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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Articles 

Book Review: Sacrifice

Sacrifice – Costly grace and glorious privilege by Simon Guillebaud My rating: 3 of 5 stars This short book is a simple call to give everything to follow Jesus because Jesus gave everything for you. It takes just one verse (Romans 12:1) and breaks it down into five short chapters on sacrifice: grace-full, urgent, voluntary, holy and logical. I know Simon personally and I know he lives what he preaches, that his heart has always burst every time he hears of a call to action, it spurs him on and…

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Articles 

How the BBC is normalizing transgenderism

I’ve written previously on the remarkable rise & progress of transgender rights. What took gays and lesbians decades to achieve is being won in years for trans folks. It’s clearly the next thing in the progressive agenda which is why I occasionally write about it. As Christians we must be aware of what is happening in the wider culture and work out our response even if it seems we are powerless to stop it. I’d been collecting articles on the issue and the thought struck me that the number of these articles is…

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Articles 

Why the Bible can be translated and the Qur’an cannot

For Muslims the Qur’an is only truly the Qur’an in its arabic form. This is because of their beliefs surrounding how the Qur’an came to be. The belief that the Qur’an is a literal transcript of the Word of God from a safely preserved tablet (lauh mahfuz) in heaven revealed to Muhammad in Arabic This belief says that there is a tablet in heaven in arabic and Muslims believe that the Qur’an they read in Arabic is exactly the same as that heavenly tablet. A second reason is that, as…

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Articles 

The Spirit bears witness

I’ve recently been reading the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith and the first part deals with our understanding of the Holy Scriptures. It says, We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church of God to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, and the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the…

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