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25
Sep
What happens when we die - death

Death: What Happens When We Die?

Humans have been dying for a really long time. While there’s no doubt that we’ve gotten better at avoiding it, it seems it can’t be put off indefinitely. Even the most mild and mediocre of lives may get us to a grand old century or more, but old age catches up with us in the […]

18
Sep
Post truth age and the war on gender

The War On Gender

There’s a troubling trend arising in our postmodern age, an era that has also given rise to ‘post-truth’. New information platforms, social upheaval and the overabundance of global communication networks are giving this idea traction and we’re seeing it take root and grow, with potentially devastating consequences. This is the generation that has unequivocally waged […]

10
Sep
The Wicked Husbandmen Parable

A Parable: The Wicked Husbandmen

The lament of the Vigneron: “What more could I do for my vineyard, that I have not done already?” Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-42; Luke 20:9-49 Sometimes we doubt God’s plans for us – severe trials may hit and life seems unjust. I wanted to get a glimpse of God’s relational experience with His creation. I […]

13
Aug
Book Review: The Turquoise Table - Kristin Schell

The Turquoise Table: Book Review

‘The Turquoise Table‘ by Kristin Schell was gifted to me by a dear friend. It spoke so strongly to my heart, because as a person who likes everything to be perfect before opening my home, this book taught me a powerful lesson and gave me practical guidelines. We are instructed in Romans 12:13 to, “Take […]

06
Aug
The condition of grace - repentance

Grasping Hold Of Grace: Repentance

Imagine a man lost the middle of the Atlantic ocean. He doesn’t remember how he got there or where he’s going, all he knows is this endless swimming in circles. No ships in sight, he’s been treading water for hours and now he’s beginning to tire. There’s a very real danger that he will actually […]

30
Jul
God's Saving Grace

The White Flag Of Grace

The subject of God’s grace permeates every aspect of the Gospel, giving it weight and power. The saving acts of God, due to the work of Jesus on the cross and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead bring reconciliation (“atonement”) between people and God. This is why the Gospel is described as a message of hope for […]

23
Jul
The Resurrection of Jesus - Who Moved The Stone

Who Moved The Stone?

That Jesus existed, there is no doubt. There is a great deal of written historical evidence, both from Christian and non-Christian writers, supporting the fact that Jesus was a genuine historical figure, living at the beginning of the first century AD. When applying the standard criteria of historical investigation, virtually all New Testament and Near […]

16
Jul
Traditions are a valuable part of human life

Traditions: Good Or Bad?

One of my favourite movies is Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. It has all the right ingredients for a great story – humour, romance, drama and a feel-good ending. When I think of this movie, I have a few favourite scenes that top my list, but the one where Danielle’s father leaves […]

09
Jul
Riverdove Community: What is religion?

True Religion

Religion is defined as “a cultural system of designated behaviours and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organisations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.“ Yet, there is no actual consensus among scholars as to what precisely constitutes a religion. Nearly 85% of the world’s population identifies as being religious, claiming […]

02
Jul
Resilience is mental fortitude and it lives in the small moments and in the large ones

Building Resilience

Resilience can sometimes be mistaken for indifference, unaccountability or emotional disconnection but in reality, resilience is the complete opposite of these things. It is the ability to truly face reality, to be responsible for our actions and to be emotionally vulnerable, if necessary. It is the inner strength that enables us to bounce back after […]