empire state of mind?

Natalie and I are about to jet off to New York, the UK and Rome for 5 weeks — it’s quite a prospect for two people thoroughly soaked in Hollywood’s glamorisation and contemporary critiques of empire! But we’ve got a couple of conferences to attend, friends and relatives to visit, and lots of God’s good creation to take in.

Blogging may become a little intermittent (just a warning).

Know which icons of empire you're looking at?

Until regular transmissions resume, I hope to post the last instalment of my series on creation stewardship as well as a serialised version of a sermon I preached a while ago as John the Baptist (by way of preparation for Easter). In parallel with this, Natalie will be sharing more of her reflections on disability and theology.

You might also want to check out what’s happening on some other blogs:

  • Andrew continues his campaign to be the most controversial Sydney Anglican by posting a critical review of the much-touted The Trellis and The Vine (in three parts — one, two, three).
  • Dan writes in praise of small talk.
  • I haven’t yet mentioned him (I was hoping to spring it on you when I reviewed his new book), but Melbournian Christian and cultural critic Mark Sayers has loads of fresh insights.
  • Ben Myers draws our attention to a spate of new material from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Chris Guillebeau sums up how he achieved overnight success as a writer (in 279 days).

Au revoir!

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2 comments

  1. Chris,

    hope you guys have a really excellent time!

    One quick thing. Only a fool, or someone who has never experienced it, would seek controversy. I’m not that big a fool, and have had my fair share of controversy, so there’s no campaign!

    Like you, I just think that models of ministry – and of the Christian life and growth – really matter, and we can do better!

    1. Thanks, Andrew. Sorry to have been flippant.

      I agree that it’s a discussion that needs to be had — and I hope any readers who click through from us to you get that (whether or not that translates into comments). But I’m not sure there’s any way to raise the kind of questions you’re raising in the Christian context we’re operating in that isn’t going to stir up controversy!

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