Book Review: Boomerang

Boomerang by Michael Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars The financial crisis of 2008 was a shocking event. But I’m willing to bet you have no idea how shocking it really was. That happens when you truly realise the scale of the greed, duplicity & stupidity of the staggeringly small number of people involved who managed to bankrupt entire nations. Here Lewis tours Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany & the US to discover how whole nations got themselves into a massive mess. No one comes out looking good. In Boomerang,…

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The Curiosity Index (20.06.2018)

Her name is Monroe Christine Words fail me: Her name is Monroe Christine. She is a little girl who was paid for by two men. Her mother was picked out of a catalogue; the woman who gave birth to her was a contractually obligated guest star on a television show who was publicly humiliated by her father. The whole of the law Alan Jacobs: The lesson to be drawn here is this: the great majority of Christians in America who call themselves evangelical are simply not formed by Christian teaching or the Christian scriptures. They are, rather,…

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God’s Giant Miracle Carrots

I remember in 1999 a documentary making quite an impact in the church I attended. The film Transformations recorded instances where whole communities had been changed, it was claimed, by God. Not only had people become Christians but as a result the whole community had in some way been positively changed or transformed. The film pointed to the fact that churches had come together in prayer for their communities and God had answered. I seem to recall our leader making a fresh push with other church leaders to pray for our…

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