Diversity: A Christian view

Diversity is a hot-button topic today. It is as though modern society has realized that it must recognize the wide differences that exist within the human race and allow for their expression. There is an interesting description of this concept on a website linked to the University of Oregon in the United States. It reads…

An Invitation to Oddity

“If you want a religion to make you comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C. S. Lewis There is an idea abroad that faith in Christ opens up the doors to abundance, success and all round good health. We have bought into the notion that becoming a Christian is a ticket to peace, comfort,…

8 Christian thinkers you should take seriously

Over the course of history, God raises people who influence the body of Christ through their ministry and writings. And of them, it can be said that even while dead, they still speak (Hebrews 11:4). Below are a few of such figures who should be taken seriously by the Christian believer today. The list is…

The true spirit of Christmas

The Christmas story isn’t fiction, though contemporary notions of it largely are. We speak of a jolly season, where it is all smiles, gifts, and lights. There is Santa Claus, the grandfatherly figure with a wide grin, kind eyes and a sack full of toys. The dinner tables are laid out with all sorts of…

The Gospel according to Hollywood

A theme of salvation runs through several Hollywood movies. From Maleficent to Snow White and the Huntsman to Independence Day, there is a common story. In spite of the different plots and characters, one finds an unmistakable unifying theme which basically goes like this: Something is wrong with the world. It could be a spell cast…

Saving ‘Saving Private Ryan’

Can we deserve or earn grace? This is a question one is called to ponder in the classic war movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Saving Private Ryan was jointly released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in 1998 to critical and popular acclaim. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning five, it has been listed…

How can we Glorify God in the Digital sphere?

It’s no longer news that we live in a digital age – the  Information era.  Smartphone, Tablet, Browser, are some of our regular terminologies. In fact, we can hardly live five minutes without having to interact with some form of electronic or digital technology.  And this digital space keeps evolving and expanding. From Clod computing,…

No resurrection, no christianity

Christianity stands or falls with the fact of the Resurrection. Did Jesus rise from the dead or not? The Jews denied he rose, while Muslims are wont to deny that he was actually crucified. However, the witness of history is that he was crucified by the Romans, buried, and rose from the dead on the…

The School of Suffering, by Joseph Tson

*The communist attack in Romania is a three-fold one directed toward individuals, churches, and pastors. The primary plan of attack on individual Christians is to make their life miserable where they work. Discriminate! Demote! Keep them at the lowest place. Continually tell them how they are not wanted there, that they are merely tolerated. Make…

A short reflection on dying well, by Augustine

Answering the concerns raised about why many Christians were killed in the persecutions by the Roman emperors, Augustine (354-430) points us to an essential truth about death itself. This excerpt is from his classic work The City of God. But, it is added, many Christians were slaughtered, and were put to death in a hideous…