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The Mystery Tent

Today I went to London. I stood outside of All Souls and then had much conversation with Clive Parnell at the Borders Starbucks over a Grande Fresh Coffee and a Gingerbread Latte (Clive). Mostly we were brainstorming exciting resources for the upcoming UCCF gospel project but also some really encouraging thinking about the humanity of human beings... and the way people should be treated as people. E.g. When speakers (or bands) come to CU meetings it's common that offering them expenses/gifts is an occasional after thought rather than a pro-active concern to be generous, thankful, valuing of what they've come to do. But we only get there when we think bigger than mere intellectual assent to God's gospel, and start seeing that people are image-bearers, thinking-feeling-eating people. I was reminded of a recent sermon at our new church, from Hebrews 13, reminding of how it's meant to be a joy for leaders to lead - yet how rare any encouragment can be. Easy for us to critique, but how rare to be thankful.

Today I also finished reading Northern Lights. Thoughts some time, but then I also have reviewage to do on Signs of the Spirit and Velvet Elvis and several other books!

Clive's been busy recording...
The Mystery Tent CD out in January


  1. At the w/e I read the His Dark Materials trilogy and flicked through Tony Watkins book on Pullman, but decided I couldn't review it better than Watkins in Damaris, who's been writing rather prolifically on it.

  2. It was a good read, not as nasty as I'd thought it would be. Some interesting ideas forming about being human and having a daemon, and the way he connects the gaining of knowledge at the fall with that... sin making us more human? Some oddities that I need/want to think about more, but I'm quickly onto the next part.

  3. Yes I think his main issue is a misunderstanding of the fall, and hence he offers an apologetic for it which is hardly new: it was good to gain knowledge, while God just wanted them ignorant so he could control them. He also takes the common RC tradition that the first sin was sexual, which is awful for many reasons (it leads him to consider pre-adolescent children as innocent of original sin). Certainly while I wouldn't want children reading them, it's gret for bringing these topics into open conversation - chatting with friends who've read it about what they think of his perception of the Church? Sin? God? So if they share his misconceptions or whatever, you have an excuse to discuss it, rather than 'religion' being taboo! :)


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