I link therefore I am (24.08.2010)

Is this hell on earth? A nine day 60 mile traffic jam. Nine days?! (HT: Inhabitat) For those of you interested in economics. Are we addicted to growth? Check out Beyond Growth and if you think it’s all lefty nonsense, the chance to receive $1 million may give you some added motivation This is interesting. In the UK civil partnerships are virtually marriages in terms of rights if not in name. But take up is on the decline and dissolutions (divorce) are on the rise. Brian Croft continues to offer…

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The new name

Back in June I talked about the church merger and the process we used to choose a new name for the church. I deliberately didn’t mention the name. But it’s about time I did. Hope Church. So there you go. It’s not original but that wasn’t one of the criteria so I’m not bothered about that. There are plenty of Hope Churches in the nation but none in our town. It’s unique where it matters most, in our local area. Hope more than adequately expresses the call of God on…

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I link therefore I am (23.08.2010)

Whatever you think of the state of the British economy, at least sterling still exists. Here’s a slideshow of some currencies that didn’t quite make it Sometimes I think church buildings should be about the function, but good architecture can be inspiring. Here’s a modern example from Finland Here’s an interesting piece from Nancy Pearcey on gender and marriage Ever been bored at church or bored with church? This is thought provoking from Skye Jethani

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I link therefore I am (20.08.2010)

Starting with a few consumer related links today… I’m a fan of reducing stuff, but I’m not sure I’m ready to join the cult of less (here’s the blog link) and here’s the news story that my friend Tim saw and sent it on to me. Thanks Tim! Is stuff our monkey trap? this interesting post ponders the question Sticking with that theme McMurray has a good post on the inflation of greed 2 good posts from Jeremy to follow, this one offers a fresh take on the nations deficit…

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Bibliophilia (19.08.2010)

Reviews Jeremy has read Sew your own by John-Paul Flintoff. Jeremy says ‘Sew Your Own is not really a book about making your own clothes.’ But it is also a book about making your own clothes. Mark Meynell has read Charles Saatchi’s My name is Charles Saatchi and I’m an Arthoholic which is ‘occasionally insightful and quite fun’ but ‘not a heavy read by any stretch of the imagination’. Scott Taylor has been moved by Talbot Chambers New York City Noon Prayer Meeting. In a nutshell, “Through out the book…

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Being Different in a Consumer Culture

Today I have the privilege of joining the good people of All Souls Langham Place during their church week away in these wonderful surroundings to talk with them about the above title. The Rector of All Souls, Hugh Palmer did a very good series called Cash and the Christian (Do a sermon search for the series, you may need to register). Not sure what I can add, but we’ll see. Looking forward to it. Prayers would be appreciated.

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I link therefore I am (17.08.2010)

Europe is a pretty irreligious place, nowhere more so than the Czech Republic! See this chart for how secular the UK is. Phil Moore has four excellent reasons for going on a fast from his iPhone Talking of technology Tim Challies thinks about the risks and opportunities of technology This is a great visual description of global wealth distribution This link is for my friend Matt Hosier who has been quite into cycling on his blog 😉

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Not the end of consumerism

Richard Docwra over at Life Squared gives an interesting dissection of this article from the NY Times. Here’s a taster: “There are glimmers of clarity in the article – for example, the opening paragraphs discuss a couple’s journey of downsizing their income, consumption and debts, in order to get the life and jobs they want. It ends with the wise observation from one partner ‘I really believe that the acquisition of material goods doesn’t bring about happiness’.” And ends with this: “Perhaps it is asking too much of the business…

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