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.

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No pain no gain

I was about sixteen at the time when a friend and I had a brainwave.

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Did God create evil?

The presence of evil is everywhere.

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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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While we hope... God has it sorted

I would like to tell you a story. Not a fairytale, or make-believe, although it does have a ‘live happily ever after’ ending.

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Beyond the call of duty... My experience in a hospital ward

“The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones. ” Shakespeare had it right as usual.

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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. The game had its origins here in the 15th century, and St.

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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.

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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

Since the beginning of recorded history, tales and legends of lost mines and buried and sunken treasures have held an incredible fascination and appeal for many people.

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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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