Book Review: Insourcing by Randy Pope

Insourcing: bringing discipleship back to the local church By Randy Pope I found this book so helpful that I bought a copy and gave it to my friend to read. Most churches have small / cell / home group bible studies, but “Are we excelling in making mature and equipped followers of Christ?” This is the question behind Randy Pope’s book on discipleship. Pope begins by […]

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Review: Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist Sharing the Gospel with the Arts by Con Campbell. Zondervan, ebook edition. Arts and the church have had a mixed relationship over the years; the same place which often plants the seed of artistic endeavour has often been the same place which fails to recognise its value and vocation. How do Christian artists use their gifts and talents to reach people […]

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Review: Who do you think you are?

Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ by Mark Driscoll eBook edition Published by Thomas Nelson. Mark Driscoll is the pastor the internet loves to hate. He’s infamous for his loud, often obnoxious style, and saying things which get him into trouble. What relief then, to discover that there’s none of this bombast here. The book is dedicated to his […]

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A prayer for gospel worship

A wise prayer from Scotty Smith this morning: In a day when we seem to need more gadgets and gimmicks to create “worship experiences ” free us from needing anything more than the gospel to worship you the way you deserve and delight to be worshipped. Amen.

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A prayer for justice

We’ve been reading and praying through Scotty Smith’s Everyday Prayers. They’re basically personal prayers from Smith’s journal, sometimes very personal and explicitly relating to his context, but much of the time it’s things that we can pray as well. It turns out that he’s been blogging them (slightly edited) at TGC too. Here is yesterday’s wonderful prayer:   The Lord is near to the brokenhearted […]

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Review: The Jesus we missed

Review: The Jesus we missed

The Jesus we missed The surprising truth about the humanity of Christ (Kindle edition) by Patrick Henry Reardon I’m ashamed to say that I started this a while ago, and then managed to forget about it (I’m not sure how!), but I read through it over the last few days, and I’m glad I did. Reardon sets out to explore the humanity of Jesus, suggesting […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress #3 – Reading the Classics Together

Pilgrim’s Progress #3 – Reading the Classics Together

This is the third entry in the current Reading the Classics Together series, exploring John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Now having read the Third Stage, I have to retract what I wrote last time about the wicket gate being the cross; clearly, it is not! I’m rather puzzled by the Second Stage now. Never-the-less, this stage was much clearer. Christian’s burden falls at the foot of the cross, and […]

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Hoisting Hume

This is rather a good little review of Craig Keener’s new book on Miracles (which I got for Christmas, but have not yet had the time or fortitude to get into – it’s in two big volumes!). Michael J. Kruger points to the circularity of Hume’s argument: Keener devotes a substantial portion of the book refuting Hume’s well known argument against the possibility of miracles.  The problem, […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress #2 – Reading the classics together

Pilgrim’s Progress #2 – Reading the classics together

This is the second entry in the current Reading the Classics Together series, exploring John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. The Second Stage This part of Pilgrim’s Progress seems a little controversial. As Tim Challies points out, Spurgeon thinks Bunyan got it wrong here, and as the comments there show, there’s many who understand the Wicket Gate to be the cross of Christ. Frankly, I found this […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress #1 – Reading the classics together

Pilgrim’s Progress #1 – Reading the classics together

John Bunyan’s classic allegory Pilgrim’s Progress has long been on my to-read list, and so what better time to get stuck into it that with Tim Challies’ Reading the Classics Together series? I have, in fact, seen Vaughan William’s opera of the story in Brisbane and in London. The First Stage Bunyan pretty much invented the genre of allegory with this work, and it can sometimes […]

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The beauty of humility

The beauty of humility

John Dickson puts it succinctly: Humility is beautiful I’ve been reading Dickson’s book Humilitas which looks at the virtue of humilty, largely through an historical lens; or rather, at how humility became a virtue rather than an insult. It’s a fascinating read, and I don’t mean to focus on the historical development, but rather, something he writes about the aesthetics of humilty. Dickson’s observation is that we tend to […]

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Review: The Grace Effect – Larry Taunton

The Grace Effect How the power of one life can reverse the corruption of unbelief By Larry Taunton Published by Thomas Nelson, Kindle Edition   It is interesting to note that God gave us a story instead of a systematic theology, and a person instead of an argument. Larry Taunton runs the Fixed Point Foundation, best known for running debates, though to be honest, I […]

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