CULTURE ARTICLES

Humbling And Infectious

That's Natasja Foster's faith – and while she doesn't trumpet it, its mere fact is enough to spur on those of us who battle to get out of our comfort zones. Comfort zones that are so often warm and cloying, bringing with them spiritual atrophy. Over java one warm...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Storytelling is as old as mankind. It has been a way to pass on information, teach, entertain and amaze. Most of our discussions on a daily basis have some form of storytelling. The trouble with storytelling is how much can be lost in translation or exaggerated to the point of absurdity. (“Well MY dad is so strong he can pick up a truck with one hand…”)
In this context of the power of storytelling and how easily altered a story can be, the Bible is a stand alone miracle…

Thank You

I’ve had the privilege over the past few months of sitting in some unusual places in the world, most often with a cappuccino in hand, and I’ve been so grateful for all that God has done in my life. You can see the Psalmist of scripture arrive at some of these moments as he contemplates how good God has been to him. Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

The Value Of Belonging

All of us were designed to want to belong. When Jane* visited our life group, it wasn’t because she was looking to learn more about the Bible. She wasn’t searching for spiritual answers. She had never attended our church before. She wasn’t a Christ-follower. She was...

Should I Sing

    Have you ever found yourself so engaged in worship, with your eyes tightly closed, hands up in the air and your heart singing with all your might, that you completely forgot about the room full of people around you? You are not alone! For most Christians, worship...

Have A Happy Ending

A client of mine once said, “just give me the 5 steps to achieving my goals and I promise I will faithfully implement them.” While he said it tongue in cheek, I sensed a frustration in his voice as he searched for the silver bullet that would, without too much effort,...

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...