Tropical Storm 'Brian' update

Not so long ago I gave warning of a storm gathering steam around Brian McLaren’s new book. Just a couple of updates and reviews for those interested. Justin Taylor links to this excellent and reasonable review by Scot McKnight in Christianity Today. McKnight offers praise and criticism but at the end of it questions how much orthodoxy is left writing, “Unfortunately, this book lacks the “generosity” of genuine orthodoxy and, frankly, I find little space in it for orthodoxy itself.” At the same time to further evidence of the frustration…

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What you've been reading and other bookish things (25/02/2010)

Jeremy has read Enough: why the world’s poorest starve in an age of plenty, by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman and also 21 hours – less work, more life from NEF plus coming home to eat by Gary Nabhan Tim Chester has reviewed the Biblical Counselling Movement by David Powlinson Tim Challies reviews wired for intimacy by William Struthers Mark Heath reviews The Breeze of Centuries by Mike Reeves Gary McMurray has reviewed Stop Dating the Church by Josh Harris Mark Meynell has read Wrath of God: The story of the Great…

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I link therefore I am (25/02/2010)

A great post from Tim Challies, God watches what you google Could evangelical Anglicans in the UK be this dynamic if they were freed from the shackles of a liberal church? Here are three good reasons why Christians should retain control over the education their children receive on sex and relationships. Just don’t wimp out and duck it. Having recently attended a civil partnership ceremony for the first time, I’m glad it wasn’t in church and don’t think it should be. Peter Ould agrees What’s your default pattern? Can it…

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I link therefore I am (24/02/2010)

Tiger Woods recently apologised and announced his return to Buddhism. Al Mohler with the comment If you want to be more generous or more anything positive, you can retrain your desires I’m a fan of Tim Keller’s books and I’m excited by the theme of his next one Bill Mounce has a helpful post on what is necessary for church leaders? Timmy Brister asks 21 good questions that churches should think long and hard about Matt Hosier in defiant good form on the latest erosion of faith in public life

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Total Church Conference Report

So I spent a couple of good days last week at the Total Church Conference (the conference was well hosted by The Crowded House in an incredibly disabled-unfriendly building – lots of stairs) in Sheffield. 2 days, 6 plenary talks and two breakout sessions, with the main talks split between the authors of the book, Steve Timmis and Tim Chester. I’m hoping that the audio’s of the talks will be soon be made available, so I’m not going to regurgitate the content at this point but give some personal highlights…

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We intend to reexamine our lives

I’ve been reading my way through the Lausanne Paper on Simple Living. It’s rich and deep well to draw from. Full of Biblical reflection, mission mindedness, compassionate hearts and a desire to live faithful to Jesus’ teachings. Here’s one of the many challenges: “We intend to reexamine our income and expenditure, in order to manage on less and give away more. We lay down no rules or regulations, for either ourselves or others. Yet we resolve to renounce waste and oppose extravagance in personal living, clothing and housing, travel and…

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I link therefore I am (22/02/10)

Having just attended my first gay civil ceremony this caught my attention which Peter Ould gives the treatment it deserves Terry Virgo, went to Bible College with my dad, but other than that I have had little to no connection or contact with the man who founded Newfrontiers, the church network I’m a part of. He’s also just turned 70 and Dave Bish and Matt Hosier pay tribute. At last something sensible from American Christians on climate change Adrian Warnock calls our attention to politics

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