Remembering the Wars: 100 years since the end of WWI

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 2018 we shall stop to remember once more all those who have fallen in conflict. I like to remember more than just the last century: for all those who have died to conflict; I think of the warfare of the Thirty Years War and remember the […]

Remembering, commemorating and romanticising the Reformation

Five hundred years ago a big event happened in Europe that changed the course of history forever. Five hundred years ago this month, a monk nailed 95 theses to a door, a move which would shake the foundations of the European world and indeed the global world forevermore. Five hundred years ago, was the beginning […]

Five hundred years of the Reformation: recommended reading material

October is upon us and this month we are celebrating 500 years of the Reformation, but beyond some random hot-headed monk banging a bit of paper on a church-door and a few fights, what else happened? It is my aim in this post to list a number of short books on the Reformation and Reformation […]

18th Century Methodism (1): an introduction to the social movement

Christians who look back to the 18th century usually focus on the spiritual revival that took place, often termed the ‘Great Awakening’. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, what can tend to be left-out and forgotten is the enormous social impact the movement had on society. Methodism was a movement that grew out of a […]

The Reformation: what were the consequences?

Happy Reformation Day everyone! What was the Reformation you ask?  Well it was when the Protestant church broke away from the Catholic Church, all starting with Martin Luther on the 31st October with his 95 theses which he nailed to a church door.  This along with the thoughts and ideas of other theologians were spread […]

October the thirty-first: ghoulish grins or revolutionary rants?

The 31st of October is a day of historical significance for the Christian; although it is generally associated with Hallowe’en and all the gruesome fancy-dress parties and pumpkin-chiselling accompanying it. Then there’s the hideous figures frightening the life out of you with their screeches whilst you’re buying your sprouts from the supermarket. That aside, today is […]

King Sennacherib at Lachish, Judah. © Wikimedia Commons

Sennacherib’s downfall and Bible authenticity

Christians uphold that the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired Word of God, inerrant and accurate. Invariably most churches’ statement of faith (or doctrinal basis) start with their belief in the Bible as God’s Holy and inspired Word – the final authority on all matters pertaining to faith and practice. However, in today’s […]

The Second World War, Eastern front

God’s Grace at work during the Second World War

Grace is such a wonderful and amazing conundrum (and I don’t use these terms loosely!). Throughout history, since the beginning of time itself, God has guided and protected us, through trials and tribulations, as well as bestowing upon the world His greatest gift. Every breath we take is another gift from God. How often do […]

Nebuchadnezzar: the king of kings

There are a great many valuable lessons we can learn from Nebuchadnezzar’s life; and in the following series of articles I intend to draw some out and apply them to our day and age. So join me as we explore the life of a great man, raised up by God! I’m nobody special; I don’t […]