4 Great Themes in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (spoilers)

Dunkirk is first and foremost a movie about Dunkirk; the amazing deliverance of almost 300000 British soldiers from the French coast during World War II, largely via civilian charters. Inevitably, however, the film throws up other bigger issues, matters of enduring interest and concern. It is these that I would like to address in shorthand here: … Continue reading 4 Great Themes in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (spoilers)

A letter to an anxious heart

Last night at Millisle Baptist we were studying Matthew 7:21-23 together, and thinking through the very real dangers of self-deception when it comes to issues of salvation. Afterwards one of our members very kindly wrote to me, inquiring about how they could be sure that they have really understood the gospel and accepted Christ as Saviour. … Continue reading A letter to an anxious heart

From the farthest reaches of the valley

We live in an age which longs for forums and facts and surrogate experiences that might inform our own. We rule out the unpredictable and scale down the inscrutable through the constant flow of information, through gathering more details and hedging our bets. Google can be a one stop shop for finding reassurance from others … Continue reading From the farthest reaches of the valley

15 Reasons Why Visitation is Vital for Your Pastor

Recently Thom Rainer posted some reflections on church member visitation, providing 15 reasons why those in pastoral ministry ‘shouldn’t visit much’. While the risk of being viewed by one’s congregation as a sanctified social worker or life coach is ever present, and while some local churches impose utterly unreasonable visitation demands on their Pastor, there … Continue reading 15 Reasons Why Visitation is Vital for Your Pastor

Rehabilitating Jeremiah 29:11

Ask a group of ten Christians what their favourite verse is and there's a hefty chance that at least one person will reference Jeremiah 29:11. This sterling, promise-packed reference carries immediate resonance and reassurance for our troubled lives. God intends good for us, it seems to say - our welfare and our hope are secured … Continue reading Rehabilitating Jeremiah 29:11