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Blaming the Africans: Cultural Imperialism and the Meeting of the Primates

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Sally Struthers was the first to introduce me to Africa. She told me that while 70 cents would garner me a coke, that same two quarters and four nickels could feed an African. My next memory of Africa comes from watching the rise and fall of that famed warrior Shaka Zulu. In the movie,  his story ended in a doomed war against colonialist invaders. These two images, Africa as starving and in need of American salvation and Africa as primitive and violent, shaped my initial view of “the dark continent.” I wished that I could say that time has changed the way that Africa is presented in the West, but recently my seven-year-old son came home from school and asked me whether Africa had cities.

Memories of this paternalistic and monochrome view of Africa returned as I observed the response of some members of the Episcopal Church to the recent…

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Fraudulent Fame: A Breakdown to Buying Views, Followers, and Engagement

..:: Mister Marmite ::..

If the title grabbed your attention, it is probably for one of the following reasons;

  • You’ve once looked at the number of a person’s Social Media Followers or View Count and thought “How Sway??? How??”

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My View of the “Church” Today

Source: My View of the “Church” Today

Bye bye St. Pixels

Without St Pix, perhaps I wouldn’t be where I am now following my stroke in 2003 and finding St Pixels…

Making an ass of myself

I was reading in IDEA, the magazine of the Evangelical Alliance, that some millennials (in their article people now aged 18 to 37)  have been badly hurt by church. My experience with internet church St Pixels is that an earlier generation also left for that reason.
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Last Sunday, 22 November, St Pixels, the Internet church, held its last service.

Started in 2003 as the Church of Fools by the Ship of Fools as a 3D experiment by the Christian website Ship of Fools, as a three month experiment in being church on line, it continued, without the visuals first as a forum and chat room (where services were held) then with its own software for and finally as a Facebook app. Last Sunday the Facebook  app closed.

The eleven years it was running have been a wild ride. At times it felt that we did not know what we were doing and…

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I’m Sorry, Christian, But You Don’t Get to Make That Move

Dear Christian – you say you love God! Good! Well you are also to love your neighbour as you would love yourself. All neighbours which includes all other people. ALL others – including your enemies – all enemies… Yes that includes Muslims and refugees… So instead of trembling in fear whilst on your soapbox, get off it and go show your love of God to other people – all other people… Whatever you do for the least of people, you do for Jesus whom you claim to be your King. If you do it in your own strength, you will probably fail. But if you ask for, rely upon and use the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within you and empowers you – then you can love others – all others… Go. Love. Show.

Rumblings

I have a bone to pick with Christians this morning. Not all Christians.  Not even the majority of Christians in my (limited) circles.  Not by a long shot.  No, my concern is with a smaller subset of Christians that tend to make a disproportionate amount of noise.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of conversations with Christian people about the Syrian refugee crisis. I’ve observed a lot of reaction and response from Christian people online. And I’ve noticed some of these Christian brothers and sisters buying into the fear and the hysteria that attempts to convince us that we need to keep our nation’s doors resolutely closed to refugees from this part of the world.

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a bad day, storms, rainbows and God.

How’s this for a WOW about God?

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Yesterday was not a great day.

I was running on super tiredness having had no sleep. Well, maybe one or two hours, but I had had nightmares from hell. Literally. Well, it felt that way anyway. I was grumpy.

And I had to do my usual 90 mile round trip to the hospital (the one I am currently doing at least 3 times a week). I had a meeting with my Consultant. I didn’t quite get what I was hoping for.

As I got to my car the torrents of rain fell, the lightening and thunder started. I don’t do storms well. I was feeling quite frazzled anyway and then discovered the great big dent in the side of it (thank you whoever rammed their car into the front of mine) that had been put there during the three hours whilst I had been inside the hospital hearing what I…

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“There are no women on my theology bookshelf…”

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Last year on Twitter, someone wrote to me “there are no women on my theology bookshelf. Who should I read?”.

I followed up with a blog list, and was pleased to discover that without even looking up from my screen I could easily think of well over a hundred female theologians, ecclesiastical historians, biblical scholars, sociologists of religion, and others who figure on the theological landscape. More names appeared when I actually looked at my own bookshelf.

Replies flooded in through the comments, adding many more names of women authors – both academic and devotional, theoretical and practical, in every area of the theological landscape. Now the academic year is about to begin again, one or two people have mentioned the post again as a resource – so, incomplete though it is, here is the updated blog post with names added from the comments section.

10897776_469733266514841_7639664988515007378_nWhen people ask about “women…

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