2014

The Church as evidence…

I remember buying a vacuum cleaner on the basis of advertisements praising its capabilities. I gave up on it after using it a few times. It was noisy, not easy to handle, and difficult to empty and maintain. The quality of anything depends on how well it fulfils its purpose. Why should this be less so for the Christian Church? Over the y... Continue reading

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Christian Discernment

The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘discernment’ as the ability to make good judgements. Others define it as the ability to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently. For a Christian that has certain ramifications. We are often told that to understand people and why they act the way they do we have... Continue reading

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Tolerance

An intolerant tolerance In our postmodern age, there is confusion about what it means to be tolerant. Evidently, to disagree with somebody is to be intolerant of them. Some people think that all worldviews are equally legitimate. For them no perspective has the right to claim more authority than any other. Anyone who claims to have a sup... Continue reading

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Weaknesses of democracy

“In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A Democracy will continue to exist until the time that voters disc... Continue reading

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Priesthood of all believers

Priesthood of all believers Exodus 19:5-6; 1 Peter 2:9-10 A distinguishing view One of the beliefs that distinguishes the Protestant Churches from the Roman Catholic Church is the doctrine of the ‘priesthood of all believers’. When Martin Luther, in 1520 wrote To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation he dismissed the ... Continue reading

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