Holiness isn't fashionable. Some people think it's scary/ risky/ uncool/ sanctimonious/ sad/ cranky...
Think again! Holiness is at the core of Christianity. There's no stronger testimony for the Gospel than a
transformed life. The New Testament teaches salvation by grace through faith, but repeatedly urges us to live
righteous lives. Several of the epistles address ordinary church members as "saints". The world longs for us
to live up to that title - but can we? And, if so, how? How does temptation work and how can we resist it?
What difference will holiness make to our world?
|The essence of prayer is love. That's the fundamental
premise and starting point for this book, which teaches techniques, but refutes
obligation. We pray because we want to. But some people
feel guilty or inadequate, because they don't pray in the way they've been told
they should. But they may be praying in ways that perfectly suit their own personality.
To give a comprehensive explanation of prayer could take several lifetimes,
but this book's 80 compact chapters are wide ranging enough to provide a valuable
overview. Each chapter starts with a poem or quotation that crystallises the
subject. The chapters progress from simple beginnings to 'deeper' forms of
prayer - but, to quote from Chapter 38: "Prayer is for all, but not all types
of prayer are for everyone."
Let us pray as we are (not as we are not).
Let us pray because we want to.
Let us pray anywhere, anytime, anyhow.
But, however we do it - let us pray.
For a more detailed review of this book and how it came to be written, read the article The volume of silence.
The book Still Digging is available from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle versions. ISBN Number 978-1542903868.
Pilgims Rock! The true story of the first Christian rock group
|Amplified music, electric guitars, drums, and songs with a beat are commonplace in 21st century churches,
Christian conventions, and evangelistic events - though some people still deplore their presence. Before the
1960s such things were unthinkable. Times have changed. But how did it all start? The beginnings can be found
in a suburban living room, where a young Bible student's short sermon produced 100% success. Everyone in the
room was converted - all four of them. That night forms part of the history of the first Christian rock band -
and the rest of the story is just as remarkable.
The book Pilgrims Rock! is available from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle eBook format. ISBN: 172915199X
Little Church of Bethany - 'small village - big heart - huge influence'
|In first century Palestine a little village called
Bethany was home to two sisters and a brother whose lives of faith helped change
history. In 20th century Britain an 800 year old village church went into decline,
much like many at that time. But it reversed its decline and grew to become
a force for change in the local community and beyond. Little Church of Bethany
weaves together these two stories, focusing on Bethany's characters and events
and showing the power of small churches to change themselves and their community.
The book Little Church of Bethany is available from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle versions. ISBN Number 978-1530721610.
|Related to the above book, "Little Church of Bethany", this book provides the script
and sheet music for Bethany
the Musical, which tells the story of Bethany in moving drama, supported
by 12 original songs.
The book Bethany is available from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle versions. ISBN Number 978-1530924592
SOS - Stumbing Over Scripture - A journey from fundamentalism to faith
|Fundamentalism is a risky strategy for maintaining
faith. It can lead to arrogance or even cruelty and it doesn't cope well with
doubts. This book records a one man's 20-year journey from fundamentalism to
honest faith, facing the problems and questions that cause people to stumble
over scripture. The author continues to read the Bible daily and gains strength
from its teachings. But he is no longer a fundamentalist.
For a more detailed review of this book and how it came to be written, read the article Fundamental Relief
The book SOS is available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle versions. ISBN Number 978-1519688064.