We are instituting a new accolade, which we shall award from time to time.
The Compass award for having no sense of irony, will be given to outstanding contributions to the field of irony.
The inaugural award goes to a woman who is no stranger to fame and recognition, Oprah Winfrey, for her 2007 interview with . . . → Read More: Outstanding contribution to the field of Irony, July 2011
I recently came across some beautiful words by Archbishop Rowan Williams about being a creature. In a reasonably difficult, but rewarding, article on Creation, Creativity and Creatureliness: the Wisdom of Finite Existence,Williams reflects on the importance for discipleship of remembering we are creatures. The whole article is worth a read, but the following words struck me as . . . → Read More: The discipline of being a creature
Google is a company built on owning language. They sell search words to advertisers who want to occupy little slices of our vocabulary. ‘Google’ is even its own verb.
So, when a group of people who are so attuned to the importance and power of language start using a word in a new way, we should all . . . → Read More: The new vocabulary of citizenship
According to an extremely interesting study by psychologists at UCLA, fame has recently surpassed benevolence and self-acceptance as the value most emphasised by children’s television shows.
In 1997, the top five most-emphasised values were: community feeling, benevolence (being kind and helping others), image, tradition and self-acceptance.
By 2007, these had been replaced by fame, achievement, popularity, image and financial . . . → Read More: Values education
There are a few great events coming up in various cities over the coming months open to the public that you might be interested in.
Ethics: What Does God have to do with it?
A Conversation with Three Christian Philosophers
7pm, Tuesday 26 July
The Way We (Really) Were: The Challenge of Modern Historiography to Christian Faith
Prof. Iain Provan; . . . → Read More: Upcoming events
Obedience. It is not a word I particularly like. If I’m honest, it makes me squirm a little bit. But I’ve been challenged recently to re-think some of my assumptions about this uncomfortable word.
I taught out of John 15 recently. The danger of teaching is that sometimes God wants to teach you something. John 15 is . . . → Read More: Obedience, it’s better than it sounds
Pass this on to any young adults who would love a week-long conversation about the Bible, faith, culture and how the Gospel can be translated into every area of life.
Registrations for our New Zealand and Australian summer conferences are open. These residential conferences are aimed at ages 17 to 30, although we accept applicants of all . . . → Read More: Summer conferences, 2012
Despite the wit of cynics the Harry Potter narrative is coming to its final cinematic conclusion in July, with the movie release of the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
With the immense popularity of the Potter saga, millions of young adults have grown up literarily as readers of the books and imaginatively immersed . . . → Read More: Harry Potter and Fairy Stories
The Compass Calendar for July looks at the Exile, perhaps the least familiar texts of the Bible for contemporary Western readers.
The Babylonian captivity was an intensely felt crisis for the people of God. What about the promise to Abraham? What about the kingdom of David? What was the Exodus all about if Israel were in chains . . . → Read More: July Calendar and a request for feedback