Keep Your Shirt On

In the days when a man had only two shirts, if that, he would strip off his precious shirt as well as his jacket before getting into a fight. Taking your shirt off was an indication that a man’s anger had developed to the point of fighting. Keeping your shirt on, however, meant staying calm…

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Bowled over with gratitude

Recent press articles alluding to the cricket ball-tampering scandal in South Africa have frequently used the term ‘redemption’. The West Australian, for instance, on 3rd April, advised that the first steps towards redemption might be to stop vicious on-field abuse and to play and act like gentlemen prepared to compete hard, win well, and lose…

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…and then there was life

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s greatest minds in the fields of physics and cosmology, said that “heaven is a fairytale invented by those who are afraid of the dark”. For all his great brilliance, he could not (or would not)think beyond the observable universe, in spite of the equally likely fact that there are…

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Missing Persons

Ever come across those strange galleries of posters featuring “missing persons”?… They’re eerie, haunting, and, as you look into those faces, you wonder what stories they could tell – how it is that they have come to be misplaced, missing from the lives of their families and those who love them. When we look around…

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The Government We Want

Red, blue, or orange?… Did your team get elected??…. We live in a Western democracy, under the Westminster System. This is supposed to ensure that the people get the government they truly want (the majority, at least!). As Christians we are to engage in our political process as responsibly as we can, to best serve…

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Not a Cross Word

“The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  (1Cor 1:18) Nicky Gumbel, creator of the Alpha Course, once wondered that, in light of the practice of wearing crosses around necks as jewellery, whether people would be as happy…

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Fat Tuesday

The day before the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day. This day is also known as Fat Tuesday – in French, Mardi Gras. Because Lent has been in many Christian traditions a season of prayer and fasting, the idea was to “pig-out” during a…

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Judgement Starts With The Household of God

“Judgement Starts With The Household of God” 1Peter 4:17 Sometimes we Christians can be very slack about our faith and obedience. We can speak so often about the “love of God”, that it becomes a bland, weak and empty phrase. We can disregard God’s laws and mistreat other people, and think it doesn’t really matter.…

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Praise and Obedience

Psalm 147:12-20 A little boy left his toys out and went in to practise the piano, using hymns for his lesson.  When his mother called him to pick up his toys, he said, “I can’t come; I’m singing praise to Jesus.”  His mother responded: “There’s no use singing God’s praises when you’re being disobedient.”  God…

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