The standard Christian response to the question "What is the Bible?" is that the Bible is the Word of God. In other words, the Bible is not just a story about God, its very words and message were inspired by God. The problems begin when you ask us to be more specific. Some will tell … Continue reading Book Review: Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Friedman
"Did God really say?" is a famous question -- it is the first question asked in the Bible. It is also an infamous question -- it was asked by the Serpent, who represents the deceiver in the Bible. Satan, if you like. With this seemingly well meaning question, the devil threaded the needle that would … Continue reading Learning to ask “Did God really say?” again.
Sometimes I find myself feeling embarrassed to speak in public because I have a Christian accent. It is second nature for me to say "thank-God" when I am feeling grateful and "God-willing" when I am strongly aware of how weak my best efforts are in the face of fate. That's just where I come from. … Continue reading Why I speak with a Christian accent
It is Wednesday evening, at around 6:30 pm, and I am sitting on a small mat, my legs crossed into a tight knot. The large doors, the high ceiling and the artwork on the walls evoke a sacred, reverent feeling in me. I am caressing a set of beads between my fingers as I chant … Continue reading Searching for Jesus, finding Krishna
The book of Esther is famous for being the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. Where is God in Esther? Is He just working "behind the scenes", inferred and "providential", rather than explicit? And is the God of Esther the God of the gospel that we believe in as Christians? I … Continue reading Where is God in Esther?
When I walked into the church on Sunday, I immediately knew it will be a long morning. I had arrived on time, and that was the problem. You see, I just didn't feel like singing today. In fact, I haven't felt like singing for a while now. These days I am actually happy when I … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Sing in Church Last Sunday
Pick up your Bible and trace the historical story-line of the Israelites, from Abraham down to the New Testament Jesus and His followers. If you read the story like any other story, you will notice a significant trend. Take Moses and the burning bush, for example. Apparently, this event was unusual to Moses. It was … Continue reading God and Science: Friends or Foes?
Hi friends. It's been a long while since I last blogged. Busy days. However, that shouldn't stop me from sharing some of the interesting reads I've come across in my time away. Here are a few: IS GOD ALSO IN HELL? "We have a God who is referred to as everywhere present (omnipresent) yet who … Continue reading Blog Break (14 Jun 13)
It was a Sunday morning, we were running late for church and she just appeared out of nowhere. My friend Paul, who was behind the wheel, saw her too late. She was already in the middle of the road. We had just completed overtaking a lorry, the car was now doing 100 KPH and she … Continue reading In The Grip of Grace
God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him, "God, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing - in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning." "Oh, is that so? Explain..." replies God. "Well," says … Continue reading How God Redeems Culture
Hi friends. I hope you had a blessed Easter. If you don't know what's so good about Easter Friday, check this out. And if you're not so sure how the resurrection fits into your own salvation, this might help. Meanwhile, kick-start your week and month with these heart-searching reads: In WHAT SHAMES US, Tim Challies … Continue reading Blog Break (01 Apr 13)
Are you ready? Check these out: WHO CREATED GOD? No, the answer is not as simple as you may assume at first (it is not "no one"). This question is usually asked in the context of the argument that says, "If something cannot come from nothing, then where did God come from?" This article provides … Continue reading Blog Break (11 Mar 13)… and Some [Not So] Bad News
Here are links to three interesting reads that I think are worth your weekend reading time: SHOULD WE CHEER FOR GOD? “When you’re watching a football game and your team scores, what do you do? You Cheer! You burst out of your seat and pump your fist and yell and clap and slap five with … Continue reading Blog Break (8 Feb 13)
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." [John 21:25] I love reading. I think anyone who has followed this blog for a while has already noticed this. I also … Continue reading Heaven Will Not Be Boring
Here are three links to some enlightening and encouraging reads to start off your week: AUGUSTINE: ON EVIL is a summary of Augustine's ontological description/explanation of evil. For those who often have to deal with the question of why an all-good and all-powerful God would allow (not create) evil, it is my hope that this … Continue reading Blog Break (28 Jan 13)