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
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
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”.
While my friends returned to university in September, I continued preparing burgers, distributing fries and standing at a pick up window on a drive through. The past three months I have spent working at a fast food restaurant have been a wonderful learning experience to say the least. Hard Work Often people (including me before … Continue reading What I Learned From Working At a Fast Food Restaurant