A friend of ours once likened South Sudan to Tanzania. He had visited South Sudan for a construction project, and looming large in his experience was the constant presence of armed men. As he spoke, he seemed to be describing a potential failed state, a hive of barely contained conflict, […]
No, 2015 is not a typo, it’s just that things got seriously out of whack during our 12 months of transition. Here are five more stories that have especially stayed with me. (See the previous list here…) The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, 2015) This Stella Prize winner first […]
Over the last year I’ve plowed through a lot of short fiction and continued to nurture my interest in speculative fiction by women, but here are some of my highlights.
I love alternate histories and alternate maps! (My favourite world map is the dymaxion map; check out this rendition.) Here’s an alternate Africa called Alkebu-lan 1260 AH by Nikolaj Cyon (full-size version). It’s set in 1844, on the eve of Europe’s Scramble for Africa, but in a world in which Europe […]
I suggested recently that engaging with (secular) feminism may well enrich Christians, but what do you do if you’re Average Pastor (or Average Christian)? You can’t be up on everything! Here I want to give five basic tips for interacting with feminism.
This is the project I submitted for our recent study tour. It’s a survey of some of the museums and monuments that we visited, from Germany to Switzerland, Luther to Calvin. I had a lot of fun with it. Enjoy! Reformation in Context Today: a historiography of Reformation sites in […]
Nooma is by Flannel and currently features Rob Bell. Greg Gilbert, of 9 Marks, is not a fan of the short films (part 1, part 2, part 3). With Gilbert’s review as a point of contact, and following this consideration of postmodernism, here is a reflection on viewer assumptions and story, and how we […]