Top Seven – February 2018

Seven of the best articles we’ve come across in the last couple of weeks: Michael S. Hamilton – ‘How a humble evangelist changed Christianity as we know it’ –  Christianity Today. Michael S. Hamilton reflects on the phenomenal legacy of the 20th Century’s greatest evangelist, Billy Graham. ___ Chad Bird – ‘The Joy of an Unaccomplished…

Jonah #3

Jonah 1:10-17 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”…

Review of “The End Times”

|Barry Dysert| The End Times in Chronological Order by Ron Rhodes is an excellent book for anyone interested in the study of the end times, whatever your particular eschatological views may be. Rhodes’ book is a nice size – nearly 240 pages, which makes it quite readable while at the same time detailed enough to…

Jonah #2

Jonah 1:4-9 4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below…

Review: ‘Arrival’

Warning:  This article contains spoilers for the film ‘Arrival’ (2016). Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is a poignant and visually beautiful sci-fi film which indirectly asks a deep philosophical question: should God have created the world knowing it would contain such agonising suffering? The problem of suffering is sometimes offered as proof that no God…

Jonah #1

‘Jonah’ is a new 9-week devotional series.  Each week we’ll be studying a section of the book of Jonah and sharing some insights with you.  We hope this series encourages you and helps you to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18).  Jonah 1:1-3 (1) “The word of the…

Top Seven – January 2018

Seven of the best articles we’ve come across in the last couple of weeks. Tim Keller – ‘Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?‘ –  The New Yorker. An excellent and timely article by Tim Keller on the future prospects of Evangelicalism. ___ Charles Moore – ‘Are We Morally Better Than Our Ancestors?‘ –…

Is Your Worldview Hindering Your Evangelism?

Despite some positive qualities, postmodernism and secularism pose significant challenges to Christianity. And a postmodern worldview doesn’t just affect non-Christians but followers of Jesus as well.  I came across an interview from Wretched.org which highlighted some of the obstacles facing Christian evangelists in today’s postmodern culture. Below is part of the interview between the Todd Friel…

Spotlight #2

Spotlight is our monthly focus on prayer.  This month we’re profiling the Christmas appeals of two mission organisations:  Samaritan’s Purse and Tearfund. Samaritan’s Purse First up is the long-running ‘Operation Christmas Child,’ an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse (also known as the ‘Shoebox Appeal’).  The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a…

Review of ‘Promises Kept’

|Barry Dysert| Most Christians, I suspect, will be interested in learning about biblical promises, especially since God’s promises are guaranteed to come true. By studying these promises we gain reassurance of God’s future commitments as we see how He has kept the commitments that have already come to pass. In short, it’s a faith-building exercise. …

The Decline of Culture could be a Golden Opportunity

There is a growing consensus that the West is in a period of steep moral and cultural decline. By casting off the shackles of morality, secular humanism has not delivered on the freedom and peace that it once promised. And we are dealing with the legacy of that failure today.  Four out of every ten marriages…