Gunning for God

I've just finished one of the best books on apologetics I've read in a little while. "Gunning for God" is John Lennox's response to some of the arguments put forward by the "new atheists" such as Richard Dawkins. I have no doubt that some will find the book utterly unconvincing but to my mind the... Continue Reading →

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Simply Praying Simply

For years I have found the acrostic ACTS helpful in praying:A - AdorationC - ConfessionT - ThanksgivingS - SupplicationI was taught it when I was young and it's stuck with me as a sensible and balanced way to pray. But looking at it now I wonder if it's a little bit too complicated. How do... Continue Reading →

A Monster in Paris

What do you do on cold afternoon in Bury St Edmunds when you've exhausted the English Heritage sites and the children are fed up with walking? We decided that the cinema would be a useful distraction for a couple of hours so we parked up and wandered in to see what was on offer: The... Continue Reading →

Spurgeon’s Encouraging Ministry

I've often thought, as I've read through Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" book that he takes great care to bring as much encouragement to Christians as possible. It may be that the compiler or M&E picked particularly encouraging quotes from Spurgeon or it may be that it is a true reflection of the kind of ministry... Continue Reading →

The Golden Compass

I know I'm a little bit late to this party but I've just watched The Golden Compass with Talitha and thought I might jot down some first impressions. The film is essentially about a little girl who can see the truth with the help of a golden compass and who sets out to rescue a... Continue Reading →

The AA

Yesterday turned into a bit of an adventure as our car broke down on the way to an afternoon out in Brighton. Driving along the A27, thinking how nicely our rather faded but faithful old Zafira was running, the car started spluttering and coughing and an engine management light came on. We pulled in, I... Continue Reading →

Slow Progress

While there has rightly been much emphasis in recent years on the community of God's people being the focus of the Bible rather simply the individual there is always a danger that we make our spiritual life merely a function of being with other people. Simply put this means that we only ever pray or... Continue Reading →

Pride and Despair

Augustine the great Christian thinker from the 4th Century said "Pride is the beginning of sin", John Ruskin a writer from the 18th Century said “In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.” and just the other night when reading through the book of Daniel I came across this great word from... Continue Reading →

The Happening

Generally I like Mr Shyamalan's films. I am aware that some (Kermode) think he has gone off the boil but there is something about his "What if?" method of asking questions and making films that appeals to me. The film "The Happening" seems to be asking the question "What would happen if nature turned against... Continue Reading →

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