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How We Became Enlightened

Good evening and welcome to my lecture. For those who lack knowledge my name is Professor Singen Smedley and I am a vastly erudite and important scholar.

This evening I will be lecturing you on the topic – how we became enlightened.

Many years ago western people were not enlightened. They were in thrall to superstitious beliefs about God and the gods. Tragically our ancestors lacked a scientific and technological mastery of nature.

The Parable of the Provocative Electrician

Ron was having a busy morning! He had just finished helping a group of formerly homeless men rewire a house in Southport, Lancashire for the Green Pastures housing ministry. At last he was able to sit down and tuck into a large porkpie and lashings of mustard, washed down with a bottle of tizer. Happy Days! A full-on burp felt on the cards.

Review of Church Actually

  • Gerard Kelly, Church Actually: God's Brilliant Idea, Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2011

Gerard has written a real gem of a book here. He offers us imaginative and vibrant pictures of God's heartbeat for church. It's without doubt the best read on church in the market right now. He challenges the drabness, greyness and ugly dualism that turns people off the Christian faith! He re-imagines church in the context of a Creator God who is busy redeeming every nook and cranny of His broken world.

Odd reason to get divorced

Vicki Lowing is an Australian woman who lives near Melbourne in Australia. She says that she divorced her husband, Greg, after he asked her to give up her pet crocodile, Johnie, in 2005. Vickie has also claimed that her son Andrew, 15, and Johnie have experienced sibling rivalry. "Sometimes Andrew goes to have a shower and Johnie's already in there and not keen to share the space".

Raised in Leeds

Leeds-based illustrator Si Smith presents 19 'stations of the resurrection' all relocated to present-day Leeds. Full of beautifully observed detail, the pictures reflect the Leeds we know and love (particularly north Leeds, where Si lives, and the city centre) and pose that eternal 'What if…?' question that comes from relocating one of our culture's greatest narratives into a 21st century city.

The pictures will be presented along with other simple artifacts that enhance the story, and a prayer guide will be available for those that wish to see further into the work.

Girl sells baby. Should we be surprised?

The following story is appearing in newspapers.

Police in northern Greece say a 12-year-old girl has been arrested along with three of her relatives after selling her 10-week-old baby son for 12,500 euros to undercover officers posing as adoptive parents. Police said the girl, her 44-year-old aunt and her aunt's parents, aged 65 and 71, were all arrested on illegal adoption charges.

Infanticide and Peter Singer

Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say. Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are "morally irrelevant" and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.

This is the beginning of a recent article in the Daily Telegraph.

Arthur Jones and I have repeatedly argued that Christian discipleship must include 'worldview awareness'. This story can help us to see why this is the case.

Let's probe behind the story.

Mafia nicknames

Some Mafia names are very entertaining! What is your favourite?

  1. Jimmy 'The Weasel' Fratianno
  2. Anthony 'Fat Tony' Salerno
  3. Vincent 'The Chin' Gigante
  4. Leo 'Lips' Moceri
  5. Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano
  6. Salvatore 'Fat Sally' Scala
  7. Vincenzo 'The Egg' Cotroni
  8. Johnny 'Big Lips' Pescatori
  9. Jimmy 'The Chop' Marini
  10. Ants 'Ice Man' Zamboni
  11. Joey 'Kneecap' Santorielli
  12. Roberto 'Wrinkle Free' Capelli
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God’s kingdom in Sicily?

In May 1992 mafiosi Giovanni Brusca set off a huge bomb in the small Sicilian village of Capaci that killed antimafia investigating magistrate Giovanni Falcone, several police officers and his wife.

At the state funeral of Falcone and the other murdered government officials, Rosario Schifani, the widow of one of the dead police officers said the following in a very public way:

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