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Izzy good? Izzy bad?

Our secular culture is dead scared of actual difference, of deep diversity.

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You can see the Hollywood movie now.

Racial minority member of society makes it big in a sport played predominantly by white, well educated private school types. He holds opposing views about sexuality and religion to the multi-national corporations in their suits who are paying the big bucks to keep the sports machine afloat.

Workism Part 3

What would it look like in the world of workism to realise that our identity is not produced by us?

New York pastor Tim Keller tells of the woman who turned up at his church to investigate Christianity because her boss decided to take the rap for a career-threatening financial mistake she had made.

When she asked him why he’d do that for her he assured her that he had enough kudos with the boardroom that he would be able to weather the storm. She, of course, pressed him with another “But why?”

Workism Pt 2:

Don’t soldier on with Codral

If you’re of a certain age you’ll recall the “Soldier On With Codral” advertising campaign (you can probably hear the jingle as you read this).

There you were struck down by a cold, or even worse - man flu! You feel and look dreadful and the weather outside is miserable. Is there a salvation available that will enable you to mask the symptoms enough to get ready and get to work in order to have a productive day?

The New God of Our Age: Workism

Can work carry the weight of transcendence?

Well if you’re cramming a soggy bagel and drinking a lukewarm latte at your desk, worried about the twenty emails you haven’t replied to but which you’ll get to tonight over a glass of red when the kids are finally tucked in, then you might want to hold your chair arms a little tighter. Cos this might be a white-knuckled ride.

Christchurch in an age of connectivity

What of the value of every human life?

A lot of blood, tears and ink have been spilled over last week’s horror in Christchurch.

Many of the fifty funerals are underway already, in keeping with the Muslim tradition of burials being conducted as soon as possible after death.

The last burial may take place by the end of the week, but a city renowned for earthquakes will find that the aftershocks from this event will last much longer than from any natural disaster.

Best of times, worst of times...

If you know Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, it begins by highlighting a paradox.

There’s a New Yorker cartoon in which Charles Dickens is sitting before a would-be publisher who is saying: “Come on Mr Dickens, it was either the best of times or the worst of times, it can’t be both!”

If you know Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, it begins by highlighting the paradox. Everyone was saying the times were awful. Everyone was saying things are the best they’ve ever been. They can’t both be right, can they?