Sent: By a local church

In the church I grew up in and I guess in many churches still, the missionary was someone whose picture was stuck on a world map with a thread to the country in question. Now this isn’t totally useless, I lived and worked for a year in Burundi and no one had ever heard of the country or knew where it was so a pin and some thread between the country and a picture solved that problem nicely. However there were and are other problems with the concept of missionary…

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Blog spring clean

I know content is more important than appearance but sometimes things get a little dusty. I mostly look at the admin interface and not the actual blog itself so I thought before I begin to write some fresh material I’d give it a little once over. No major design changes but some little tlc all the same. If you’re reading this in a feed reader then you’ll need to click through to see some of these changes, which are: I’ve removed the grey links bar from beneath the twitter feed…

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Finally here

It’s been a while since I last posted here, although I’m not promising a return to previous blogging levels, it felt like time to break the silence. The main news is that we’re now living in Sweden. More specifically in a village called Rockneby for a year of language learning and relationship building  before heading off to Stockholm next year. So far, so good!    

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Bibliophilia (14.07.2011)

Book Reviews Mary Brown reviews Tim Keller’s A Generous Justice and says, ‘Keller’s book is deeply convicting; he cuts to the heart of the excuses Christians make for themselves and calls the church to radically rethink its attitude to all forms of social justice.’ Gary McMurray has read Parson’s Pitch by David Sheppard, ‘I’m glad to have read it, and I’m sure it had a great impact when first released, but perhaps the passing of time has been less kind to this book.’ New Books Keeping with the first theme of…

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I link therefore I am (12.07.2011)

Today we’re in Brighton and about to enjoy the last ever TOAM. It should be epic and I’m sure you’ll be able to read more on Adrian Warnock’s blog. Steve Holmes writes an excellent piece on living (as we do) and communicating the gospel in a post-Christian society Mat Hosier defends his fiesty views on Facebook The world has (or soon will) have a new nation; South Sudan. These images from FP show Sudan before the great divide. For a book on Darfur try The Translator James MacDonald on why…

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Trueman is on my bandwagon

It’s not often I’m going to be able to say that but I think I can now and with some justification. You see Carl Trueman has jumped, Jonny come lately like, on to a bandwagon I jumped on more than two years ago. Of course I’m happy he’s joined there’s room for more. Back in March 2009 I got on my pedestal about all this talk about cities and I said things like, “I’ve already admitted that strategically it’s hard to ignore the influence and impact of cities (however you define them) but that’s…

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I link therefore I am (11.07.2011)

Today we’re leaving Shrewsbury for TOAM which we’re looking forward to and for the next week or so, internet access and computer access is likely to be intermittent at best (no bad thing) but I’ve scheduled a few archived posts, to mix in with a few new ones to keep things ticking over until normal service is resumed. In the meantime… The Telegraph reports that ‘gay’ divorces are rising fast, an indication that whether straight or gay making a relationship work is hard work and doesn’t come naturally. The Urban Pastor…

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Bibliophilia (07.07.2011)

The removal van arrives tomorrow. Ready? I think, not quite. Book Reviews From the offices of The Economist a discussion on the best business books of all time Writing reviews John Starke offers his (good) thoughts on how to write a good book review. It’s certainly harder than I thought it would be. This article wonders whether Amazon reviews are corrupt. Makes me want to post more reviews on Amazon! Bookselling Another article adding another nail to the coffin of bricks and mortar booksellers Publishing It’s not just booksellers whose…

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