Top 50 Christian Blogs dominated by the Reformed

I have often said that if two aliens were to come to Earth and split up to study the Christian Internet on the one hand vs the Christian TV and Radio scene on the other they would come to staggeringly different conclusions.  On the so-called "Old Media" the scene is dominated by a wing of the church that is almost entirely unrepresented in the list that follows.  How fascinating that the top Christian blogs reflect a very different collection of people.  I have some theories as to why which … [Read more...]

Spain's Catholic Church rocked by baby trafficking scandal

I really don't know quite how to respond to this article.  It is shocking indeed, and I urge us to pray for this nation: Spanish society has been shaken by allegations of the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, which started under Franco and continued up to the 1990s. I first met Manoli Pagador in Getafe, in a working-class suburb of Madrid. She was attending a meeting for people affected by the scandal Spaniards call "ninos robados" - stolen … [Read more...]

"Muslims and Jews in America: The Most American of All?"

An issue that every Christian should be aware of is the need for our society to be accepting of people of all faiths and of none.  In many parts of the West today (including the UK) many Christians would also consider hiding their religious identity.  This is an interesting article to read as we consider how we can show a form of solidarity (without compromising our beliefs) with those from diverse backgrounds: Today, there are approximately 3 million Muslims and 5 million Jews living in the … [Read more...]

How to update to iOS 5 and iCloud with minimal hassle

First things first, apologies for this blog suddenly sounding like a tech blog.  But, Apple users like me are used to upgrades and the like being really simple.  This is true for the move to IOS 5 but only if you follow these steps and have the confidence to do so.  It will take a while (maybe more than two hours) but you will have time to do other things while you wait.  Also, this will be the last time you will need to tether your phone! Unlike most upgrades, however, this one will … [Read more...]

Apple's iCloud Music service iTunes in the cloud HAS Launced in the UK

For months, UK iTunes users have wondered if Apple's new service which allows you to re-download your purchased music to any device you own would launch in the UK.  Well, I can tell you that I just downloaded the latest version of iTunes here in London and it has now added this service to my Mac.  It doesn't work for films yet, and I hope it will at some point, but this is major news for anyone with a UK iTunes account.  Chances are you have bought stuff maybe even years ago and deleted it by … [Read more...]

Tech for the persecuted church

This article makes an interesting point about the unintended consequences of technology for the global church: Recently I met with members of the Digital Bible Society. DBS specializes in collecting and distributing Bibles and theological material in closed countries. They distributed Chinese language materials 10 years ago on tens of thousands of CDs.Today the team at DBS prepares gigabytes of the Bible, Christian books, and videos like the Jesus film, and puts them on e-readers and microSD … [Read more...]

What Makes Apple Apple?

It is sad that a true desire for excellence seems to be very rare today. We would do well to look at what we can learn from the most successful company of our era: Apple.  Here are some comparisons between the values Apple embodies, and those of  many companies today:   Be passionate Be rational Lead, don’t follow Be cautious Aim to surprise Aim to satisfy Be unreasonable Be practical Innovate incessantly Innovate when necessary Sweat the details Get it mostly right Think … [Read more...]

Would Steve Jobs have been a victim of abortion if conceived today? A testimony to human potential and the value of adoption

There is no question in my mind that Steve Jobs played an immense role in shaping society's attitude to technology.  I think it would be hard for anyone to argue against the idea that the world is a better place because of what he contributed.  Human beings have incredible potential to leave a lasting impact for good. It seems to me, reading this following piece on how and why Steve Jobs was adopted at birth, that today he might well have been at risk of never making it into the world.  What … [Read more...]

RIP Steve Jobs – his thoughts on living like you will die tomorrow

Steve Jobs has died of cancer. I think a suitable way to remember him today is to read this quote from him in 2005, not very long after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. There is no doubt that he made a massive impact in those "extra" years since the diagnosis to which in the end he would succumb: "When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday youll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for … [Read more...]

9/11 ten years on

For several years now on September 11th, I have re-posted this article with minimal edits. In many ways, nothing much has changed as the years have gone by. I think therefore that this is for me the most appropriate way to mark the ten year anniversary of the most shocking event of my lifetime. The world will never forget 911. Each year I say it, but it still feels in a way like yesterday, despite the fact it is an age ago. We now live in the post 911 world. I am not American, and until early … [Read more...]


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