In the absence of my tradition of doing an end of the week round up for the last few weeks due to various technical faults (a case of the bad workman blaming his tools a bit there) I thought I’d send you in the direction of a few things I picked up on today:
Andy Goodliff features new offerings by SCM this year, a couple of theology of disability offerings from my ex-profs at Aberdeen John Swinton and Brian Brock.
Ben Myers writes ten theological theses on art which helped me think about art in ways I never have before! UPDATE: poserorprophet makes an equally interesting counter-post.
I’ve tried to begin a habit of reading book reviews, whilst not a substitute for reading the books themselves it is a helpful way to cover ground and stay informed on the currents within literature, both Christian and otherwise, Discerning Reader is one of the sites that I have used, they have just released their review schedule for next year here.
Ray Fowler offers some theories about the Bethlehem Star which I have never hears, or to be honest, ever thought of before, they are interesting and engaging at this time of year when we begin to revisit Jesus birth narrative.
More than one Reason for the Season, Fernando Gros asks for some humility whilst holding on to our convictions about what Christmas means for Christians.
South Africa is to gain a new political party, this move has the potential to be a defining point in South Africa’s young political history.
A new service kick youtube follows suit of a few other pieces of software in letting you download videos and mp3′s from youtube clips, what sets kick youtube apart from the rest is the ability to insert the word “kick” between the www. and the youtube.com section of the URL of a video: http://www.kickyoutube.com/watch?v=uOgHE5nEq04 you can then select the following formats FLV, MPG, MP3, and even HD MP4. HT: Lifehacker
How to turn cheap steak into good steak. I’m going to have to try this to believe it, as we love steak and can rarely afford it. Incidentally I heard from someone ‘in the know’ the other day that game meats are especially cheap at the moment, eg. Duck, Venison etc.
Thomas Smith, who writes his superb blog from SA, is struggling to reconcile thoughts about healing. He is certainly not alone there…he is asking for encrouagement and resources.
Top Post this week here at Byrnesys Blabberings: Win Top Ten Books of 2008