Sep 26, 2014 - Book Review, Christian    1 Comment

Book review: Can I Really Trust the Bible?

Author: Barry Cooper

Published 2014

In his introduction, Cooper asks what the Bible claims to be, what it seems to be, and what it proves to be. And, for such a small book, he does a good job at trying to answer these questions.

Rather than drowning the reader with heavy theological argument, Cooper gently guides the reader through the various topics. He also attempts to answer the kind of questions that the seeker, or young Christian might ask – Isn’t the Bible out of date; what other documents “prove” the Bible; Isn’t the Qu’ran also God’s word?

The first two chapters look at both Old and New Testament claims to divine authority and look at Jesus’ place in them. The humanity and divinity of Jesus are explored. Chapter 3 looks at the writers of the Bible and the authority by which they wrote. The next chapter looks at the more critical questions that would challenge the place of the Bible; who decided the order of the books; what about errors and contradictions? And finally chapter 5 encourages the reader to open the Bible and read it for himself. It is only by doing so that one can really “taste” the contents.

The style of writing provides the reader with tasters; bite-sized explanations or discussions on the topic. This makes the book very readable and would appeal to those who are starting their Christian journey, or for those that would wish to discuss the themes in a small group.

Jul 17, 2014 - Mental health    No Comments

I’m proud to be bipolar

I’ve often wondered how I would tell my story. Indeed, is my story of any relevance. Maybe not; only to me. But I do love to read of the experience of others. Patricia Potts wrote this piece “Proud to be Bipolar” on the International Bipolar Foundation website. It hits home in many ways. However, read the comment by Char Kimber to see how frustrating it can be to live with mental illness.

Jul 10, 2014 - Christian    No Comments

Why ahavah?

I often wondered what I would call a blog, if I ever started one. As you can see I have settled on “Ahavah”. Why? Ahavah describes various types of love.

It was a word that I wasn’t acquainted with until I saw it on the “Hebrew for Christians” website. The simple examples given to show the use of ahavah touched me. My God loves me – that love has held me up in so much of my life. I love my wife – the woman who has tolerated and supported me when things have been tough. And finally, I’ve valued the support and love of friends through my journey.

In so many ways, ahavah says it all!

The journey begins

I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have my own blog. So here it is!

My musings will be generally limited to three areas: Christianity, mental health issues (mainly bi-polar disorder), and free software. Things may change, but these are the three main influences on my life. Family and friends have a major part in the support I receive but I hope my readers (if any!) will contribute. Sometimes I will need help and encouragement; feel free to be part of this. Sometimes I hope to encourage or inform others; join in this.

This will be a new venture, a new journey for me. Treat me gently!