Optimism is not Hope

The world is full of pessimists, people who see little chance for a light at the end of our world’s dark tunnel. In such an atmosphere, the optimist stands out as a voice for possibility in the midst of despair. He is likely to be hailed as a visionary or denounced as a romantic. While he…

A Confident Hope

Gandalf, the great (but good) wizard in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, remarked to Aragorn in a conversation: “Hope is not victory.” Few seconds later he added: “I am Gandalf, Gandalf the White, but Black is mightier still.” He was alluding to the struggle which the fellowship (the team of hobbits, humans, elves, and…

The Future of the Church

Is there a future for Christianity? Can we expect the church to thrive given the rate of ongoing persecution of Christians globally? Can faith survive and overtake secularism worldwide? Let us consider the following: Islamic extremism is growing and self-styled caliphates are increasing their operations across international borders. North Korea, with a population of 24.5…

Hope in troubling times

It is so tempting to withdraw into cynicism after all the events of the past few weeks. We might ask ourselves, “Is there still hope for our world?” “Can any person or society still speak positively of our universe?” It might seem all that is left is for the Great Judge to bring his swift…

Hope in the midst of Sorrow

As Christians, we sometimes face trials – moments when God seems distant and trouble or grief clouds our souls. It could be the death of a loved one, a perplexing illness, loss of one’s job. It could even be hostile attack or opposition from humans. At such times, we cry out to God for help,…