Category Archives: Reviews

Book Review: More than a Carpenter

Josh McDowell’s More than a Carpenter has been a staple of Christian apologetics since its first release in 1977 and had according to my 2001 copy sold well in excess of 10 million copies worldwide. Covering issues such as the textual evidence for the New

Book Review: Why Cities Matter

You’ll find a number of posts on this site that attest to how I’ve grappled with the issue of cities as prominent leaders called for greater resources to the cities of the world. I felt it somehow sidelined the ministry of those in the backwaters,

Book Review: Saturate

Making disciples has always been the mission of the church yet today it sometimes seems as if we have a discipleship crisis. A number of factors have given rise to this – churches that treat members as consumers or worse customers, Christians that seem unchanged by their

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Book Review: A wind in the house of Islam

The freedom to convert religion is a touchy subject, it always feel like a betrayal. Conversion also has another name – apostasy – and in Islam that is a crime punishable by death. Conversion, then, from Islam to Christianity is always a decision of great courage,

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Book Review: Cities of God

How did Christianity move from being a provincial movement in Palestine to the leading religion of the Roman Empire? This is the question the historian Rodney Stark sets out to answer and along the way challenges a number of well-established myths. Was the missionary activity

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Book Review: Creating Community

North Point Community Church is, I’m told, a big church. I confess I know very little about them, what they believe or don’t believe.  However they do have a strong focus on small groups. Creating Community: 5 Keys to building a small group culture is their ‘how to

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Conversion is always a big deal. No matter which way it goes, whether it is the loss of faith, the discovery of faith or a change of faith, the decision to change your beliefs is significant. However, in different cultures and different parts of the world

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Book review: From the Garden to the City

Technology. For some the word carries a sense of threat, it is the destroyer of the world they knew and grew up in while for others it is the creator, opening up new possibilities and horizons. Truth is, that technology is both. While the technology