Reflections on my Car

Well I’ve come to a decision and to be honest it’s been agonising. Life would be a lot easier if I wasn’t concerned about consumerism or debt or the environment, it really makes everything a lot more hassle. But then I think that’s part of the point isn’t it? We’re so not used to thinking about the ‘should I have it?’ question and given the easy availability of credit we rarely think about the ‘can I afford it?’ question either. If you can afford you can have it and no…

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Should I buy a new car?

Here’s an ethical dilemma, what would you do? My mum rings me up the other day to ask me if I want to buy a car. It belonged to my great-uncle. She forgets to tell me he’d just passed away! Anyway, he was an old man and his car is well looked after and very low mileage 5 times less than our current 17 year old VW Golf. All things being equal it would last us much longer. In theory it would cost us less to run each year, and…

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Stuff lust

I read this on the BBC news magazine and just couldn’t NOT post about it. It even asks the question: “Are these people shoppers or are they worshippers?” I feel like a prophet. This article was sparked by the launch of the iPhone (blogged about here, here and here) and wonders what is all the fuss about? “It’s about desire, these aren’t things we need at all – but we all fall for it,” says Tom Wiggins of gadget magazine, Stuff. Yes indeed.  But as you read the responses many think a ‘lust…

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iPhone nonsense continues

The iPhone hoo-ha continues, no new technology, no social revolution on the way, nothing to report and yet the hype continues. The blogosphere has gone mad and on the BBC they’ve dedicated a whole section to it here.  It’s a lovely phone, wouldn’t mind one myself but I can wait until I don’t have to queue in line for days or even queue at all. I can wait until I’m not tied in to a ridiculously expensive contract and I can wait until they and their competitors improve things. Most…

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More iFuss over the iPhone

I first blogged about the iPhone at the beginning of the year here, and now it is finally on sale. So in reading about the frenzy over the phone I came across quotes by Jessica and Shawn (below). Jessica said, “It feels great, oh my God, overwhelming. I never thought this day would come – and now it finally has, it’s mind-blowing,”  Shawn said, “€œWe’ve been looking forward to this for so long, been talking about it, thinking about it, reading about it. Nothing matches this.”  Is no-one going to tell them…

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Radical Dependency and Kids

Following my second post on is Christianity Middle Class, one of my commentators said:  “Going back to the point about self-sufficiency… As a parent, you have this tiny new-born that is 100% dependent on you. Your mission for the next 18 years is then to change that around so the new person can stand on their own – and of course leave home as soon as possible! Not sure how you marry that with radical dependency on God and others. I guess it needs to be experienced as part of normal…

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Book Review: The Power of Generosity

The Power of Generosity is an excellent book. Dave Toycen has led World Vision Canada and been involved in humanitarian work for a long time, as a result this book has a rich vein of personal testimony, powerful stories and insightful reflection on generosity. Some books the stories are unoriginal and the connections trite and cliched but not here. Sometimes the stories outweigh the reflection to an extent that the point is not sufficiently made but the criticism is minor compared to the many strengths. Toycen examines what generosity is,…

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