Jason: I’ve been on a bit of a mini-splurge since Christmas. As well as the Earthsea Quartet, I’ve bought Rowan Williams’ Being Christian and Catherine Fox’s Acts and Omissions on Kindle, Regin Prenter’s Creator Spiritus (which UK Amazon had heavily reduced, presumably knowing what a rush they’d have for books on Lutheran pneumatology in the […]
Justin: while we’re making appalling confessions, I’m a little hazy as to who Madeleine L’Engle even is. I’ve never read any Ursula Le Guin, but am on the way towards rectifying that: bought a copy of the Earthsea Quartet yesterday. I just need to finish plugging another gap – Moby Dick – before starting on it. […]
Erstwhile Tavern-theologian-not-in-residence, Alastair Roberts, wrote a good post on the topic of sermons-as-monologues the other day: Hear Me Out: On Sitting Through Sermons. Key quote: While preaching is often placed in contrast to the rituals and actions of the liturgy, it is a liturgical act too, and the things that the various participants in the liturgical event of preaching […]
Jaredd: have you read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together? That’s been blowing my mind recently.
Justin: A hypothetical question: Why would you let your thoughts about this man torture you? [...] That is unless you actually like being offended. Amen to that. Reminds me of when Margaret Thatcher died, and the British Twittersphere was immediately filled with two responses: People who had hated Margaret Thatcher (often people who had been […]
Who else is planning to catch the new Trek? Saw it last Friday. Is good fun. Could do without the utterly pointless underwear shot of Alice Eve (who is easy enough on the eye already without the director having to resort to such tedious high jinks), the deliberate nods to the Canon got a little […]
“Church confidentiality agreements”? Lord, have mercy.
Chris: that’s great. Reminds me of this passage from Alexander Schmemann’s book For the Life of the World, which I was reading only this morning: And yet, from its very beginning Christianity has been the proclamation of joy, of the only possible joy on earth. It rendered impossible all joy we usually think of as […]
Jaredd: part of me thinks this is the business world with a bible verse stuck on it. That’s because that’s what it is. Except a business would probably carry out its survey and statistical analysis with a bit more competence. That’s not to say that an exercise like this is altogether a bad thing, but […]
Justin: that reminds me of last night’s BBC coverage, where they had a segment describing Pope Francis’s background in Argentina, his criticisms of neo-liberal capitalism, his work supporting the poor, kissing people’s feet, modest background, living in a flat, taking the bus, etc. etc. Also the fact that he is clearly a cannier political operator, […]