Category Archives: Reviews

Book review: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

(Published by Penguin, London 2010 – ISBN 978-0-141-03928-2) When Skeeter Phelan returns from college in 1962 to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi she realises how little she has in common with her old school friends. Now married, they all have … Continue reading

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Book Review – Winning hearts, changing minds

A while ago I wrote a partial review of this book – here is the promised full version! In this book, Martin Robinson sets out to explore the history of mission to discover how to reverse the recent decline in … Continue reading

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Book Review – Heaven is for Real

Many books written about “near death experiences” carry sensational claims on the back cover. But this book claims to tell its story with “disarming innocence and the plain-spoken boldness of a child.” Passing a turning en route to a family … Continue reading

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Book review: Winning hearts, changing minds – halfway

(Confession: At the Frontline conference in January, I made a personal commitment to read a book a every month and post a review. So far I have not completed one book. This review is based on reading the first few … Continue reading

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Movie challenge

This morning I preached on Isaiah 58, in which God challenges the double standards of his people. Though that wasn’t my major point: I focussed on the call to care for the needy, and it’s resonance with history and present … Continue reading

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Miss Potter – A remarkable lady

Last weekend we watched again the wonderful performances of Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in that masterpiece Miss Potter. The film is a joy to watch on every level. Sumptuous costumes, gorgeous scenery, humour and romance. But the best is … Continue reading

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Encouraging podcasts from The Salvation Army

Some time ago I subscribed to a Heart2Heart on Ministry Matters, a podcast from The Salvation Army but didn’t listen to any of them. I’ve been trying to catch up on podcasts as well as checking out some of the … Continue reading

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Priorities

John Grisham has made his name with legal pot-boilers and page-turners. But many of them have unusual twists of plot or out-of-the ordinary characters. The Testament (link right) bears some simliarities to The Summons in that they both feature the wills of … Continue reading

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SA music is safe with youth

Saturday we travelled to Grangemouth for the final festival of the East & West Scotland summer school. The programme varied programme was of a very high standard Major Graham Mizon (Divisional Director for Evangelism) told the assembled throng that this … Continue reading

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