Risking the truth: A review of my review

I recently reviewed Martin Downes book Risking the Truth and Martin has responded with a response to my review which I’m grateful for. This is good because this is a healthy debate. There are areas where I may not have been sufficiently clear and while of course there may well still be disagreement we can at least be clear about it (and hopefully gracious). Martin helpfully expands on the motivation behind the book quoting 1 Timothy 6:3-5 and then writes, “Part of the reason for the blog, and the book,…

Book Review: Risking the truth

Risking the Truth: Handling error in the church by Martin Downes is a collection of twenty interviews, plus an introductory and two concluding chapters. The interviews are with a variety of reformed church leaders and professors from around the world. Interviewees include Carl Trueman, Tom Schreiner, Michael Horton, Mark Dever, Michael Ovey, Ligon Duncan and Greg Beale and so should give readers a good insight into the concerns and issues that reformed leaders believe they are facing. The whole tone of the book is somewhat defensive though, the questions posed…

Reviews: 2010

These are the books I’ve managed to read this year. It’s the most since I started blogging. Maybe next year I’ll manage 50! The Way Forward? Christian Voices on Homosexuality & the Church Silent Savior by AJ Gregory Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton You are the treasure I seek by Greg Dutcher Crazy Love by Francis Chan Enough by John Naish Virtual Integrity by Daniel Lohrmann Success by Simon Coupland Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose Blood & Sand by Frank Gardner Forgotten God by Francis Chan Just Politics edited…

My ten most popular book reviews of 2010

I’ve reviewed more books than ever this year (but it is more than 10 I assure you!) – full list at the end of the month. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to keep up some decent amount of reading even with the arrival of Anna Grace in July, running a marathon in April and all the other stuff of life. With that here are the 10 most popular reviews with brief comment. Risking the Truth by Martin Downes. Maybe it’s because I disagreed with a fair bit of it or…

Bibliophilia (25.11.10)

Reviews Mark Heath continues his prodigious series of reviews on commentaries with this one on The Letter of James by Douglas Moo and this ZEC commentary on James by Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell. Mark then tops it all off by reviewing The Presence and the Power by Gerald Hawthorne which he describes as ‘one of the best books I have read all year.’ Mark Meynell has read DA Carson’s Scandalous, and starts with a fascinating comment on the film Titanic. Matt Hosier has reviewed Risking the Truth by Martin…

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A word of encouragement for Courage

As I prepared for the Courage Conference, I spent some time reflecting on the times God spoke to people calling them to have courage and not to be afraid. I shared this during one of the main sessions. Afterwards several people asked for a copy. So here it is. The words in bold are where I tried to add emphasis as I spoke but I didn’t read out the references.  There is no need for courage when all is at peace and all is calm. But this is not our…

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When the migrant crisis gets personal

When we close the books on 2015 and look at the big stories of the year, one of them will surely be the migration of millions of people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It is, I think, no exaggeration to say that we are witnessing a demographic shift that is going to significantly affect all three regions for generations to come. Europe is by and large a rich continent surrounded by poverty and chaos – Yemen, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq and then further away the tragedy of grinding poverty,…