Posts of the Week (30/10/09)

Jeremy is right about this. Ouch. He’s also upset about this and rightly so. I’m going to read Tim Keller’s Counterfeit Gods soon. Here he is on his own experience Celebrity is the ambition of many, to the folly of some For Jon, global warming has just got personal The Gospel and a heart for the poor brilliantly put Tim Challies has written a series called sexual detox. Worth a read Josh Harris on how you can insult God I think Randy Alcorn is excellent on Choosing a God-Honoring Lifestyle

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John Hosier on: Simplicity & Generosity

From a talk John Hosier did on ‘remembering the poor’ at CCK Brighton. “If we reject materialism and asceticism it seems to me we are left with the biblical way of generosity, which in turn is linked with simplicity. Simplicity is not to be understood in ‘nothing’ but ‘enough.’ When we consider the needs of the poor, and indeed the needs of world mission, then there is a challenge to generosity – something that can always be increased as we simplify our lifestyle. This is a sensitive area, for simplicity…

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What you've been reading (29/10/09) and other bookish things

Tim Challies slams Karen Armstrong’s The Case for God I posted this review on Church Planting Also this one on the Bible and Homosexuality  And this one on Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll Lex Loizides reviews Philip Norman’s John Lennon: The Life Tim Chester has reviewed Tremper Longman’s commentary on Proverbs.  Gary McMurray has read Preach the Word by Kent Hughes This is Kevin DeYoung’s book log. I’m not reading enough and he’s wrong about who’s right on no4.  This is on the death of the (professional) book review (HT:…

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Why do I do it?

I’ve no idea, it’s a fool’s errand, it’s the craft of a fine procrastinator, it’s stupid. Yes I’ve gone and changed the look of my blog again. I’ve made a few other changes too – comment forms are now embedded at the end of each post, I’ve switched from Sharethis to Add this. And made it a bit easier to find a few key posts or thoughts on some of the main issues that this blog features – consumerism, generosity & simplicity. I’ll probably tweak it for a while, but…

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Book Review: Vintage Church

Not so long ago I also reviewed Mark Driscoll’s Vintage Church for Christianity Magazine. “What is the church? If you repeat the historic belief in ‘one holy catholic Church’ what is it exactly that you are affirming? Mark Driscoll believes that not enough people, leaders included, know how to answer that question well. Driscoll was baptised and brought up in the Roman Catholic church before coming to faith in Christ as a teenager. While in his mid-twenties he planted Mars Hill Church Seattle, now one of the largest and fastest…

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Through the eyes of a child

I’m not sure anything goes slower than a toddler learning to walk. First of all the steps are generally unsteady, the direction uncertain and the focus unclear. The toddler I have in mind is easily distracted. The dullest of twigs, stones and leaves all get special attention with a pause, crouch and close inspection. You’re lucky if you move a dozen steps (toddler steps mind) before some thought you can’t comprehend results in a sudden change of direction, often towards some hazard or other. In other words progress is painfully,…

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Tim Chester on: Fasting

Tim Chester has some good things to say about fasting. If the queue at McDonalds the last time Newfrontiers leaders gathered to pray and fast was anything to go by, it probably wouldn’t hurt to remind ourselves of why we fast. Here’s a taster: “When we in the western world have emotional needs many of us turn to food for refuge. We self-medicate with food. The result is ill-health and weight gain. The result is an over-consumption of the world’s resources that contributes to the hunger of other people. And…

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