Syncretism

SYNCRETISM I recently read an interesting article about some strange Muslim behaviour. Every year, on the first Suro, Java’s new year, the Sultan of Yogyakarta climbs to the top of the Merapi followed by a regal procession. At the caldera of the most active volcano in the world, located North...

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Loud TVs

LOUD TVs One of my personal peeves, when I am watching TV, is when the volume suddenly goes up when an ad comes on?!?! It is as if the commercials are shouting for my attention. The reality is that the TV, radio, and even the internet are always shouting, telling...

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Am I a Prostitute?

Am I a prostitute? In Ezekiel 16 God retells His relationship with the people of Israel in the form of a story. The story is emotionally raw and it ends with God considering His own people worse than prostitutes! 32 “You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! 33 All prostitutes...

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Evangelism Made Easy

EVANGELISM MADE EASY When we think of evangelism we should not first think of guest services, evangelistic courses, street preaching or door knocking. We should think of Gary at a meeting of the residence association, Hannah in her office, Sharon serving a meal to her husband. Here is an exercise...

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Jam, Children and Holiness

I made jam this week. There was not a lot that could go wrong in the process: chopped strawberries, sugar, lemon juice; microwave until done. Don’t burn the sugar. Don’t let it boil over and sugar-crete your microwave. Wear heat mitts and stir slowly. Have a chilled plate ready to...

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Rembrandt’s Apprentices

Rembrandt’s Apprentices A good many of Rembrandt’s paintings were initially painted by apprentices in his workshop, Rembrandt then applying the finishing touches. Sometimes what a gifted apprentice handed over to the master was already so much like a Rembrandt that little remained for the master to do… On other occasions,...

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Child Sacrifice For God?

On the 14 May 2018, while listening to the radio, I heard about the coordinated suicide bombings,   carried out, on three Christian churches in Indonesia.  What shocked me was that these attackers intentionally used their own children, as young as 9, to either, carry and detonate explosives or accompany their...

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Jesus is the Way

Before I transferred through Perth Airport a few years ago, I’d been to Western Australia five times. When I was little we visited our cousins in Broome.  We crossed the Nullarbor to the big sign: ‘You are now entering Western Australia’.  Then we walked to WA (one).  We ran back...

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Melchizedek

Who is Melchizedek?  For starters, the name Melchizedek means ‘Righteous King’.  He is a mysterious figure who makes a single appearance in the Bible when he meets Abraham after a battle. 18 And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19...

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Forgetfulness!

God called Moses to lead His people from slavery to the Promised Land.  The sad thing is that no one from that generation, except Joshua and Caleb, made it to the Promised Land.  Even Moses failed!  What went wrong? What lessons can we learn as we move from salvation to...

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