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No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe.

The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic..

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." The next lines describe how three bitter enemies-Egypt, Assyria, and Israel-will "worship together" and how all three will become "a blessing on the earth.

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do.

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish Tzaddikim (righteous holy people) near Safed, a small town in northern Israel.

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.

Here's Help for the "I Can't Say 'No' Blues"

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed.

Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching.

Meaning and Marketing - The Will

You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students.

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices

That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon the use of the G name) the politically correct feeling among most Christians today. You will recall that in the second book of the Potter series, The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter alone heard the voice of the basilisk.

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."Our salvation is not accomplished by anything we can do, or be.

The Christmas Victory

As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good time to submit the following article:THE CHRISTMAS VICTORYA logical and practical interpretation of Is.7:14 in the light of context and language.

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before my Junior year in high school. I was just getting off work on what seemed to be the worst day of my life.

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12/13/2019 10:54 AM
Madness Chronicles - Episode 3
The Madness Chronicles are a series of short essays on what is happening in our declining society. Come along and see for yourself the madness amongst us.
12/09/2019 11:53 AM
A Prophet For The Proud Or A Saviour For The Fallen?
We are all followers of many things, from fashion, to hobbies, to family interests, to more serious things. Beyond politicians many follow religious leaders, some who claimed to speak from God. To such the leader became a Prophet, held in high reverence, while others became aware of deep failings in their lives and longed to find peace with God. They saw that they needed to find God and be forgiven and rescued from condemnation. They needed a Saviour. Is this simply a case of you follow who most appeals to you, or are there deeper issues to consider?
12/06/2019 05:16 PM
Adult Baptisms
Have you experienced the joy of being accepted by others? When your family and friends love you, when you are accepted by someone who agrees to be your mate, when your children love you, and when you are welcomed into a society, your heart is filled with love. Read how you might have a greater love that will last forever.
12/05/2019 02:11 PM
Red Brasso?
Pieter asked me to lead a memorial service on the farm for one of the farm workers. The worker had accompanied them to a show in Port Elizabeth and had to hold two horses.
12/05/2019 01:00 PM
Religion and Wellbeing
This essay reviews the extent to which religion seems to promote values associated with the philosophy and lifestyle called REAL wellness, which focuses on reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty. The article describes the writer's early expreriences with religion, and explores the dynamics of church/state separation.
12/05/2019 12:59 PM
Tracing My Name Carved in Stone
Sometimes it feels as if nothing in the world is stable. Everyone standing behind a microphone thinks he or she has the answer.
12/04/2019 02:04 PM
Buddha, Bodh Gaya and the Bodhi Tree
The Buddha The Buddha was born a Hindu prince in Bihar in the 5/6 century BC. As per mythology he attained Nirvana at a place near Gaya in Bihar. This place is called Bodh-Gaya and is approximately 15 kilometers from Gaya.
12/04/2019 12:14 PM
Come Back to Me
When you lose something that you lost, you miss it. You want it back. But, as time passes, you might look at that thing differently. It may or may not have changed. You have changed.
12/04/2019 10:52 AM
Does Jesus' Death Annoy You?
If Jesus' death annoys you, I hope you will consider why that is, and whether the reason or reasons are close to what the Bible says on the subject. Jesus' death is central to the Christian message of the saving, reconciling love of God. Here are a few reasons why his death may still annoy you. But why bother to think about such things? Your reasons will tell you a lot about yourself. Something you may not even know.
11/27/2019 03:05 PM
Theodicy by Medieval Allegory
