Review: Real Marriage – Mark & Grace Driscoll

Real Marriage  The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together By Mark & Grace Driscoll Kindle Edition, Published by Thomas Nelson   Mark Driscoll needs little introduction. One of the most well-known pastors in America, the bad boy of ‘New Calvinism’, he is certainly a polarising figure in contemporary evangelicalism, and so it was not without some interest and a little trepidation that I approached […]

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Review: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook – Jeff Kinley

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the living dead within. by Jeff Kinley Thomas Nelson 2011, Kindle edition  I suppose it says a lot about this book that I requested it to review around Halloween (and when I was just getting into the TV series The Walking Dead) but have only just managed to finish reading it. The book alternates chapters between a zombie story and non-fiction […]

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Why God won’t go away – by Alister McGrath

Why God won’t go away Is the New Atheism running on empty? by Alister McGrath Paperback, Thomas Nelson, 2011   Following the events of 9/11 a phenomena has arisen in western culture which has been called New Atheism, and it’s leading exponents, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens sometimes called the `four horsemen’ of New Atheism. In this new book, Alister McGrath, […]

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“He’s not safe, but he is good”

I’m quite ashamed to admit that I’d never read Narnia. I can see why it’s so popular, now that I’ve begun. I love the way Lewis describes Aslan: “Ooh!” said Susan,”I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “That you will dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear […]

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The Holiness of God – Chapter 7

Chapter 7: War & Peace with a holy God   In one of the shorter chapters in the book, Sproul looks at some of the accounts of those who ‘wrestled’ with God, in particular, Jacob. Following the wrestling match he had, his name was changed to ‘Israel’ means “one who struggles with God”. He shows that no one who wrestles with God wins. Jacob wrestled […]

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Growing up in the Church

I’ve just started reading Jesus in the margins by Rick McKinley. In the first chapter he has some ‘postcards’ of various people’s journey. Take this extract: Growing up in the church was a different kind of growing up. I never really understood where I fit in the church. When we came through the doors, I would be rushed off to a class with people who […]

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The Holiness of God – Chapter 6

To see the introduction and chapter list click here. Holy Justice I found this chapter to be one of the most ambitious and hard-hitting yet. In this chapter Sproul meets head-on the apparent brutality of God’s judgement found in the Old Testament, something many people struggle with and stumble over. I want to stare the Old Testament God right in the eye. I want to […]

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The Holiness of God – Chapter 5

It’s been a while! To see the introduction and chapter list click here. The insanity of Luther I found Sproul’s sketch-biography of Luther very interesting, especially noting Luther’s tempestuous nature; you might say he was somewhat the Christopher Hitchens of his day. Like Paul, Luther was trained as a lawyer and the concepts of justice, judgement and forgiveness haunted him. Sproul points out that at […]

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Review: The band that played on – Steve Turner

The Band that Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic By Steve Turner Hardcover, Thomas Nelson 2011   Anyone who has seen films or read books about the Titanic will recall the ship’s band which played as it sank. In this book Steve Turner focuses on these eight musicians. He explores the various claims regarding what they […]

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Review: The Next Story by Tim Challies

The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies 2011, Zondervan, Kindle Edition Are you concerned that you are becoming a slave to technology? Do you worry that you check your email / twitter / facebook too often? Do you feel that your mobile phone is often too intrusive? Are you lost without it? Are you interested in how to best utilise technology […]

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@Challies and video bowling performance art

I’ve been reading Tim Challies new book The Next Story which has been challenging me on several issues related to technology (more on that in another post) so it was very interesting, with these issues and thoughts going through my mind, to see the current exhibition in the Barbican Curve gallery:  Various Self Playing Bowling Games, by Cory Arcangel. Almost mockingly, Arcangel draws attention to […]

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Review: The Jesus Inquest – Charles Foster

The Jesus Inquest: The case for and against the resurrection of the Christ by Charles Foster Kindle Edition, Thomas Nelson 2011 My Amazon review: Charles Foster is a barrister,  part-time Crown Court judge and teaches Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Oxford. In this book he uses two characters, X and Y, who argue opposing sides of the case of the resurrection of Jesus. […]

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