Something MAGIcal

Have you ever wondered if Jesus was really born on the 25th December? Would shepherds and their sheep be outdoors in the fields in the middle of winter? And what are we supposed to make of the cynics who say that the Christmas birth story is just a variation of the ancient myth of

Mary … did you know

On the 25th December each year most Christians choose to celebrate the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ.Shopping malls used to be festooned with decorations, Christmas trees stood in the windows of most stores, and carols filled the air. Not any more. Now, at best, you see a token decoration and a ‘Happy Holidays’

Three steps to understanding the Bible

It is one thing for us to claim that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and quite another to assert that we are interpreting it correctly.

‘Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of

Old Earth, Young Earth – Who cares?

I find it hard to believe that Evangelical Christians are divided, and passionately so, over whether planet Earth is 6,000 years or 4 billion years old. Indeed, Jon Greene writes that it is ‘one of the most polarizing and divisive issues within the Christian community’. In the past, local churches and even entire denominations,

Jesus Deficit Disorder: The Evidence

Ever since I have known him Len Sweet has boldly declared that the church is suffering from a ‘Jesus deficit disorder’ I met up with him again a few weeks ago and asked him if this was still the case. His response was, “It’s even worse now than it was two decades ago”. Is

What do Muhammad and Jesus have in common?

What do Mohammad and Jesus have in common? Absolutely nothing. In the religion of Islam, Jesus is honoured as a messenger of Allah but Muhammad is revered as his last and greatest messenger. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, gives no credence to either the god of Islam or Muhammad. Islam only emerged onto

Size matters

When it comes to local churches, is big always best, or is small better, or does size just not matter at all? Three decades ago I had the privilege of being called to pastor a tiny but rapidly growing local church. The shack in which we were meeting was scheduled to be demolished to

The Sin of Suicide

Over one million people worldwide commit suicide every year, and for every one of those, there are another 25 people who attempted suicide but failed. But surely, you say, this problem does not exist in the Christian community to anything like the same extent. Well, according to an article in Christianity Today ‘suicide

How Jesus preached

We should all be interested in homiletics because what is preached to us is of great importance, and how it is preached affects how we comprehend what we hear. Incidentally, if you would like to hear this post as spoken word, please scroll down to listen. In a previous article,  I

Homeopathy and Dr. Hearsay

The two worst diagnosticians in the world are Dr. Google and Dr. Hearsay. Dr. Google gives so much information that it is easy to believe that you only have days left to live from whatever ailment you manifest. Dr. Hearsay, on the other hand, gives no information at all and consists entirely of recommendations

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