Willimon on: Advertising

I’m enjoying getting acquainted with the sermons of William Willimon. Here’s a gem, “As far as I can tell, public discourse in our society is now owned entirely by advertising. We are a culture of omnivorous desire. Our conversation tends to be limited, even at college, to ‘Here are my needs, appetites, yearnings, and desires; now, how can I fulfil them?’ Everything, everyone exists only to satisfy my relentless need, with no critique of which needs are really worth having.” Sums it up quite well.

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Posts of the Week (31/07/09)

I share Jeremy’s bafflement by this new addition to Dubai I think Mark is absolutely bang on about Ferraris for all I like this quote from Tom Sine on Whole Life Generosity Here are the top 5 silliest eco-inventions Are energy-saving (CFL) light bulbs really green? It’s the summer holidays so Randy Alcorn answers the question, ‘how do I take control of the TV?’ Colin Beavan on why living no impact contributes to happiness

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What you've been reading (30/07/09)

Jeremy has read The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett I chipped in with this review of The Monkey and the Fish by Dave Gibbons and this one of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever Mark Tubbs reviewed Broken Down House by Paul David Tripp McFlurry reviews God’s Undertaker: Has Science buried God by John Lennox For those of you who read a lot of books, then check this out. 25000 books!!

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Consumerism and preaching

Here’s an interesting perspective from Michael Turner’s essay on the preaching of Will Willimon. “Movies, other ‘relevant’ media, and communication tactics are merely business endeavours dominated by a consumerist culture, and preaching that attempts to use these technologies finds it difficult to free itself from the grip of consumerism. Consumerism, like the entertainment culture, also threatens the art of preaching.” Coming from a slightly different angle, John Piper would agree on use of technology in preaching.

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Money Talks

I’ve been listening to (and am still working through) a number of preachers on money, generosity etc…Here are some of them Pete Sanlon on 1 Timothy 6 and the love of money Dr Paul Mills on The Financial Breakdown: A Spiritual Diagnosis (HT: JT) This is one of mine, Matthew 6:19-24 preached recently at Barnabas Community Church If you know of anyone who has preached a cracking sermon on money, generosity, consumerism and the like I’d be grateful if you could let me know. This is great (HT: Tim Chester)

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