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Internet Roundup: 28.03.14

Once every two weeks, our congregation member Dave Wakefield brings you a distillation of some of the very best and most interesting articles and content that have been circulating on the web.  Here's his internet roundup for 28.03.14:

What does the Bible teach about emotions? – as an emotionally repressed British public school boy this series looks helpful. But on a more serious note this deals with the important question of how do we view our emotions as a Christian – do we follow them blindly or ignore them? Is there a middle way?

If all Religions are true, then God is Cruel – if all religions are true – why do we need Christ and the Cross

Don’t quote me on this – How has the internet changed the way we use quotes? “Quotations become a way not to add depth to your thinking, but to avoid thinking”

The most influential reformer you’ve never heard of – Hannah More? Anyone? Anyone? If the answer is no – read this article!

3 ways to recognise Bad Stats – as both Christians and Atheist commentators start using more and more statistics it is worth us recognising the difference between a good statistic and a bad statistic. This article is a good start.

What do Wealth Distributions tell us about economic inequality? – It seems like every week there is a new report about how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. While undoubtedly this is true the truth is that a lot of the statistics being bandied around are just wrong.

Does 10,000 hours of practice really help? – If you have read, heard of, or met anyone who has read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers the chances are you have heard of the theory that 10,000 hours of practice is the magic number. However a group of psychologists have recently challenged this.

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Internet Roundup 06.02.14

Once every two weeks, our congregation member Dave Wakefield brings you a distillation of some of the very best and most interesting articles and content that have been circulating on the web.  Here's his internet roundup for 06.02.14:

Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness? Evangelicalism—both on the individual and institutional level—is trying hard to purge itself of a polished veneer that smacked of hypocrisy. But by focusing on brokenness as proof of our “realness” and “authenticity,” have evangelicals turned “being screwed up” into a badge of honour, its own sort of works righteousness? Has authenticity become a higher calling than, say, holiness?

Three Myths on the World’s Poor: By almost any measure, the world is better off now than it has ever been before. Extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mortality is plunging, and many countries that had long relied on foreign aid are now self-sufficient. So why do so many people seem to think things are getting worse?

The one theology book all atheists really should read: One reason that modern-day debates between atheists and religious believers are so bad-tempered, tedious and infuriating is that neither side invests much effort in figuring out what the other actually means when they use the word ‘God’. (The Guardian)

The Church of England has issued 9 Twitter Commandments – presented to you without commentary.

Why I Am a Cessationist (Tom Schreiner) and Why I Am a Continuationist (Sam Storms): Two good posts offering different perspectives on an important subject. Worth checking out.

For their latest viral campaign, Old Spice has littered the internet with garish, spammy sites purporting to sell things that nobody would want others knowing they bought. Well, it turns out you can’t actually buy these hilariously embarrassing products, no matter how much you wanted that half price barbed wire tattoo!

Finally for those who miss the delights of playing with Lego as a child Google have teamed up with Lego to release Build With Chrome – quite possibly the greatest way to waste time on the internet! If you want to see more this video will help you see why digital Lego isn’t as weird as it sounds.

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Internet Roundup 12.10

We're back with our twice-monthly roundup of interesting, thought-provoking, and fun content on the internet from recent weeks.

Actually, the Dark Ages never existed – There's no question that the church in the Middle Ages faced daunting challenges: widespread biblical illiteracy, pervasive cultural syncretism, a society steeped in violence, incredible disparities between rich and the poor, church leaders often more concerned with power, influence, and prestige than ministering to their flocks, political leaders more than happy to co-opt the church for their own purposes, and pastors who were often ill-equipped to deal with these pressing difficulties. Sound familiar?

Why Philosophy Matters – As a Philosophy graduate I think this is a helpful reminder of the use (as well as limitations of Philosophy).

The Importance of the Printing Press - The invention of the printing press was the medieval equivalent of Twitter – all of a sudden opinions were not only cheap but easily replicated and spread. But what do we know about the original printing press? (Warning this article is long and fairly wordy).

