Believe it or not, I really meant it when I said (about a month and a half ago now) that I had no intention of reducing my input on this blog to that of posting long lists of links. I apologize for the continued lack of substantial posting. Hopefully this will change sometime soon. However, I won’t make any promises, as I have not the best track-record of keeping blogging promises. What do you, my reader, think of my link posts? Should I stop them or make them more occasional? Are they worth reading or would you prefer me to do something different with my blogging time? Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

The following are some of the things that have caught my eye online over the last couple of days:

Matt Colvin, whose Lenten reflection was posted on this blog yesterday, posts further thoughts on his blog on the Last Supper and on Gethsemane. He also has posted some posts that are relevant to the interminable FV debates: ‘Dead Orthodoxy’ and ‘Head on a Platter’.
***The Fearsome Pirate has returned! He kicks off with a post on Lutheranism. Josh, we’ve missed you.
***Leithart posts on the subject of the consumer revolution and gives us quite a Girardian insight from an eighteenth century writer.
***On the subject of René Girard, Edward Oakes posts on Girard over on the First Things blog.
***Macht links to audio from Calvin College’s Faith and Music weekend. It looks interesting: Sylia Keesmaat, Lauren Winner, and a number of other speakers.
***If any of you are feeling like engaging in some extreme penance, Ben Myers links to a meme that might suit you. He also posts Kim Fabricius’s ‘Ten Propositions on Political Theology’, which Josh and Joel discuss over on the BHT.
***Stephen at the Thinkery links to a post with a series of accounts of anti-LGBT encounters. Whilst I believe that lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender behaviour is sinful, I have long maintained that homophobia is real and ought to be shown up in all of its ugliness by Christians. Some of the stories recounted should give us food for thought.
***There are few examples of homophobia as extreme as that of the Westboro Baptist Church. The following is the first part of the BBC2 documentary, in which Louis Theroux meets the Phelps:

The other parts of the show are also available on Youtube — part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7.
***The audiobook of Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine is available for free download from Christian Audio this month [HT: Tim Challies]. Don’t miss out!
***Why PowerPoint presentations don’t work [HT: David Field]. I feel vindicated: I have long viewed PowerPoint presentations with a mistrust bordering on antipathy.

According to recent studies, Britain has 4.2million CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people in the country – and 20 per cent of all cameras globally.

It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.

Read the whole article here [HT: David Field].
***Tearfund has a new report on churchgoing in the UK. There is some comment on the report on the BBC website. Graham Weeks posts some figures from the survey here.
***NTW’s Maundy Thursday sermon.
***The Placebo Diet [HT: The Evangelical Outpost]. I just need to know how to turn this finding in my favour.
***As usual the Evangelical Outpost has a number of other interesting links, which I thought that I would pass on:

100 aphorisms summarizing Calvin’s Institutes
Some classic insults
34 Reasons Why People Unsubscribe from your Blog (a quick scan confirms my suspicion that I have been guilty of the majority of these at some time or other)
The Internet weighs 2 ounces
***Some British teachers drop teaching the Holocaust and the Crsuades to avoid offending Muslims and other schools are challenged to change their teaching on the Arab-Israeli conflict by some theologically confused Christians [HT: Tim Challies]
***A skeptical ex-scientist describes the funding process for peer-reviewed research.
***Some more useful links from lifehacker:

How to Read a Scientific Research Paper
How to make yourself happier within the next hour
Google launches My Maps
Ditto: A useful Windows clipboard extension
***I am glad that I am not the only person who writes e-mails in this way:

Some of the other Youtube videos that have caught my attention over the last week include: LisaNova does 300!, Sand Castle Explosions Backwards v.1 and Sand Castle Explosions Backwards v.2.
***Jeffrey Overstreet asks whether movies are increasing our capacity to see, and whether the narrative of film distracts us too much from the visual dimension [HT: John Barach].
***And, on the topic of the poetry of cinema, I will conclude this links post with one of my favourite scenes from Spirited Away, which I watched yet again last night. It grows on me every time.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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11 Responses to Links

  1. ros says:

    I like the links!

  2. Gaines says:

    I found it interesting that the PowerPoint article specifically mentioned the practice of reading Scripture passages in Church while they are being read aloud.

  3. Josh S says:

    I kicked off with a post on global warming! You Brits these days, not teaching things that you might find offensive…

  4. Al says:

    Yes, it is interesting. I intended to post that quote when I first bookmarked the article for linking, but I forgot to do so when I actually wrote the post.

    You are quite right. I am a lily-livered Brit (and a Calvinist to boot). I am sure that I have your pity.

  5. UberGoober says:


    Please stop with the links. On average it causes me to lose at least an hour every time you post your usual cluster.

    (Quite helpful, actually. Keep them coming.)

    p.s. Your piece on synergistic providence is interesting!

  6. Stephen says:

    Thanks, Alistair. I believe that most people who engage in any sort of violence against homosexuals because “The Bible says it’s wrong” rarely, if ever, attend a worship service of any kind. But it’s good for Christians to know about these things so that we can respond in love and not fear.

  7. I really enjoy your links. Keep ’em coming!

  8. ryan says:

    i enjoy the links too, actually.

  9. Austin Storm says:

    Yeah, your links crush my productivity like a wrecking ball. Not that I’m complaining…

  10. John H says:

    I agree that you come up with some excellent links – though it’d be good to get some “proper” content as well before long. 🙂

    As for reading a scientific paper: these tips may also come in useful…

  11. Elbert says:

    I agree, the links are interesting and do make up a lot of the time I spend when my attention is wondering off.

    Why I like them especially, is that they give a better flavour of ‘interactions’ of your blog than the side-bar links to other blogs/website. In that way, they also give a better idea/background to some of the things you post for/about/against etc.

    About the powerpoint: I think the argument is misdirected. My point is, that the power of powerpoint lies in proper use of it. In proper presentations, there is a marginal amount of text, which is NEVER read aloud, although keywords may be mentioned. If there is anything to read/focus on at a particular slide, the speaker should focus his/her attention to the slide as well in explaining, but when speaking, the slide should be rather empty, just showing some reminders perhaps, to keep the attention with the speaker. It is a visual aid, which does not make a point in itself: that power is still/should be kept in the hands of the speaker. I think powerpoint in church in general is bad use though, rather distracting than helpful for preaching. But maybe we could consider that it is a distraction that is better than other distractions?…

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