The Problem of Evil - it stands among the most pre-eminent of theological dilemmas, and bedevils both the believer and non-believer. The problem? How can an all-powerful and infinitely benevolent God allow so much iniquity to descend so ubiquitously on so many undeserving. Much has been written, volumes and volumes, for millennium upon millennium. No resolution has emerged. No mere human authority has provided the defining answer. Thus, the individual, both believer and non-believer, must answer for themselves. Here then, I humbly offer, in non-philosophical terms, in a non-academic style, not an answer, but a perspective. We have an allegory of sorts, or a fable, featuring a discourse between a Divine voice and an uncomplicated crafts person. Through questions and answers, the voice elicits considerations and viewpoints from the crafts person, and by extension, for the reader. The goal? Not to convince the reader, but to present ideas so the reader can either find themselves in agreement, and thus be reinforced, or react in disagreement, and thus be clearer in their objections. Or maybe neither, but be informed, and thus take new avenues to finding their own answer.
11/26/2019 03:09 PM
How Do You Define Yourself? A Christian Answer
Social progress and new ways of seeing a wide diversity as a basic right to our humanity - all sound very positive. But there is also a lot of confusion out there. New secular groups are persuading people to re-define themselves in a variety of ways. In this context there is space for a biblical Christian view.
11/26/2019 03:07 PM
Be On Your Guard
Have you felt like your life was an echo of something greater than yourself? Most people are unaware that this is true. You are an actor on the stage of life. Strive to be true to who you are. Be on your guard.
11/21/2019 02:25 PM
Why Jesus' Death Still Offends People
This subject is an old one, but it is still provoking offence today. When people hear the Christian message and get the idea that God is going to solve the problems of the world as a result of Jesus' death by crucifixion nearly two thousand years ago, at times they are inclined to respond with, 'Is that really the best fix that God could come up with?' Behind that response is a serious misunderstanding that still causes people to be offended. Yes, it is a misunderstanding, and Christians have no intention to cause offence to anyone.
11/18/2019 07:22 PM
Kashmir Problem Solved: There Is a Communal Divide
In 1947, the British divided India into Hindu and Muslim dominated areas. This is known as the Two-Nation theory. The state of Pakistan was created as a theocratic Muslim state while India opted to become a secular republic.
11/13/2019 03:49 PM
What Do You Listen to?
What do you spend your time on? What are you busy with?
11/13/2019 03:48 PM
Proud of You!
I received the following email from Dawid: In 2014, we really struggled financially and I couldn't even give my wife flowers or a card for our 45th anniversary! Under a peach tree in the garden I found a yellow autumn leaf and wrote the following message on it: "I love you!
11/13/2019 03:48 PM
Don't Waste Words
One can become so obsessed with the things on the sidelines, losing sight of what is really important. For example: we become so obsessed with the clothes we wear to church that we forget why we go to church.
11/13/2019 03:48 PM
Hold on
Ann emailed me after I wrote about a friend's four-month old baby's cot death: Our daughter died in February - she was 27 years old. I feel for these people who lost their baby - there are no words for that - no words of consolation, but what we do understand is that we cannot survive the grief without God - as soon as I feel I'm going to lose it, only the Holy Spirit can give me comfort.
11/13/2019 03:47 PM
One for All and All for One
I remember Trompie and the Boksombende from my childhood. They were a typical boys' gang that got up to lots of mischief.
11/13/2019 03:47 PM
The Two Nation Theory Is Alive and Kicking in India
Mohammad Ali Jinnah is regarded as the founder of Pakistan. It is often forgotten that Jinnah started his politics as a secularist and a leader of the Congress Party. He, however, transformed himself into a rabid communalist and coined the slogan "two Nations and two people".
11/12/2019 02:03 PM
One Way To Encourage Christians
Christians get discouraged for many reasons, a few of which I will mention. I also want to take a look at understanding discouragement, as I have the idea that some people are discouraged because they set their attainment goals too high. Others may be discouraged by genuine failure and are unsure if there is a way of recovery. So, in order to share a little encouragement I aim to give examples of a simple strategy that one well-known New Testament writer uses again and again. He definitely believed it was a strategy that would encourage. See if it does that for you.
11/12/2019 01:35 PM
Holy Communion and Ancient Cannibalism Rituals
How many times do Christians partake of Holy Communion without realising its connected to the past practice of eating human flesh. It is not obvious because so much of the past is hidden and overridden by modern interpretations. After my reincarnation experience my drive for answers took me back to examine the rituals that were developed in relation to creating gods to which men could be likened.
11/07/2019 08:06 AM
Overcoming the Evil of Silence
Walter Brueggemann, the Old Testament scholar, has written a book of scriptural studies for adults to emphasize the importance of speaking against evil. Without naming Donald Trump, Brueggemann wrote one of the more important anti-Trump books of 2018 by providing biblical grounds for opposing forces of evil and privilege becoming ever more prominent in our time.
