Why Trouble The Woman?

Before gender equality became written into our laws, before #metoo and #churchtoo, long before the time’s up movement and the current “he said, she said” media frenzy, there was a time in human history when man and woman lived together on this planet in perfect harmonious co-existence. When God introduced the first woman (Hebrew “Íshshah”) … Continue reading Why Trouble The Woman?

An Interview With The Prince Of Peace

Interviewer: Good evening everyone. Well, as advertised, we are here tonight for an exclusive interview with the, er, so-called Prince of Peace.  Welcome Prince. Many who have been eagerly anticipating this program wish to hear whether you have any relevant input into current affairs, so let’s get straight into the nitty gritty if you don’t … Continue reading An Interview With The Prince Of Peace

IDOLS IN THE TEMPLE Part 4: The Tithe (B)

(This is part B of a two-part study.  It is recommended you read Idols in The Temple Part 4: The Tithe (A) first). In Part A of our study on tithing, we examined some faulty foundations frequently used to justify the practice of paying tithes.  Tithe teachers will tell us that tithing is a form … Continue reading IDOLS IN THE TEMPLE Part 4: The Tithe (B)

IDOLS IN THE TEMPLE Part 4: The Tithe (A)

The preacher’s face reddened as he belted out his favorite (some said his only) Sunday morning message.  With Bible held high and voice rising, he loudly reminded the congregation of our duty to faithfully bring the whole tithe (with emphasis on w-h-O-l-e) into the storehouse. Not to do so was to commit that gravest of … Continue reading IDOLS IN THE TEMPLE Part 4: The Tithe (A)

From The Archives: Coming to Moriah

When Abraham laid his son Isaac on a sacrificial altar no witness was present but God. The Bible is silent on whether Abraham wept as he bound the boy to the firewood. The scriptures do not tell us whether he averted his eyes from Isaac’s frightened gaze. If we have ever loved someone dearly, however, … Continue reading From The Archives: Coming to Moriah

Idols In The Temple Part Three: “Feel Good” Worship

Artwork is 'Cain and Abel'  by A.N. Miranov. Licensed Under Creative Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cain_and_Abel._Mironov.jpg   This is Part Three in the series “Idols In The Temple”.  You are encouraged to also read Part One and Part Two . In the beginning, before humanity’s great Fall in Eden, worship was undivided.  The created worshiped the Creator.  Pure, … Continue reading Idols In The Temple Part Three: “Feel Good” Worship

Locusts and Wild Honey

Picture from Free Bible Images He was said to prefer the isolated expanse of the wilderness to the noisy, populated villages and towns.  People said he snacked on wild honey from the rock crevices and ate locusts for breakfast. And there were rumours an angel had announced his impending birth. He must have been an … Continue reading Locusts and Wild Honey

Idols In The Temple: Part Two, Church Leadership

It is recommended that you read Part One of Idols In The Temple prior to reading this post. Part Two Under discussion in this post is the first of our idols in the temple:  Church Leadership. For most of us church leadership is easily identifiable.  Walk into a local church for the first time and … Continue reading Idols In The Temple: Part Two, Church Leadership

Idols In The Temple, Part One

Idolatry.  It’s not a word we hear often in the church scene these days.  It’s not a word we like to hear. Sure, it may be mentioned in a sermon referencing ancient Israel or the cultures early Christians or missionaries interacted with, but seldom is it applied as relevant to modern, enlightened Christian believers.  Because … Continue reading Idols In The Temple, Part One

The Quest For Rest

When Jesus spoke the words “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” He was not referring merely to physical comforts (Matt. 8:20).  From the beginning of creation God has actively sought a resting place for Himself  among humankind. In the first chapter of Genesis we see a progressive revelation of the environment … Continue reading The Quest For Rest

Community of Grace

From the shadows they came.  From the dark and dangerous haunts of the city.  From the hidden nooks and crannies where they lingered on the fringes of society.  These were the undesirables, the basest and most shunned in the community…..going about their business with downcast eyes and furtive footsteps, quickly disappearing back into the city’s … Continue reading Community of Grace

The Rock and The Hard Place (From The Archives)

A night of high drama. A brotherly kiss between friends, but not all is at it seems. Eyes meet in a silent moment of raw, agonising truth. Hearts are laid bare. One man weeps hot bitter tears; another discards all hope. A bag of silver coins is thrown in the dust. A verdict, a sentence … Continue reading The Rock and The Hard Place (From The Archives)

Hidden In Plain Sight

Let’s be clear.  A gospel that does not progressively awaken us to the truth that Christ’s sacrifice is all sufficient is not the gospel of the Kingdom Christ preached.  A gospel message that teaches we can gain God’s favour by anything in addition to faith in His Son will ultimately produce dysfunctional disciples in whom … Continue reading Hidden In Plain Sight

Unlearning A Perverted Gospel

There are all kinds of ways to hear the gospel.  We may hear it in a church, from someone speaking on TV or radio, or perhaps by direct conversation with another person.  'Faith comes by hearing' is a maxim drummed in to us from very early in our Christian journey.  We hear, through faith the … Continue reading Unlearning A Perverted Gospel

So You Want To Be A Lover?

Rumour has it I’m pretty much a failure when it comes to loving the brethren.  If you like your dollops of Christian love handed over with bear hugs, chatty phone calls and affectionate enquiries about every tiny corner of your life, I may as well warn you now I’m not the one you’re looking for.   … Continue reading So You Want To Be A Lover?

The Magnificent Pursuit

He watched intently, wordlessly, as they departed the sacred Garden where all of them had walked together.  There they had communed, talking, laughing and celebrating each other’s presence, while Spirit-breeze, the Ruarch, gently caressed their faces and the sunset marked the end of another perfect day in Eden.  This day the sunset would not find … Continue reading The Magnificent Pursuit

Everybody Got A Hungry Heart

Within the recesses of the human heart there is a gnawing hunger common to all humanity.  Whether one is unschooled or highly educated, whether we live in the lap of luxury or in a grass hut, whether we feast at kings’ tables or scratch for roots and berries, the hunger in our souls is common … Continue reading Everybody Got A Hungry Heart