Monthly Archives: June 2014

God, the Bible and Science

Many people approach the Bible as if modern science is embedded in it. I guess that is the reason why there are a number of different responses to the Bible. If you were an atheist or a non-Christian, you could point out a number of scientific inaccuracies found in the Bible. And you will be […]

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What does repentance really mean?

We often rely on the English translation of the Bible to give us an understanding of what words mean. Yet some words in the Bible are difficult to translate as there are no English equivalent to those words. One such word is the Greek word “metanoia” (μετἀνοια). This word is translated “repent” and yet that […]

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Moving Theology from Rhetoric to Practice

In our churches today we find among the many differences, Christians whose primary interest is either in beliefs, practice or values. For Christians whose primary interest is right beliefs, the danger is that it would lead them to worshiping doctrine and theological understanding over an authentic encounter with Christ that changes their practices and values. […]

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How old is the earth and does it really matter?

I grew up being taught that the earth is not as old as scientists make it out to be. If Christians take Genesis literally, then the earth cannot be older than 10000 years. For them the Hebrew word “Yom” refers to a literal day and not a period of time. This word “yom” has been […]

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Creating fresh vision for mission in the 21st century (Part 2)

Having reviewed and developed a fresh vision for mission in the 21st century, I would like to look at how this could work out in practice in my own church at Parklands Baptist Community Church (PBCC). Fitch and Holsclaw’s ten signposts would be a helpful guide for the church to work through as it seeks […]

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Creating fresh vision for mission in the 21st century (Part 1)

In this blog I want to reignite mission in my own heart – a mission for the church in the 21st century. The word “mission” reveals the purpose of why the church exists in the world. John Stott, in his book “Christian Mission in the Modern World” states in the introduction “one can hardly discuss […]

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An invitation to a spiritual makeover….

Just came back from having lunch with John (not his real name as he is known by many) who is another disillusioned Christian contemplating chucking in their faith. He gave his life to the Lord many years ago the traditional way but now he wonders why he did that and whether it was out of […]

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Is spanking biblical?

Many Christians believe that it is biblical to spank their children because there are 6 verses in Proverbs that tell us that using a rod to discipline a child is an important part of raising children. Should spanking be regarded as an important part of biblical parenting? Personally I don’t think so. In my understanding […]

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