11/07/2019 08:02 AM
Can Atheism Explain The Big Questions?
A lot of people are tired of religious authority telling them what to do and have opted for a bit more freedom in their lives. One popular reaction is to go for atheism as it seems to offer a science-based, non-religious solution to our human troubles. Facing this as a Christian, I need to think through this issue of the explanatory power of atheistic belief. Just how does atheistic belief explain our humanity and how to live life compared with Christianity?
11/07/2019 07:59 AM
The Delusion of Christianity
Defining a Christian one must first look at what they believe and why? As they mostly started in the Western World the true believer of the faith is one who can tolerate the history of violence, abuse, murder, rape, and deception perpetrated by the Catholic Church over the centuries since it was started by Constantine in 325 AD. Prior to this time there were no Christians, despite the claims that state otherwise.
11/07/2019 07:59 AM
How Dumb Are Christians?
Before an answer can be given to that question it is important to understand who and what a Christian is and why the many branches of Christianity prosper? This was for me to do from the time of my reincarnation. With knowledge that there is no heaven or hell and that devils, angels, and saints, are only to be found in the imagination of dreamers, it has taken me most of my life to discover why, how, and where, religions arose.
11/07/2019 07:59 AM
Dumbing Down Climate Change in Christianity
My brain is spinning because of a Christian's view of why climate change is fake. The argument presented is based on claims in Genesis, Old Testament, that God created the earth in six days and, therefore, man cannot destroy it. Other points made are that everything in the bible is correct and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to earth to die for our sins.
11/06/2019 01:43 PM
Why Do We Keep Pretending?
Since 9-11 American leaders have been pretending Islam is a religion of peace. Why? There is ample evidence to the contrary. A brief look at Islamic murders around the globe in the last week and month provides evidence to the contrary. Yet we continue pretending, all the while Islam gains ground in America. Why do we keep pretending?
11/04/2019 10:26 AM
He Came Running
Jesus' encounter with the rich man was something to behold. He started the dialogue with him at the man's level. It seems the man thought that eternal life was something that could be achieved by actions. So, Jesus went along with what the man was thinking. What follows was shocking.
11/01/2019 04:07 PM
When Hardship Comes Knocking
Let's start with a few difficult questions: How much pain are you prepared to suffer for your faith? How much are you prepared to be tortured for your faith?
11/01/2019 01:05 PM
To Be Freed From Your Chains
The town where I live is shocked by a number of murders. It is horrible and I can't imagine how afraid the victims must've been.
11/01/2019 01:05 PM
Hold on in Hard Times
A while ago, a friend of mine asked me to pray with him for wisdom. The work they do is very hard to find and they needed to land a big contract to survive.
11/01/2019 01:05 PM
With the Almighty God Beside Me
In America's Got Talent 2018, extremely shy 13-year old Courtney Hadwin walked out on stage. Her voice trembled as she spoke and she was so stressed that when one of the judges asked her what her favourite music genre was, she giggled and responded: "I don't know.
11/01/2019 01:03 PM
Immorality in America
Immorality; Any act or practice which contravenes the divine commands or the social duties. Injustice,dishonesty, fraud, slander, profaneness, gaming, intemperance, lewdness, are immoralities. All crimes are immoralities; but crime expresses more than immorality.
11/01/2019 01:02 PM
Grief And Sorrow Make No Sense To Me
The world changes when people suffer serious grief and sorrow. Everything seems and feels different. Of course, different people respond to grief and suffering in various ways, but all face this as a serious personal difficulty. At times it is overwhelming. Grief and sorrow change lives, sometimes permanently. This short article offers a look, in a Christian context, at how we might best face this difficult experience.
10/29/2019 01:21 PM
Altitude and Attitude
Altitude determines our attitude. When our altitude rises no higher than current events, we will experience a bumpy ride in the storm clouds of life's issues.
10/29/2019 12:30 PM
Hate Speech A Crime - A Challenge For Christians
Legislators in the West have drawn up laws, and are still developing them, in an effort to curb hate crime and penalise those who commit it. This short discussion, in a Christian context, aims to show how we need clear information and caution in attempts to curb hate speech crimes in an effort to socialise our diverse and multi-cultural societies.
10/28/2019 11:27 AM
Facing the Challenges
How do we respond to the challenges in life? Do situations determine our faith? When the storms of life face us, do we rely on the words of Jesus or do substitute our own feelings? How would we face the storm on the Sea of Galilee on that night a long time ago?
10/24/2019 07:22 PM
The Jerusalem Swamp
