I recently watched an excellent Chinese TV fantasy drama called Love Between Fairy and Devil, or Cang Lan Jue (‘Separation of Cang and Orchid’). If you haven’t heard of it – it’s hugely popular in China and very popular overseas, airing back in August – it’s a truly beautiful, wonderfully-produced show with a great story, … Continue reading What are we here for?
In the progression of miraculous signs given to Pharaoh to persuade him to let the Israelites go, God left the most painful sign for the end; when the pharaoh had, finally, refused to respond to every earlier inducement. Pharaoh was given ample time and many testaments – many opportunities to accede to God’s demand. But … Continue reading The Passover and the death of Egypt’s firstborn
One of the reasons people reject religion is that it requires things of its adherents. Some of those requirements appear strenuous, especially when compared to contemporary popular cultures. They even seem strange, and to those immersed within those popular cultures, wrong and harmful. How you see the requirements of religious adherence depends on your worldview. … Continue reading Why does God make demands of us?
I read this very good article today, and want to share it, since it’s better than a blog post I could write. Many things are! The subject of the article is so important right now, as the ‘expressive individualist’ worldview is ascendant in power, and threatens to smother everything else. Here is the link: Continue reading Worldviews and the Gospel of Jesus Christ
One of my favourite episodes in the New Testament is when Peter and John come upon a lame beggar who’s been sitting at the gate of the temple (called Beautiful – such a name!) daily for many years, begging from those who entered. The lame beggar was over 40 years old and had spent his … Continue reading Waiting on the Lord