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Confusion in California

It is said that a picture paints a thousand words. Sometimes, so does a headline. Here is my thousand-word response to a six-word news headline. This morning News24 posted an article headlined, “Baby shot in crib in California.” Simultaneously, I was saddened and...

The Sanctity of a Life (Mark 5:1–43)

For several years we have joined with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of churches across the globe in recognition of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This began several decades ago in the United States, where congregations would set aside a particular Sunday nearest...

All Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter. Yes, every one of them. This movement has grown from a nascent beginning in Ferguson, Missouri (USA) to a national and increasingly international stage. Sick and sorrowful and justifiably angry over systemic racism, this movement is demanding...

“Yeah, We Do That.”

“Yeah, we do that.” Those are some of the coldest words I have ever read. After an entire Lord’s Day (literally) at a church in Washington, D.C., I was waiting at a subway station to head back to my hotel. As I walked up and down the platform, killing time, I came...

Choosing Life (Proverbs 8:1–36)

Nelson Mandela said many years ago, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” His concern for children—who had been born—was commendable, and that legacy continues in many ways. Unfortunately, the same...

A Terror-able Government

On 7 May South Africans will once again vote in a democratic election. I well remember the first one in 1994 and the incredible experience of seeing people lined up at polling stations to cast their vote. The Lord was gracious to us as a nation as peace reigned at a...