What could I accomplish if I didn't watch TV?

As you know we don’t have a TV and it seems I’m in good company, neither does John Piper and he has some barnstorming reasons. Here’s one of his ‘milder’ (ahem) explanations: “It is not necessary for relevance. And it is a deadly place to rest the mind. Its pervasive banality, sexual innuendo, and God-ignoring values have no ennobling effects on the preacher’s soul. It kills the spirit. It drives God away. It quenches prayer. It blanks out the Bible. It cheapens the soul. It destroys spiritual power. It defiles…

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Life without the X-Factor (or a TV)

So a year ago we began an experiment in our home and we got rid of the TV. Actually to start with we only put it in the garage but after a month the experiment became permanent. We had lots of good reasons for doing so and seven months in as the World Cup was on I didn’t regret it. But now it’s been a whole year and it’s a chance to reflect on life without a TV. What have we gained and what, if anything, have we lost? It’s…

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Why watching TV won't turn your baby into a genius

This article is interesting on the idea of TV in the lives and education of children. Slightly surprising that anyone was ever convinced that TV would help with anything other than distraction. There are a whole host of things in this article that’s worth thinking about not least the cultural values and expectations of the great middle class. We must remember that moral middle class values are not the same as Christian virtue. There were some interesting asides too such as, “The poorer the households, the more television is watched.…

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TV cripples us

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the television, in fact I’m glad to be rid of it. Here Mark Meynell reflects on the recent purchase of Channel 5 by Richard Desmond and gives this devastating quote from David Dark. “Yet as it is, television most often caters to our own worst instincts, driving us to base our identity in what we’re able to purchase, hijacking our hopes with the emptiest of slogans and scenarios, and wasting our sympathies on tales that are devastatingly shallow and sentimental.…

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Life without a TV (still)

I just read about my friend Mark’s decision to unplug the TV and Roald Dahl’s hatred of the box in this excellent poem and so I decided to put a few more thoughts down on life without a TV seven months on. So the World Cup has just finished and of the total 64 possible I watched just 3 (two England matches and the final). Four years ago I watched more than that live in the stadiums let alone on TV and you know what, I don’t think I’ve missed…

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Revelations: How to find God

Recently Channel 4 showed a fascinating documentary on Alpha. For the next 28 days you can watch it online here. It’s always good to get an insight into how others see you – does Alpha really have a ‘mathematical niceness’ about it? Is it too nice? Is it endearingly flaky? They showed some footage of the Toronto Blessing and my most dominant emotion as I watched it on my own was one of embarrassment. I heard a man I respect speak in tongues and I cringed. Alpha would be easier…

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Thoughts on TV

Josh Harris recently blogged on a new TV drama about King David and he said this, “Hopefully they’ll handle the more sordid aspects of David’s life tastefully”, which made me wonder how you handle the sordid ‘tastefully’. So I asked Josh for his thoughts and he (surprisingly to me) answered the question with this post. It’s a good reply and I agree, I think, with much of it. This is my reply, (added to his comments) “Dear Josh,Thanks for the taking the time to reply, I appreciate that. I agree…

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Anyone up for Wife Swap?

No, not with me – I’m very happy with my wife. I’m talking about taking part in the TV programme. We’ve had an email from them, here it is: “Hello there – my name is Danny and I work on the TV show wife swap. We are looking for a family to take part that are less materialistic and not so consumer driven, as it seems the rest of the world is, to take part on the show. We would love to find a family who are combating the credit…

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