QUESTION: Abuse in Sport

Racial abuse in sport receives a lot of press. But how do you distinguish between a deliberate racial slur and an ill-conceived (and thoughtless) attempt to put someone off their game? After all, aren’t questions about the legitimacy of someone’s birth also raised at...

SERMON: Breaking the Christmas Cycle

Luke 1:26-38A. ADVERTISING CHRISTMAS1. Modern ChristmasWhenever there is a special event, these days, we seem to get plenty of warning. Whether it’s Mothers’ Day, an annual festival, or even a new TV programme, it seems that for at least two months before hand we’re...

SERMON: Reality T.V.

Genesis 1:27-28; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Psalm 139:1-4A. INTRODUCTIONOne of the great fads of television these days is “Reality T.V.” And it comes from a long line of development, including soap operas—which pretend to portray everyday life—to viewing bits of home...

OPINION: The Structure of the Modern Church

Arguments over the structure of the church continues to be an issue in the church today. Indeed, should decision-making be made solely by the local congregation or is a hierarchical model more appropriate? Of course, each structure has its merits—a congregational...

DEVOTION: Harmony in the Church

Philippians 2:1-4In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, in chapter one, he indicates that the world is divided, hence him being in chains. He then turns his attention to the problem of a divided church—a situation which he said would be counterproductive. So to avoid...

SERMON: Make Love, Not War

Luke 10:25-37A. INTRODUCTIONI don’t know about you, but there are certain periods in my life of which I’m especially fond—times when I felt good about myself. And even though all was not well with the world, I can look back and recall those very happy times.Of course,...