The Protestant Work Ethic & Welfare Reform

Those of us in the UK are well aware of the coalition government’s desire to reform the welfare state. Those of us affected by disability are certainly aware of the push to remove as many as possible from benefits, with the many mistakes and miscarriages of justice that that involves. The mass media seems delighted […]

4Thought: Malcolm Bowden on Depression and Faith

Well, something of a storm developing over today’s 4thought! For those not in the know, 4thought is a short slot at the end of the Channel 4 news given over to discussions of faith, ethics, and similar and where a person is given that time to present one point of view. This week, 4thought has […]

Review: “Does God Heal Today” – Nicky Gumbel

This booklet is apparently taken from the “Questions of Life” book, also by Nicky Gumbel. For those who have not heard of him, Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church in the UK. He is also behind the Alpha Course which has been so popular in many denominations and this booklet is […]

Lord, Save Me!

Excellent post from a Catholic perspective – check out the author’s blog!

Are We To Blame For Our Illnesses?

This is a provocative subject (and title). I am a Christian, so when I think about this question, I am looking at more than simply a biological viewpoint. I take the Bible seriously, and I am concerned about what it has to say about illness. There seem to me to be four different causes of […]

Book: “My Name is Legion”

I recently read Michael Willett Newheart’s “‘My Name is Legion’: The Story and Soul of the Gerasene Demoniac” (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004) I read this book looking for insights into the story of the healing of the demoniac of Gerasa (Mark 5). This is the story of the man living among the tombs, who self-injured and […]

Help Thou My Unbelief

Lord, I want to love you, yet I’m not sure. I want to trust you, yet I’m afraid of being taken in. I know I need you, yet I’m ashamed of the need. I want to pray, yet I’m afraid of being a hypocrite. I need my independence, yet I fear to be alone. I […]

Can God Heal?

Rather late-night post here but I saw an article in the Daily Mail that I couldn’t ignore! My hand was healed by God says Tory MP after advertising watchdog condemns leaflets claiming religion can cure Read more: Daily Mail Article This is the news that Gary Streeter, a Conservative MP has spoken out after the Advertising […]

Don’t Have to Scream

“Scream” – Zoegirl Does anybody know how I feel? Sometimes I’m numb, sometimes I’m overcome Does anybody care what’s going on? Do I have to wear my scars like a badge on my arm For you to see me, I need release Do I have to scream for you to hear me? Do I have to […]

A Prayer from the Heart…

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, […]