Apple: The New Religion?

Skye Jethani writes an excellent piece on how consumer brands compete with religion. Here are some killler blows… “Many Christians believe the greatest threat to the church today is postmodernity. Others zero in on relativism. Some believe the enemy is secular humanism. Others think it’s Islam. I disagree with all of these. In my view, the greatest challenge facing the contemporary church is consumerism.” And “Without question one of the most potent brands in America today is Apple, and new research has shown that Apple has achieved the same impact…

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Book Review: Giving

I discovered Bill Clinton’s Giving: How each of us can change the world a few months back for the bargain price of £2.50 down at the heaven that is Hay-on-Wye. I was hopeful. It’s a straightforward enough guide to giving, of money, time, things, skills. It also takes a look at giving into a variety of areas such as micro-finance such as Kiva, or to entrepreneurs, foundations and NGOs and the role government plays in poverty reduction. It’s a view of the world that very few people could provide. With almost…

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I link therefore I am (02.07.2010)

The first three links here are all cribbed from Mark Meynell and his link treasure I don’t think the parish I live in is old enough to have an archery law for the vicar to use If this infographic is right Spotify isn’t good for musicians wanting to live off their music This is interesting on what makes good preaching

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Bibliophilia (01.07.2010)

Reviews Marcus Honeysett has read Edgar Andrews’ Who Made God? Jeremy has read Turned out nice: How the British Isles will change as the world heats up by Marek Kohn Tim Challies has a review of Mark Driscoll’s Doctrine: What Christians should believe Mark Heath has another commentary review, this time The Message of Esther by David Firth Reading Over at the Gospel Coalition Juan Sanchez encourages you (if you have them) to read books with your children this summer Writing Eight tips on writing from none other than CS…

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I link therefore I am (01.07.2010)

Justin Taylor links to a discussion about how much should Christians care about the environment Jeremy wonders what if we scrapped aid and just gave the poor the money instead PJ & Ashleigh Smyth offer 6 tips on raising obedient children I know this blog is often about not wanting stuff but everyone now and then you see something and your first mental reaction is ‘I WANT ONE‘. This still makes me laugh

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