I like to read. Other people's ideas form thoughts. Thoughts form beliefs. Beliefs form values. Values form principles. Principles form actions. Actions form lives. Lives form societies. Societies form the human race as we know it. And books convey ideas. Here are the 5 best books I've read this year (plus a couple honourable mentions): … Continue reading The 5 Best Books I’ve Read This Year (2017)
Recently I read an interview with the Reformed/Calvinist American theologian R.C. Sproul. He made a statement which puzzled me and stirred up my thinking. Dr. Sproul said "I haven't changed my theology over the years. I just teach the same things now I did 50 years ago." Really? "Is that even possible?" asks the early … Continue reading Should Our Views About God Change Over Time?
Jesus is the great parable teacher the mountain sermon preacher the firstborn of all creatures This is who he is. Jesus is the great God-man the fulfillment of a divine plan the healer of the land This is who he is. Jesus is the great Lord of all the man responsible for evil's downfall as … Continue reading Who is Jesus? (An Attempt at Poetry)
I remember the tone of voice my musician friend used when he told me his recent discovery. A tone of annoyance and disbelief. "Do you know that 'Christian music' is the only musical genre that is classified by lyrics?" It's true. A quick perusal of the Billboard Charts will confirm it. To put this in perspective … Continue reading Please Stop Saying “Christian Music”
The Liebster Award (taken from the German word meaning "sweetest, kindest, nicest, etc") is an award given within the blogging community, for blogs with under 200 followers. It is given by bloggers and received by bloggers. In order to accept the award, the nominees must fill out requirements, such as posting the Liebster Award picture … Continue reading The Hopeful Life has Recieved the Liebster Award!
A while ago I wrote a blog about 5 things I miss about Canada. As much as I miss my home and native land (nod to the anthem intended), I love living in South Africa. Maybe (like me just a few short years ago) you know almost nothing about South Africa. You could say "Nelson … Continue reading 5 Things I Love About South Africa
"Read your Bible!" they say. "It is essential to the Christian life. Read it, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it and let it be your guide...But do not read it for knowledge. Rather, read it to get to know the Author. We read the word to get to know the Word. Knowledge puffs up! … Continue reading 3 Reasons We Should Read the Bible for Knowledge.
Wayne Jacobsen, 63, is a teacher, writer and former pastor who travels the world helping people figure out how to live life loved by God. He has written numerous books including He Loves Me!, So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore and most recently Finding Church: What if there Really is Something More? Wayne co-wrote the multi-million … Continue reading An Interview with Author/Teacher Wayne Jacobsen, Co-Writer and Co-Publisher of the Shack
My parents never encouraged my brothers and me to join Harry Potter mania. I loyally avoided the movies and dodged the books (except for a short period of clandestine disobedience in which I read the first few books under the cover of darkness). To many of you this may seem pretty silly. What is wrong … Continue reading Should Christians Read or Watch Harry Potter? My Journey with Harry and Jesus.
In a way it seems like yesterday that I wrote my first blog post titled: "Why I Decided To Get Engaged at 19". That was over a year ago and as of this month, my wife and I have been married for half a year! During that time countless people have asked us what it is … Continue reading What is Marriage Like? 10 Questions with My 21 Year Old Wife (and Myself) After 6 Months.