No doubt everyone has heard the story about humans descending from ape-like creatures. We are shown modern chimpanzees as proof of this ‘fact’. Over the years we have been told (erroneously) that our DNA is a 96-98% match to chimps and that they have an amazing ability to learn sign language and to use sticks as tools to fish for termites and ants, so they must be our close relatives. Yet when compared to other animals how much do chimpanzees really stand apart from the rest of nature’s creatures with their intellect? Read More »
I would like to argue that our modern Westernized concept of hospitality is severely limited. How often do we only associate hospitality with room service, decor, cleanliness, the appearance of a meal, polite friends and family who frequent our tables and living rooms? We think hospitality is only best served to people we already know, or to those who we think share our same ideas on issues such as politics and religion. It is interesting to note, that those isolated ideas of hospitality starkly contrast the way in which the New Testament approaches the subject. Hospitality in the New Testament has a much richer tapestry as it emphasizes the sharing of one’s resources and time to society’s fringe.Read More »
Firstly, I apologize for the abysmal title. I just couldn’t for the life of me conceive a more appropriate headliner. If you could find it in your hearts to forgive me, we can proceed. If not, I suppose your journey ends here.
“I’m right, you’re wrong!” has seemingly become a self-conscious adage for the millennial generation. Worst of all, the negligent, irresponsible and unaccountable behaviour the Internet stimulates from both anonymity and popularity has enchantingly swollen this sense of self-righteousness. Albeit, such a blatant claim is a massive generalization on my part, but it does not lack justification – Western society cultivates the belief that right and wrong birth in the eye of the beholder and the only person we ought to hold accountable is our self. While personal responsibility is undoubtedly noble, the greater context of such belief is found wanting. Weaved from the same fabric there is a polar socio-moral that emphasizes truth ought to be subjective and therefore should be determined by a majority ruling of embellished belief, which more often than not leads to “peer pressure” dissemination through social movements.Read More »
One of the many blessings we have that often goes overlooked is simply being able to see. Most of us with good vision take for granted opening our eyes and seeing everything from light rays pouring in through our bedroom windows in the morning to that delightful morning espresso with perfect crema shared with our spouse with terrible bed head. Yet in our western society, there seems to be an evolutionary push by naturalists that can mislead the public into thinking that eyes are really not that special, after all, we needed to invent spectacles, microscopes and telescopes, didn’t we? Perhaps by opening our eyes a little bit wider, they will lead us towards a designer.Read More »
If we are not finding peace and hope from the consolations of God then where does our peace and hope come from? Is our peace and hope lasting? Is it patient, is it joyful? As we read through Romans 15 each of us come away with our own personal thoughts and questions toward Paul’s letter to the Romans and his missionary journey. Upon reading and then re-reading this chapter, several times, I decided to settle on three points of reflection that touches on the nature of God the Father as seen through Jesus Christ, the one in whom our patient and joyful hope is found.Read More »