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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…