What is Evil?

We tend to think of evil as an act in and of itself. The reality is that evil, or sin (as Christians call it), is better judged by the outcome of any given act. In the garden of Eden eating fruit from a tree is not, in and of itself, an evil act. First and foremost […] Read more »

Defining “Garden Variety” Evil

What’s your picture of evil? Did you come up with a name of someone, present or past, whom you would consider the personification of evil? I’m sure that without too much thought you could come up with a list of ten or more names of evil dictators or serial killers. It’s not hard to do. […] Read more »

Why Me?

Others, anxious to defend God’s love and mercy, imply that He is an all-powerful God who has merely set the universe in motion. He does not interfere in the affairs of mankind. He has a kingdom, but his authority doesn’t extend beyond the throne room. He has set up the universe, established its operating rules, […] Read more »

It’s NOT the Victim’s Fault

Listening to anyone tell you their story of childhood sexual abuse is not easy. The first time someone told me their story, I remember feeling a mixture of disgust, rage and disbelief. I could hardly imagine that a parent could do such a thing to a young child. I’m not alone. Most of us would […] Read more »

Why We Hurt Each Other

I had been meeting with a lady for the past few months, helping her walk through a challenging situation. She had been sexually abused as a child and, while she had previously seen a counsellor, this was the first time she had looked at the pain in her life from a Christian perspective. We didn’t […] Read more »

Be Who Jesus Is…No Program, Relationship

(Jesus and the Pharisees  John 3: 1-21) Does it come as a shock to you that Jesus loved the Pharisees?  He did.  While he openly and publicly rebuked their religious practices, he desired that they come into a true relationship with God. In John chapter three Jesus receives a night time visitor, the Pharisee Nicodemus. […] Read more »

Be Who Jesus Is…Belief, not Condemnation

(Jesus and Peter Matthew 16: 13-28; Matthew 26:31-35; John 21: 15-19) Peter knew, the Spirit revealed to him, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God! (Matthew 16:16)  It was a bold statement.  And Peter, who had a few short chapters earlier experienced walking on a storm-tossed sea, said it with conviction. […] Read more »

Be Who Jesus Is…Respect, Not Fear

(Jesus and the Woman at the Well John 4: 1-42) The disciples left their teacher, Jesus, beside a dusty well outside a town in Samaria. It was approaching midday, so most women, desiring to avoid the midday heat, had already come for water. The disciples went to town looking for some food, leaving Jesus to […] Read more »

Be Who Jesus Is..No Pride, No Shame

(Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10) During a walkabout in Jericho, Jesus notices a short man perched in a tree, craning to see him. We don’t really know Zacchaeus’s motivation to see Jesus. Crowd curiosity?  Perhaps.  When he was shopping for groceries, had he seen a picture of Jesus in the National Jewish Enquirer and wanted […] Read more »

Be Who Jesus Is — A Safe Person!

It is a good thing to do what Jesus did! It is a better thing to be who Jesus is! Good actions from wrong motives are not good at all.  Even worse, wrong motives can lead to the damage and destruction of our lives.  That’s why the writer of Proverbs stated:   Above all else, […] Read more »