Finding Our Identity In Christ

This article was originally published in Evangelicals Now. What does it mean to have our identities rooted ‘in Christ’?  This question has perhaps never been more relevant in a world which has an increasingly fragmented understanding of identity, as people are encouraged to embrace fluidity in both their gender identity and sexual orientation. So how can Christians…

What Should We Make Of Jordan Peterson?

|Jack O’Grady| There is not much lightness in Jordan Peterson’s touch. He stands before his audiences slightly hunched, often with lowered eyes and a sullen expression on his face. His manner carries a brooding intensity which matches the solemn urgency of his speech: this is an unusual approach for someone who can be not unfairly…

Ireland’s Referendum Result

The result has not yet been officially announced, but the exit polls of yesterday’s referendum in Ireland suggest a landslide victory in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment.  If this result stands, then today marks a historic and sad day for the country as it votes to remove the constitutional right to life for the…

Review of “The End Times”

|Barry Dysert| The End Times in Chronological Order by Ron Rhodes is an excellent book for anyone interested in the study of the end times, whatever your particular eschatological views may be. Rhodes’ book is a nice size – nearly 240 pages, which makes it quite readable while at the same time detailed enough to…

Review: ‘Arrival’

Warning:  This article contains spoilers for the film ‘Arrival’ (2016). Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is a poignant and visually beautiful sci-fi film which indirectly asks a deep philosophical question: should God have created the world knowing it would contain such agonising suffering? The problem of suffering is sometimes offered as proof that no God…

Review of ‘Promises Kept’

|Barry Dysert| Most Christians, I suspect, will be interested in learning about biblical promises, especially since God’s promises are guaranteed to come true. By studying these promises we gain reassurance of God’s future commitments as we see how He has kept the commitments that have already come to pass. In short, it’s a faith-building exercise. …

The Decline of Culture could be a Golden Opportunity

There is a growing consensus that the West is in a period of steep moral and cultural decline. By casting off the shackles of morality, secular humanism has not delivered on the freedom and peace that it once promised. And we are dealing with the legacy of that failure today.  Four out of every ten marriages…

Review of “5 Things to Pray for Your World”

Prayer can be difficult at the best of times.  But praying for the entire world can seem especially daunting.  This is the theme that Rachel Jones addresses in her latest book, “5 Things to Pray for Your World.” Helpfully, we find that we don’t have to pray for the entire world all at once. Each…

Reframing the Abortion Debate

A few months ago Stephanie Gray, the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, presented a pro-life argument to an intelligent, socially liberal audience at Google.  The abortion debate has been a key component of the ‘culture wars’ in North America (and Europe) for the last half a century, so what contribution could a…

Review of “When Breath Becomes Air”

“When Breath Becomes Air”  is the memoir of Paul Kalanathi, a brilliant and promising neurosurgeon who receives a life-changing cancer diagnosis at the age of 36.  The book follows his journey over the next two years as he struggles to come to terms with the inevitability of death. Kalanathi is used to dealing with cancer…

Review of “Enough”

Roseveare, Helen. Enough. The Good Book Company, 2011. In 1953, soon after graduating in Medicine from Cambridge University, Helen Roseveare served as a missionary to the Congo where she built a hospital and training centre for local doctors and medical staff.  Seven years later the Congo became independent from Belgium and the country was immediately plunged…

Review of “The Selfish Gospel”

Pimm, Freddie. The Selfish Gospel. Inter-Varsity Press, June 2017. Like a fast-spreading illness, selfishness is rampant within the Church.  So argues Freddie Pimm, the author of The Selfish Gospel. Pimm isn’t the first writer to comment on the corrosive influence of individualism on the Church.  But he does provide a fresh perspective on how the 21st Century Church has…