New Story, Old Plot I love sinking my teeth into a good story. A good book is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Books introduce us to concepts we would have never pondered. Plot twists shock and move us as we quickly devour the pages. We identify with the stories characters and experience the dizzying highs and devastating lows with them. … Continue reading THE ULTIMATE HERO
Patterns in Nature Almost everything in nature follows a pattern. Most of these patterns are way too complicated for us to understand. However, some of the simpler ones, the ones that we can see for ourselves, can help us learn more about the world around us. God has left us these patterns to reveal to us his creative power and to help us understand more … Continue reading The River of Life
One of my favourite things to do on a Sabbath afternoon was sitting on the couch and watching Veggietales for four hours with my siblings, this in turn, drove my parents up the wall as we only had three Veggietales VHSs. However, that did not stop my sister and I from binge watching “Josh and the Big Wall” over and over and over and over … Continue reading VEGGIETALES DID NOT PREPARE ME FOR THIS
The Edge of Glory In 2015 the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ took the world by storm. The musical focuses on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers. Hamilton fought as a general in the American Revolutionary War and served as George Washington’s right-hand man. Hamilton eventually goes on to establish America’s national bank but dies still in his prime. Throughout the first act … Continue reading HISTORY HAS ITS’ EYES ON YOU
Jezebel, the Queen of Israel, had just issued a death threat against Elijah (1 Kings 19:2). This threat wasn’t to be taken lightly, as Jezebel was incredibly powerful and committed to succeeding. She had control over 850 assorted pagan priests – and she had significant influence over her husband, King Ahab. “No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s … Continue reading FORGOTTEN FAITH
Tsutomu Yamaguchi prepared to board his train to Nagasaki after a long business trip in Hiroshima. Luggage in hand he felt his pocket for his boarding pass but found nothing. The dreaded realisation he may have lost his ticket prompted his legs to run faster than they ever had before. With only minutes to run back to his temporary office before the train left, Tsutomu … Continue reading ATOM BOMBS AND BABYLON
How did a Persian king’s cup-bearer have the skill, confidence, and perseverance to lead the third Jewish return to Jerusalem in 445 B.C.? I have recently started studying the book of Nehemiah with friends – so we could compare opinions. Quickly, a reoccurring pattern stood out to us. Nehemiah constantly prayed. ***** As the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, it is assumed … Continue reading WALKING WITH GOD?
Weekly Ritual The last note of the final hymn reverberates throughout the building. Church is done for the week. I sit down, look at my friends and head to lunch content with the knowledge that I have gone to Church this week. I have done the bare minimum for my Christian journey, and I can excuse myself for just a while if I forget to … Continue reading CHURCH: ME OR WE?
Make sure to read Parts 1 and 2 before reading this article TEXTUAL CRITICISM It would be remiss to write on Bible translations, and not discuss textual criticism. It sounds fancy, but really it just refers to comparing different Bible manuscripts, to try and figure out which is the most accurate rendition of the text, in its original language. For example, if you have 3 … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST: PART 3?
INTRODUCTION *Make sure to read Part 1 here before reading this article 😊* Language is complex, every Bible translation is imperfect, but how important are the actual words of Scripture? How did we even receive the Biblical text we have today? Answering these questions of the origins of Biblical manuscripts and the different types of interpretation, will provide us with a theological basis to refute … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 2