We Christians love to talk about, preach about and live out “the gospel” but rarely define what we actually mean by this phrase. In one of the courses that I've been working on, we are discussing what the gospel is, which has got me thinking. Before you read my tentative answer, I would love to … Continue reading What is the Gospel? What is the Good News of Jesus?
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)
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
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)
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)
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!
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 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
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”