When your World Tumbles Down

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The English missionary Allen Gardiner left for South America. After 3 months of voyage their boats arrived in a place called Tierra Del Fuego. The winter in the Patagonian area was harsh and supplies were slow in coming and one by one his companions started dying of cold and starvation.

And all this happened when they haven’t even been able to share the Gospel of Jesus with a single Yagan Indian. Continue reading

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Beholding the Love of God

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The following is an excerpt from Timothy Keller’s sermon: Beholding the Love of God – 1 John, Part 2 preached on April 2, 1995

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

In the old King James Bible it says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us …”

Literally it says, “Behold, what country this love comes from.” The word means “from what country does this love come.” What it’s really saying is, “From what planet? How unreal, off the scale.”

There’s a movie called The Fisher King. Amanda Plummer plays this real klutzy, mousy, wallflower. She has no friends. Robin Williams takes her out. At the end of the date he says, “Let’s come in; I want to talk to you,” and she says, “Nuh-uh, nuh-uh. If you got to know me, you won’t like me. I’m tired of rejection. It was nice to go out, but everybody who gets to know me doesn’t like me, so thanks.” Continue reading

Seven Ways I Know I’m Narcissistic

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The word “narcissism” comes to us from a Greek mythology about a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Narcissus on whom a god inflicts a punishment for his vanity. The spell that is cast on him causes him to be drawn to a pool of water where, once he gazes on his own reflection, he becomes compulsively infatuated. Obsessed by the beauty of his own reflection, he gazes at his own image day and night forgoing food and drink. Eventually Narcissus dies. Continue reading

Oh Rambukkana, From Where Have You Come?

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In the November of 2017, Lindsay Shepherd, a Teaching Assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Ontario, Canada, was controversially disciplined for using a three-minute recording of a debate involving Jordan Peterson about the compelled use of gender-neutral pronouns in a communications class.

Nathan Rambukkana, Shepherd’s supervising professor subjected her to a cruel inquisition telling her that showing the video clip neutrally was akin to “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …”; and that she should have known that Peterson’s opinion was anti-trans, anti-gay, anti-women white supremacist.

When Shepherd asked if her job is to shield students from rigorous debates, Professor Rambukkana accused her of perpetrating a certain type of “teaching climate”, stating that she is “targeting” students due to their “gender expression” and “identity” which he claimed was in violation of C16 and “the Canadian Human Rights Code, all of which was later proven wrong.

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The question I want to ask is this:

Who is Nathan Rambukkana, and what journey has he taken in his life to reach where he is today. Continue reading

Explaining the Apostles’ Creed

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Christ Sanctuary – 26th August 2018

Our discussion on the Apostles’ Creed will be in three parts.

First, the history of the creed – History – Why was this creed written?
Second, an overview of its statements – Content – What does it say?
Third, the importance for today – Present – Why should we care in 2018?

I. The History of the Creed – Why was this creed written?

It was once believed that the Apostles’ Creed was written in 1st century by the twelve apostles that each one of the twelve apostle contributed one of the creed’s twelve articles.

Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan (4th C) held that view. He stated that the Creed was “pieced together by twelve workmen.” Rufinus of Aquileia (390 A.D.) held that view – that the twelve apostles, including Matthias who replaced Judas, each gave one of the affirmations in the creed; that it was the joint work of all the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. Continue reading

God Must Find Sex Dirty, Mustn’t He?

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Not a few people have assumed that sex must be dirty to God.

In part, the Church is responsible for such a suspicion. Unhelpfully, and for too long the church has shied away from talking about sex openly. In fact it wasn’t until 550 AD, that the church allowed the literal reading of the Song of Solomon at the Council of Constantinople. The Jews discouraged the reading of the Song of Solomon until you were thirty. And till today, we continue to find it difficult to read that book in public. Continue reading

Pondering over Camus.

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Like for many of you, news of Anthony Bourdain’s sudden death came as a shock. And if years later I were to recall where I was when I heard that news, I will remember the moment a friend over dinner looked up from her iPhone and annnouced rather brutally, “Bourdain is dead.”

TIME magazine, in commenting on Bourdain’s death, quoted a line from Graham Greene’s book Ways of Escape, “Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition.” The writer of the article said that Bourdain kept this particular work of Greene on his nightstand. Rather telling! Continue reading