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On Technology (massive links edition)

OK warning right up front – there are a lot of links here – don’t even try to read them all. But there is also something for everyone if you’re interested in developments in our increasing technological society and how as Christians we live well in that. I’ve done my best to group them to make it easy to navigate and find what you might be looking for. Disclaimer: I’m not endorsing any or all of these articles, just that they’re interesting and we can learn something from most of…

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What I watched in April 2018

I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in April. Films The number of films I watched dropped to 8 and the number of good films I watched dropped a bit further still. I watched 3 sequels: Red 2, Now you see me 2, and Paddington 2. Only the last of these is really any good and in fact is at least as good as the original which is to say utterly…

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Living with startling abundance

This blog started with a fairly simple premise and topic that I’ve long since wandered from. I saw (and still see) consumerism as a massive problem in our societies and churches because of the way it forms and shapes people. I was going to write, think about the problem and the rich resources that the Bible offers us in learning to live differently: against the tide. Lives marked by simplicity, generosity, hospitality. I still believe that. But because I find staying focused an incredibly hard thing to do I started writing…

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The Curiosity Index (12.04.2018)

What does Luke reveal about himself in Luke-Acts? Quite a lot in fact as Colin green explains. Tradition, Scripture and Slavery This is worth remembering from Andrew LePeau: “The 1800s were not the first time slavery ended. They were the second.” Which countries get the most sleep? However tired you feel richer populations tend to be more well-rested China’s new rain-making system could increase rainfall by billions of cubic feet What could possibly go wrong if mankind learns how to control the weather and trash the climate? How forest bathing…

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What I watched in March 2018

I’m a little slow this month in posting this but here we go. I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in March. Films Once again I increased the number of films watched from 10 to 11. Now that the weather is improving I wonder if this number will drop. Family movies included The Night at the Museum, Mrs Doubtfire, and Antz. The Night at the Museum was probably the kids favourite. The…

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The Curiosity Index (11.04.2018)

What does Jesus mean by ‘new wineskins’? As with most of Jesus’ parables, the information that it drew on was relatively mundane. But what is its significance? What is Jesus referring to? Ian Paul takes you through all the possibilities The Record of a Revival Meeting-houses which had been deserted were crowded. Meeting-houses which had been more than large enough for their congregations for two or three generations had to be made larger. New meeting-houses in great numbers were erected. Cottages were rented in villages; farm-house kitchens were lent; old…

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What I watched in February 2018

I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in February. Films I actually watched more movies in February but that includes several more kids movies. So as a family we enjoyed The Emperor’s New Groove, Nanny McPhee, Babe, The BFG and Tangled. The BFG is a favourite and has been watched several times but of the new films for us I think we enjoyed Babe the most. The Sentinel and The Cold Light of Day…

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How your family can be happier

A lot of people in the rich part of the world are unhappy. The reason for (some) of their happiness is now pretty evident – it’s our addiction to screens. To be a little more precise it’s our addiction to screens as our primary form of entertainment and interaction that is affecting life satisfaction. Too much of a good thing and all that. The two main culprits being the smartphone and the TV. As Jean Twenge says about her research into this: In other words, every activity that didn’t involve…

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