Keep yourselves from idols

The apostle John wrote his first letter to a group of Christians struggling with idolatry. As he closed his exhortation, he issued a stern warning: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). To those who are not versed in a biblical understanding…

#WorstYearEver

As we approach the end of another year, one trending topic on Twitter has been #WorstYearEver. No doubt, a good many people have reasons to think that 2016 was a particularly disagreeable year. But the aforementioned hashtag has little to do with difficult economies,…

When sport became essential

For the past few years, South Africa has been in the grip of periodic load shedding. The national power grid, for various reasons, has come under severe pressure, and in order to curtail the possibility of a catastrophic national blackout, Eskom, the country’s electricity…

Ignorant gods

I was recently reading through—actually, listening to—1 Chronicles and was struck by a small phrase in chapter 10 that, despite having read dozens of times before, I have never taken particular notice of. The writer is chronicling the death of King Saul and his…