Through Another Lens

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Slaying Dragons…

  “Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” G K Chesterton I love … Continue reading

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I Have Forgiven Jesus

Whilst reading a music magazine lately I noticed Morrissey (formerly – unless they reform from time to time – of legendary band The Smiths) has his autobiography out. It’s marketed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seven Days That Divide The World by John Lennox

Book: Seven Days That Divide The World Author: Professor John Lennox Guest Reviewer: Dr James Graham, retired Medical Practitioner and Christian Score: 3/5 Review: Seven Days That Divide The World  … Continue reading

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Angry at God

**I wrote this poem some years ago. I’d forgotten I had it. Only recently when sorting through a bundle of A4 paper that had been in a corner of the room for … Continue reading

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The Wall

It rears up in front of me, it blocks my pathway, my progress, my escape route, my future. It is not a person but it has a personality for it … Continue reading

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I am ashamed of the gospel…by my 15 year old self.

…or more accurately, the title should be “I am ashamed of the gospel…by my now 43 year old self looking back to my 15 year old self”. But that’s way … Continue reading

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Magnificent Obsession – Why Jesus is Great

Originally posted on The Wee Flea:
Today my new book came out in the UK – it works as a companion to both The Dawkins Letters and also the just…

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Book: Angelology Author: Danielle Trussoni Genre: Thriller/Fantasy Reviewer: Eunice Graham, Founder Wishes and Angels Ltd Rating: 4/5 Plot: When Sister Evangeline (abandoned in convent as a child) finds secretive letters between … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

TAL Under Reconstruction! Hold The Front Page!

  Just a note to say that after a bit of thought, Through Another Lens is going to be revised somewhat. It’s always been my aim to take stock and … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

a completely random opening to a non-existent story (1)

***(Here’s the deal. When trying to write stories I’m not great on plotting in advance (building characters and locations etc indepth before I start writing about them) and if I … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Book Review: Simply Jesus by Tom Wright

Guest Reviewer: Dr James Graham, retired Christian GP from Glasgow. Rating: 4.5/5 Professor Tom Wright is an eminent New Testament scholar and former Bishop of Durham. He is the author … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Christian Defends Bangladeshi Atheists.

Some protests supporting Bangladeshi Atheist bloggers, planned around the world on April 25 by various secular and humanist groups, were postponed until May 2, after a Bangladeshi building collapse which … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Love your enemies…even Abu Qatada?

***Since this article was written, Abu Qatada has indicated that, if Jordan ratified a Treaty drawn up by the UK government, which would protect Qatada from evidence gained from torture … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Book Review: He Never Let Go by Lynda Alsford

Guest Reviewer: Dr James Graham, retired Christian GP from Glasgow. Genre: Christian Autobiography Rating: 3.5/5 Christian Evangelist Lynda Alsford was preaching a sermon the week before Christmas in 2009. There … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Health and Safety ruined my cappuccino!

So after a difficult day of doing this and that, I decided my little brain needed some rest and relaxation. I went to one of my regular coffee shops and … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

Invisibility: “God, materialise…now!”

You know what I dislike sometimes? God’s invisibility. Yes, I know He speaks to us through actual people and physical objects but there are times, especially when I was ill, when I really wanted … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on Ruth Valerio:
‘Reading Rowan Williams on C. S. Lewis is like watching two old friends in animated discussion of great, powerful themes’, says Tom Wright (thus completing…

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Grandpa was an Atheist – Part 1 (No design without a Designer)

My Grandpa (sadly no longer with us) was an Atheist. Then, one day, he saw a flower growing. He bent down for a closer look. He saw its beauty, its … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

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Advantages of being ‘nice’, regrets when I’m not and, oh yes, motives!

Advantages of ‘being nice’ A few days ago I was, as I sometimes am, in a coffee shop, happily sipping my decaf americano and reading (it might have been a … Continue reading

March 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on Pam's Perambulation:
This is based on today’s lectionary reading, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, but it also works with the theme of Lent 4 and returning to Mother…

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

What gets you through the night?

Last night was, if I’m honest, a fairly bad night. Couldn’t sleep, negative thoughts, deepening mood. When that happens I know I can do one of two things. I can … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

How Not To Evangelise… (warning: incompetent Christian content)

Sometimes Christians get the message right but the method wrong. This happened to me a lifetime ago. It’s a good example of good intentions but getting, well, almost everything wrong! … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

CD Review: Madness, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da

I love Madness, they were part of the musical soundtrack I grew up with until, like so many other bands of that era (Blondie, Duran Duran to name but two), … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Science Fiction and the Potential of Difficult People: A Quantum Leap of a Connection!

