Book Review: Deep Discipleship By JT English

Let me say upfront: This book is brilliant and deeply convicting! Dr. JT English, who is currently lead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, CO, previously served as pastor at the Village Church in Flower Mound, TX, where he founded The Village Church Institute. This book is his urgent plea to the church to not…

Book Review – Not Forsaken by Jennifer Greenberg

This book came with a lot of recommendations (from folks like Dustin Benge, JD Greear, Megan Lively, David Murray). Russell Moore wrote the forward to the book. There is so much to commend in the book. I loved the raw honesty and boldness that Jennifer Greenberg displays through the book. I also loved the way…

Book Review: Strangely Bright by Joe Rigney

What a delightful little book! Each chapter made my heart leap with joy! “Strangely Bright” by Joe Rigney is a mini masterpiece. There are such gems in each of these chapters that I was left wanting for more. Charles Simeon once said that we are to ‘enjoy God in everything and everything in God.’ Joe…

Book Review: Idols Of A Mother’s Heart By Christina Fox

Motherhood is a blessed privilege as well as a sacred responsibility. And children are God’s good gifts to parents. But our hearts are often prone to make idols out of the good gifts that God gives us. Christina Fox in this insightful book shows us the idols of a mother’s heart, but as a father,…

Book Review – Your Days Are Numbered By John Perritt

We have limited time here on earth. We know this truth, but often live as if it isn’t true. The Bible says that a wise man learns to number his days (Psalm 90:12). John Perritt in this short book gives us solid, practical advice on stewarding the time that God has so graciously given us….

Book Review – Essentially One By Jonathan Lamb

God’s glorious vision for the church is a united new humanity. But why is the experience of church so often marked with strife and division? Here is a necessary book: a book that looks at God’s mission, our diversities and practical ways to confront challenges associated with unity. In sixteen short chapters, Jonathan Lamb succeeds…

Freebies For June 2020

If you haven’t noticed yet, here are some freebies on offer for June 2020: Good Book Company is giving a free e-book titled “Humble Calvinism” by J.A.Medders. It is available in Kindle format for free if you sign up here. Logos’ freebie this month is “Mark, 2nd edition (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, New Testament II)” by Thomas C….

Guest Article: Reflections Of A COVID Survivor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Binsy Mathew, a Nurse Educator who lives and works in England. She loves reading, enjoys Indian food and is a doting aunt to two lovely children, Daniel and Joshua. She worships at Dartford Baptist Church in Dartford, England. She tweets at @annamathew80. I am a nurse working in…

Guest Article: Should Christians Date/Marry Non-Christians?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article from KellyBeth Prabhakar, who is a pastor’s wife and soon to be adoptive mom, living with her husband in Bangalore, her favorite city. This article first appeared in the Ref Now Magazine in 2018 and is used here with permission (and minor edits). Though the answer from Scripture…

Book Review – Is There Anybody Out There? By Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell had a difficult childhood. He was abused both verbally and physically by his step-mom. His father was mostly absent from the home. In his teens, he was into drug-addiction and stealing. In other words, his life was a total mess. He knew that he couldn’t rescue himself. And God didn’t let him go….

Book Review: Beautifully Distinct (Edited By Trillia Newbell)

The culture around us is continuously bombarding us with one message after another. Many of these messages are plain lies. How are Christians to think, listen and speak as we engage with these cultural lies? In this refreshing book, edited by Trillia Newbell, women authors from across the globe come together to encourage and challenge…

Book Review: Everyday Faithfulness By Glenna Marshall

Let me start with an honest confession: here’s a book that I would’ve loved to write one day! It’s a book that talks about the ordinary life of a Christian. It’s a book that showed me how God honors everyday perseverance. It’s a book that showed me the purpose of everyday faithfulness. It’s a book…

Why Do We Need Spiritual Friends?

Friendship is a priceless gift from God. And some of us have been blessed by true friendships over the years. Many have experienced the sweetness and joy of solid camaraderie. But many others have also experienced the pain of difficult friendships. Some of my own friendships have gone sour in the past because of misunderstanding…

How Long, O Lord? – Faith In The Midst Of God’s Delays

News came in on May 1st that the lockdown in India has been extended by a couple of weeks. In India, the lockdown has meant that many migrant workers are without jobs and away from their families (watch this video describing their plight). While the government has finally provided some relief by arranging trains for…

Book Review – The Way Forward By Joe Barnard

Here’s another book on discipleship – a book specifically directed at men for their spiritual maturity. But this one packs a punch, right from start to finish. Joe Barnard, the Executive Director of Cross Training Ministries, writes like one of the puritans. He is brief, clear and straightforward. He writes for men who feel stuck…

Is God Good, Even In Distressing Times?

