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Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

C S Lewis in Time September 8, 1947

The lecturer, a short, thickset man with a ruddy face and a big voice, was coming to the end of his talk. Gathering up his notes and books, he tucked his hornrimmed spectacles into the pocket of his tweed jacket and picked up his mortarboard. Still talking—to the accompaniment of occasional appreciative laughs and squeals […]

C S Lewis in Time (September 8, 1947)

  The lecturer, a short, thickset man with a ruddy face and a big voice, was coming to the end of his talk. Gathering up his notes and books, he tucked his hornrimmed spectacles into the pocket of his tweed jacket and picked up his mortarboard. Still talking—to the accompaniment of occasional appreciative laughs and […]

Writers and editors: a resource

Interesting idea/resource… Christian Article Registry Depository – (C.A.R.D.)  – a unique research site for Christian writers and editors  Christian Today Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 14:11 (AEDT) Christian Article Registry Depository  (C.A.R.D.)  -  a unique research site for Christian writers and editors   Many Christian leaders are avid readers of Christian news media from the four […]

To Kill a Mockingbird: most beloved novel of the 20th century

Mockingbird takes flight for a new generation Date: July 04 2014 Neil McMahon “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin.” Moments memorable and profound abound in To Kill A Mockingbird, but this one lingers for many: the young narrator Scout urged to stand for her defeated but heroic father in a courtroom of the American south, […]

Mental Illness – a brilliant list of books

The Madness of Mental Illness, Explored Through Books by Beth Carswell   A Beautiful Mind  by Sylvia Nasar There’s a line I love from the short story Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe.  It’s about madness. And who better than the macabre mind who brought us such gibbering, eye-shivering tales of horror as The Telltale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum to […]

Towards a Healthy Life-style

(Draft for one of the chapters in my forthcoming book Q&R) Note: Diet and other life-style issues ought to be modified to suit certain medical conditions. Be guided by the experts in tailoring the following to your special needs. These are my priorities. You’ll have your own. Perhaps start with these, and give yourself a […]

PIECES OF ETERNITY (Michael Jensen)

PIECES OF ETERNITY Michael P. Jensen, Pieces of Eternity, Acorn Press, 2013. One of the advantages of semi-retirement is that when an interesting book sent by a publisher or author for review arrives in the mail I can sometimes put everything else aside and read it in one sitting (or reclining, in bed). That happened […]

Q&R Foreword, Introduction, Contents, Chapter One: Good & Evil

QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES  FOREWORD  When someone makes an appointment to see me, a ‘generalist’ pastoral counselor, what do we talk about? Short answer: anything at all that’s important for them. Within the first five minutes I invite my parishioner/client to ‘give me a headline or two’. And, then, mostly, we jump into the deep end. […]

QUESTIONS & RESPONSES: My new (2014) book/blog

QUESTIONS & RESPONSES: the toughest questions I’ve ever been asked, and some responses Update (10 August 2014): Mosaic Press, with whom I had a contract to submit the total manuscript by October 2014, has gone into liquidation. Sad, that: however the pressure to write (which had often got me up in the ‘small hours’) is […]

Why Libraries are so Important…

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens ‘We have an obligation to imagine’ … Neil Gaiman gives The Reading Agency annual lecture on the future of reading and libraries. Photograph: Robin […]