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…

The real war on terror

The world has been obsessed with Paris in recent days. Over the weekend, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three co-ordinated attacks in the French capital, which killed (at the time of writing) around 130 people. Many more were injured, some critically, which means…

The day God obeyed

There is a song that I learned in Sunday school, which I still occasionally sing to myself and which expresses a great truth. The song is called “Obedience,” and its lyrics go, in part: Obedience is the very best way to show that you…

Because you have prayed

Does prayer change things? This is one of the perennial questions about the biblical teaching on prayer. Many have (rightly) noted that, in one sense, prayer cannot possibly change things. That is, if God is sovereign (and he is), and if he has ordained…

Systematising unbelief

One of our pastors, preaching systematically through the Gospel of Luke, recently reached the account of the young demoniac at the foot of the mount of transfiguration (Luke 9:37–43). This is a fascinating account, which is brought into full focus only as you consider…

Training a child

The Pew Research Center recently released a report in which it revealed that “fully 85% of self-identified Catholics ages 18–29” believe “that homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with just 13% who said it should be discouraged.” And while the acceptance of homosexuality…

Continuing thankfully

In the 2005 science fiction thriller, The Island, two clones, created for sole the purpose of providing organs for wealthy donors, escape their compound. At one point in the film, they encounter an individual who speaks of a “god complex.” One of the clones…

Praying specifically

I recently started reading The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie. “The movie,” by the same name, is based on real-life events, though it has been rather substantially Holywoodised. The “true events” were events that unfolded in the life of Kim and…

Living in dependence upon God

As you read the Gospels, it becomes quickly clear that the life of an apostle (like the life of any disciple of Christ) was one of highs and lows. For three apostles—Peter, James and John—one high point in their walk with Jesus was the…