If you are going to complain that Methodist Ministers don't come to the social events at your Church then I suggest that you do not say it to a minister who has been out working 11 of the past 14 evenings. It is just possible that your comment may not be appreciated
Oh and it should have been 12 nights out not 11, but one night I got in at 7:30 and did not have time or energy to go out to a meeting that started at 7:30 in another town 5 miles away.
This post: The Robin Hood Tax » Why does the UK need Robin? does the best job that I have seen in a long time of explaining why we need tax and other policy reform. An excellent primer on the state of the Nation.
Read it and then demand change.
A great series exploring many issues related to the role of women: our biblical series on women in leadership « christian feminism.
If you claim to believe in male headship (or complementarianism as it is commonly marketed) then this series ought to be required reading.
Hat tip: Twitter / Hannah M: Really interesting: Christ ….
Vote Bike from the CTC .
With the general election approaching, now is the time to make sure that cycling will get the attention it deserves in the next parliament. CTC has written the Vote Bike Manifesto to make sure that MPs in the next parliament know what they need to do to make cycling a mainstream form of transport.
This is still very much below what I consider a sensible set of policies, but it would at least be a start. See my post 42: Use muscles, not a motor, urges UK Government for what I think is really needed.
Adrian Warnock kindly sent me an advance copy of his book Raised with Christ. Sadly while I have read much of the book I have not been able to find time write up my thoughts.
However, I have been reading a very thorough review by Peter Kirk. It spans 8 parts and is extremely good. I thoroughly recommend the review which makes many of the points I would have raised and lots more besides: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and finally Part 8.
Peter concludes with the following:
I nearly wrote that I was pleasantly surprised by “Raised with Christ”. I was certainly pleased by it. But I wasn’t really surprised to find that Adrian could put aside the sometimes polemical tone he uses on his “blog” and write something as well argued and positive as this book. As I would expect it is not at a high academic level, and this occasionally comes through in minor weaknesses in the argument. But this ensures that the book is accessible to ordinary people with a reasonable education.
The only significant reservations I have are really because, as an Arminian charismatic suspicious of much “Reformed” evangelicalism, I do not fit into Adrian’s target audience. That is why I found somewhat grating the way in which he keeps quoting Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, and Piper, as well as older Puritans. But I know that for Adrian’s intended audience of Reformed readers, “cessationist” as well as charismatic, these are the traditionally accepted authorities, and so it is important for Adrian’s case to show that these preachers and writers support it.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone whose background is “Reformed” or conservative evangelical and whose faith seems to be somewhat doctrine-centred and dry. In fact I can think of people I might like to give it to. I would think that anyone like that who read this book would find it acceptable – and if they then took its message to heart their faith would be transformed. I hope and pray that God uses the book in this way to revitalise many Christian lives.