Anyone who has read Peter Hamilton’s first novel in the Night’s Dawn series (The Reality Dysfunction) will know that it gets pretty technical before it really gets going, you run … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Undiscovered Country

Sometimes you see a film, read a book, notice a picture and it seems to sum up where you are in life at that moment. That happened with me when … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Keep Dreaming, Your Dreams Matter!

    Do whatever you have to do but keep the dream alive. You have no idea how much future generations will thank you for it :-) Thanks for reading. … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Weapons of Mint Destruction, or Cobblers!

***This is a little piece of writing that I previously posted on a different blog some time ago. Someone left a comment saying it was the biggest load of cobblers … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on Lucy Mills:
Here’s a surprise for you – I’ve published a new collection of poems and prayers, currently only on Kindle for the special introductory price of…

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hope Street, where nothing ever happens…

There is a street in Glasgow, Scotland, called Hope Street. I have walked down that street often. Nothing ever happens. I start at the beginning of the street or join … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

I have a splitting headache, or is it a migraine?

The other day I was talking to someone and they said their friend had a migraine. Having suffered that pain myself I sympathised with them. I said “Is your friend … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Gail Platt, Jade Goody and Cyber Bullying: Just A Laugh?

Coronation Street (famous and long running UK soap). Like many soaps I can take it or leave it though if you’re wanting a confession then I’ll confess that of all … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Happiness Engineers!

Not so long ago I was looking through the options for deleting a blog and the relevant WordPress page listed several options, from simply changing a URL address to removing … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 9 Comments

Look Inward, Look Outward (Sunday Soundbite)

Look Inward “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength…” Isaiah 40:31 There are times in life when charging ahead is maybe not so wise, tempting, but … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Shut up and let me speak…

I was channel hopping the other night and, being a bit of a closet Trekkie, stopped when I saw a program where William Shatner (good ole Captain Kirk) was being interviewed by … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mental Illness and the Church outside the Church: A Personal Journey (long article)

Although I do believe it is important to attend Church (Heb 10:25), I also believe that there are a great number of people who have not been in a church … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

US Gun Control: Some thoughts from a Scottish Christian Doctor.

When I look across the Atlantic at right wing American Christians, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I despair. From their head in the sand approach to global warming through … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

CD Music Review: Burning Lights by Chris Tomlin

This is tricky. This is what I’d term Christian rock music, Christian worship music rocking out. In Christian circles (especially but not solely the US), Chris Tomlin is one of … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Standing In Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

Drum roll! Rebus is back! Five year since his retirement in Exit Music, Scotland’s favourite chain smoking, alcoholic, dour, rule breaking, but definitely good to have on your side, detective … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prodigal Journeys: It’s not such a long road back.

Patient: “I’ve thought about it long and hard, maybe too long and too hard. But I now believe that what holds me back, what prevents me from starting out again … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to make a joyful noise (mime…basically)!

I love the Psalms. Sometimes in the car I play a Psalms of Scotland cd and pretend I’m one of the singers. It’s the only time I win awards for … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

A little hope from the Stereophonics…

You think everything is possible And nothing’s gonna get you baby Everything is touchable Nothing’s gonna beat you in this life It’s alright Holding hands Drinking cans In the orange … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Epic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series: I wish I could speed read!

What do Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, Tad Williams’ Otherland series and Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn Trilogy have in common? You could say they are all from the … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

After the end of the tether… (dissertation blues)

Whilst rooting about in the attic recently on the annual Christmas decoration hunt, my Dad informed me that he’d found a bag with my Masters thesis in it! I was … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Technically…

Easier said than believed I know. But still. It’s a thought. What does it mean? Possibly… …that the glass is half full with hope… …and the other half, even if … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Very Short Thought for the Day: Patterns

Day follows night follows day follows night. It is the pattern of spiritual life…until finally day follows night for the last time and night never falls again. Thanks for reading.

January 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hymns and Mental Illness

My mum (mom) if you’re reading in the States  suffers from a psychiatric illness. There are times when she finds it helpful to listen to hymns, the ‘old fashioned’ or ‘traditional’ … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Who Are You? (Christian content)

“Who are you?” “Don’t you know?” “If I knew I wouldn’t be asking!” “True, but then sometimes we meet people we have actually been acquainted with before, just not for … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anything is possible if…

…you have faith. Actually that’s not strictly true. The truer statement is that anything is possible if you have faith in Jesus Christ. The words of Jesus in John 20:16 … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: The Illegal Gardener, Sara Alexi (Kindle ebook)

This book (at the time of reading available as ebook only) was a shot in the dark for me. I usually like thrillers, science fiction, spy novels etc but wanted … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · Leave a comment
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