Capitalism needs an ethical boundary

Randy Alcorn has recently completed some interviews with Os Guinness (key note speaker at the upcoming Everything Conference) who makes some interesting comments about capitalism. Firstly, he affirms capitalism: “I have no problems admitting the extraordinary superiority of market capitalism; it is a remarkable engine of dynamism, fruitfulness, productivity, and so on. I question that not at all. But it is only a mechanism, and the problem comes in when people make it a source of meaning.” However he sees the problems and those are telling, “ Unless capitalism has an…

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Miscellaneous: 7 links

How did we get to the end of January already? Really, whoever is speeding the world up, stop it. Anyway, a little more eclectic set of links today. Tim Chester has a great post on hearing God speak How to build an extended family and by that Mike Breen means church, sort of. Do universalists have a point? Andrew Wilson thinks so. Peter Ould on the significance of what Jesus didn’t say about homosexuality Carl Trueman thinks about the importance of Eph 5:12 Jeremy explains the best way to offset…

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Junia or Junias?

A while ago I read Steve Holmes review of Scot McKnight’s Junia is not Alone: Breaking our silence about women in the Bible and the church today. Holmes recounts that McKnight gives a history of how Junia became Junias and then Junia again. The highlighted quote is, “Let me be clear once more: the editors of the Greek New Testaments killed Junia. They killed her by silencing her into non-existence. They murdered that innocent woman by erasing her from the footnotes.” That’s strong stuff. Academic murder no less. McKnight’s argument is…

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Reasons You Should Not Marry an Unbeliever

Anyone who has been involved in pastoral ministry for any length of time, will likely have come across this situation where a Christian has decided to marry a non-believer. Personally, I find it hard, no-one wants to have a painful conversation and point out to friends that a course of action will lead to disobedience and likely heartache. Who wants to do that? But those conversations must be had. Anyway I found this by Kathy Keller and I think she hits the nail on the head. “Having grown weary and…

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Book review: All hell let loose

  For a while now I’ve averaged about one book every ten days, yet here we are three weeks into January and I’ve only just finished my first book of 2012. The reason for that is that Max Hasting’s monumental volume on the second world war, All Hell Let Loose, is 748 pages long so it’s like reading three books! The volume of literature on the last great war is immense, the bibliography to this book is enormous and so it’s hard to say where this single volume work ranks.…

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Miscellaneous: 7 links

We started language classes yesterday, so hopefully our Swedish will improve. No idea yet of the impact on my English. Anyway a few links to give you some reading material over the weekend. Denis Alexander gives a brief answer to the following question:  ‘if we last shared a common ancestor with the chimps about 5-6 million years ago, and humans have been gradually emerging through a series of hominid intermediates ever since, then why did Jesus die?’ Jake Belder, a north American, shows his appreciation for the British Queen’s Christmas Day…

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Micro-finance for mission

Not so long ago I signed up to the excellent Kiva, which harnesses the power of the internet to raise finance for micro-finance groups all over the world. I’m all for it. Just the other day a lady in Cambodia repaid the first part of a $25 loan. I could take the money out and put it back in my pocket but, of course, I won’t do that. I’ll recycle the money and lend it to someone else and so increasing the amount of times my gift does some good.…

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The richer you become the less important God becomes

That’s basically the findings of this Gallup survey from 2009. While the article itself focuses on the anomaly of religious belief in rich world America; it was this table that for me as a missionary to Sweden, caught my interest. “On the opposite end of the spectrum, the 10 least religious countries studied include several with the world’s highest living standards, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Hong Kong, and Japan. (Several other countries on this list are former Soviet republics, places where the state suppressed religious expression for decades.)”   Which just demonstrates the…

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