I Hope Everyone Will Be Saved by Jesus (or I am Not Grieved by the Idea of Universalism)

I have the privilege of studying theology. I get a lot of joy from wrestling with scripture, dialoguing with voices from the past and present, and thinking about what it all means for us as we live our day-to-day lives following Jesus. Recently I've been wrestling with Romans 5, where the early Church leader Paul … Continue reading I Hope Everyone Will Be Saved by Jesus (or I am Not Grieved by the Idea of Universalism)

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Warning: I Am Biased (and So Are You)

It's true. Regardless of what we are talking about I'm pretty much always going to be "unfairly prejudiced for or against something/someone". I can try my very hardest to analyse, write about, and/or discuss a topic "objectively" but you should know that I'm bound to fail. My personhood has been too saturated by opinions coming … Continue reading Warning: I Am Biased (and So Are You)

The Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God, Eternal Life and the Both/And

By: Dave Froneman (my dear Father-in-law) At the tender age of six, the inevitability of death occurred to me and became part of my life. Life and death. I think it is good and even healthy to be thinking about death, but when one thinks about death MORE than life (as I often did) perhaps … Continue reading The Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God, Eternal Life and the Both/And

Sometimes I’m An Atheist (According to Psalm 14 & 53)

Many people are familiar with Psalm 14:1 and 53:1, 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 & 53)

Should Our Views About God Change Over Time?

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?

The Hopeful Life has Recieved the Liebster Award!

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!

Should Christians Read or Watch Harry Potter? My Journey with Harry and Jesus.

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.

Is God an Environmentalist? Should We Care About the Earth?

[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?

Jesus Went Viral Before the Internet

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