• Apologetics,  Paul Backholer,  Teaching

    Can we Trust Scientists? Is Pseudoscience the New Science? Theories Masquerading as Facts: Who do you Believe?

    In some quarters faith in science has become a religion. Christianity is not anti-science; it’s self-evident many of the Founding Fathers of modern science were practising Christians or ministers. They sought God’s handiwork in discovery. The coronavirus vaccines today prove science still has much to offer humanity, as we use the abilities given to us by God. Professor John Lennox once said, “Either human intelligence ultimately owes its origin to mindless matter; or there is a Creator. It is strange that some people claim that it is their intelligence that leads them to prefer the first to the second.” He adds, “I submit that, far from science having buried God,…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    Peace of Mind – Think About What You Think About

    When was the last time you thought about, what your mind thinks about? Thoughts drop into our mind at all times and we must learn the habit of choosing what we think about. The person who controls your thoughts will ultimately control you. If you wake up and allow any concept to dominate your mind, someone else is taking charge of your destiny. We can allow the world, the flesh or the devil to control our thought life. Alternatively, we can allow the Holy Spirit, the Word of God or our will to channel what our mind dwells on. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from…

  • Architecture,  Art,  Christianity,  Culture,  Faith,  Paul Backholer

    Christianity & Architecture: Big Ben, the Bible & the Elizabeth Tower

    Big Ben is the most recognised timepiece in the world. The Clock Tower known throughout the nations by its crowd-pleasing name Big Ben derides from the Great Bell. It resides at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and at its heart are some intriguing Christian themes. My journey to Big Ben begins at Portcullis House. Once through the security checks, I walk into the majestic light-filled atrium of Portcullis House, looking for a glimpse of the prime minister. I head down to the tunnel which connects the new building with the Victorian Houses of Parliament. Walking underneath Bridge Street, I turn left and enter a small doorway to…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    Comparison Kills Your Joy

    You will never do as well, as your imagination tells you others are doing. In our mind, we create an invented world of perfection for others. They have the best relationships, income and position of influence. We compare the full reality of our lives to the imagined perfection of another. It disappoints us. Your real life can never match to the dream world you believe others are living. You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s – Exodus 20:17 Comparison is a mistake. Comparison kills joy. When…

  • Art,  Christianity,  Culture,  Faith,  Paul Backholer

    Christianity and Art: The Royal Collection & the Faith of Queen Elizabeth II

    Before the printing press and education made the Bible available to all, believers used their eyes and imagination to attempt to understand God. There was a danger of idolatry, which the Reformation sought to address, yet some paintings read like the pages of a book. On the 13 September 1940, a German bombing raid hit the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace, London. From the charred remains, the Duke of Edinburgh decided to convert the Chapel into an art gallery and display elements of the Royal Collection. I have been privileged to view the Queen’s masterpieces in several exhibitions in the Queen’s Gallery, and at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and at…

  • Christmas,  Inspirational,  Mathew Backholer

    Father Christmas and Saint Nicholas: Discover the Gift Giver who Inspired the Legend of Santa Claus

    Before he was called a Saint, Nicholas was an orphan who inherited great wealth from his family. Born in modern-day Turkey in AD c.280, he was raised as a Christian during times of persecution and believed he could use his wealth to help the needy. Cautious of the Lord Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6 to give with a pure heart, he gained a reputation for secret giving. What precisely took place is unknown, but legend states he once heard of a poor man whose daughters could be sold into prostitution. To save them from destitution, he put money into a bag and threw it into their home at night and…

  • Book Review,  Culture,  Faith Builders,  Inspirational,  Paul Backholer

    The Revelation TV Story: Hey Howie, Howard Conder & Gordon Pettie

    The sixties changed everything. The Beatles burst into a world gasping for breath, from an age of post-war bleak austerity. It was all just a laugh to begin with. Partying replaced serious life choices. Promiscuity shunned commitment and responsibility. Consumerism hypnotised the soul. “God is,” they said, “a myth.” Into this world a young Howard Conder made his mark, playing the drums for big bands and taking home a packet of money. Soon he drove a Rolls Royce, hung out with his mate David Bowie and Eric Clapton greeted him by name. Howard played gigs with the revered celebrities of this ‘golden age’ of the sixties revolution and he passed…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    Listen to Your Creator, not Your Critics: They’ve Dismissed You, God Hasn’t

    Listen to your Creator, not your critics. In life you will discover an endless supply of doubters, critics and cynics. There will always be people waiting to talk you out of God’s will, pull you down and belittle you. How you respond to this criticism will determine your destiny. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way – Romans 14:13 Abraham could have died in Ur if he consulted others on God’s call. If Joseph ignored his God-given dreams because of his family, he could have died as an unknown shepherd instead of becoming…

  • Book Review,  Culture,  Holy Spirit,  Paul Backholer,  Supernatural

    Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich – All shall be well

    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well” – Julian of Norwich Everything you need is found in Christ and all your heart truly desires, is found in Christ. Out of the abundance of God’s goodness, His love will flow into your soul. “God loved us before He made us; and His love has never diminished and never shall.” These are the words of Julian of Norwich, a woman living in self-imposed house arrest – permanent social distancing – in a single cell attached to the Church of St Julian, in Norwich, England. In her estrangement from the world, she found…

  • Health,  Soul Food,  Travel

    Travel in a Covid-19 World: Coronavirus, a Worldwide Pandemic

    You want to travel the world and explore, but the world has fundamentally changed. In this article, I will look at what happened with Coronavirus, how our lives have transformed and what can we do to protect ourselves when we travel. What happened? In December 2019, Coronavirus (Covid-19 / CV-19) broke out in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, China and by January 2020 it infected thousands of people who infected still more. The Chinese authorities quarantined entire cities, nobody could leave, by road, rail or air and additional makeshift hospitals were constructed to help isolate victims and prevent further infection. At airports across the world, screenings for passengers who left China before cities were in…