Make lent 2012 time for a consumer detox

I want to flag up a resource for you that I think will be profoundly helpful to all of us who are recovering consumers. My friend Mark Powley has put a programme together for individuals and small groups to use during Lent this year. Here are the details: This is an invitation to take part in the 2012 Lent Consumer Detox. The Detox is attached and available here. It includes: Creative and challenging small group activities, with Bible discussion suggestions Inspiration from a daily Lent blog and online talks Or read through Consumer…

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Miscellaneous: 7 links

It was quite cold this week; -6 at one point. No snow yet. Anyhoo, here are seven links to feed the mind through the weekend. There’s a new year resolution type feel to these links. First up is Tim Challies links on how to keep your resolutions Maybe you’ve set some big goals for this year; Michael Hyatt has some advice on how to achieve your goals Then Tom Basson reminds you to keep it simple Of course this year you will probably spend most of your time working. Wouldn’t…

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Gender 

"There is no male or female"

So says Galatians 3:28, a verse that is often the battleground within evangelicalism about gender roles. However while evangelicals debate what scripture permits or forbids women to do within the church, outside the sacred walls a whole different debate is heating up. To get a feel for the terrain I suggest reading this article from the BBC that describes the legal disputes on behalf of those who see themselves as transgendered. In this case it is two men who live as women but who have not had any corrective surgery. Biologically…

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Christian Living 

10 myths about simple living

Jeremy at Make Wealth History has a great post about ten myths about simple living which you should read. His ten myths are: Simple living is about retreat, and withdrawing from the world Simple living is about self denial Simple living is about rural pastoralism Simple living sentimentalises poverty Simple living is opposed to progress and technology Simple living is hypocritical Simple living is anti-capitalist and anti-wealth Simple living is only for westerners Simple living is a passing fad Simple living is environmentally futile Stand out line: “I want to live…

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Miscellaneous: 7 links

Welcome to the first set of links for 2012. As usual eclectic in every way and in no particular order The debt crisis looks set to be news for the entire coming year. This infographic illustrates some of the problem My friend Jeremy lists his books of 2011. If you want to know what to read about climate change, steady state economy, sustainability etc….this list is a good primer. Tim Challies has reviewed two books on marriage. One I won’t bother with by Mark Driscoll and one I’m certain to…

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How much do you need to be rich?

Are you rich? If you answered ‘no’, how much money and assets would you need to consider yourself rich? Mint conducted a survey of Americans and found the following. The thought provoking element is if you add up the percentages from $1 million upwards. That means fully 50% of Americans think you need at least $1 million before you could be called rich. That’s staggering and shows an unbelievable conflation of need and want. I’m sure it would be similar in the UK.

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Top referrers and referred

Blogging is a web thing and by that I don’t just mean the internet. It’s the connections inbound and outbound that keep a blog alive and dynamic. I post a lot of links on this blog and here are ten of my most popular but first as a way of saying thank you to those who helped increase visitors by 50% last year, here are the ten blogs that sent me the most visitors (I’ve stripped out my own facebook and twitter streams and search engines by the way.) 10.…

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My top posts of 2011

So 2011 has been and gone, and here are the highlights on this blog according to my mish-mash of web stats. Overall it was a busier year than 2010 with nearly 28,000 visitors, up from 18000. Sounds a lot to me but not really, just an average of 76 a day! March was the busiest month. For reasons that will become clear. 10. Book Review: Consumer Detox this was my book of the year. 9. Book Review: The Great Divorce by CS Lewis proved popular as a result of the hell debate 8.…

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