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Lessons from South Africa’s Most Famous Pastor

Lessons from South Africa’s Most Famous Pastor

Over Christmas I received a recent biography called Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa by Vance Christie (Christian Focus, 2015). It was love at first sight—a well-told story about a well-known hero of the gospel right here in our country,...

Sphere Sovereignty and Parental Responsibility (Part 2)

Sphere Sovereignty and Parental Responsibility (Part 2)

In my previous article, I argued that spanking our children is a legitimate means of parental discipline, yet parents must be careful that they spank biblically. Parents must be self-controlled when they spank, recognising that they too are under authority. Further,...

Sphere Sovereignty and Parental Responsibility

Sphere Sovereignty and Parental Responsibility

On 19 October 2017, the High Court in Johannesburg judged that the defence of “reasonable chastisement” no longer applies to the corporal punishment of children by parents. In other words, spanking of children by parents is no longer protected under South African law....

An MRI and the Mercy of God

An MRI and the Mercy of God

This past week I had my first (and, I hope, my last) MRI. It wasn’t quite as bad as I had anticipated, but close enough that I am committed to taking better care of my health! The radiologist was very kind and very thorough in her explanation of what was about to...

How to Be Religious

How to Be Religious

Being religious isn’t usually thought of as a good thing. In fact, for many people the word “religion” is a negative term. You will even hear Christians who say, “I am not religious. I have a relationship.” And, some will go so far as to say, “Jesus hates religion.”...

Every Dark Shadow

Every Dark Shadow

It seems that we live in a world of memes. According to Merriam-Webster, a meme, strictly speaking, is “any idea, behaviour, style, or usage that spreads from one person to another within a culture.” Most people have come to associate the word, however, with a...

Dr Death and the Promise of Life

Dr Death and the Promise of Life

While driving to my office recently, I noticed a leaflet attached to the middle of a stop sign. It read, “Same Day Abortions” and included a phone number along with the name of the doctor. The leaflet was weathered, so I couldn’t make out the name of the doctor. I’ll...

Seven Lies I Once Believed about Missions

Seven Lies I Once Believed about Missions

The work of missions is one of the most important that any church can engage in. It is the responsibility of every Christian. We are either supposed to go into the mission field or we should be supporting those who have gone with our prayers and our finances. This is...