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,…

“They forgot Me”

Have you ever been ignored or neglected in church? How did that feel? Sadly, I have often felt ignored and in my flesh, I have also ignored others (both knowingly and unknowingly). It is not a nice feeling to be ignored. Neglect hurts, doesn’t it? Have we thought about how God feels when we ignore…

Practical Tips on Reading

In a previous article, we looked at some obstacles to reading. Starting to read a book, especially when we’ve never read one can be a daunting task. There are days when I just don’t “feel” like picking up a book too. There are days when my body is too tired. There are days when my…

Untamed Tongues & Evil Hearts

The communal violence in Delhi, provoked by hate speeches have claimed more than 40 lives so far. The plight of the father Babu Khan losing his two sons, Amir Khan and Hashim Ali in the riots, is bound to bring tears to any father of living children. Their bodies were found in the drain! According…

Obstacles to Reading

One of my goals through this blog is to encourage a reading culture among family and friends, especially here in India. From my observation, many families here don’t always have a reading culture right from childhood and reading or studying is usually done just to clear exams (there are of course exceptions). As such, it…

“There is no knowledge of God in the land”

India has been marked by violent protests over a period of 3 months, sparked by the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which was passed by both houses of the Parliament in December 2019. The Act seeks to give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from neighboring countries, but the bone of contention is the basis on…

Where do I find free Christian books?

There are a lot of Christian websites which freely offer Christian books in either the .mobi format (for kindle) or the ePub version (for ipad or iphone). I will list a few sites which already have free Christian books and also those which offer them monthly or regularly (mostly in kindle format, but also logos…

Reading and the use of means

Why read? Doesn’t the very act of reading fill our minds with empty knowledge and our hearts with empty pride? That’s a question I get asked a lot of time. Does reading have its benefits or is it an empty pursuit – a chasing after the wind (like Ecclesiastes reminds us)? Let me give you…

Book Review – Born Again This Way by Rachel Gilson

Is it humanly possible for someone struggling with same-sex attraction (SSA) to live faithfully and joyfully in God? Rachel Gilson, who knows the struggle from deep inside, writes with astonishing honesty and incredible compassion! But her book is not just honest and compassionate, it’s rooted in Biblical truth! She presents God’s design for human sexuality…

Book Review – What is the gospel by Greg Gilbert

Evangelical churches talk a lot about being gospel-centered. What is the gospel though? What are the implications of the gospel? What is at the heart of the gospel? Greg Gilbert, in his first book, answers these and many other questions and answers them well. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! The book is divided into eight…

Book Review – With These Words by Rob Flood

Some books come our way that have a potential to change the way we live. “With These Words” by Rob Flood is one such book! In it, the author presents five communication tools that could help change the way we see and interact with our spouse. What a deeply convicting book this is! Introduction Rob…

Book Review – The Care of Souls by Harold Senkbeil

Let me start with this: I don’t agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles only). But that hardly matters! There is so much to commend in this book that minor objections can be safely ignored. Harold Senkbeil, a former farm boy and present-day Lutheran pastor, brings together his farm and ministry experience to produce…

Book Review – The Ten Commandments by Peter Leithart

Peter Leithart is a theologian who can get creative with his writing. In this fresh look at the Ten commandments, he points to Christ as the fulfillment of the “Ten Words”. He shows us how these Ten Words speak to every area of our lives, including “worship, time keeping, family, violence, sex, property, speech and…

Book Review: Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

Dane C. Ortlund is a thoughtful writer. And he has produced a gem of a book! His central focus in “Gentle and Lowly” is not primarily what Christ has done, but who He is. He is concerned about answering these questions – What is the ‘bent’ of Christ’s heart? What animates Him most deeply? What…

Welcome to my new blog – Bookish!

The work of a good book is to incite the reader to moral action, to turn his eyes towards God and to urge him forward — A.W. Tozer Welcome to Bookish – a blog for those who love to read Christian books. Here I will occasionally post Christian reviews and articles on Christian living and…