The Book That Made Your World


Book Review – written by Lindsay

The Book That Made Your World* by Vishal Mangalwadi, published by Thomas Nelson 2011

I am grateful to a missionary friend for drawing my attention to this remarkable book. It is subtitled How The Bible Created The Soul of Western Civilization and as the back-cover says: “will transform your perception of the Bible’s influence on virtually every facet of Western Civilisation”.

So much that we take for granted in our own society, such as education, human dignity, the social and economic empowerment of women, human rights, the passion for scientific, medical and technological advancement – all these and more can be traced back to the Bible and the godly men and women who took the Bible seriously and whose lives were transformed by its message of the Saviour of the World. Continue reading The Book That Made Your World

Regrets, I’ve had a few ….

This post was contributed by Lindsay, Trustee at HBC

Regrets, I’ve had a few, sang Frank Sinatra – but then he did it “his way”.

A blog receiving attention from columnists recently is one by Dr. Bronnie Ware, who worked in palliative care for many years and spoke to many dying patients. She has shared what they told her and reports that the top five regrets of the dying are:


1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. (This was the most common regret of all.)

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Continue reading Regrets, I’ve had a few ….

“Nothing in my hands I bring”

Written by Lindsay, HBC member

Musing on the funeral ritual which took place in Vienna on 16th July 2011 following the death of Dr Otto von Hapsburg, this verse from Augustus M. Toplady’s great hymn “Rock of Ages” came to mind:

“Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.”

Otto of Austria, former Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, who died on 4th  July, was taken to his last resting place in Vienna’s Kaisergruft on 16th July. Dr Otto von Hapsburg (aged 98), known as “The Father of the House” in the European Parliament, was an accomplished debater and fluent in seven European languages. He was also the head of the historic Hapsburg dynasty, being the son of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor who was exiled in 1919. The funeral ritual took place as follows.

“Who desires entry?” Continue reading “Nothing in my hands I bring”

Does the Resurrection Affect You?

*Guest Post by Richard Coombs*

What do you think it would have been like to observe the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave? What if some entrepreneur had understood when Jesus said that he would rise from the dead? What if he sought an opportunity to make some money off this spectacular event? What if he set some seats up in front of the tomb and charged people admission for watching? What if he advertised in the Jerusalem Chronicle and a huge crowd showed up to watch?

My guess is that people would have arrived cynical, casual, and callused. But then, a resplendent light followed by momentary silence before a deafening noise, Jesus would have stepped forth from the grave Continue reading Does the Resurrection Affect You?

How to Develop a Mature Christian Mind – Guest Post

The following post was written by Demian Farnworth, blogger for  Fallen and Flawed. To learn more about Demian, click on the links at the end of his challenging post.


Last week I got a little frustrated when a friend emailed me this question: “Are you intimate with Jesus?”

Partly because I’m a guy and when I think of intimacy, my mind doesn’t immediately race to another GUY. But I was also frustrated because that question was attached to one of Oswald Chambers devotions.

Why would an Oswald Chambers devotion upset me?

Continue reading How to Develop a Mature Christian Mind – Guest Post