Seven up…

1) On faith and chronic illness – In this short video interview Tanya Marlow shares about her life with persistent suffering – and how its impacted her trust in God. Well worth a watch.

2) The ‘Only’ Option – Dan Strange, Acting Principal at my alma mater Oak Hill College, reflects on the recent interest – from both Christian and non-Christian media – in Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option, and explores how the 5 ‘solas’ of the Reformation might help us as we think about cultural engagement.

3) Abolish Down’s Syndrome like Iceland? God forbid – my child with the condition brings tears of joy – The news that Iceland has almost eliminated Down’s Syndrome has been taken as a positive by most media outlets, without many pointing out that this involves eliminating people with Down’s Syndrome. Stirring and personal response piece from Kenny Robertson.

4) On Devotional Times: My Ten Favourite Sentences – Some great nuggets of collected inspiration here to fuel your own time prayerfully marinating on God’s word.

5) The 10 Greatest Hymns of All Time – If, like me, you are often responsible for picking music in church, and if, like me, your mind often goes blank, then this is definitely a good starter list of some of the classics.

6) Could you help fund a Christian Christmas Video to rival John Lewis? – For the last six years Glen Scrivener and the team at Speak Life have been producing short and punchy Christian videos to play, watch and share at Christmas. This year they want to take things to the next level. Watch their video explaining more, then consider contributing to the pot. (Some really encouraging comments from people who have already given, which certainly show the value of video ministry).

7) Top 15 Jokes at Edinburgh Fringe – If you haven’t already seen this year’s winners, they’re well worth a read. Although I have to say, I felt #1 was just regurgitating Smash Mouth’s Allstar! But what about this gem from Mark Simmons: “Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant.” Think about it…

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