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
The most common question I hear from those beginning to read the Bible for the first time is the following: which Bible translation should I read? It’s seems like an innocent enough question, but in reality, it is a can of worms, unleashing one of the most pervasive and controversial topics in contemporary Christianity. Entire churches and denominations have drawn party lines and established a … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 1
Hidden Crumbs On April thirteenth, 2019 Taylor Swift began a thirteen-day long countdown on her social media accounts. This countdown sent the world (or perhaps maybe just the Swifties) into a frenzy. The following thirteen days were fraught by cryptic clues from Swift in the form of what would turn out to be stills from her upcoming music release, and these spawned increasingly far-fetched fan … Continue reading TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE MESSIANIC COUNTDOWN
30 million people glued their eyes to their television screens for two hours, to find the answer to one question: what was in ‘Scarface’ Alcapone’s secret vault? A team of experts claimed to have found a lost hiding place of the notorious American gangster, and even more excitingly, a mysterious vault. What treasures lay inside? Gold? Jewels? A cache of weapons? Diaries from the gangster … Continue reading THE SECRET OF AL CAPONE’S VAULT
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were wrongly accused, or someone spread false rumours about you? A few years ago, as the result of a misunderstanding, I found myself being accused of something which wasn’t true. It wasn’t until a third party said to me, “since I first met you, your character and ethics have been consistent, so I have no … Continue reading UNQUESTIONABLE CHARACTER
Throughout history, many a person has tried to answer the question ‘Why am I on this Earth?’. The ideas that have been espoused are fascinating and, by examining them, we can become more aware of our ultimate purpose. Here is a curated list of some of the most intriguing perspectives: The Simulation Hypothesis Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘there’s a glitch in the matrix’ … Continue reading WHY AM I HERE?
“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14 (NLT) The proud and impulsive Persian king’s, Xerxes the Great, banquet for all the nobles and officers under his rule in 483 B.C. was intended to be a ‘…tremendous display of the opulent wealth of his empire and the pomp and splendour of his majesty’ (Esther 1:4 … Continue reading THE DARING QUEEN
Joshua stood before the wall. In front of him towered the most formidable structure he had ever beheld. It drew comparison to the grandeur of the pyramids from his childhood in Egypt, only this was different. The pyramids were designed to house the dead, this wall defended the living. Behind Joshua was a sea of Israelites, two and a half million in number. He had … Continue reading BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS