"We love because He first loved us" 1 Jn 4:19

Guidance and the Voice of God

My mother often quoted an old Dutch saying to us whenever we as children got a little carried away.  She would say, “Just act normal, that’s already weird enough!” That saying came to mind this past week when I was again confronted with the story of someone who seemed to think he had a direct […]

Intelligent Trees?

Something struck me the other day about the theory of evolution… something I had never really thought much about before.  For me it was one of those “Aha!” moments.  It came about while I was reading a copy of the Australian Geographic. To explain what happened I need to digress a moment and say something […]

Keeping God in your back pocket?

Last Thursday morning as I led the teachers at Glenvale Christian School for devotions our focus was the first letter of John.  It”s a lovely letter in which one of the major themes is love.  Twice John tells us that God is love.  All our love for God and for others stems from the love […]

Would you go?

This week I asked someone, “Imagine that same sex ‘marriage’ was approved in Australia and a workmate invited you to his ‘same-sex marriage ceremony’, would you attend?” I asked that question because recently in the US a past President, the older George Bush and his wife, Barbara, attended the ‘marriage’ of two women.  He was […]

Atheists and Agnostics and the Pope

Recently Pope Francis was widely reported as having sought to build bridges to atheists and agnostics.  What particularly took the media spotlight was a statement in which he is reported to have said that what matters most is obeying one’s conscience. Apparently he was responding to a series of questions in an Italian newspaper editorial.  […]

Godly Character

“Your character is what God knows you to be; your reputation is what people think of you.”  I came across that saying this past week while preparing for devotions with the teachers at Glenvale Christian School on Thursday morning.  It would be wonderful if our character was the same as our reputation. Last week I […]

Doing your democratic duty

It’s not for me to tell you how to vote this coming Saturday but I do want to remind you to think Christianly about your vote.  So to stimulate your thinking let me share three particular ‘gripes’. Gripe number one is that politics in Australia in the last few decades has been less and less […]

Elijah

Last Sunday afternoon I spent a wonderful two-plus hours at the Anglican Cathedral in town enjoying a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Oratorio, Elijah.  It’s the best twenty dollars I’ve spent for a long time.  The place was packed out with standing room only.  I managed to find a seat in the very front row within […]

Do I have a demon in me…?

Every now and then I am asked by a disturbed Christian whether he or she might be troubled by an evil spirit.  The answer is, “Yes of course!  We’re all troubled by that embodiment of evil personified – Satan.”  As the Apostle Peter says, “The devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone […]

Adopt an Oma or Opa

There are several countries where grandparents are known by these titles (although our South African folk do spell the words just a little differently.  I was once in a shop and heard a young child call out, “Oma…!”  When I talked to the grandparents I discovered they were Indonesians.  Many years ago I had some […]