Viewing Entries Posted In 2011

The day I discovered an unexploded bomb

It was back in the days of World War II when it happened. My memories of the war are childhood memories, because I was a boy at the time –...

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No pain no gain

I was about sixteen at the time when a friend and I had a brainwave. In a moment of absolute clarity it dawned on us that what we needed to...

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Did God create evil?

The presence of evil is everywhere. Its pervasive influence often strikes without warning – from the horrendous Holocaust of World War II and the Rwandan genocide of the 90s to...

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Dear Mum and Dad... A belated apology

It’s been 15 to 20 years since I’ve seen you both, and I miss you so often! I know I will see you again in the resurrection, and that will...

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Confessions of a Xenophobic pastor

South Africa’s past is synonymous with apartheid. However, a new tag may soon overtake the apartheid tag – Xenophobia, crudely defined as discrimination against foreigners.

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Hello from St Andrews, Scotland

This ancient Scottish city is best known as the birthplace of golf.

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A conquering hero...

“Mom,” there’s Zorro!” The excited shout of a 5 year-old boy had the rather staid congregation splitting its sides.

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When the going gets tough, the tough... get praying

Have you ever wondered who was the toughest person that ever lived? Well, it had to have been Jesus, not just because he endured tremendous torture and ridicule at the...

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Is there a sin (or sinner) God cannot forgive?

Society doesn’t talk much about sin these days. When it does, it is usually in terms of a sickness not a sin.

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Are you waiting for your mansion in the sky?

Two popular old gospel songs contain the words; “There’s a mansion now empty, just waiting for me” and “I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop.” These lyrics are based...

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Trinitarian Theology

“Garbage in – garbage out” is a truism in many areas, and the most important area is in our personal theology.

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Picture This

In the hit TV series “The Golden Girls,” Dorothy’s mother Sophia used to substantiate her arguments by relating an incident from her early life in Sicily.

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Our true elder brother

The parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-31 is arguably one of the most famous and well loved parables of Jesus.

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Ubi Christus, Ibi Ecclesia

For many of us the concept of church is a building with some seats, a podium and sound system that blares out what the minister is saying on a Sunday.

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The most excellent way

The church in first-century Corinth was plagued with social divisions and rivalries.

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Treasures in the trash

The American children’s television series Sesame Street, well known for its “Muppets” characters, premiered on November 10, 1969, and it became one of the longest-running children’s programs on television.

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I'm dreaming of a quantum Christmas

The wise men who came from the East to worship the infant Jesus were the scientists of their day.

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Free to be

One of the first steps toward becoming a Christian is repentance, or confession that we are sinners.

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King Solomon's Mines - Part 1

 

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Serving the God you want, or the God who is?

Several years ago I decided to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes; relaxing at our local bookstore and browsing through the latest arrivals.

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Goodwill to all men?

On the day Jesus was born, a choir of angels sang: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests” (Luke 2:14).

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Be ye perfect

Reading “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” in Matthew 5:48 (KJV) reminds me of all my imperfections—which are many, to be sure.

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I am an addict

It is very difficult to admit that one is an addict. Throughout my life I have been lying to myself and those around me.

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Afraid of God

Are you a little afraid of God? Do you worry that he has something against you?

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Saved by good works?

Martin Luther once said: “Good works do not make a good man, but a good man does good works.” How true!

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You are hereby sentenced to... LIFE?

We have all seen court room dramas on television.

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God with us

For months, the miners trapped underground in Chile captured the hearts and imagination of people around the world.

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King Solomon's Mines - Part 6

It’s time to get back to basics. For the past five issues we’ve been looking at the meaning and application of some of King Solomon’s wise words in the Book...

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Light of the World

“In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4).Brilliant displays of light and color are part and parcel with the Advent season.

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Religion vs. the gospel

There’s a big difference between religion and the gospel. Religion is designed to give people a list of things to do in order to stay on good terms with whatever...

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As good as your word

“Oh I’m sorry, but Diane deals with accounts, and she’s in a meeting right now. I’ll get her to phone you back later.”

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From prison to Prime Minister the man who never gave up

Who would you think of as your greatest inspirational leader of all time?

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It isn’t fair

“It’s not fair!” If we had a Rand for every time we’ve heard that said – or said it ourselves – we’d probably be wealthy.

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Truce on earth, good will toward men

About 15 years ago, I met an old soldier. A very old soldier. Frank Sumpter was more than 100 years old when we met.

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FALSE PROPHETS

 

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A picture of patience

 

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DO EARTHWORMS YAWN?

 

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Whatever you want

 

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The Best Christmas Gift

 

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King Solomon’s Mines - Part 5

King Solomon’s sayings have a lot to say about what we say. In fact, “tongue,” “mouth,” “lips” and “words” are mentioned in Proverbs almost 150 times.

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Groanings That Need to be Edited

As editor of Christian Odyssey, our denominational magazine, I am often approached by people who have a story or an idea.

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The bitter heart eats its owner

This deeply insightful Botswana proverb speaks to a human condition that lingers in the hearts of more people than we can imagine.

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Big Buts

Did you know that the word “but” can be one of the most meaningful and encouraging words in the English language?

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Into All the World

“A Swiss soldier by the name of J. R. Gschwend fell into the hands of the German forces during World War I and was accused of espionage, and sentenced to death.

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In Communion with Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world.

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