Viewing Entries Posted In 2012

A Christmas tale of time and space

On 12th April 1961 the world stood in awe of Russia.

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To know the heart of the pilot

Three passengers share a row of seats in an airplane.

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King Solomon's Mines

 

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Next year will be different... or will it?

Have you ever wondered if God cares about New Year’s Day?

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What's so special about Trinitarian Theology

Learning more about the nature of God has dominated my Bible study for the last decade and I find it to be more and more fascinating.

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The real Christmas story

Every Christmas season Christians give thanks to our heavenly Father for his love and grace, showered upon us through the birth of Jesus.

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Reconciliation and redemption

We preachers have a habit of using terms that many people, especially new Christians or visitors to our churches, simply don’t understand.

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Don't believe everything you read in the bible

One important thing my Professor at university taught me is to always make sure that your source of information is reliable.

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The law, used properly

The early church had doctrinal disagreements and behavioral problems. Paul asked Timothy to take care of several problems in Ephesus.

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Ancient words changing me changing you

I don’t remember the name of the movie.

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Maranatha

This Aramaic word literally means “The Lord is coming.”

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How to live in the rat race without becoming a rat

Violent protest action, horror crime reports, wild cat strikes, Klein Karoo fracking controversy, the ever widening gap between rich and poor.

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An unexpected lesson

My wife, Sue, and I recently attended a different kind of church service, and we learned an unexpected lesson from an unexpected source.Sue and I are happily ensconced in our...

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WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?

This is the title of a movie I watched a couple of weeks ago. With good actors and a nomination for an academy award, it looked like a promising evening’s entertainment.

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CHARIOTS OF FIRE ALL AROUND US

One of my favourite movies is Chariots of Fire.It is about the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

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RELATIONSHIPS – BROKEN FOREVER?

Last week my husband and I did something unusual.

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Give Me One Good Reason I Ought to Go to Church

“Why do I need to belong to a church, anyway? Why shouldn’t I just believe in Jesus and try to live a good life? Church can be a real pain,...

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The Heavens Declare

When last have you looked up at the stars and taken in the beauty and wonder that they hold? As a city dweller I must admit that I don’t really...

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The Ragamuffin Gospel

Brennan Manning begins his remarkable book on celebrating God’s unconditional love for his creation revealed to us in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ and the church’s proclamation of the...

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Praying for the Prince of Peace

Our world is full of startling contrasts.For example, just before and during the Olympics, the news was  dominated by stories and by scenes of horror and carnage from the Middle East.

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What if the sky should fall?

I  have some good news and bad news. NASA has predicted that the Andromeda Galaxy, which is hurtling towards us at 250,000 miles an hour, will collide with our Milky...

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When God whispers your name

“The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:3).When I see a flock of sheep I see...

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Where are the Faithful?

Nineteen people died, fifty two injured – in one horrendous bus accident. In Syria 8000 were killed in civil uprising.

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Celebrating our differences

‘How can dad and mom say so many bad things to one another?  I love them both.

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Living in the present

Many people live in the past, constantly lamenting what might have been. Instead of accepting what cannot be changed and moving on, they prefer to be held captive by things...

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Have you seen the light?

There are few if any scriptural passages that cause more debate and confusion than the creation account found in the first book of Genesis.

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Does God give second chances?

It’s the classic action movie. There are 10 seconds before the bomb explodes and kills thousands of people for a dozen city blocks, not to mention totally vaporising the hero...

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The Shadow of a Doubt

Sunday mornings. I awake early, long before the family stirs, the sunrise flickers, or the paper plops on the driveway.

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AMAZING GRACE

Introduction: This article comprises a portion of an interview between J Michael Feazell, the now retired Vice President of Grace Communion International, and Alan Torrance, Professor of Systematic Theology at St.

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Is time running out on your salvation or do you have nothing to fear?

God is so high you can’t get over Him; So wide you can’t get around Him; So low you can’t get under Him.

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God Wants All to Be Saved

Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus to correct a few doctrinal problems in the church. He also sent Timothy a letter outlining his mission—a letter that was designed to be read...

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Go to the ant

A few years ago I shared some insights with some young children about those industrious little creatures - ants.

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My child

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

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Why were you born?

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have come and gone.

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Super size me

McDonalds is one of the biggest fast food companies in the world. With 31 000 restaurants serving around 58 million people every day in 119 countries, no wonder they are...

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SEARCHING FOR GOD

It’s seldom that the regular news broadcasts on SABC television come up with something exciting, but they certainly did on 23rd May this year.

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Staying Committed

“He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own...

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Getting to know the Word

I can clearly remember a time when I read through the scriptures of the Bible, with the primary purpose of trying to find out what I needed to do in...

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The Cutting Edge of Judging Others

Is it just me, or do you also tend to judge a book by its cover?

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Why is my language not clear to you?

Recently I worked for a family of Chinese/Taiwanese origin.

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Is it moral for God to kill?

In his book The God Delusion Richard Dawkins, a well known atheist, vindictively describes God as a jealous butcher who kills men, women and children indiscriminately for the pettiest of reasons.

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The Protestant Church in Hitler’s Germany and the Barmen Declaration

On January 30, 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler Chancellor of Germany.

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A Model for All Believers: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 1

 After a short ministry in Thessalonica, Paul was forced to leave (Acts 17:1-10).Probably less than a year later, Paul heard that the believers there were being persecuted.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

A friend of mine was recently involved in a car accident, but luckily nobody got hurt and he only had a few scrapes and bruises.

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Being human

After a long dry spell, the rain was welcome.My family and I watched the huge drops fall on our thirsty lawn and the struggling dogwood trees I had planted earlier...

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Comrades – more than a competition

Every year, usually around autumn to early winter, there is a marathon run in South Africa which has won international recognition and participation.

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Waters of life

Sometimes we forget what a blessing it is to be able to open a tap and have fresh, clean, cool water gush out. Many are not as fortunate.

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