CULTURE ARTICLES

What A Strange Way To Save The World

The plot to a good story always has opposing forces: good vs evil, light vs dark. The most acclaimed directors will stick to the same basic recipe for a “good story”, usually culminating in a hero performing a giant act of bravery to save the stricken from certain doom.

Who To Thank

“The worst moment for an atheist comes when he is really thankful and has no one to thank!” Unknown O the joy of knowing Whom to thank! If there was something the Israelites knew how to do well, it was to “give thanks”! In fact, in the Old Testament, gratitude was the...

A Moment To Pause

The other day I wrote a list of things I needed to complete in the day. They were a blend of work and personal items and ran along the lines of “finish budget, planning meeting, compile report, birthday invitations for Jasmine, teachers’ gifts, drs appt, grocery...

Putting On Your Crown

Jenny arrived at Flourish on Friday night discouraged and downhearted. It had been confirmed the day before – her cancer remained. Eight long years she had walked with this enemy, and not alone for her daughter also carried the same cancer burden. She recalls it was...

Prayer: A Hunger For Reality

It is encouraging to read that ‘Elijah was as human as we are’. Certainly the effect of his prayer makes him look so superhuman! Yet the lesson here is that we too can experience God through prayer like Elijah did, if we pray like he prayed.

Boring Untrue And Irrelevant

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” What a claim! And, if you believe the truth of it, could there be anything more important than your response to it? Many of us are aware that, like a puzzle with a missing piece, our lives are not quite right; not quite whole....

Embrace The Extraordinary

At times we are reminded of how ordinary we really are… is that a bad thing?
Absolutely not, it’s just that the ordinary speaks of my inability to tap into the supernatural realm of God. I’m disappointed by this ‘ordinary-ness’ when I lean into my old nature which at times seems to be way too close to the surface. Getting angry for no reason, or being frustrated at other people’s lack of urgency. These reminders seem to happen to me daily…

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth

Somalia, a country synonymous with piracy, kidnappings, terrorism and the ongoing plight of people suffering daily of hunger and the constant need of humanitarian aid. It seems as if Somalis have the ‘deck of cards’ stacked against them, and for the most part, the...

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...