Gustav Klimt’s 150th Birthday – by Google

This is great. The doodle team and I are especially excited to celebrate Gustav Klimt this year! An artist whose style ranges from graphic, to photorealistic, to florid, Klimt is as diverse in his works as he is expressive. His work is often emotional, mysterious, and narrative– attracting viewers with both his fluid forms and […]

Read More

The Citizenship of the Christian

Where does the Christian belong? I’m a citizen of one country, resident in another and currently staying in a third. But none of them are home. I realise this song is about Russia/Rodina, but it seems fitting: in order to frame this: Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from […]

Read More

“A Double-Minded Man”

A brilliant editorial by Gerald Bray in the current Churchman, one of the most astute reflections upon Rowan Williams I’ve read in a long time: “A double-minded man” [pdf]. Evangelicals have never warmed to him, partly because he is too different in temperament and interests to have much appeal to them, and partly because his […]

Read More

Things to Do in Singapore

Dear reader, we’ve been in Singapore a number of days and have a small list of things that we definitely want to do. But what say you? Here’s the Singapore to-do list which is, I have to say, pretty sparse. What should be added to it? Good suggestions will be added in and every attempt […]

Read More

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Arrived in Singapore yesterday with Mrs Ould and the Ouldlets, ready to meet friends, eat lots of food, hang out with family and have a few meetings. I always forget how hot it is. I mean, I know how hot it is but you always forget just how hot. So let’s run this…

Read More

Boswell wrong on Byzantine Adelphopoiesis

From the New Oxford Review back in December 1994. Writing the history of a reli­gious institution involves under­standing concepts and language within their historical and cultural context. Otherwise, the risk is taken that history will be rewritten to suit current preoccupations. Boswell’s attempt to prove that the Byzantines regarded adelphopoie­sis as a form of marriage fails be­cause […]

Read More