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Is dark matter science’s ‘god of the gaps’?

I can’t quite remember what I read that started this chain of thinking (this maybe), but I found myself doing a little bit of reading about dark matter. And by a little bit of reading I mean the BBC and Wikipedia. So there is the distinct possible that this is all based on thoroughly inadequate or just plain wrong information. It struck me that at present (and of course this may change) dark matter acts for science in a similar way to how atheists say Christians use God in terms…

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I link therefore I am (28.02.2011)

If you wonder what the next Christian blogosphere controversy will be. I can announce this will be it and this is an early an wise response. This is important if you’re a man and have lived in the west for the last 20 years. Chances are your waistline has expanded. Seven things that make a sermon rubbish. One worth remembering. Here’s an interesting thing, as new ways of giving online are invented will giving actually go down? Last week I posted an Out of Ur video on women in ministry.…

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I link therefore I am (26.02.2011)

I’m on a link roll at the moment. Lots of good stuff and not enough spare mental energy to come up with my own good stuff. What scientists don’t know – how life began How your soul is affected every time you go to a shopping centre. Consumerism begins the day you were born. How America and Europe have different attitudes to poverty Should your church have a social network? Lastly, as a Sherlock Holmes fan, who were the best Sherlocks?

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I link therefore I am (25.02.2011)

OK, I’m getting near the end of February and just a few moments ago it was the end of January. This post should be titled ‘Get married and have better sex’ instead it’s called ‘Is divorce becoming less socially acceptable?’ Either way it’s quite interesting. Sticking with the marriage theme Austen Ivereigh sticks his head into the lion’s mouth by defending marriage in The Guardian. Lastly on marriage check out the discussions at Peter Ould’s blog Martin Charlesworth asks ‘what makes charismatic-evangelical churches tick?’ Has he missed anything? No one…

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Gift list guilt?

Weddings are tricky things to handle if you’re trying to live with simplicity and generosity in mind. So Luke’s recent post contains some good reflections. “Regardless of your perspective on big fat gypsy weddings, to get married is to invite rampant capitalism into your life. I’m surprised the government hasn’t done more to promote marriage as a means of kick-starting the economy because there is clearly so much money to be made from it. Even breathing the word ‘wedding’ in some shops makes them double all their prices. We’ve done…

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Bibliophilia (24.02.2011)

Reviews Mark Meynell does some of the best reviews around. Here’s his on Carl Trueman’s Republocrat The Urban Pastor reviews Graham Beynon’s Planting for the Gospel: ‘quite simply, the best book on church planting that I’ve ever read’ Gary McMurray has read The Archer and the Arrow by Phillip Jensen and Paul Grimmond. Adrian Warnock reviews Michael Spencer’s Churchianity (2nd part here) Andy Robinson does a very long and exhaustive review of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis. He didn’t like it. I don’t include Tim Challies reviews any more because most…

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I link therefore I am (23.02.2011)

Straight to the links today. Lacking pithy inspiration! How religious is the UK and will the census help us get an answer? Probably not. Stephen Tomkins has an interesting take on biblical literalism, not that I agree entirely I’ve heard the statistic that Christians divorce at pretty much the same rate as everyone else. Never checked it out, but now someone has and apparently it’s not true. Whether that’s because we make marriages better or divorces harder though is not so clear. The power of nature should be enough to…

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Should you increase your giving?

I recently included a couple of links that dealt with the issue of money and giving with some challenging but wise words on the subject. CS Lewis says, “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusement, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If…

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