Floundering Churches and Thermodynamics

One of the things that caught my attention over the past three years is how many churches that espouse sound doctrine seem to struggle. By struggle I mean, they don’t seem to grow too much, financially, they are precarious and with regards to morale they are very low. At the moment I can think of…

Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

Do nice guys finish last? I remember having a conversation with pastor and author Doug van Meter about this topic; at the time the question was formulated in my mind as ‘is there a difference between being a good man and being good at being a man?’ (he reflected on this subject here). One of…

5 Ideas for Christmas Presents

So it’s Christmas time and as is tradition we often share gifts with people close to us. I think the intention behind this is to remember that the ultimate gift that will never fade away is yours, if you know the Lord Jesus Christ. Every little joy here on earth derives its pleasure from the…

11 Things That Are True of Content Christians

Contentment is an ever elusive thing in our modern culture. The more we have the more discontent we feel. Adverts and media are designed to breed discontentment in us. Not only do we have the world seemingly conspiring against us, but often sadness, trials and suffering threaten our contentment.  As Christians we know that we…

8 Things You Should Know About OGOD and Christianity in South African Public Schools

1. Under the Constitution, citizens have the right to establish independent schools, including religious schools, “at their own expense”. But for public schools, the National Policy on Religion dictates that the state must not pay for the promotion of any particular faith. “The state cannot allow unfair access to the use (of) its resources to…

9 Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking in South Africa

1. The Government of South Africa does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking[i] 2. In May 2013, parliament passed the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act (PACOTIP), which was signed by President Zuma in July 2013[ii] Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services,…