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Gospel

The scandal of Jesus

scandalIn contrast to the speeches of Pope Francis, that everyone applauds and welcomes, Jesus’ words often upset and offended people, particularly religious people.  The account of Jesus’ healing of the Roman centurion’s servant is just such an outrageous occasion.  At our church’s official opening service on Sunday Bishop Glenn Lyons reminded us of two provocative, scandalous statements Jesus made.

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Wrath of God

Why the world is like it is

warThe age-old question that has for hundreds of years vexed philosophers, theorists, social-scientists, and all thinking people, is this: why is the world like it is?

Think about all the greed, the road rage, the human trafficking, the extra-marital affairs, the exploitation of women in pornography, the bullying in primary schools, the rape and murder of the 15 year old in Masiphumelele this last week, the rich directors of mining houses who exploit their workers, the greedy FIFA executives charged with corruption, and the list never ends.

Why is the world like it is, that is the question that no one can answer.

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Guidance

Knowing God’s Will

compassChristians are forever wanting to know what God’s specific will is for their lives.  Should I take the new job?  Should I marry this person?  Which church should I attend?  To which school should I send my children?  The list goes on.

It’s interesting what Paul says about God’s will in Romans 1:9-10:

“I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.”