"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.
[Last month I looked at the question "Is God a Feminist?" I thought we should continue this theme of looking at God's character in line with 21st century issues.] Questions, ideas and opinions about the environment are everywhere. Threats of global warming and climate change have created a ubiquitous concern for our planet. Businesses and … Continue reading Is God an Environmentalist? Should We Care About the Earth?
Last month I watched Gladiator for the first time. Although I don't usually do well with gore, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Some of my favourite stories are those set during the Roman Empire (The Eagle, Ben Hur, The Robe, Risen, The Silver Chalice etc.) because they open my eyes to the general situation Jesus … Continue reading Jesus Went Viral Before the Internet
I live approximately 12,920 kilometres (8028 miles) from my home town in Canada. That is the equivalent of about 308 marathons. Basically, I'm pretty far away. And I'm not sure when I will return to the great white north. I love living in Cape Town. Something truly awe inspiring occurs when mountains and ocean meet. … Continue reading 5 Things I Miss About Canada
My mom was a pastor for 13 years. Did God have a problem with that? Is what she did contrary to the teachings of the Bible? I have been exposed to Christian leaders, churches and organizations who would encourage women to lead in the church and those that would prohibit it. I have friends and … Continue reading Is God a Feminist? A Response to Male Only Leadership in the Church
No, it wasn't Rob Bell (although I'd love to meet him too). He is a Canadian, Orthodox theologian whom I had the privelege of meeting at a Methodist church in South Africa a few weeks ago. This man does not believe that Jesus died to appease us from God's wrath and save us from God's … Continue reading The Other Day I Met A “Heretic”.
I have been married for approximately three months, and although I do not claim to be an expert, I have learned a lot about sex! Here are five things I've learned. Sex Is Not Dirty, It Is Beautiful I was raised in a home where my parents would lovingly fast forward kissing scenes in movies … Continue reading Five Things I’ve Learned About Sex