Theodicy or Forensics?

“God,” cries Prophet Habbakuk, “the good boys are acting bad and you don’t seem to have anything to say about it!” Habbakuk can’t stand God’s silence in the face of evil among His people. Is God on leave? Does He not care anymore? The world is falling apart and God seems to be in no […]

Hung Up on the Sex

A lot of Christian discussions about LGBT issues invoke Romans 1 as a rallying point for all opposed. Yet, this chapter is certainly not a chat about the birds and the bees. No doubt about it, homosexual behaviour is not cast in a positive light here but instead of it being a cause of God’s […]

From Scratch

“…neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation! And all who will behave in accordance with this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.” (Galatians 6:15,16 NET) How dull the vagaries of our attempts to extricate ourselves from our predicament are […]

The Cross isn’t Glamorous

In our time, the cross is a symbol of purity and holiness. It is suspended from the body as jewellery, hangs on walls and greets the eye on Bible covers. It means a lot of things to different people but it is quite rare in our day to associate it with excruciating humiliation and ignominy.

You Have to be Judgemental

There are malignant people in this world and there are malignant ideas and impulses in your mind. That is why you must judge and be judged. I know the label, “judgemental” is as frightfully undesirable as “leper” in Bible times but truth be told, accepting everybody and everything without filtering just isn’t very clever.

Spiritual Pride

Thirteen years ago, a foreign pastor visited our church one Sabbath afternoon. He had lived in an area controlled by rebels and regaled us with tales of abductions and forced labour. The stories of resilient faith in the face of stern hardship were nothing short of remarkable. One of his stories included his firm stand […]

Brother’s Keeper

“Think for yourself but not by yourself,” are words that succinctly capture the tension between individuality and community. On one hand, none should leave their brains at the church gate and on the other, nobody is an island. We easily swing from one extreme to the other, hugging each other with smiles in one moment […]