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Dirty Books: Why You Should Read Mutiny… and Why Many People Won’t

  One of the nicest parts about publishing a book is getting the feedback from people once they’ve read it. Not the reviews – that’s more distant – but actual readers on the ground. With Mutiny! (which is on special 25% discount for the next few days) what’s been interesting is hearing people’s reactions to [...]

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Rude Britannia | Dirt | Nothing Going on in the UK Church?

Had a fine morning yesterday with Barry Taylor at the Tate Britain. We went round the very wonderful Rude Britannia exhibition, which is a lot deeper and richer than saucy postcards, though there are plenty like this one above to tickle your fancy. Different rooms of exhibition have been co-curated by the likes of Harry Hill, Steve Bell [...]

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Clinton? Obama? McCain? This Guy Gets My Vote…

Thanks so much to Shane and his people for sending me a copy of his new book, written with Chris Haw, Jesus for President. It’s gorgeous to look at and hold, fabulously designed, and perfectly balanced between seriousness and playfulness… starting with the title. Why can’t every Christian book be like this? I just hope [...]

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Jaime Lerner ¦ Stealth and the City ¦ The City is Not the Self

Thanks to Helen of Urban Practitioners for sending me this article in The Guardian a couple of weeks back about Jaime Lerner and his radical environmental policies that have transformed the Brazilian city of Curitiba. I say environmental in the truest sense: he is an architect by trade, and is concerned with the built environment, [...]

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Frrvrr.com

This is Onion genius. Read it and weep, Web 2.0. Technorati: Frrvrr | Onion | Web 2.0

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Sort it out gays – stop destroying earth!

The Telegraph reported recently that an Israeli MP has blamed the recent spate of earthquakes in the Middle East on gays. The Knesset has recently repealed various laws about homosexuality, and this created the siesmic events. Gays were also to blame for flooding in Britain last year, according to one Bishop, and one might also [...]

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Vaux Is Like a Box Of Chocolates…

Rather surprised to see, as I opened a bar of chocolate from Lundy Island – a present from my mum, that Vaux had branched out into confectionary. With Grace were doing Donuts, Ikon just candy-floss, perhaps I shouldn’t have been. Technorati: Chocolate | Grace | Ikon | Lundy | Vaux

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Some Ideas for Commemorating 9/11

It’s that time of year again, so how might we begin to find a rhythm for commemorating 9/11 and/or the July London bombings? Perhaps, in our local communities, we could build huge bonfires, and all gather round them, faces glowing in the heat. We could make effigies of Bin Laden, or Mohammed Siddique Khan, and [...]

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Signs of Life in the Churches

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been really enjoying Roger Deakin’s meditation on trees ‘Wildwood‘. In one passage on ‘The Sacred Groves of Devon’, Deakin goes in search of the ‘Green Man‘ – the woodland spirit of rebirth often seen carved into beams in old churches – in various villages. He notes the [...]

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Is The Emerging Church Hopelessly Utopian? [3]

Hopelessly Utopian [1] Hopelessly Utopian [2] Thanks for the comments on the above posts. In response to Cheryl and Becky, yes, of course every church movement has felt ‘no one else has ever felt this way before’. And it’s actually important to recognise that, as Gray does in Black Mass, suggesting that ‘the utopian instinct [...]

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