Pakistan

Today I’m flying out to Pakistan to visit with some friends of mine who moved with their family to Karachi a couple of years ago. It should be an interesting week. Karachi is hot and crowded. It’s one of the world’s largest cities both in population and area, it’s a volatile place that doesn’t make the news for good reasons. But other than that I don’t know very much, I know there are power cuts and traffic jams, common to most large cities developing or otherwise (well the traffic jams…

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I link therefore I am (20/01/10)

This will be my last set of links for a week or so, later today I’m flying out to Pakistan for a week to visit some friends of mine. I’ll hopefully share some reports and pictures when I’m back (sooner if I get web access). How Mauritius manages to invest more into India than Germany, the US and UK combined The Jubilee Centre post a first response on the Conservative Party’s draft education manifesto BBC News magazine asked ‘Why does God allow natural disasters?’ and here are 3 links on…

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In an ocean of material prosperity

I’ve just watched Martin Luther King’s rightly famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. Even 40 plus years later it’s powerful, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck raising stuff. The man was a gifted wordsmith and an extraordinary communicator, but he needed a dream. It was the dream that carried the day, it was the dream of freedom that people hungered for, but no one read the menu better than MLK. Interestingly, it’s only after 12 minutes of a 17 minute speech does he get to the dream, but don’t think about skipping the first 12…

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I link therefore I am (19/01/10)

If you haven’t given yet to Haiti, please consider doing so. Watch the appeal film here Dan Rodgers blasts the prosperity gospel with both barrels and then throws the gun at them Climate Change need not be all bad, something beautiful could emerge This article called ‘The day I decided to stop being gay‘ gives an interesting insight from an insider on parenthood, marriage and sexuality (HT: Peter Ould) Yesterday I saw quite a few posts on one of my heroes, Martin Luther King, wondered why. Turns out that yesterday…

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I link therefore I am (18/01/10)

I came across this article from a couple of years ago on resisting the consumer urge This is a good rant about a church’s decision to bless laptops and mobiles Last week I made this list and you can find some good follow on thoughts by some who made the list here and here Does a cold winter mean climate change is rubbish? Hardly

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We have a lover (*updated links)

At church last week I began a series called Counterfeit Gods based on Tim Keller’s book of the same name. Today I tackled the issue of love and how it can become a false god. As I prepared the talk, I was struck by how secure we can be because of the profound nature of Christ’s love for us. “We have a lover who knows us intimately, cherishes us deeply, gave himself utterly, redeemed us completely, loves us perfectly and will be faithful eternally.” The more we appreciate the wonder…

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Take time to play

(This was written on Wednesday this week – but I had some technical challenges to overcome before posting) Today is a busy day as most days usually are. But today it is snowing. While most of the UK has had decent amounts of the white stuff Shrewsbury has been scratching around in tiny amounts of it. Today it is snowing. Today Noah gets up shouts ‘SNOWING’ followed by ‘Bosh’ and ‘Tray’. Translated it means ‘I want to go sliding and playing in the snow, daddy’. But today is a busy…

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I link therefore I am (15/01/10)

This is very, very clever. You should watch it Why cars make it worse in the snow, at least in the UK Will Willimon has 4 questions for pastors Matt Hosier reflects on baptism Tim Simmonds feels the heat about preaching My friend Jeremy has set up a website that wonders whether we should give up the idea of economic growth and says why here Some profoundly moving images from Haiti

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