Articles 

The thinking person’s checklist

I’ve just finished reading Alan Jacob’s excellent How to Think: A guide for the perplexed1. At the end of the book he gives a little checklist. His book is much more about being a certain sort of person than doing a certain set of tasks, and some of what is below will only really make sense if you read the book but here you go anyway. A condensed guide on how to think. When faced with a provocation to respond to what someone has said, give it five minutes. Take…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Week 13

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… I saw this on a friend’s social media and thought it an excellent perspective. Worth thinking about – it’s originally from a doctor in India: “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too.…

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Technology 

Is all this extra tech good for us?

As more and more people enter into lockdowns and shutdowns it is almost inevitable that time on social media and screens is going to increase. So how should we view that? As a den of temptation and vice? As not that bad? “There doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic and consternation around these issues,” said Candice L. Odgers, a professor at the University of California… https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/01/how-bad-are-smart-phones-for-people-and-kids.html Or as something we would basically be better off, if not completely without, then definitely with…

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Church 

What will we do with the bread & wine?

Now that churches have figured what zoom is and your pastor is a livestreaming pro there everything is fine right? Well, not quite. Even if your pastor isn’t the sharpest theological tool in the box they’ll know that communion may require a little more thought than usual. Bobby Jamieson suggests it might not be possible at all: The Lord’s Supper enacts the church’s unity. It consummates the church’s oneness. It gathers up the many who partake of the same elements together, in the same place, and makes them one. (So…

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Articles 

Thoughts & resources on the online church

A couple of weeks ago you may have been suspicious about being an online church but now that’s what you are whether you like it or not. My dad at 74 years old preached his most recent message through Zoom. He is one of the most technologically incompetent people I’ve ever met but someone (my Mum I think) set him up and so preached he did. In this post, I want to share a whole host of resources about the practicalities of the online church but also remind us that…

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Articles 

Nothing but…

I subscribe to a number of email newsletters which provides a good overview of the news. I get links to great pieces and can see at a glance what’s happening in the world. I find they give me the best articles (mostly US & UK) and news in a digest form. One of those emails was today a really interesting insight into why the news is FULL of just three stories all interconnected. You should subscribe too. This is from John Ellis. “A number of subscribers have emailed to say…

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