Contentment is great gain

It was a real pleasure to take some time just reading the scriptures on holiday without the pressure of talks to write, simply letting different things jump off the page and start me thinking. What hit me afresh was that consistently in many different places the writers of the New Testament are utterly convinced that to be a Christian is not just to think differently, not just to believe differently but to live differently. I don’t know about anyone else but as I consider the church in the UK too…

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Just buy less

Well I’m back from holiday – just about to offset in case anyone wonders. Caught up on some reading and will post some link and mini reviews in due course. In my absence, I’ve been sent some links to some really interesting articles, first up is this one from the Guardian by Jonathan Porritt. It’s a must read.

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Consuming People

Just trying to catch up on some reading and came across this quote in Youthwork from comedian Russell Brand: “I’ve tried long-term relationships but I’ve got a fast-moving internal mechanism. There’s a tyranny of choice, endless options. You buy loads of washing machines, cars, jeans – why not consume people in the same way?” So how would you answer that?

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Book Review: Kingdom Come

Back 24 hours from a week long visit to the Ukraine (I’ll post more about the trip, photos and projects some other time as the inevitable catching up process begins) and now it’s time to post a few things on this blog before I go away again, this time on a much anticipated holiday to Cuba. Any trip that involves sitting around at airports and flights with no movies presents an excellent opportunity to catch up on some reading, so having devoured a copy of both Newsweek and the Economist,…

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Amazing Grace: Book and Film

I said I’d comment on the film so it’s about time I did. Firstly, I loved it. If a story of a man giving his life to fight injustice as a result of his faith in God hadn’t inspired me or moved me to tears it would be have been a poor film indeed. Fortunately it wasn’t and by the end as the MPs stood to give William Wilberforce the longest standing ovation in the history of the House of Commons, I had tears rolling gently down my face. It…

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Consumerism the alternative to Church

Once again my probing into the virtual world is only skin deep and I pick something up from the BBC. In this story they report a survey done by Tearfund (excellent charity by the way) that only 1 in 10 Britons attend church on a regular basis, nothing hugely surprising there. However in the BBC article the Reverend Lynda Barley, head of research and statistics for the Church of England Archbishops’ Council said this, “At first glance, the past has been left behind to wholeheartedly embrace individual choice and secular…

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