There are times in life when we experience tremendous distress. The pressures of life, both internal and external, can overwhelm us to the point of despair. I’ve often felt this pressure. When things are going fine, I am happy to trust God, and sing His praises. When things turn sour, I find it difficult to…

Book Review: In The Presence Of My Enemies By Dale Ralph Davis

Studying the Psalms is an enthralling endeavor for me. There is no one better to learn it from than Dale Ralph Davis. His commentaries on the historical books (Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings) are top-notch. Davis adds a deep vibrancy into this small study of Psalm 25-37. Some of his…

Guest Article: Grace For COVID-19 Health Care Providers

Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Ron Zachariah, a physical therapist at a hospital in Michigan, USA. Ron is married to a lovely God-fearing woman Ruby and they are blessed with four wonderful children. Ron loves reading, biking, and fishing with family & friends. Ron and his family worship at First Baptist Church…

Book Review: The Creaking On The Stairs By Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell was abused as a child. Not just a couple of times, but most of his life. He had an absent dad and a cruel step-mother, who didn’t just kick and hit him for no particular reason, but also made him feel worthless by her verbal abuses. While Mez’s story is a sad story…

When Darkness Is Your Closest Friend

While suffering often has a way of distorting reality, suffering can also bring out genuine emotions and honest questions. As we go through unbearable pain and suffering, we’ll often experience hopelessness. There’ll be times when darkness will be our everyday reality. There’ll be days when we won’t experience any joy. There’ll be moments when loneliness…

Book Review – Together through the storms by Jeff and Sarah Walton

All of us suffer to varying degrees as we journey through life. Our response to suffering often reveals the depth and maturity of our character. Jeff and Sarah Walton have been through immense struggle and pain. They’ve experienced increasing strain on their marriage because of chronic illness, special needs, financial loss, and ailing children. Yet…

Stay home. Stay safe. But don’t watch porn!

Adult website Pornhub recently tweeted these words: “Stay home and help flatten the curve! Since COVID-19 continues to impact us all, Pornhub has decided to extend Free Pornhub Premium worldwide until April 23rd. So enjoy, stay home, and stay safe.” One news article reported that India showed a whopping 95 percent increase in website traffic…

Two books to read during the COVID-19 crisis

Today I want to recommend two books to read during the COVID-19 crisis, as we struggle with discouragement during these difficult times. The first book is “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper and the second is “Where is God in a coronavirus world?” by John C. Lennox. Both these books have been helpful to me…

Daring to hope when dark clouds linger

Do you find it difficult to trust God when circumstances around you seem hopeless? Do you begin to think that God has probably abandoned you because your life situation doesn’t get any better? Does sorrow from your present circumstance crush you to the point of despair? Many of us have been here. Some of us…

Book Review: Do Miracles Happen Today? by Tim Chester

I love Tim Chester’s simple and lucid writing. When we talk about miracles, we often encounter debate and controversy. This short book doesnt just help us understand miracles from a Biblical lens but also shows us the character of a God who has done miracles in the past and who can still do miracles today….

Freebies for April

If you haven’t noticed yet, here are some freebies on offer for April 2020: Good Book Company is giving a free e-book titled “Pray Big” by Alistair Begg. It is available in Kindle format for free if you sign up here. Logos’ freebie this month is “Faith Working Through Love” by N.T. Wright (1 hour course). Available here. Christian…

Book Review – To Seek and To Save by Sinclair Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson is an insightful theologian. There is a lot to commend about his writing (and preaching), but what most impresses me when I read him (or listen to him) is his relentless focus on Christ. This devotional on Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is no different. He writes with clarity and brevity. He conveys profound…

Giving to your local church in difficult times

Our experience of church has changed over the past couple of weeks. In the wake of the lockdown due to COVID-19, many of our churches have used modern technology to facilitate Sunday church meetings and weekly Bible studies. Many have enjoyed the novelty of it, but many others long to be back worshipping together with…

Inviting Guest Articles

Writing has been a pleasant experience so far. I have enjoyed the time spent in encouraging others. I am glad that some of you have been blessed by my writing. Today I want to invite budding writers to come alongside me to encourage others. If you enjoy writing or have written before or own a…

“THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC”

India went into a 21-day lockdown starting March 25th to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This triggered panic across the country as people rushed to stores to buy grocery and other essentials. The 8 PM announcement on March 24th was supposed to encourage people to stay indoors, but it had the exact opposite effect….

