Category: Book Review

November 30, 2019
Is Focusing on the Crucifixion Really Necessary for the Modern Christian?

Despite the fact that the crucifixion appears both ridiculous and disgusting to the world, it is actually the site of God’s greatest achievement.

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November 23, 2019
How to Preach from the Heart, to the Heart

Good preaching deals with the heart, not just the head.

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November 16, 2019
Is Our Charity Hurting More Than Helping?

Complex problems won‘t be solved by easy solutions.

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November 9, 2019
How to Counsel People in the Local Church

The need for counselling in the local church is clear. But what does this look like in practice?

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November 2, 2019
Why Most of What You Believe About Poverty is Wrong

Simplistic views of poverty do more harm than good.

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November 29, 2018
The Beautiful Field of Housing Schemes

This is the final section of a three-part series on Theodore Dalrymple’s book Life at the Bottom, which explores the lives of the ‘underclass’ living on schemes. In the chapter ‘Choosing to Fail’, Dalrymple strikes right at the heart of the problems we face in the schemes. Commenting on the many excuses that people have […]

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November 13, 2018
The Death of Dreams and Ambition

This is the second in a three-part series on Theodore Dalrymple’s book Life at the Bottom, which explores the lives of the ‘underclass’ living on schemes and council estates in the UK. Dalrymple’s chapter ‘Goodbye, Cruel World’ is particularly helpful in catching the underlying social pressures of living on a council estate. He talks of […]

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October 17, 2018
Why Playing the Victim Leads to Death and Taking Responsibility Leads to Life

Described as a book that is a classic of our times, Life at the Bottom was first published in 2001. The book informs us that: ‘The majority of the British underclass is white, and that it demonstrates all the same social pathology as the black underclass in America – for similar reasons of course’ (pviii). […]

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December 13, 2017
How Pastor's Wives Can Love Jesus, His Church, and Their Own Husbands

A Review of The Pastor’s Wife by Gloria Furman When Mez gave me this book to read, I was in two minds about how helpful it would be. I’ve read books like this before, and sometimes they are only really suitable for those pastoring in the States. Often it is difficult to see the relevance […]

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October 10, 2016
A Transatlantic Elegy for an American Hillbilly

I got a tweet from an American friend a while back. “Give this book a try”, he wrote. “It’s a New York Times bestseller and everybody is going on about it. I’d be curious to hear you compare and contrast the author’s experience in poor white America with what it’s like in Scotland’s schemes.” He’s […]

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