proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you

The second advice Jethro gives his son-in-law Moses is: “Teach them the decrees and laws”. In our contemporary language this means: preach to them the Word of God. Teaching and preaching are intertwined in the Bible and so Moses has the task of preaching. Today preaching is seen as one of the...

What can we find in the underprivileged fringe outskirts? We find poverty, misery, boredom, tiresome and poor services. However, if we lived in such a place, we could find a positive value hidden in all of this negativity. We might find simple people, transparent souls and a kind of deep and...

Stories are obligatory passages to express facts that go beyond words. They are a gate of respect through which man can look at the horizons of the secret and meaning of existence. A gate of respect because stories do not push or try to convince anyone, they rather present an event, and leave to...

Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever. Research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drastically―and opinions of Evangelicals have taken even deeper dives.
So what’s so good about the...

The Gospel means good news. But if the message has been around for 2,000 years, what makes it significant today? What’s so “good” about stories involving damnation, violence, and a God who sacrifices his only son?
Noted Bible scholar N.T. Wright shows us how Christians today have lost...

This part is about the third word of advice Jethro offers Moses, in which he says: ‘show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave’ (Exodus 18:20). Here, Jethro is talking about the task of teaching the people of God. Teaching focuses on the practical application in daily life of...

The existence of pain and evil has baffled people in the world over the centuries, at various scientific, cultural, philosophical and theological levels. It is a universal dilemma which is difficult to understand. What is even more complicated when one tries to reconcile this dilemma with the...

I wrote this chapter on pastoral care, bearing in mind that different countries and cultures have different understandings of what pastoral care involves. Culture often has a huge influence on how pastoral care is given. In western cultures there is usually a high degree of openness between a...

One of the biggest obstacles for people to accept or believe in Christianity is that they think they know all about it already. After all, hasn’t it been around for thousands of years? Doesn’t everybody know what Christians believe?

But if we look at Jesus’ encounters with various men and...

In this final installment of the Mark of the Lion series, Atretes, the Germanic warrior, returns to play a central role in the story. Hadassah is confined to the cells below the arena and is facing death once again. Marcus, shattered by the loss of Hadassah, goes in search of God, while his...

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