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Love your enemies?

I wrote an article in December on a Christian response to ISIS  and had said that I believe undoubtedly, the response should be one formed in love.

Wonder what that looks like? Continue reading “Love your enemies?”

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More about Relationship, Religion and Culture

To see what I previously wrote on this subject go here. What I would like to do now is to clarify what I’ve said, expound a bit, and correct my own thinking where I may have been wrong.
By the way, have you seen the hit you tube video, Why I hate Religion, But Love Jesus? With currently more than 29M views its worth a watch. I think this video has taken the idea of which I spoke about, to the extreme. Too far into the extreme. For a good, balanced response to the video read, Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really. Continue reading “More about Relationship, Religion and Culture”

Die groot god ewolusie

“Daar is geen skepper, alles het vanself ontstaan,”
sê die skepsels, “die aarde, son en maan –
aanvaar nou sonder rusie,
dis alles die werk van die groot god ewolusie.
Hy weet niks, sien niks, en kan niks voel,
maar hy stuur nog altyd af op sy doel. Continue reading “Die groot god ewolusie”

Born Identification

What is Christmas really about? If only I had a rupee for every time I heard someone ask that question.

Christmas is about born identification. It is a time to remember when the all supreme, all powerful, all knowing God, in his infinite love, came down to earth and identified with mankind. Continue reading “Born Identification”

Real-ise It

I can dwell on a relationship with Christ all day long, I can admire the beauty, nobility, power, pain and joy of such a relationship. I can write about it, make a case for it, encourage others for it, read more about it and totally sell myself over to the idea.

But. If I’m not actually in that relationship, if I am not really partaking in the the things of Christ, if I do not communicate with Him, live with Him as if my body were his dwelling place. Then it is all pretty sounding mumbo jumbo.

Am I living for the idea of a relationship with my creator, or am I living the relationship?
Has the idea of God, righteousness, holiness, love, endurance, suffering, power consumed my thoughts? Or am I consumed by these?

As a man thinketh so is he, not always. Because a man is more than just his thoughts.

Circumstantial Holiness

Circumstantial holiness, or maybe we can call it convenient righteousness, or easy virtues. It’s all just a form of hypocrisy.

It is only natural, only “human’”, only logical to take the path of least resistance. Protected by culturally acceptable practices in our Christianity. Yes, “Christianity” as a general term has moved from describing a relationship to a religion and now just a culture. Protected by the fear of being caught out for doing wrong. Protected by family values, healthy bodies, wealthy pockets. Doing the right thing is sometimes the easy thing. Continue reading “Circumstantial Holiness”

Stimulation

We live in a day and age of great stimulation. When we are stimulated, we become “alive”, we “wake up”, we are “driven”. The forms of stimulation around us are plentiful. Television, computers, movies, iPod’s, smart phones, billboards, Facebook, YouTube etc. If it is not flashy, interesting in appearance or has some kind of connection with our desires, it just doesn’t get a response from us. Continue reading “Stimulation”

Following

What does God want from me? What does he want me to do? Where is he leading me? Where is my life going? These are questions we often ask. I believe that they all spring from good intentions. But the questions may miss the point. Continue reading “Following”

From Relationship to Religion to Culture

I am no expert historian, I never studied history academically, but I do like to read and observe and it is through this casual observation that something has come to my attention: the move in Christianity from relationship to religion to culture. Continue reading “From Relationship to Religion to Culture”

A case for “wholeness”

I read a recent blog by a pastor/teacher that I respect and admire very much, the title of the blog is: I’m Sorry but Jesus Does Not Make Anybody Whole, you can read it for yourself to get a better idea, but, I find myself struggling to agree and so have made a short case for wholeness in Christ. Check out the verses, carefully think about it and then please let me know what you think: Continue reading “A case for “wholeness””

Christianity: Don’t try this at home!

I’m a pretty big fan of dangerous sports, crazy stunts, jumping off roofs, white water rafting, mountain climbing, skydiving, biking, fighting, the general stuff that always begins and ends with the warning: “Do not try this at home!” But then that’s exactly what I (maybe you too) end up doing.

So when did Christianity become happy-go-lucky? Continue reading “Christianity: Don’t try this at home!”

Afflictions of the Righteous

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

Sunday night, just a day or two before I leave my friends in India for Johannesburg, someone comes up to me, looking slightly distressed and says something to the effect of the verse above. Continue reading “Afflictions of the Righteous”

Want direction in your life?

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shal direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Put more simply than it is already stated: Trust God with all your heart. Don’t rely on your own understanding. In everything you do, submit to God’s rule. Then he will guide you allong.

Easy said, simple, straightforward and true. Not so easy to do? Don’t complicate it. Let go and let God.

Hard and Unyielding

Ever find it hard to repent?

“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3

John Bunyan writes this in The Pilgrims Progress: Continue reading “Hard and Unyielding”

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