Britain burns and Wall Street sinks
There's no escaping the two top stories of the week. While the cause of the Wall Street crash seems obvious, the reason for the riots is less clear.
There's a dearth of decent analysis in the papers. There's plenty of action reporting of the rioting but not much else. I learned more from reading this report from Paul Perkin, vicar of St Mark's, Battersea Rise, than from two days worth of newspapers. I've since found this excellent Christian response from Mike Ovey.
In Australia, there was an interestingly timed announcement by the labour senator Penny Wong that her female partner is expecting a baby. The Senator says It is not a political statement. But the Age reports the baby is due in December, the same month as the Labour national conference, which will discuss gay marriage. According to the newspaper Senator Wong "intends to be at the discussion in the weeks leading up to the birth of her child."
John Stott's funeral was held in London, there's a report here, pictures here and coverage of the Canadian memorial service, with JI Packer, here. The photo I found particularly poignant was this one, Stott's coffin being carried out through the doors of the church where he was converted and where he laboured in the Gospel for some many years.