If we were having coffee, we'd gulp down our hot brew, thankful for the warm rising aroma. My freezing fingers clutch the mug as if it were a teddy bear. I'd regard you, thoughtfully, look into your eyes and wonder what goes on behind that painted smile? We all need time to just chill out, … Continue reading Thankfully coffee – time to snuggle them warm furry friends
When you are going through tough times, fellow Christians like to advise to hold on to Jesus or standing on God's promises. That's all good and well. But what does that mean in a practical sense? Considering that the Gospel of John tells us that Jesus was the word of God, made flesh (read John … Continue reading Living faith: How to stand on God’s promises in trying times
If there is one topic that Christian theologians have overcomplicated, then it is baptism. Debate and division have flared across denominational lines. Should we baptise infants or adults? Which mode to use when we baptise? And then there's the important debate of whether we require baptism for salvation (that is to go to heaven). Some … Continue reading Losing my Religion: debunking overcomplicated doctrines on baptism – what is baptism actually about?
"REPENTANCE A change of attitude and action from sin toward obedience to God. The concept of repentance differs slightly in the Hebrew and Greek minds, but an emphasis upon right behaviour is consistent throughout."Repentance. The Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016) Lexham Press Old Testament Jews had an entire set of rituals, and festival developed around penance. … Continue reading What is repentance?
If we were having coffee, I'd clutch the warm mug with both hands, just taking in the warmth of the mug. Winter is upon us, and the chilly dry wind goes through almost anything. I'm thankful for my snuggly warm blankets and hot soup. If we were having coffee, we'd no doubt talk about the … Continue reading Thankfully coffee – keep heaven open (Riana Nel – hou die hemel oop – English translation)
I often look up words as I'm writing, just to check if I'm using them in the correct context however, it's rare to come across a word so brand spanking new, that I need two or three unique sources to define it. Most of the time I can guess a word by how it's used … Continue reading New word of the month: Liturgy
If we were having coffee, I'd sip my hot brew - marvelling that you're sitting right in front of me. I'd be locked into your kind eyes, wondering at my luck. Maybe the stray hairs on your full beard would perplex me for just a second. And maybe we would just sit and laugh for … Continue reading Thankfully coffee – a bit of a recap
“Therefore everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge him before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before people, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven."Matthew 10: 32&33 (LEB) Unashamed and boldly, declaring Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior is a challenge. Not only … Continue reading Losing my religion: What if they find out that I’m a Jesus Freak? – Why the label Christian does not equal being a hypocrite
Spit was flying in all directions. The tie of a large elderly gentleman flung about as his loud voice trumpeted towards his opponent. The other similar looking man had not heard a single word. I glared from one part of the rather small room to the other. It was a literal shouting match, between four … Continue reading Losing my religion: Which church should I go to?
I glared out of the second-story window. The lights of an ambulance flashed in front of the building next to the one I was in. Several medics stood in a circle in front of the entrance door of the office at the bottom of the building I was observing. They covered their faces in masks … Continue reading Losing my religion – Is going to church still relevant in 2021?