CIS Syndrome: A Serious Condition Hidden in Plain Sight

I am grateful for the awareness campaigns that have made great strides in raising the profile of little known, or little understood diseases and conditions. The Ice-Bucket challenge raised awareness for ALS. Down Syndrome has been in the spotlight lately and awareness has been raised…

You’re Wearing That Are You?

If you are married you have either heard these words or had them said to you at one point or another: “You’re wearing that, are you?” I’m not the cleverest person in the world but I have come to the conclusion that this question is…

Even the Godly Can Be Intimidated

In the book of Galatians Paul relates an episode of how the Apostle Peter, also called Cephas, wrongly separated himself from the Gentile believers: When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from…

Far From Meaningless

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” These are not the most encouraging words in scripture. They form the first two verses of a book which is dedicated to exploring the…

Your Best Life Now

A book going by this name was produced in 2004 and to date has sold 4 million copies. In the secular market this would be considered relatively successful, but in the Christian market these numbers are astronomical. The book is written by the oft criticised…

That’s Not My King!

On the seventh day of the feast, when King Xerxes was in high spirits because of the wine, he told the seven eunuchs who attended him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas—to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown on her head….

The Purpose of Expository Preaching

At our church we preach through the Bible verse-by-verse and chapter-by-chapter, taking time carefully explain each passage as it comes up. It’s fair to say that not everyone thinks that this approach is a worthy one. There are a number of reasons why a minister…

And There Was This Moment

There was a time when Shelley and I were in turmoil over a decision that needed to be made. It was the decision of whether or not to leave the church we’d attended for years. Anyone who has been in this position knows the difficulty…

Let’s Talk About Success

All of us want to succeed, right? All of us want to be recognised as exceptional, preferably in a good way. Our culture lifts up the exceptional as models to be emulated. We’re told that we’re all special. We’re told that everyone is exceptional at…

A Special Place in Hell

Hell is not a concept that many of us like to contemplate. And for most people in the world it hardly rates a mention, except as part of an oath or a joke. One time the word does get used is when people speak of…

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