Apologetics

Apologetics

Does God really have a say in the choices I make?

When I was young, I remember always having to ask my parents for permission to do anything at all. Can I go out with my friends? Can I attend this or that school programme? Somehow this habit...

Apologetics

Stirring Stale Waters: Finding joy in our baptism

The church service is underway. Congregation’s waiting. The pastor calls out a bunch of names including yours. You stand up and step forward. Questions are asked. Water is poured out… Or...

Apologetics

Don’t depend on the church to give you all the answers

Christianity is sometimes described as a metaphorical lens. C S Lewis wrote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it, I see...

Apologetics

On Joy: The darkest depths of despair, and the dangerous duty of delight

Joy? What joy? Minds overwhelmed, we rage, avenge and despair. Our fathers turned to booze. These days it’s mantras, happiness summits, self-improvement gurus, personality tests and...

Apologetics

In defence of modern worship songs

A current trend in Christian circles is to put popular worship songs under the “theological microscope” and come up with a list of songs to cull from services. Most of these...

Mental Health

Why are you crying?

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot....

Apologetics

The worst of times – and the best of times

We’re living in the worst of times, and also the best of times. The question has been asked many a time: “Why is there evil in the world?” Ever since the day man rebelled against God,...

Easter

What the Resurrection means to the 21st century believer

Life is fragile. Its flickering flame can be quenched by freak accident or slowly exhausted by the siege of terminal illness. But don’t be fooled: Youth, health, education, career are illusions....

Apologetics

Bloody Christ (and no, I’m not cursing)

Rated as one of the most violent scenes ever filmed, the crucifixion depicted in The Passion of the Christ was brutal, graphic and accurate. Even if you have never watched the movie, you can imagine...