Gathering & resting

Today we’re off as a family to Sweden for ten days. It’s a mix of business and personal and hopefully all pleasure. Initially we’re with our core church planting team for the weekend in Stockholm to spend time together, to pray, to dream and to invest in relationships ahead of what is going to be a busy year for everyone as we we begin to countdown towards summer 2012. I’m excited about being there with our whole team and hearing from God together. We’re staying on as a family for…

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Love Wins: Lessons in how not to argue 1

In this whole debate I think Rob Bell’s opponents have taken some serious mis-steps. I think Bell is wrong on a number of key points but because of the subject matter at hand (people spending eternity in hell) then you need to think a little bit about how you respond to this one. Bell is accused of being a universalist that essentially everyone will end up in heaven and at some indeterminate point in the future that there will be no one left in hell. Now its perfectly reasonable to…

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I link therefore I am (29.04.2011)

The profound affect of David Wilkerson who died recently. What happens as you educate a nation? Apparently they get less religious. The UK sells 20% of the weapons to the world’s government. As Jeremy says, they’re not being put to great use if you value democracy. What is The Value of Unpaid Work and Which Countries Do the Most and Why? Freakonomics give the answer, though I’m not convinced that shopping is work! Another article on Gandhi. Apparently not as good at politics or social change as many think.

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Reviews 

Book Review: Love Wins

So finally I’ve got here with a review of the most controversial Christian book in ages, Rob Bell’s Love Wins: At the heart of Life’s Big Questions. Be warned this is quite a long post. I’ve been wondering how to begin, how to both sum up and introduce a book that has been reviewed thousands of times already. So I’ll say this: It’s not all bad. Is he a universalist? I’ll save that answer for a bit later on. It raises questions and gives answers. Bell looks at heaven, hell…

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Bibliophilia (28.04.2011)

Are you reading? What are you reading? Why not leave a comment and let us know what books you’ve got on the go at the moment and get a snapshot of what Simple Pastor readers read! Reviews Jeremy reviews Peoplequake by Fred Pearce: ‘a great book for thinking through the population question for yourself.’ Tim Challies has read Randy Alcorn’s Managing God’s Money which he thinks is, ‘is a powerful little book and a very helpful one…And if you read it, I’m sure you’ll benefit from it.’ The new Rector of…

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Love Wins: The influences

This won’t be a long post but I think it’s important, the review is tomorrow by the way. One of things I always do when reading a book is look for the list of books, study the bibliography, pick out the recurring names and see the plot lines of an authors thinking develop. This helps me track a little of where the author is coming from, have other sources to go to for further reading if needed and see what’s original and what’s not. Rob Bell is not great at…

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I link therefore I am (27.04.2011)

There’s a new Christianity Explored website check it out HT: Tim Chester Can forgiveness ever be easy? I suspect not, not when it really matters Andrew Wilson does a two parter on an atheists reaction to Tim Keller’s Reason for God. Part 1 and part 2 This is remarkable art for a digital age. What bad news looks like And for another friend Facebook has lost it’s attraction… Are you content or have you fallen to the greener grass conspiracy?   “Greener Grass Conspiracy” Trailer – Stephen Altrogge from Crossway…

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