twitter, Facebook, email, the iPhone, the Blackberry and the web…

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Because Life is a Gift…

The latest Breathe e-thought has just been published, written this month by Tim Creber “This is Breathe’s monthly e-thought, with a reflection on the Promise of Life (our commitment to break the consumer mould, see below) and the month’s best web links. PART 1 Because life is a gift, we live it thankfully, Savour what we have, pray for what we need. Something I have learnt from Americans is that the British tend to moan. Whatever the circumstance, the glass is likely to be half empty. With this attitude, as…

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Adbusting: Radox

Some ads are subtle and others are less so like this one. They even have a website where you can learn good reasons to be selfish which is hardly a quality our nation is short of. Time is apparently ‘woman’s greatest enemy’ and the way to freedom, the way to harness time, the way to make it your friend is to be selfish, is to have more ‘me’ time. It’s a concept which I hear a lot, it’s an idea that is most definitely in the church, it’s in my…

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Posts of the Week (26/06/09) *Updated*

I thought John Bell’s gust blog on Challies about sharing the Gospel in the gay village was excellent Dan Kimball’s Do It, Don’t Blog It is worth a read I always appreciate Bill Mounce and Everybody Needs a Little Love is no exception and gives some insight into the New Testament use of the word love John Piper makes a good case for less TV in your life and how to apologise I like my friend Dave’s journey of weight loss Randy Alcorn is great on How to Live Wise…

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