Review: Unfollow

It began in 1991. A local independent Baptist Church in Kansas began picketing at a nearby park popular with gay men. Citing Romans 1:32, the protestors paraded handmade signs proclaiming that gays deserve death.

The church’s pastor, Fred Phelps, had taught his small flock that loving one’s neighbour meant warning them of judgement to come. “We always equated love with rebuke. As long as we believed our words to be truthful, we were free to rebuke the rest of the world at any time, in any place, and in any way we wanted.” Before long, protests expanded to include demonstrations at the funerals of gay people, military veterans, and disaster victims. The church believed that these deaths were divine punishment for a nation with corrupt values. They alone knew the truth and were God’s vehicles for warning the nation of coming destruction.

Review—What’s a Girl Worth?

Rachael Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexual assault. What’s a Girl Worth? is her story of survival, unmasking Nassar as a sexual predator, and the institutional cover-ups that allowed him to perpetrate his behaviour for more than twenty years. It is a gripping, if at times uncomfortable, read, detailing her childhood, her gymnastics career, Nassar’s assault at the Michigan State University clinic, the long road that led to her speaking out, and the victory that the survivors achieved after the lengthy investigation and trial process.

Review: The Case for Christ

Unbelievers will no doubt find great cause to entrench themselves further in their scepticism. Believers may be tempted to think that the evidence presented in the film—if, perhaps, accompanied by a reading of the source material—provides a slam dunk case for the authenticity of the Gospel accounts. Ultimately, the film will be best enjoyed by those who avoid both extremes and instead sit down to enjoy a biopic of one man’s journey from scepticism to faith.

Review: I’m Not Ashamed

There is wisdom in preventing younger children from viewing the film, but teenagers and adults may appreciate the story of one teen girl’s struggle with faith and trust in the God who doesn’t waste anything—not even the bad things.

Review: Fight!

I was first introduced to Preston Sprinkle through his book Charis, which tackles the enormity of God’s grace toward his people. Since then, I have come to respect Dr. Sprinkle. I have found him to be a theologian who really challenges my thinking. Even…

Review: Praying Together

“What is the best book on ____________?” I see and hear that question asked all the time. You fill in the blank: spiritual warfare, baptism, the local church, preaching, etc. It’s a question, of course, that invites highly subjective answers. Where I might recommend…

Review: Four Views on Hell (Second Edition)

Back in December 2011 I read a book in the Counterpoints series titled Four Views on Hell. Published in 1992, this book brings together the scholarship of four different authors to debate the nature of hell. The first edition presented four different interpretations of…

Review: The Hardest Peace

Recently, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with brain cancer, announced that she had scheduled her death for 1 November. Maynard, a volunteer advocate for Compassion and Choices, had been given six months to live, and came to the conclusion that any treatment would ultimately prove…

Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Running in the digital circles in which I run, it has been virtually impossible in the last twelve months or so to miss the hype—both pre- and post-publication—concerning Nabeel Querishi’s Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. When I first came across…

Review: Dark Journey, Deep Grace: Jeffrey Dahmer’s Journey of Faith

“Is heaven for boys like me? I’ve been terribly bad. Could I possibly go to heaven too?” These words were spoken by Pastor Roy Ratcliff from the pulpit at the memorial service of Jeffrey Dahmer. Pastor Ratcliff’s answer was unequivocal: “The answer for both…