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Gleaning

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.” (Lev 19:9-10) Here is a good example of an Old Testament law that many admire. Ancient Israel, like most societies for most of human history, was based around…

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Book Review: The Year of Living Biblically

As someone who possesses far too many unread books, there is a constant backlog and churn in my to-read list. I think it’s true to say that this book has been in my ‘to-read’ list for about seven years and only now makes the shift to ‘read’. In 2007 AJ Jacobs was  an agnostic New York liberal (of Jewish heritage) working for Esquire magazine when he decided to write about biblical literalism. His approach was unique – for one year he would try to follow the rules of the Bible…

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Film Review: Terms & Conditions May Apply

Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions before agreeing to a new app, website, download, program? No, me neither. As a result of all our online connections, purchases and browsing a lot more people know a lot more about you than you may be comfortable with. Your personal privacy is not very, well, private. That’s the premise of documentary film Terms and Conditions May Apply as it explores the boundaries, safeguards (or lack thereof) of the information you willingly give to Facebook, Google, Amazon and a host of other companies and…

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Film Review: Connected

I’ve been doing some research into the issue of faith & technology (expect to read more of that in the coming months) and as part of that research loaded up a few documentaries. First up was Connected. The film, made by Tiffany Shlain who as the founder of the Webby Awards seems well placed for this, is about modern life, all-pervasive technology and the issues that raises. She opens the film with an interesting anecdote – failing to control the uncontrollable desire to check her email, a recognizable condition of the permanently connected & totally…

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Baltic Pioneers

So as the summer holidays recede into the rear view mirror it is helpful to reflect on some of the things that happened before ploughing ever onward into the busyness of autumn. One of the highlights was a short camp we went to in Latvia. Hosted by our friend Matt Medd, it was a gathering of church planters from across Scandinavia and the Baltic nations and their friends and families each one connected to the Relational Mission family of churches, which is part of Newfrontiers. There were about a hundred people all told at the beautiful…

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