Jesus faced opposition to His ministry almost on a daily bases. How He responded should be an example for every Believer to follow. There will always be challenges to our Faith, but if we stand on His Word we will be able to overcome all hinderances.
10/24/2019 07:20 PM
The Demons in Hindu Religion
The Demons that Confront Man The demon is a popular word and there is not a man or woman who would have not heard about it. In Hinduism also demons are part of the religion. The concept of Demons in Hinduism is not as in the Christain religion.
10/23/2019 09:40 AM
How Much Do You Care?
Look, I know we cannot measure how much we care about special people and various red hot issues. We may well care passionately about them, enough to protest in public, or lose sleep, or devote a lot of time to them. But I need to develop this in the context of Christian values because I am challenged by how we rate the importance of the issues that affect us. Am I asking you to review how you assign your care to various issues? Hardly, but at least, I reckon it's worth thinking about and having an occasional review of where we ought to place our biggest concerns.
10/18/2019 08:21 AM
What A Shock!
From shocking war scenes, famines and starvation, to hurricanes, raging forest fires, melting polar ice-caps and devastating earthquakes, the global village is often the subject of shocking events. Of course, the media capitalises on sensation, but a lot of what is going on is shocking. And in some places, violence and knife crime have become so common that that while local residents express their horror and shock, somehow it is all becoming sadly familiar and commonplace. Are we becoming desensitised to what shocks? This raises the question of whether, in a Christian context, it is ever right to set out to shock, and if so, what justification there might be.
10/16/2019 09:53 AM
Why the Divine Power Is Twisted Into Man's Fake Gods and Religions
It is claimed that there are some 4,200 religions and most have their own version of a holy book, such as the bible. Of the latter there are so many different interpretations of it that the confusion is profound. Most of them speak of different gods, and different paths into the after-life.
10/16/2019 09:52 AM
I Need Time To Think
"I need time to think?" can be a response to a challenging situation. And then we might face the deep question, what is time itself? Without delving too far into the physics of time this article takes a scan of the subject of time, of special God-given opportunities, and thinking through key issues in the context of biblical Christianity.
10/16/2019 09:45 AM
A Shelter In The Time Of Storm
When the storms of life come, we look for a place where we might feel some protection. The imagery reflects both places on land and safe harbours for seafarers, a place of shelter in a time of storm. Some of the storms are not just about the weather, some of the storms of life are fierce and relentless - broken relationships, loss of employment, serious accidents, loss of health, and even the storms of failure and guilt. But is there really a shelter? Yes, not as a quick-fix, but to aim for a clearer view of an even worse storm. For, first we need to see that the most serious storm is of God's displeasure and why it is still a deadly serious issue.
10/07/2019 04:13 PM
Rubbish Tip World
I listened to a man who had recently visited Mongolia and was showing some of the scenes that challenged him. There were many, and some challenged me. One in particular was the open-tip waste disposal areas outside every town, and the large numbers of poor people who lived in makeshift dwellings put together from refuse. Their occupation was then to scavenge on their dump for everything, including food. You know, there is a disturbing truth here, that while we are not all scavengers, we live in a dirty, corrupted rubbish-tip world. I had better explain myself.
10/01/2019 09:31 AM
Trust Him
Why not hear Jesus' words and trust Him, and as you walk in obedience, it will not be long before you see the victory and, as a result, will fall to your knees with gratitude and praise. What has He told you to do? It doesn't make sense? Just trust Him and start walking.
10/01/2019 09:26 AM
Christianity Is a Hoax Born Of The Islamic Religion of Babylon
The aim was power and control by kings who implemented it for the purpose of creating a force to defeat their enemies. Only when the entire country was subdued and under the spell of their approved gods could armies be raised and men encouraged to die on battle fields. This was buried behind a huge wall of deceit from which Christianity emerged.
10/01/2019 09:26 AM
Is Science Missing Something?
As science continues to build up vast amounts of knowledge, this question might sound misplaced. Of course there are still many wonderful discoveries to be made, but I am concerned that many people have the idea that science is completely objective and has somehow rubbished Christianity. Well, has it, or is it still missing something? What am I getting at?
09/30/2019 09:23 AM
Is God Male or Female?
The notion that God is male puts many off religion. Have the translators of the Bible been biased? If God is above gender then why was Jesus born male?

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