The course of a conflict

John Piper is fond of saying, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.” What he means is this: “One sentence or paragraph may lodge itself so powerfully in our mind that its effect is enormous when all else is forgotten.” I believe he is right. I hardly remember most of the things I…

Overcoming worldliness

A believer today faces tremendous pressure to conform to the standards of the world. When I was an unbeliever, I struggled a lot with the fear of missing out. In my own strength, I couldn’t say no to my friends for fear of being rejected by them. So, I would say things which only pleased…

Redeeming the time when socially distant

We are living in difficult times. The Coronavirus situation continues to create fear and panic among people. Countless people have lost their lives across the world. Some of us in the IT industry have the privilege of working from home. But this privilege is not for everybody. Medical professionals, caregivers or daily wage workers may…

Speaking words that build up

Believers can hurt each other with harsh words. We’ve often heard unkind words from another brother or sister in Christ. Bitterness can take root in our hearts as we ponder the reckless words used by others. But our scornful words can also hurt fellow believers in Christ. Some of our words cause so much damage…

Our Intercessor & Advocate

Do you struggle to pray daily? Do you find it hard to read and study God’s Word on a regular basis? Do you find it difficult to believe that God is near you? Life in this world can be arduous. Circumstances can suck the joy out of our lives. Communing with God can feel burdensome….

More free resources!

Crossway is giving out a free ebook titled The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor with Alexander E. Stewart. You can download the free book in pdf, mobi or epub formats here. Update on March 19, 2020: Crossway is…

God’s peace in turbulent times

These are difficult times for all of us. The Corona Virus (COVID-19) is now a global pandemic and is spreading across the world with increasing speed. The anxiety is crippling. Fear has gripped most of us. Many have lost their peace and calm. In a time like this, how should Christians respond? This article wisely…

When you are falsely accused

We see it all the time on social media. People are often saying things about others that are false, even though the evidence is limited. False accusations can hurt. They can cause deep shame. One false accusation is enough for us to lose our peace. Who hasn’t been accused of saying or doing something they…

When community causes pain

Community is a gift from God. It can spur spiritual growth. There are tremendous benefits of a gospel-centered community. But what about times when community fails to do what it is called to do? What about times when we experience deep resistance from and to community? Who hasn’t heard of lies destroying a church? Who…

Everyday mission

Reaching out to unbelievers often intimidates me – especially in a country like India. Mission is not easy for me. I often think, “Mission is not for me.” I am just embarrassed and often fearful. I’ve often thought of church as the primary place where mission is properly done. Add to that, I’ve often acted…

Book Review – Is God anti-gay? by Sam Allberry

Our culture today is obsessed with freedom, at any cost! Homosexuality as such is a hot-button issue. Abortion is another. The church often hasn’t helped with clarity on these issues, with many churches giving in to cultural pressures, instead of being counter-cultural. Sam Allberry is a wise guide, helping Christians see the issue of homosexuality…

Why do we need community?

In the previous article, we saw some reasons we avoid community. Today, I want to talk about the joys and blessings of community from my personal experience. We moved to Bangalore last January (Jan 1st, 2019) and found a delightful gospel-centered community here. We worship at New City Fellowship, which is a reformed church and…

Why do we avoid community?

I read a book last year which shaped a lot of my thinking about community. The name of the book is “Everyday Church” by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. The book is a practical commentary on 1 Peter. The authors point out the significant influence of the individualistic culture around us on our understanding of…

Free & discounted books for March

If you haven’t noticed yet, here are some freebies on offer for March 2020: Good Book Company is giving a free e-book titled “If you could ask God one question” by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper. It is available in Kindle format for free if you sign up here. Logos’ free e-book this month is…

Simple ways of learning the Bible

Author Jerry Bridges popularized the Navigator Discipleship tool called “The Word Hand”, which highlights five methods of learning from the Bible. The five methods are Hearing God’s Word, Reading God’s Word, Studying God’s Word, Memorizing God’s Word and Meditating God’s Word. Each of these methods is helpful in strengthening our understanding of Scripture and knowing…

Book Review – Why does God care who I sleep with? by Sam Allberry

Sexual assault is an issue we just can’t overlook or avoid. When someone is sexually assaulted, we demand justice and rightly so. Most of us know deep within that a violation of sexuality is a violation of personhood. Yet, in today’s culture, we also see a lot of confusion on matters of sexuality. Sam Allberry,…