Why we don’t read

We have no leisure to read. It’s not a new excuse. Augustine, 1600 years ago said to himself as he began to wake up spiritually: Let us search the more diligently, and let us not despair…  until the clear truth be discovered. But where and when shall it be sought? …we have no leisure to read. Where are we…

Spurgeon: The early years

Spurgeon was exceptional in practically every way. A pastor at the age of 17, he had preached 600 sermons before he was 20. Once he had moved to be pastor of a church in London (aged 19) he was soon preaching to congregations of up to 10,000. At the age of 22 he founded a…

The Doctrine and Practice of Holiness

There is a real danger that Christians can fall into extremes when considering holiness. Some so emphasise the sovereign grace of God that they neglect the quest of Holiness. Some have believed that perfection may be attained in this life, but burn out in the attempt to achieve it. Erroll Hulse approaches the subject as…

A Christian guide to reading books [review]

Kelvin Macharia reviews Lit! by Tony Reinke: Reading is not easy. It never has been, at least for me. And I know am not the only one. That’s why this book was written. It’s not a book for those heavy readers out there, no, it’s a book for people who struggle to read like myself.…

Prayer… according to Jesus

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts” (attributed to Mother Teresa) There are a lot of different ideas of what prayer is or should be. For some, prayer is wordless contemplation. For some it is…