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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:

The Redemptive Power of Dance

Here follows a great story about the redemptive power of dance in a wonderful book by David Day entitled A Preaching Workbook.

A woman describes a hospital ward for chronically ill elderly patients and how God's kingdom can break in.

They were all sitting half dead in their wheelchairs, mostly paralysed and just existing. They watched some television, but if you had asked them what they had watched they probably would not have been able to tell you.

Tom Wright’s New Book

Here follows a great review of Tom Wright's new book.

I am just finishing reading Tom Wright's latest book: Simply Jesus: Who He Was, What He Did, Why It Matters (London, SPCK, 2011) It carries a glowing (back cover) commendation from Rowan Williams ('Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into a vivid, clear and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide Church').

Youthwork Podcast

I really enjoyed talking to Martin Saunders and Jamie Cutteridge on the Youthwork podcast on Wednesday. Both lads are very friendly and have great banter. It was also great to meet Sarah Wynter, the new editor at the mag.

We talked about a lot of topics – youthwork, storytelling, the biblical story, eschatology, prayer, fasting and, of course, football. We even had a brief discussion about my deep love for Hertfordshire and the wonderful people who make it such a great county!

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Green Pastures and the BBC

Green Pastures is a wonderful kingdom structure but it isn't all plain sailing!

The kingdom of God is here but not fully here. Consider some of the obstacles and frustrations. Sometimes the project has to deal with tenants who take liberties on a sustained and exhausting pattern. We're talking tenants who wreck properties and cause mayhem. Sometimes Vicki and Pastor Pete have to embrace tough love and ask people to leave. Some people abuse the project's kindness and Christian generosity. They have to go!

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