Christian Living 

A Conversation with Ronald J. Sider

Ronald Sider through his writings and particularly Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger has been one of the most formative authors for me. I think, that after the Bible, that’s the one book I’ve given away almost more than any other. Reading Sider and Jim Wallis (although Wallis has moved further on some scriptural issues since then) convinced me that caring for the poor was an integral part of what it meant to be an evangelical Christian. It was integral because of the high commitment to follow Jesus and…

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Christian Living 

The Bible guide to surfing the web (part 2)

The first part (written sometime ago now) of this short series covered the ‘do nots’ of using the internet. It was all about creating a good set of filters, both on your computer but more importantly in your heart. There are plenty of things that are easily accessible that every Christian should guard against. Some of them are obvious and some, maybe not so much. But being against things is only half the job. God intended that we do good not merely avoid doing evil. So what practices should we adopt in our use of the internet?…

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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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Book Review: Eyes of Integrity

Eyes of Integrity:The Porn Pandemic and how it affects you is the latest book by Craig Gross (click here for a review I did a while back for Christian Marketplace magazine of The Dirty Little Secret). It pretty much does what it says on the tin, it brings out into the open the issue of pornography and the church and simply by doing that, it does the church a powerful service. It opens with a couple of chapters on how bad the problem is in the world and in the…

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Book Review: Virtual Integrity

I’ve been thinking for some time about how I use the computer and the internet, it’s probably one of the biggest daily challenges I face. Not simply in avoiding temptation but in not using it as a cover for idleness or avoiding the important work I need to do. Not only that but in discipling and leading youth and helping parents, the issues thrown up by mobile phones, social networks and general internet access issues are important ones. So as always I sought out some books on the subject and…

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