Many people are familiar with Psalm 14:1 and 51:1, where an ancient song-writer named David wrote "The fool says in his heart, 'There's no God.'" You may have used it to Bible-bash a modern atheist when she was giving you detailed scientific and philosophical arguments against God's existence which made you feel insecure. Or perhaps … Continue reading Sometimes I’m An Atheist (According to Psalm 14 & 51)
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)
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.
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.
[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