There are two profoundly different sides to the thing commonly called ‘ life’. It was a hot summer’s afternoon and a group of farm workers had been labouring all day in the hot sun, picking onions on a vegetable farm. By three o’clock in the afternoon the burden of the heat had become all but … More One breath away from losing it all!
Flight or Fight When threatened, most ‘humans’ default to either one of two instinctive responses–flight or fight. With flight the threat is generally deemed too great overcome directly, so the threatened subject flees to the shelter of perceived safety. With the other response of fight, the threatened subject concludes that the challenge can be overcome by some … More Pandemic Panic: QR Codes, Vaccines, and the Mark of the Beast
If Christianity offers the only ‘real’ solution for guilt, why are so many Christians plagued by guilt in their daily lives? Of course, if you are a Christian in the Western tradition, then the notion of guilt is foundational to your understanding of the gospel. Whether you are a Roman Catholic , a Protestant, or … More Overcoming The Gospel of Guilt
Why is the gospel faltering in the first world? Many would be quick to blame the overall environment: The rise of secularism, philosophical postmodernism, political correctness, or the abandonment of the Judea-Christian ethic–the world ‘out there’. But is Christianity really that ‘intrinsically’ weak, that it needs to be coupled to a sympathetic world to prosper? … More What is holding the Gospel back?
The desire for power is deeply embedded in the human condition. Power is more than a phenomenon resident in political ideologies, more than a condition that can be defined sociologically, and more than a leadership practice to be learned. Power and its desire for dominance over ‘the other’ has a more primal source; originating deep … More Power Finds A Way
The Ravi Zacharias scandal exposes far more than the moral failure of a celebrity leader, it metaphorically unmasks the state of Western Christianity. The recent revelations surrounding noted Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias’ secret moral indiscretions, have deeply wounded and embarrassed many Christians. Of course, what makes Zacharias’ fall from grace particularly devastating, is the fact … More The Zacharias Metaphor
What is the world’s most precious commodity? For the majority of the uncritical population, physical money might come to mind, with an acknowledgment that currencies like gold are the most precious. Of course, those less oriented toward material gratification might argue that natural resources such as: Fresh water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, or productive agricultural … More The World’s Most Precious Commodity
What is holiness? Like so many Christian concepts, holiness remains widely misunderstood. To some , it relates to the character of ‘saints’ like Mother Theresa, those super-stars who pursue a noble life beyond the realm of ordinary people, and for others on the other end of the scale, holiness represents ‘simply’ living like Jesus. But, … More Holiness: Beating the Pharisees at their own game
Every occasion has its own appropriate dress code. Imagine a work friend casually informs you he is getting married, telling you to expect a formal invitation in the mail. Within a few days the invitation arrives, but distracted opening bills, you glance only the date, time, and location. To make matters worse, you then misplace … More Holiness: Are you dressed for heaven?
Do you recall the encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery ( John 8)? Jesus exposes the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in their attempt to trick him into validating their actions against the woman, under the Jewish law. Foiling their plan, he then relents from accusing the woman, and graciously dismisses her with … More Holiness : Why most Christians live in moral failure