Book Review: The Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse

Sometimes I just need a change of gear in my reading, something light, something with some wit. The Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse fitted my need perfectly. Sometimes I wonder in amazement at how people aren’t followers of Jesus and then I read a book like this and all the pre-millenial nutcases and their predictions of the end of the world and I wonder at the miracle that anyone at all has chosen to become a Christian. This does manage the tricky feat of both genuinely informing you about eschatology…

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Boredom and Theft

Well I got bored with the old look blog and as usual spent too much time fiddling around with the new look. And as I needed something meaningful too make the whole process feel worthwhile, I’ve added theft to the sin of idleness and pinched two quotes I found on Matt Hosier’s blog Hopefully Matt you’ll forgive me and take it as a compliment because the quotes are excellent. I’ll return to being more original soon…(possibly) “I work very hard, but never have any money. Every choice I make seems…

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Book Review: Fallen

Most biblical novels that I’ve come across have been rubbish. Stuck in the Christian ghetto writing nice Anglo-Saxon stories that play to religious sensibilities. David Maine on the other hand writes with imagination, verve and wit. His stories follow the biblical narrative without deviation but they provoke, excite, challenge and stir one to think about the story behind the well known stories. I first came across his writings with his first novel The Flood and this his second successfully gets him past that tricky second book milestone. It is just as good…

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The Cup of Wrath

*Warning – Theological post* Ever since the whole atonement debate kicked off in evangelical circles, a few things about it have troubled me. Since reading Pierced for our Transgressions they’ve troubled me some more. One aspect of it is how people answer this question, ‘what was the cup Jesus was referring to in the garden of gethsemane?’ – Those who follow the penal substitution view see it as a reference to the cup of wrath that is mentioned a half dozen times in the OT. I’m not so sure but I…

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Who is in your community?

One of the things that has long bugged me about my own experiences of community and I guess my own shortcomings is about who is in included in community. I mean really. I know the theory of church is of course that ALL are welcome, but are they really welcome? We’ve been blogging around community over the past week but I’ve always found that we can be a bit warm and fuzzy about who’s included, usually friends, people we get on with, people who make us laugh, people just like us.…

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Sharing space

I posted the following as a comment on Ian Matthew’s blog: I think the idea of having some private and some shared space is well worth investigating – bedrooms, bathroom and a relaxing room (lounge or whatever) as important but kitchen, utilities room, garden, dining room could be shared.   The other idea is kind of Eden project style but having enough Christians in a street to make a difference. I live in a square with 33 other houses, how many more Christian families would it take to ‘tip’ the…

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