Building a memorial

I’ve never thought f building a memorial, not sure who or what I’d build one to but in the centre of Karachi is the Mazar-e-Quaid, the tomb of Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of the nation of Pakistan. It’s a national monument and a symbol of the respect that Pakistanis continue to have for their founder. It’s guarded and people come from all over to visit the tomb. It’s a peaceful place, the mausoleum is set in an attractive park, even though the fountains weren’t working and not every pool…

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Learning the value of schools

I wish I went to a school with a name like Holy Shepherd Grammar School or for that matter with one with its values and attitudes only I didn’t. I’m now very grateful for the education I’ve received and the more I visit schools in developing countries the more grateful I become. My friend Dave took me out to visit this school on the outskirts of Karachi, which is supported by Starfish Asia. It’s a bit of a trek into a dusty, dirty, poor edge of the city but oh…

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I link therefore I am (28/01/10) *Bumper Edition*

Some companies prey on the poor. Mint shows you how A new TV programme will have a Rev. live without money Is the evangelical church growth, market driven? I like what Francis Chan has to say on public passion vs private devotion My friend Mark blames the eggs I like motorbikes and am all in favour of their greening, but I prefer this one to this one Jeremy comments on a report that shows how unequal British society is as does the Jubilee Centre blog This is going to be…

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What you've been reading and other bookish things (28/01/10)

Mark Heath continues his commentary reviews with one on Habakkuk and Zephaniah both by Richard Patterson Mark also chipped in with this good review of Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller (my review here) Tim Chester reviews The Prodigal God DVD by Tim Keller Tim also reviews Breaking the Missional Code by Ed Stetzer and David Putnam And talking of Keller, he weighs in with his (belated) views on The Shack Mark Meynell reviews John Stott’s latest and last The Radical Disciple Jeremy reviews this report on Corruption by Ian Senior…

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Building something significant

On the way to Hawkes Bay beach (it’s about 45 minute drive outside Karachi) we stopped at a boat yard and it was really impressive. To be honest I’d be surprised if this could be done in the UK on the same scale because we’ve lost both the need and the skills (although very happy to be corrected). We witnessed these huge boats (50m long and at least 10m deep and wide) being constructed by hand, taking at least two years to build. We had a good clamber around them,…

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Pimp my truck

So I’ve been in Pakistan a couple of days now. Karachi is a crazy place, no one knows how many people live here for example. 15 million? 18 million? I’ve heard 20 million. Put that into perspective, its more people than live in Australia or its a third of the UK in one city. It’s quite hot (for the UK) as it’s in the mid-twenties but it’s winter and people are complaining of the cold because the summer is (apparently) stupidly hot and humid. It’s noisy, dusty and the traffic works on…

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What you've been reading and other bookish things (21/01/10)

Mark Heath has reviewed two more commentaries, this time on Philippians and Nahum Tim Challies reviews Josh Harris’ new book Dug Down Deep He also reviewed on his other book review site a book for runners like me, Born to Run Leadership Journal publish their golden canon, the best books of 2009 for church leaders Mark Meynell reviews a book on the Resurrection, this one by Sam Allberry Dave Bish compares the strengths of a few different books on evil and suffering This is a good article from the Times…

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