Prayer is Relationship in Action

A couple of days ago I started reading ‘Serious Times‘ by James Emergy White. I should have read this book years ago but it sat languishing on my shelf. I’m so glad I have finally got round to reading it as it is a really thought-provoking and challenging book.   The following quote, on the nature of prayer, was especially helpful:   Prayer is not … Continue reading Prayer is Relationship in Action

Diagnosing the trauma of our current culture

Today I’ve started reading ‘Serious Times‘ by James Emery White. This has been sat on my bookshelf for quite a number of years, and I never quite got round to reading it. I thought the following is such a helpful summary of the trauma of our current culture:   “The trauma of our world is that the processes of modernity have failed to deliver. Rather … Continue reading Diagnosing the trauma of our current culture

Praying like the Apostle Paul

I’m currently re-reading Tim Keller’s excellent book on prayer. When you end up underlining a whole page in a book, it is a pretty good indication that the author has nailed something! That happened to me on page 20. Listen to what Tim Keller had to say about the Apostle Paul’s Prayers: It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his … Continue reading Praying like the Apostle Paul

Finding Grace Among the Paradoxes of Life.

It was so good hearing the Ragamuffin Gospel being quoted on Sunday at Kingsgate. Here is a flavour of this excellent book: “When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting … Continue reading Finding Grace Among the Paradoxes of Life.

Prayer when preoccupied with self

I’m just starting to re-read Tim Keller’s Book on Prayerand was amazed (again) and the challenging and beautifully written quote from Flannery O’Connor on page 11: “Dear God, I cannot love Thee the way I want to. You are the slim crescent of the moon that I see and mt self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all of the moon … … Continue reading Prayer when preoccupied with self

The Process of Reform

I’m currently re-reading Eugene Peterson’sbook ‘Run with the Horses’. There is a wonderful section on the process of Reform. Have a read: Jeremiah had a ringside seat in the arena of this reform. It is hardly conceivable, though, that he remained a spectator. He was not the sort of person to stand on the sidelines. He helped. He participated in the reform with his preaching. … Continue reading The Process of Reform

Probably the best book on suffering I’ve ever read

Today I’ve finished Paul David Tripp’s book titled ‘Suffering’. I think this is probably the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of Suffering. Yes, I’ve read the classic ‘Problem of Pain’ by C.S. Lewis and D.A Carson’s magnificent book called ‘How Long Oh Lord?’. However, both of those books try to address the subject of suffering from a Biblical /Philosophical perceptive. This book … Continue reading Probably the best book on suffering I’ve ever read