Raising mothers

The first command given by God to humankind was of the utmost importance to the survival of the species: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). God had created one man and one woman, and the responsibility of filling the earth…

Gossip and the triple filter test

Several years ago I came across a story about the ancient philosopher Socrates, who was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. An acquaintance came to the great philosopher with a tale he had just heard about a friend of Socrates. Before he could…

The covenant: conditional or unconditional?

What is the most important book in the Old Testament? Those with a high view of Scripture will argue that there is no “most important” book. Indeed, “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for…

Tolling the death knell

Recently, there has been a great deal of heated discussion in South Africa concerning the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). This project, an initiative of the South African government in partnership with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), aims to improve the…

To cremate or not to cremate?

Deuteronomy 34 records the death of Moses, the man of God. Moses had been forbidden entry into the Promised Land because of his unbelief (Numbers 20:12), but God did permit him to view the Land before he died. Having viewed it, Moses died and…

Manifesting unbelief

One of the striking features of Israel in the wilderness is their persistent unbelief. Here was a people that was led by the visible presence of God, was miraculously protected and preserved by God, and was provided for incredibly by God, and yet they…

Paraskevidekatriaphobia (and other superstitions)

Would you board Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? Finnair flight AY666 to Helsinki (HEL) will operate today, and the flight is almost full.1 It is estimated that $800–$900 million is lost in business on Friday the 13th because people will not…

Trick or retreat?

Growing up in South Africa, our only exposure to Halloween was TV and movies. Halloween was considered an American and European holiday. Nothing changed in our shops in October. Sweets did not go on sale. Costumes were not seen on the shelves. Trick or…

Reflections on providence

Several weeks back, our pastor, in his Sunday evening preaching through Acts, reached Acts 18:18–28 in which Paul returns to Antioch following his second missionary journey and in which we are introduced to Apollos. The main theme of that particular sermon was the providence…

Lessons from a leader

My Bible reading recently brought me to the book of Deuteronomy, where an account of Moses recalling God’s refusal to grant him entrance to the Promised Land struck me. Recalling how he pleaded with God to let him cross Jordan, Moses said, “But the…