Monthly Archives: March 2013

Churchanity

Originally posted on speak peace always:
They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they’ve laid Him. Swinging censers, white red robes Glowing mitres Chants and genuflections They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know…

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Naomi, witness for the Lord

I recently had to do an academic exegesis from Ruth, which reminded me of the understated witness of Naomi. I’m sure you are familiar with the story, but to review the beginning and set the scene, very briefly: The family … Continue reading

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There’s a woman in our pulpit!

Whether you would read this headline as an exclamation of alarm, or as an exclamation of joyous excitement, the chances are there will be someone who is not in accord with you. In fact, that’s just about a certainty. Some … Continue reading

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The Age of the Slack

In The Witness newspaper on the 14th of March, I read an interesting article by Sibusiso Tshabalala, entitled “The Age of Slack”. What he was writing about is the increasing tendency for people to be passive observers, lax about responding … Continue reading

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Bible section headings

I know this is not a big deal but I wonder whether I am the only person that is bothered by this. Many – most – modern Bible translations come with pre-printed section headings which prescribe how to divide the … Continue reading

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Churches that go out

Do we have churches that are rotting on the vine? So many of our churches (I’m speaking of South Africa, but it might well be true elsewhere as well) seem to be dwindling in membership, but, even more importantly, in … Continue reading

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The Gospel foremost, and also

In conversation with a couple of fellow Christians in the laundry early this morning, we agreed on a couple of things which I believe are important. Christian ministry is far broader than preaching on a Sunday, or sharing my experience … Continue reading

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