As if it weren’t challenging enough to live by the Ten Commandments and the two Great Commandments, somewhere along the line someone decided that we also needed an additional “Four Spiritual Laws”. So now, right after “God so loved the world”, many Christians add, “God loves you and has a
[Sermon audio here.] If there is one thing that people can agree on, it is that children should be protected at all costs. When infants or children are killed on purpose, by accident or neglect, there is understandable outrage. Children cannot defend themselves. They are vulnerable and dependent. So what
[Sermon audio found here.] We all love a good story, don’t we? Stories capture our imagination and draw us into their world. Often we identify very closely with the characters, places and events that we find in them. Not only do we digest the facts about the story, but we
[Sermon audio here.] One of the ways that a good book or a good movie keeps us engaged is by creating tension or anticipation. Oftentimes the close of chapter or an episode leaves us wondering what will come next, especially if it ends with some twist or turn in the
[Sermon audio here.] Most of us have at some point in our lives been shocked and appalled at the suffering in this world. You drive past the mangled body on the side of the road. Your neighbour is beaten to near death for his cell-phone. Another helpless girl is gang-raped.
[Audio for this sermon available here.] How do we relate the Old Testament to the New? Because things are so much better in the NT, it can be tempting to downplay the importance of the OT or disregard it altogether. A close reading of the NT, however, reveals that it
[Sermon audio available here.] The scandal of Christianity is that central to its message is suffering and death. Suffering and death are the two things that the world tries to avoid at all costs. What our society values is in many respects the opposite of what Christianity holds dear. Popular
There are different kinds of pleasures in this life, and then there is what the Bible describes as joy. Can you imagine the rush of pleasure that Adam felt when he ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden? For a moment, he must have felt like he