CULTURE ARTICLES

Real Faith Ignites Real Miracles

A pastor of a local church in Pietermaritzburg was running an evangelistic crusade and asked me to come and preach on one of the evenings. I informed the pastor that I believed God would do many miracles that night. Unbeknown to me was the fact that his tent was very near Edendale hospital which of course prompted the pastor to encourage all and sundry to come that night, especially those in the hospital. When I arrived that evening the tent was full of people with all kinds of illnesses as well as cripples and some folk literally dying.

What Would Jesus Say To The Guptas

Our country has been in a fair deal of turmoil this year. Almost every day the news has carried stories about political upheaval, economic difficulty and unrest. The controversial Gupta family has dominated headlines. Allegations against them abound of undue influence...

A Reasonable Madness

My friend David thought I was crazy for deciding to return with our sick and feeble one-year old daughter to the remote village where we were serving as missionaries. But after her two weeks of hospitalisation with very little improvement, I had felt God’s leading to...

CityHill Together

Different trends come and go within local Churches. My perspective is that to move and grow we need to be flexible enough to run with different emphases in different seasons, both personally and in Church life. A word that has become part of my vocabulary is the word...

My Friend Joost

Joost van der Merwe was my friend. I met him one night about 12 years ago during an outreach when he was sleeping on a piece of cardboard and covered with some plastic bags in Mahatma Gandhi (Point) Road. His clothing was in tatters and he was hungry. Fortunately we...

Steps To Get Closer To God

Standing in the middle of Copenhagen Airport, the international buzz of languages, shopping preferences and looks of panic between boarding gates mop the dark wooden floors. Having invested in my first bluetooth headset, I position myself right in the middle, and...

Who Will Make It To Heaven

What a liberating truth we find in the Gospel that our salvation does not depend on how good we are - it's a gift from God! ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one...

It’s Time

Angus Buchan doesn't serve a small, timid god. He serves the omnipresent, omnipotent Lord of Lords. No, he didn't tell me this. For this article I didn't even meet with him. But it's abundantly clear from every facet of Uncle Angus' life – from his book (and later...

CityHill Together

What does great Church look like?" is a question I've been asked a lot over the last few years. The problem I have with definitions is that the moment we begin defining “good Church” we put ourselves on one side of a line, thereby giving the impression that the other...

Nation Changers

There’s no greater therapy for the human soul than to help another. There is one God who is Father of all people. Not only is God above all others, but He works by using all of us and He lives in all of us. Ephesians 4:6 I’m sure, like me, you wish this world was a...