Being Different in a Consumer Culture

Today I have the privilege of joining the good people of All Souls Langham Place during their church week away in these wonderful surroundings to talk with them about the above title. The Rector of All Souls, Hugh Palmer did a very good series called Cash and the Christian (Do a sermon search for the series, you may need to register). Not sure what I can add, but we’ll see. Looking forward to it. Prayers would be appreciated.

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The family likeness

I promise this blog is not about to turn into a family album despite the fact that I’m now the doting father of a baby girl. However, I’d like to show you something… OK, it may be just me but do they look alike? Poor kids, the midwife said they looked liked me. My church decided that grumpy, wrinkly and purple is not a good look, for them or me! Anyway, the point is that they (at least I think so) carry the family likeness. The father should be able…

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Book Review: The Radical Disciple

John Stott is 89, and few men have had such a profound influence on evangelicalism in Britain. If you were fortunate enough to be sitting down with him and were to ask this man who has followed and preached Christ for more than 60 years for his distilled wisdom and advice in how to do that great task better, I’m confident you would be all ears. It would be foolishness not to listen very carefully to everything he had to say, they should have a profound impact on your life.…

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In defiance of advertising

“…in a society which worships material prosperity, Jesus commands us to worship God and to invest in heaven’s treasures. This means having a mindset at odds with the materialistic consumerism of our age. It means believing that ‘a person’s life does not consist in the abundance of their possessions’ (Luke 12:16), in defiance of the claims of the advertising agencies. In a society where 6year olds are teased for not wearing the right brand of trainers, this is profoundly counter-cultural and will not be easy.”  

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