Showing posts from January, 2013

A Useful Blog on the Abba/Daddy Question

I've wondered for a while about whether it's really right to thing of Daddy as the right sort of translation for Abba.

This blog gives a useful summary of why it may not be right.

Book Review: Every One A Winner

I decided I wanted a bit of lighter reading over Christmas and being someone who enjoys sport and hearing Christian testimonies, I picked Every One A Winner by Jonathan Carswell and Emma Newrick off my shelf.

Roger and Jonathan Carswell have published quite a few books of testimonies now and this one has a specific focus on sports people.  Some quite well-known internationals, such as Jason Robinson (Rugby) or Debbie Flood (Rowing) and some less well known.  This variation in "fame" is itself really helpful, because it helps to see that it's not just a celebrity Christian book, but a book about real people and their commitment to Christ.  In the light of sad stories of no longer Christians like Jonathan Edwards, this is wise I think.

In the book there are eighteen short, well-written and easy-to-read chapters, which give the Christian testimonies of these sports people and relate their Christian faith to their lives in sport.  It's interesting to see common themes c…

Questions for God - When Is Jesus Coming Back?

Another magazine article on the questions we would ask God.
Number eight on our top ten most popular questions for God was: When is Jesus coming back?
That's another way of asking: When is the end of the world (1 Corinthians 15:24)?  That's something that lots of people are very interested in.  The most recent popular prediction for the end of the world was the Mayan prophecy for 2012.  Some people thought that the Mayans (an ancient South American civilization) had predicted that the world would end on 21st December last year. As it turned out, it didn't happen!
It's not just ancient civilizations though.  Jehovah's Witnesses are famous, not just for knocking on your door, but also for predicting the date of the end of the world (what they call Armageddon).  The made predictions five times before giving up back in 1941.  And you may remember Harold Camping, a Christian radio presenter who predicted the world would end in 2011 and Jesus would return, also with ra…