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When a pastor should cry

Now I’m not particularly known for being the sentimental sort but there are a few times when shedding a tear or two is appropriate and fitting. I guess if one is publicly repenting of sin and misconduct that would be appropriate but that’s not what I’m thinking of here. I should add that since having children the tears always feel a little closer to the surface not because I’m all weepy over my kids but mostly because my brain is addled, my body is weary, my emotions are all over…

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Miscellaneous: 10 Links

Starting to get into a rhythm of life here this week as the kids start nursery three days a week. Chance for us to start language study in earnest and some other work. In the meantime here are ten links I’d quite like my own underground town and here are some other impressive undergound goings on  (HT: JW) David Capener reflects on the influence of Steve Jobs who made music more fun Dave Matthias illustrates the blessing of giving While freakonomics laments planned obsolence and makes a plea for quality in a world of…

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Miscellaneous: 10 Links

Another set of links for you. Today is a big day for me, my first day at nursery. With my 3 year old I should hasten to add. Jeremy explains and promotes ColaLife an idea that should be supported. Do reformed and charismatic go together. Michael Horton is a skeptic while Harman Bhogal is more positive I enjoyed hearing and watching Amazing Grace sung to the tune of House of the Rising Sun Despite having worked in the book and magazine industry I never saw how a book was made. Here…

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Book Review: Tactics

How do you go about discussing your faith with others? Do you feel awkward when they raise objections? More likely to back down or endlessly getting into arguments that ultimately seem a bit futile? Then Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions by Gregory Koukl could be the book for you. In essence it’s more a book about the art of conversation than about apologetics but you it often is an art and there are lessons that need learning. In fact this is more effective because you don’t need…

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Miscellaneous: 10 Links

We’re back in England for a few days for brother-in-laws wedding. This is the last (for the time being) of the link clearances so enjoy… Here are two different takes on the recent Willow Creek leadership summit. One more positive and the other less so Peter Oborne rightly says that while the behaviour of the rioters was bad, the behaviour of our politicians may be less violent but no more moral Do you know what the most dangerous job in history is? No, have a guess. How about king? I’m…

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Book Review: The girl who played with fire

The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson is the second in his bestselling trilogy after The girl with the dragon tattoo. It continues the adventures of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander although this time the prominent roles are switched with Salander being the central character. As with the first I found it a page turner and I think Larsson paces the book really well that brings the book first simmering and then to the boil. Salander begins to mature, calm down and grow up and then finds herself accused…

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Miscellaneous: 10 Links

I’m clearing out the starred items of notable posts that I’ve collected in the past few weeks, so here are ten posts that caught my eye. In no particular order: Martin Charlesworth continues his series on Simplicity with part 4 Setting our possessions free, ‘As Christians we become servants – and our possessions are to be put at the disposal of the King. Many things may need to given away at the prompting of the Spirit or in the service of the local church or as direct gifts to the poor.’ Tim…

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