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What is a Friend?
Someone asked me this recently, and I couldn’t give a definitive answer. I have friends, some are close and others distant. I have lived in four countries, so I have had to say goodbye to a lot of friends and introduce myself to many new ones. Some drift away, and others remain. But what are they really?Continue reading “What is a Friend?”
Faith and Reason Part II: When Knowledge Becomes an Idol
I established in an earlier post that faith and reason, although different, ought to be viewed as gifts from God that enhance one another. They need not sit in contradiction. For the benefit of insomniacs everywhere, what I plan to discuss in this post is what happens when reason and faith are used out of their intended contexts,Continue reading “Faith and Reason Part II: When Knowledge Becomes an Idol”
Faith and Reason
A few years ago I asked my sister about her views on Christianity. She replied: “I don’t believe in God; I believe in science!” Her sentiment is not uncommon amongst western millennials. I currently live in the city of Cambridge, where skepticism and atheism are revered and religious belief of any kind is often sneered at.Continue reading “Faith and Reason”
As I often point out, many church leaders think that in order to reach people they must adapt their lives to be “cool” or “relevant.” Contrary to this belief, most of the leaders we read about in the Bible who changed history were significantly different to those around them. One example is John the Baptist. Luke 3:1-3Continue reading “Stand Out”
Do we really understand what it means to belong to God Almighty? In Romans 1:1, Paul introduces himself as “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God”. He repeats this introduction in Titus 1:1, “Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ“. Simon Peter does theContinue reading “Bondservants”
The Irony of Bitterness
Funny how we think we’re so high and mighty that people owe us something. We act like super humans going around demanding others to reach perfection, as if we’ve reached it ourselves. Jesus has a lot to say about this. Lets have a look at Matthew 18:23-35, “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wantedContinue reading “The Irony of Bitterness”
Who Prayed For Saul?
Jesus says in Mathew 5:44-46, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those whoContinue reading “Who Prayed For Saul?”
Being Known By God
The teachings of Jesus Christ are sometimes a lot more blunt than we would like them to be. In modern day Christianity, Jesus is sometimes portrayed as a butterfly who floats around the place saying nice things to make us feel better. We use his teachings for self help purposes and nothing more. We useContinue reading “Being Known By God”
Are you up for it?
This is for those who are thinking about becoming a Christian, but would like to know a little more about what is involved. Following Jesus is hard. There is a huge cost involved in following him, but it’s totally worth it in both the short term and the long term. He is the only one whoContinue reading “Are you up for it?”