Hearing Well vs Doing Well?

Hearing Well vs Doing Well?

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40 Some of us, myself included, have a tendency to place too much importance in dotting every I and … Continue reading

The Futility of Christian Competition

The Futility of Christian Competition

When I was 18 I used to go along to my local running club for training every Tuesday night. There were a range of abilities, but I clearly remember one guy who was notoriously competitive with everyone. Now, that in itself might not appear noteworthy at a running club where you might reasonably expect a … Continue reading

C.S. Lewis and “The Bookham Pattern”

C.S. Lewis and “The Bookham Pattern”

A few years ago I read CS Lewis’s autobiography, Surprised by Joy, and I found myself regularly agreeing on matters of life which actually sit firmly in the realm of personal preference. However, from time to time you come across something you can feel justly passionate about and decree that if it is right to … Continue reading

12 Years a Slave: Review

12 Years a Slave: Review

12 Years a Slave is expected to take a full sweep at the Academy awards and I hope it does for achieving what Mark Kermode says in “elevating, educating, and ultimately ennobling the viewer by presenting them with something that is visceral, truthful and electrifyingly real.” I don’t normally review films, but I cannot stop … Continue reading

A Post for Engaged Couples

A Post for Engaged Couples

By Joe I recently became aware of just how good ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ by The Beach Boys is, for a number of reasons. Even John Piper loves it “because it’s so moral” so it must be great if it’s affirmed by one of my heroes. It’s for that reason that I love it. Christians … Continue reading

Where Do I Go For…

Where Do I Go For…

By Joe We should be careful who we allow to influence us. As someone who listens to a handful of sermons and talks every week I am very conscious of how my thought life can be shaped by the people I choose to listen to. However, what it has given me is a go-to catalogue … Continue reading

Not That Much of a Sinner, Really

Not That Much of a Sinner, Really

By Joe “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20 There’s a problem with our evangelism in the West. It’s stunted. It’s half-baked. It’s unfinished. What I mean is, it only goes half-way … Continue reading

The Myth of Free Will

The Myth of Free Will

By Joe Using the term ‘free will’ when it comes to discussions on how God saves is very popular. It’s safe, it’s family friendly and it offends no one. We all like the idea of being totally in control of our own destiny, don’t we? Most importantly, it doesn’t require you to commit to anything. … Continue reading

13 Pictures of the Gospel

13 Pictures of the Gospel

By Joe The Gospel is most succinctly described as being saved by God, from God and for God. To help us identify with this news and our new found relationship with God, the scriptures are rich with a number of vivid and varied illustrations. I love this because not only are illustrations easier to remember … Continue reading