CULTURE ARTICLES

How Can I Resist Evil?

The devil is not a cartoon figure with horns and a little pitchfork. He’s much more real than that. Our newspapers and history books are enough to convince us of his existence - when we read about rape, murder, torture, kidnappings, school and church shootings, and...

Reset Your Rhythm

Over the holidays we watched a TV series called “love it or list it” - a home renovation show about people who no longer enjoy their homes and want to move. This reality show follows the renovation of their home, and at the end of the show, the family are shown other...

A Story of Hope in Hopelessness

At first glance, Greg was a regular guy – polite, educated, neatly dressed and hard working. Greg had a good life, and as a young man, his future looked very bright. But without warning, things changed. Challenges in the economy left Greg unemployed, and with no close...

South Sudan Mission

The elderly Sudanese woman opened her gnarled, weathered Bible and with great care and reverence turned to the Book of Isaiah. Chapter 59, she told me, was her favourite biblical text. Quite surprising as one might have expected her to pick one of the more commonly...

Freedom Always Brings Joy

I love watching World War II documentaries. I recall the scenes from the time of the American soldiers' liberation of France. They were welcomed with dancing and joy on the streets as they liberated town after town from the captivity of the Nazis. Liberation brings...

We Are Going To Pray Again

Some two months ago, I was diagnosed with kidney stones. I was admitted to hospital, went for CT scans and straight into theatre to have the stones lasered.That afternoon the doctor informed me that he could not laser the stones as there were too many, and due to...

Transforming Your Finances

Martin Luther spoke of three conversions that a man must go through, ‘conversion of the heart’, ‘conversion of the mind’, and ‘conversion of the purse’. The first two jingle like a favourite Bible verse… yet the third? With fewer than 500 verses on faith, and over...

Top Up To Give Out

All of us are inspired by stories of incredible men and women who courageously work to improve the lives of others. For those who actively serve others, whether it be in our local community or church, we live on passion and purpose … it is our greatest motivating...

Vocation Transformation

It’s six o’clock and the alarm rings. You jump out of bed excitedly, full of anticipation, as you prepare for another exciting day at the office. You are passionate about your work, it energises you, and you enjoy all the challenges it brings your way. How we all wish...

Detox Your Brain

Toxic thoughts. What a strange idea - that we could be poisoning our minds from the inside out. And yet, what else can we call it, when we find ourselves caught up in cycles of anger, anxiety, unforgiveness, cruelty, helplessness… the list goes on. It’s so easy to...