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The Curiosity Index (03.04.2018)

Eight myths about hell Sam Storms clears a few things up Should we teach the story of Ananias and Sapphira to children? Tim Thornborough thinks not. Not sure I agree. Futurologist Predicts Human Immortality Might Be Closer Than You Think If you pay close attention you’ll notice this sort of breakthrough is always 20-30 years away. Close enough to sound plausible, far enough away to be unaccountable. Is boasting good or bad for business? This article focuses on Sweden…so not too much boasting. How to drink when you’re running Trickier…

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Christian Living 

Why should I?

Our family (and especially my wife) has long enjoyed the fruits of George Cadbury’s labours, yet his chocolate was not his greatest legacy. Cadbury, a devout Quaker, built towns, country parks, sports fields all in the interest, not of profit but of the lives of the men and women who worked for him. I was particularly struck by the quote above when visiting the Cadbury factory in Birmingham. Cadbury realised that there is a measure of freedom in how you choose to spend your money. This freedom increases with your wealth.…

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No longer a bookshop owner

Today I edited my blog profile and removed the words ‘bookshop owner’. For the past 6 years I’ve been co-owner of Illuminate. There have been many good things except our finances. You can read about the vision here. Fortunately there are over 300 committed Christians in the town who want to keep it open and they’ve raised a staggering £48000 in a little over three weeks, enough to purchase the business. While a number of practical details still need to work themselves out over the next few weeks and months…

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A vision for the High Street

In 2004 I became one of the owners of a Christian bookshop. I believed that there was a place for a business that made Christian books, resources, music and most importantly the Bible readily available on the High Street. The selection of Bibles in your average Waterstones or WH Smith is, after all, not too great. I believed that this shop could have a different ‘spirit’ to it, run (as best we could) with Christian values, that could offer employment and most importantly be a place that was a witness…

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Cadbury responds to badger

Recently I’ve used Tearfunds’ Facebook app Superbadger to email various companies and governments about social justice issues. Even if I’m not 100% confident on the issues I want the company/government to think and respond. I believe in Fairtrade (although not all my readers agree as you can see here) as a means of redressing some imbalances in our trading system, ‘honest weights and measures’ in the Bible so this is a piece of good news. I don’t agree and I’m glad to say Cadbury’s don’t either. Here’s their response to…

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Bookshop Poll Results

So, in a very unscientific experiment the results of the last poll on buying Christian bookshops showed that Christian bookshops if you had up the totals of my own shop, other local shops and Wesley Owen beats Amazon by 9 votes to 5, Amazon. If only that were the case in real life. My next poll is a bit of investigation into finding out more about my readers – if you read this is an RSS feed please visit the blog at least to click on the vote and disappear…

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More on Christian Bookshops

Obviously being an owner of a Christian bookshop means these old institutions are dear to my heart, but are undergoing something of a sea change – some are dying and the pace of closure is expected to quicken. The market (Christians) has largely disappeared or moved elsewhere. But it’s not just in this country it’s happening, but in the US as well as this post, The truth about Christian bookstores from Dan Edelen explains. For regular updates on Christian bookshops in the UK check out Phil Groom’s Christian Bookshops Blog…

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Supporting Christian Bookshops

Tim Challies in Canada, has posted on this subject and it’s one dear to my heart. As the owner of a Christian bookshop (that is constantly fighting to survive) I thought I’d repost it here and see what response I get to exactly the same poll. Here’s Tim’s post “Last week I added a poll to this site and asked where you buy the majority of your books. The results really surprised me. As of this moment Amazon has a clear lead with 55% of the votes. That means that…

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