How to Church Shop Like the First Christians

Watching a service may be great, but it isn’t really church. A healthy local church should see themselves as “a disparate and dishevelled group of very ordinary people, crying out to God … who fall at the feet of Christ and are filled with his presence, who become infectious agents of the kingdom in the world.”

Christians are increasingly mixing and matching their faith in unexpected ways

Research from the first quarter of 2022 shows that in-person church attendance is only 36 to 60 % of what it was pre-COVID. One can wonder if church life is running to its end, or if people could find new ways to worship God.

Stories from The New York Times for the 4th week of August 2022

August 22 A photo provided by the Russian government said to show investigators at the site of a car bombing outside Moscow.Russian Investigative Committee/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A brazen attack near Moscow rattles Russians Russia has opened a murder investigation into the car bombing that killed Daria Dugina, 29, a hawkish political commentator whoContinue reading “Stories from The New York Times for the 4th week of August 2022”

The Independent looking at the 4th week of August 2022

August 22 Liz Truss will cause inflation spiral with ‘dangerous’ tax cuts, Rishi Sunak warns Liz Truss will plunge the economy into an “inflation spiral” if she pushes ahead with her “dangerous” economic policy, Rishi Sunak’s campaign team has warned.   Ms Truss’s leadership rival said the frontrunner had to choose between cutting taxes andContinue reading “The Independent looking at the 4th week of August 2022”

Have the Bank of England just made the cost of living crisis worse ?

Originally posted on Strategus:
The BoE is currently predicting that on the back of soaring energy costs this winter inflation will peak at 13.3%. That would be the highest level for 42 years and as a response to that, last week the BoE increased interest rates from 1.25% to 1.75%. The doctrine of monetary policy…

Balance of Power in the 3rd week of August 2022 from Bloomberg

August 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hopes for stability ahead of a historic Communist Party congress are quickly dwindling. His country’s economic slowdown deepened in July as strict Covid Zero measures and a slumping real-estate market threaten the chances of a recovery to a “reasonable” range. Key reading: China Announces Patrols to Protest US Senator’sContinue reading “Balance of Power in the 3rd week of August 2022 from Bloomberg”

Teachers unions, White House host town hall to demand in-person learning as school year starts

There was a great deal more lamentation about the impact of school closures on students’ standardised test scores than on the long-term effects of COVID-19, grief, or prolonged anxiety about the disease itself.

The Independent’s view for the first week of August 2022

August 01 1 / England beat Germany to win Euro 2022 after dramatic Chloe Kelly goal Some 56 years ago, when England last won a major international tournament, they thought it was all over. This time, you sense it is just the beginning.   How else to characterise the scale of this achievement by theseContinue reading “The Independent’s view for the first week of August 2022”

Composted reads for the last week of July 2022

Tyre-wear particles – a mixture of tyre fragments, including synthetic rubbers, fillers and softeners and road surface particles – are considered by environmental scientists to be one of the most significant sources of microplastics in the ocean.

The Telegraph 2022 July 18 – July 24

July 18 We will soon discover the two Tory leadership hopefuls facing a head-to-head in the race for Number 10. With time running out for the candidates to make their pitches, the gloves were off in last night’s televised debate. Five of our writers give their verdicts on who they think came out on top.Continue reading “The Telegraph 2022 July 18 – July 24”

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