Ring the Bell: Round 2

In some ways I’m glad this discussion hasn’t just completely disappeared because that would show that we too have the attention span of a goldfish in keeping with much of contemporary western culture.¬†Here are some further thoughts and reflections on the debate: Tim Challies reflects on the debate and thinks the reformed were mugged by a marketing department. I’m not convinced. Justin Taylor responds Adrian Warnock has posted the transcript of his debate with Rob Bell.

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Book Review: Conspiracy of the Insignificant

Young people don’t always get good PR and sometimes for good reasons. Gang violence, teenage pregnancies, anti-social behaviour, lack of education, employment and general delinquency can all add up to ruining lives young. These issues can be especially entrenched in some of the poorer estates of our nation. What is often less reported or remembered are the reasons for the issues – neglect, abuse, lack of role models, poverty, addiction, drug related crime and violence in their homes and communities, racism & prejudice which leads to chronic lack of self-esteem,…

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Trueman on consumerism

Q has a brief article from Carl Trueman on the perils of consumerism, it has some great quotes and insights. I’ve reproduced it all here for discussion. Q: You argue at great length about the negative impact of consumerism on the Church. How has it influenced us? A: In economies that depend upon people buying things, there is a need on the one hand to instill the notion that, in some sense, the meaning of life is to be found in the acquisition of goods, or, perhaps to be more…

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I link therefore I am (04.07.11)

This is our last week in Shrewsbury, which has been our home all our married life. Big week. Trevor Saxby offers some great quotes from the great Basil of Caesarea on simplicity Matt Hosier on the importance of a keel More Yes Minister gems, this time on Westminster and Canterbury! For more great links check out Mark Meynell’s recent treasure map

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I link therefore I am (01.07.2011)

It’s been a while since I mentioned climate change, but Jeremy explains why he writes about it This ten minute video explains why too much choice can make us feel anxious (HT: Freakonomics) This piece by Symon Hill is interesting but not because I agree with it. I’m not sure opposition to the morality of homosexuality is the same as homophobia. This show’s the vast difference between America & Europe. I can’t for the life of me see how this would be an effective question conversation starter in Europe

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