Christian Living 

The Bible guide to surfing the web (part 1)

The last book of the Bible was written around 1900 years before the first web page was set up yet it is a surprisingly helpful guide to surfing the web. The web makes the entire human experience available to anyone with an internet connection. From birth to death and everything in between, the internet makes it available to you, very few questions asked. Everything good and holy and everything that is the complete opposite can be found on-line. It’s like air pollution, some parts of the internet are clean mountain…

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Church 

Questions about preaching

I love preaching but I rarely do it these days. The number of times I’ve preached has dropped from almost every week five years ago to just a handful of times a year.  I do sometimes miss it and I always enjoy it when afforded the opportunity. Now I’ve read & listened to John Piper’s short defence of the place of preaching and I get it. I’d certainly get it if I could preach as well as John Piper. Glen Scrivener gives a compelling argument for preaching that raises the dead…

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Christian Living 

Is Halloween a celebration of light or darkness?

This is a longer post on Halloween for anyone trying to work out what they think on this issue. Halloween is not such a big thing in Sweden as it is in the UK or America but Christians can still be confused as to how they should approach it. Is it a celebration of evil or a Christian festival that has been commercialized (like Easter & Christmas)? Is it harmless fun or is it harmful and a doorway to the occult? Probably there will be people in your church that will…

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Articles 

Getting to grips with Islam

For ten years I lived in a neighbourhood where you could, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, say that there were no muslims. There may have been one or two but not enough to notice, see or move the needle on the statistics. As a result, even though I had friends living and working in Islamic nations or in multi-cultural cities, it wasn’t a present reality for me. Interesting as it was, engaging with Islam was not on the top of my list. Not even close. Now I live in a…

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Articles 

The deceiver vs The debaucher

I feel sorry for the American electorate, I really do. I understand that there is no perfect candidate and that there are no politicians with an empty skeleton closet. Yet I cannot recall an election where the choice has been between two such incredibly divisive candidates. In the red corner you have Donald Trump (The Debaucher). A man who is by most even-handed measures a racist, sexist, short-tempered, vindictive, malicious, greedy, arrogant liar. I cannot conceive of a public office that I would willingly choose that kind of character. It’s like…

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Reviews 

Book Review: On Writing

On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have a very simple test for deciding whether a book about writing books is any good or not. It’s not a complicated test. Very simply during the reading of this book, did I want to put the book down and start writing my stories? Did I think of new ideas for books while reading this? Did this book make me want to write? The answer is, hell yes! On several occasions I just…

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Articles 

The Word for Word Bible Comic

Every now and then I get sent emails from people asking me to review their books or give space to their projects. It doesn’t happen all that often and mostly the projects aren’t a very good fit for this blog. But I have made one or two exceptions. One of those is for a new graphic novel rendering of the Bible and one which has gone for an interesting approach: word for word. A few general comments about The Word for Word Bible Comic: firstly it uses the World English Bible translation…

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Church 

Relational Mission: A church for a broken world

In the fifth chapter Mike calls for the church to be fully engaged in the world around it. This is not a new or unique call, by any means, but it always bears repeating. The world is broken and this brokenness affects every area of life and in every area there is possibility for the redeemed people of God to bring the light of the Gospel to bear and make a significant difference. Although it doesn’t use the same language it is a call for churches to embrace serving their…

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