The Prodigal God (Excerpts)

Our ‘Excerpts’ series provides brief snippets from some of the best Christian books, old and new, to give you a flavour and hopefully a taste for more.  In “The Prodigal God” Tim Keller uses the story of the prodigal son to present the amazing truth of God’s saving grace.  He claims that one of Jesus’…

Top Seven – October 2017

Seven of the best articles I’ve come across in the last month: Theodore Dalrymple – ‘Why is so much bad science published?’ – The Spectator. The increasing pressure to publish means that not all scientific studies are true, valid or reliable. — Michael Reeves – ‘How the Reformation changed the world’ – Premier Christianity. This month…

Top Seven – September 2017

Seven of the best articles I’ve come across in the last month: Bethany Jenkins – ‘Stop Overspiritualising ‘Calling” – The Gospel Coalition. A timely message for those seeking God’s direction in their lives. – Kate Shellnut – ‘What Ravi Zacharias Said at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral’ – Christianity Today. Fitting tribute by one gifted and passionate apologist…

Top Seven – August 2017

Seven of the best articles I’ve come across in the last month: Ed Shaw – ‘John Stott’s Life-Changing Chapter’ – The Good Book Company. A review of John Stott’s excellent “Issues Facing Christians Today”. – Trevin Wax – ‘Before the Throne of Social Likes’ – The Gospel Coalition. Debunking the myth that “unless something happens…

Reframing the Abortion Debate

A few months ago Stephanie Gray, the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, presented a pro-life argument to an intelligent, socially liberal audience at Google.  The abortion debate has been a key component of the ‘culture wars’ in North America (and Europe) for the last half a century, so what contribution could a…

Top Seven – July 2017

Seven of the best articles I’ve come across in the last two weeks: John Rapley – ‘How economics became a religion’ – The Guardian. Insightful article on how economics has taken the place of religion in 21st Century Britain. – Matthew Hosier – ‘We’ve been here before’ – Think Theology. A compelling dissection of the Transgender…

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…

Terminally ill child is euthanised in Belgium

  A terminally ill child has been helped to die in Belgium for the first time since the country removed age restrictions on euthanasia two years ago. Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht confirmed the death of the sick child last Saturday. He said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide any further details about the patient to protect…