Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Christian Theology

The Kingdom of Heaven in the Here and Now and Future

June 3rd, 2013

In this post I share some Bible verses and thought about God’s Kingdom in the here and now and future, and I briefly state the Jewish understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading»

Is Jesus waiting for us?

March 5th, 2013

Christians have been waiting almost 2000 years for Jesus to return to earth.
But what if Jesus is waiting for us? [900 words] Continue reading»

A Thrill of Hope: Jesus’ First and Second Advents

December 24th, 2012

What does oppression and the horrors of slavery in the song “O Holy Night” have to do with an innocent newborn baby in a manger? Continue reading»

The Righteous for the Unrighteous – 1 Peter 3:17-22

October 12th, 2012

This passage is all about Jesus. Jesus is the triumphant victor. He has won over the powers of sin and death, and over the powers of demonic angels and authorities. He has won this victory through his substitutionary death, the Righteous for the unrighteous, once and for all. And he has won this victory through his resurrection from death. Continue reading»

Holiness: Sacred Separation?

September 28th, 2012

On my recent trip to New Zealand I visited a chapel that had been richly decorated by Maori artisans. The altar had three Maori words boldy written across the front: TAPU, TAPU, TAPU. I asked a New Zealander if tapu might mean holy. She replied “yes”, but she told me that more specifically it means sacred or prohibited. Her answer got me thinking about the meaning of holiness in relation to God.
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Who is the “head”?

August 11th, 2012

This is a critique of Mary Kassian’s article “Sex in the Shadowlands” in which she applies the word “head” to more than God, Jesus, and husbands. Continue reading»

Paul’s Main Point in Ephesians 5:22-33

April 30th, 2012

Ephesians 5:22-33 is written as a chiasm with the main point in the centre of the passage. We misinterpret Ephesians 5:22-33 if we miss Paul’s main point. Continue reading»

Jesus is no longer on a cross

April 9th, 2012

Today I found out that some Roman Catholics believe that Jesus is eternally on the cross. What does the Bible, especially the book of Hebrews, say about this belief? [800 words] Continue reading»

An Eternal Fascination

March 28th, 2012

Excerpt: Rather than spending my time and energy trying to understand hell, I am still trying to get my head around some of the amazing realities of what it is to be a loved, redeemed and adopted child of God. [300 words] Continue reading»

Was Jesus Poor?

March 17th, 2012

Was Jesus poor? Lately a few verses have come to mind which make me think that Jesus was not as poor as I have previously been led to believe. [800 words] Continue reading»

Peace on Earth

December 26th, 2011

The Messiah, the promised Saviour, had come into the world. Here was good news for everyone (Luke 2:10). But was the declaration of “Peace on Earth” by the heavenly host for everyone? (Luke 2:14) Where is this peace? Continue reading»

Christmas Cardology 1: Introduction

December 1st, 2011

In this series for Christmas, I compare the story of Jesus’ incarnation as depicted on Christmas cards and in religious art with what Matthew and Luke wrote about in their Gospels. [250 words] Continue reading»

Christmas Cardology 2: Mary’s Scandal and Favour

December 1st, 2011

The usual, cosy images on Christmas cards contrast to Mary’s scandalous predicament of being pregnant and unmarried. Her situation was full of uncertainty and risk. [600 words] Continue reading»

Christmas Cardology 3: Nazareth to Bethlehem

December 1st, 2011

The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem would not have been easy for pregnant Mary. Was she always the image of piety and serenity as depicted on Christmas cards? Did Mary and Joseph made the long journey on their own? [350 words] Continue reading»

Christmas Cardology 4: Was Jesus born in a barn?

December 1st, 2011

Christmas cards often show the new born Jesus surrounded by farm animals. Was this really the case? And what is the significance of the “manger” mentioned three times in Luke chapter 2? [800 words] Continue reading»

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