CULTURE ARTICLES

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...

Christmas Is Coming

It’s always an exciting time of year, for young and old. Christmas means holidays, family time, turkey, a time of love and warmth and, best of all, a time of giving. For many, the sharing of presents is what Christmas is all about and excitement knows no bounds as the...

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.