Rosaria Butterfield is still fighting the good fight. I have previously recommended Rosaria Butterfield’s book Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This Article is a good reminder to pray for her.

Scientists take it back: Bacon is actually good for you. – Looks like those 3 extra pieces of bacon you had for breakfast this morning were actually extendeding your life!

Young people not quite as digitally native as you think – Everyone knows Young people are born these days with smartphones in their hands and will stay glued to the internet from that time onward. Right? Well not quite.

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Internet Roundup 6

A roundup of interesting, thought-provoking, and fun content on the internet from recent weeks.

15 Questions to ask when using Social Media – There are many advantages to social media: worldwide connectivity, instant news updates, growing friendships, and most importantly, you daily does of funny cat pictures and videos of babies laughing . But is constantly using Social Media good for us? More importantly, how can we obey the Great Commandment to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength while using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+? (If you are one of the few people who use Google+ 😉

The Innovation of Loneliness – a central problem of the modern world, according to many thinkers, is that we are lonely. And although you might think that technology is helping solve the problem, bridging the gaps between people and helping us connect, many say that it’s doing exactly the opposite, isolating us in our own little worlds, driving us further apart, and making us more and more lonely. That’s the central thought of this excellent video:

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.

Holy Infographics: the Bible visualised - ‘God is in the detail’ – the expression may have been overshadowed by the newer ‘the devil is in the detail’ but for some people the original idiom still holds true. Scholars have been visualising the holy texts for years but recently, they’ve taken a turn towards data. Here are some of the most interesting biblical visualisations we’ve found.

Christians are being thrown to the lions again: Archbishop Justin Welby’s choice of the word ‘martyrs’ to describe the 81 Pakistani Christians killed when their church in Peshawar was targeted by suicide bombers has raised eyebrows. It is the sort of language avoided nowadays in the secular, sceptical West, with its taken for granted religious freedoms, in case it makes people feel uncomfortable.

How to read way more books (and, thus, know way more stuff) – While many problems are new to 2013, most are quite old, like having a meaningful career or being able to do our best work. So if we want to be able to address our various ignorance, we need to hack our days to get more knowledge – which is another way of saying read a ton of books!

Around the World in 29 sandwiches – No more description is needed.

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Internet Roundup 5

Five Fundamental questions Conservative Evangelicals must address – this article forces us to ask questions about the future of Evangelical thought. Although it admits it raises more questions than it answers it still acts as a starting point for a debate.It also links to some interesting articles about the nature of institutions and how Christians view them.

In the Beginning was the word and the word is now on an App – The story of the YouVersion Bible app. As Bible apps become more common here is the story of the most popular Bible app of them all.

7 Concerns with how technology shapes ‘Modern’ life – We are now used to reading articles about how technology has shaped our lives either for the worse or better. However, as this article points out, this is hardly a new concern.

The 7 Wikipedia articles more controversial than Jesus – What winds up the average contributor to Wikipedia more than Jesus?

For those people who love books here is an enjoyable tour around 62 of the greatest Libraries in the world.

And as you hit one of the last weekend's of the summer, here's a little video on 29 ways to stay creative:

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Internet Roundup 4

We've had a very short break but we're back with our fourth 'Internet Roundup'!  As you know by now, every fortnight I collect together a series of interesting and/or useful posts that have gone up over the past two weeks, which you might have missed in the continual flow of information on the net!  This week:

Are you the kind of Christian who coasts along on your strengths while doing nothing about your weaknesses? John Newton and Tim Keller have some helpful wisdom in forgive us these faults

Providential Perspective - An interesting interview with Thomas Lake – one of America’s best Sportswriters and a Christian.

What can Christianity learn from Atheists? – An interesting article in the Atlantic.

I hate / love being busyAre you finding your identity in being busy? Michael Kelley has some useful thoughts.

Weakness is the way – A helpful review of J.I. Packer’s latest book.

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