CULTURE ARTICLES

Moral Purity

This modern world we live in is noisy. And it’s not white noise that helps you fall asleep (like a trickling stream or a babbling brook), no – this noise is loud. Television, radio, children, work conversations, telephone calls and your own thoughts are all competing for the same brain frequency. In doing so, it can drown out the voice of God that guides our decisions, actions and words.

The Dreamer

I am a fully-fledged born-again DREAMER! Dreaming started in my life at the age of 8 years at a boarding school in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. The event is as clear to me today as it was then. It was on a Sunday afternoon, sitting on my own under an oak tree in the...

Problem Solved

Have you ever wondered how you would react if, while greeting someone, you noticed that they were wearing a small replica of an electric chair around their neck? How about a pair of earrings shaped like a French guillotine, or if they were sporting a tattoo of a...

New Mercy Sunrise

My fitness fanatic daughter wants to go running before school at sunrise. She persists; I agree. I am used to afternoon runs. We run up the hill. We run up another hill. We walk slowly in the foggy dawn across the top of the park. The whole city is at our feet. The...

Faith Like Crumbs

The story of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 tells of a mother so desperate to have her demon-possessed daughter healed that she badgers Jesus and the disciples. The first time, she asks for mercy and to have her daughter healed, but Jesus does not respond. Rejecting His silence, she follows Him and the disciples and continues to cry out to Him.

CityHill Together

Having travelled with Tim Petersen from CityHill Amanzimtoti earlier this year, I heard him repeat a phrase that has stuck with me. He said local churches shouldn’t worry about growth. They should focus on being healthy, because healthy churches grow all by...

Step Out In Faith

A few years ago I was chatting to a friend and she said in passing, “I didn’t know you were a strong Christian.” It wasn’t said in a negative manner – it was more of an observation on her part. Afterwards it prompted me to ask myself why she didn’t know. Why was my faith a surprise to her? What was I doing (or not doing) that resulted in her surprise at my relationship with God?

Serve One Another In Love

At 16, Ethan has discovered what many of us only learn as adults – the joy of serving in God’s Kingdom. He is in good company – from the phalanx of young engineers at the Funkytown sound desk, to the motley crew of teens and pre-teens in the AllStars and Funkytown...

The Christmas Song

‘Autumn’ had shifted. It was the end of her performance as she gave a bow, her red hair streaming over the landscape as she leant forward in polite courtesy. The stage opened to the older of the two siblings. His white tunic swept the edges of the stage, coating it in...

A Messianic Jew Reflects on Christmas

Is Christmas a holiday with pagan origins? Is it wrong to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th? And what about putting up a Christmas tree? Is that a direct violation of Jeremiah 10? As a Jewish follower of Jesus (commonly called a "Messianic Jew"), I do not...