Holiday

Today I am going on holiday for a week to the lovely county of Kent. I’m looking forward to visiting Dover Castle, reading, resting, playing games with my family, time with my wife and son. I shall return on the 27th after having run the London marathon on the 25th. However, I’ve blogged a bit and scheduled some posts so there should be some things to read over the next 7 or 8 days. If you’re so inclined, do please pray for us as a family for a great rest…

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Political Issues: Afghanistan & Defence

A friend of mine has just arrived in Afghanistan for the third time, he’s there to fly helicopters in the RAF. On Sunday I met a lady who has worked for NATO in Afghanistan and there was me wondering what possible connection there could be between my life in the estates of north Shrewsbury and the big issues of war and peace. This is an issue, perhaps not as big as five years ago when anger about Iraq was still strong, but our military is still engaged in Afghanistan and…

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All things bookish (15.04.2010)

I’ve shortened the name of the title because I was a bit bored of the old one but it’s the same book reviews and things to do with writing, reading, enjoying, using and learning from books… Tim Chester has a review of Bonhoeffer’s Works which I hope to get hold of soon and JT mentions a new biography of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas Four reviews from McMurray, one on God’s Word by Alan Stibbs and one on The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden; Becoming Conversant with the Emerging…

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I link therefore I am (15.04.2010)

Mark Meynell has another great chart on the resurrection account in Matthew I’ve not heard of this hymn about the church before but I think it’s great If you’ve already signed the Westminster Declaration you might consider signing the Faithworks Declaration (HT: Peter Ould) which adopts a more proactive and less defensive tone. I’ve signed both. My friend Ian shows how you can think through policy not party Talking of which the main party manifestos are now all available. I’ll try and read them all. Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem

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Book Review: A Piano in the Pyrenees

I’ve been meaning to review this one for a couple of weeks now. Tony Hawks has made the most of his varied career as an entertainer it seems from writing about it. I’ve certainly laughed now through three of them. Hawks specialises in weird travel, after all Round Ireland with a Fridge, & Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, are hardly standard travel fare. This is life at is creative, unplanned and slightly chaotic edge. In this case Hawks buys on a house in the south of France following a conversation…

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Gina Welch still doesn't know the Gospel

You may be wondering who the heck is Gina Welch? Let me explain, Gina Welch is an atheist who faked a conversion experience, got baptised, and spent two years at Thomas Road Baptist Church in America and then wrote a book about her experiences, which is both disturbing and gutsy (you can read more information and a review of the book here). It seems like she makes some good points, especially about conversion versus discipleship, “How can you know if you’ve saved someone if there’s never follow-up, never counselling, never…

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I link therefore I am (14.04.2010)

Kevin DeYoung thinks about social justice & Matthew 25. Not sure he’s right though. Sometimes Christians are both stupid and dangerous. Warning listening to this man teach a theology of hair might make you angry (HT: MPT) OK time to go political. My friend Andy is 56% Green having thought about policies using the vote for policies survey. My results put me a different shade and I was slightly surprised but I found it helpful. One person, one vote. Sounds fair only it isn’t, a friend of mine lives in…

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Interviewing the candidates

So last Sunday was interesting and a little different for us. I’d invited two local councillors (one labour and one conservative) and the three main party candidates to be with us for our morning worship. We gave an hour to the issue of politics and engaged these public servants with questions and with prayer. Interestingly all three parliamentary candidates had some form of Christian heritage, one went to Sunday School at my dad’s church, one is a Quaker and a Polish Catholic. We may not ‘do God’ but faith was…

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