Category Archive: Discipleship

Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Christian Biography on Young People

This week I picked up Eric Metaxas’ latest book 7 Women and the Secrets of their Greatness, which provides an introductory overview of the lives of Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint… Continue reading

Debra Hirsch’s new book: Redeeming Sex

I must recommend Debra Hirsch’s new book Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality & Spirituality. This is the book Debra was destined to write, drawing on decades of ministry in this area. Typical of Debra’s… Continue reading

3 Rules for Heralds of the Gospel

A while ago I posted on Paul’s use of the term ‘herald‘ to describing his ministry: “For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher…” (2 Timothy 1:11)… Continue reading

Radical Axioms for Modern Life

I’ve been reflecting recently on each of the quite radical statements of Jesus at the beginning of the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5: 1-12, which read like radical axioms for… Continue reading

Do Entrepreneurs Feel Closer To God?

This from Harvard Business Review: A new study by academics at Baylor University found that entrepreneurs prayed more frequently than other people and were more likely to believe that God was personally responsive to… Continue reading

Tim Keller’s New City Catechism

Last year, Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC launched the New City Catechism, with its own free accessible app. For those not familiar, catechisms are uniquely structured clear set of teachings on Christian doctrine. They are… Continue reading

Darth Vader reads the Bible

A friend recently requested a recommended audio version of the Bible. I actually love listening to scripture, being swept into the whole grand narrative; and hearing verses afresh brings thoughts to mind which… Continue reading

Alain De Botton’s Borrowed Virtues

Yesterday popular philosopher Alain De Botton released his ‘Manifesto for Atheists’, a supposed ten new virtues, in response to his feeling that being virtuous had become ” a strange and depressing notion”. He says… Continue reading

Why Mad Men Makes Me Want to Stop Shopping

Watching Mad Men recently prompted my thinking again on the immense but subtle role shopping plays in our lives. (lights a cigarette) The show, in multiple ways, demonstrates a point made by Erwin… Continue reading

Bonheoffer, Stauffenberg and my Father, Hairdresser of Nazis

I’ve been very moved by a recent, very readable, biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He holds great fascination for me, and personifies a combination of two interests: theology and the Third Reich. My interest in… Continue reading

A Most Pretentious Blog Post

I remember it as one of the two most overused words from University. Dropping “Oh, how pretentious” into conversation over drinks was the ultimate poison putdown. The other word was ‘irony’ (especially in relation to… Continue reading

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