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…

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. …

Review of “5 Things to Pray for Your World”

Prayer can be difficult at the best of times.  But praying for the entire world can seem especially daunting.  This is the theme that Rachel Jones addresses in her latest book, “5 Things to Pray for Your World.” Helpfully, we find that we don’t have to pray for the entire world all at once. Each…

Review of “When Breath Becomes Air”

“When Breath Becomes Air”  is the memoir of Paul Kalanathi, a brilliant and promising neurosurgeon who receives a life-changing cancer diagnosis at the age of 36.  The book follows his journey over the next two years as he struggles to come to terms with the inevitability of death. Kalanathi is used to dealing with cancer…

Review of “Enough”

Roseveare, Helen. Enough. The Good Book Company, 2011. In 1953, soon after graduating in Medicine from Cambridge University, Helen Roseveare served as a missionary to the Congo where she built a hospital and training centre for local doctors and medical staff.  Seven years later the Congo became independent from Belgium and the country was immediately plunged…

Review of “The Selfish Gospel”

Pimm, Freddie. The Selfish Gospel. Inter-Varsity Press, June 2017. Like a fast-spreading illness, selfishness is rampant within the Church.  So argues Freddie Pimm, the author of The Selfish Gospel. Pimm isn’t the first writer to comment on the corrosive influence of individualism on the Church.  But he does provide a fresh perspective on how the 21st Century Church has…