The cost of prayer

How much would you pay for a prayer? That is the question that was asked in a recent edition of The Atlantic magazine by Sigal Samuel. The article carried the following sub-heading: “In India, thousands are embracing apps that allow them to pay for…

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…

The altar of convenience

An article appearing in London’s The Telegraph quotes a Church of England representative as saying that Sunday morning worship has become “inconvenient” for Christians. While “many people still crave quiet reflection,” he says, they are “seeking out less ‘pressurised’ times in the week to…

Staying relevant

Hillsong Church is an Australian Pentecostal megachurch, founded in 1983 by Frank Houston and his son Brian. A multisite church, with international offshoots in (among other locations) London, Kiev, Cape Town, Stockholm and New York, the church claims a weekly attendance of over thirty…

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…