The sufficiency and insufficiency of Jesus’ death

publicOne of the clearest teachings of the New Testament is the sufficiency of Jesus’ death in its atoning value.  As the REACH SA Prayer Book says in the prayer before communion, “Almighty God our heavenly Father, of Your infinite mercy You gave Your only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there by His one offering of Himself, never to be repeated, a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.”


Pastorfish in 2015

reviewHere is a brief summary of the year that was.

Jetpack tells me that a New York City subway train holds 1,200 people and this blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

The busiest day of the year was October 13th with 474 views. The most popular post that day was Homosexuality is not the new black.

Attractions in 2015

These are the posts that got the most views in 2015.

1. Homosexuality is not the new black  

2. Fifty Shades of Porn  

3. You must change  

4. Christian, why do you support Israel?  

5. How should Christians think about homosexuality and gay marriage?  April 2014 

The site had visitors from 91 countries in all.  Most visitors came from South Africa. The United States & European Union were not far behind.

Thanks for the support!




Top Ten tips for pastors

Being a pastor can be a really tough job. We love the church and feel honoured to teach God’s word. But we go through our spiritual highs and lows.  We feel discouraged at times. We often feel that our sermons are boring and having no impact. We are tempted to focus just on the wrong in the church and forget what’s right. Sometimes we just have bad days or bad weeks. Many times we are discouraged by our own sinfulness.



Is God immoral?

judgeAt the heart of the Gospel is a huge dilemma that may seem insurmountable, a major quandary that could appear insoluble, and it is this: How can a righteous God declare the guilty innocent?

Christian living

Why settle for Bill Gates’ fortune?

BuffetOften in the midst of financial slowdown we realise where our true confidence ought to be.  We can spend our entire lives accumulating wealth and providing simply for our physical needs, and then realise we cannot take it with us to the world to come.

Tutankhamen was an Egyptian Pharaoh who lived about 1300 BC. He thought he could take his wealth with him when he died.  He had his tomb filled treasure to enjoy in the Afterlife.  When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen tomb in 1922, the treasures where still there – worth hundreds of millions of rands.  Tutankhamen was gone, but the treasure was still there.

We may spend our entire lives accumulating wealth and the abundance of possessions, but we can’t take it with us. We need the right perspective.