May 22nd, 2018

Religion

Good news to all nations

By Submitted Article on May 19th, 2018

Helpful strangers Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl On the first page of the New Testament, we find Gentiles, Rahab and Ruth, in the genealogy of Christ. On the second page, the wise men of the east rode into Jerusalem, enquiring about the new-born king of whom the Jews were unaware. Jesus and ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Foreigners may become friends

By Submitted Article on May 12th, 2018

Helpful strangers Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl When we drive down the street, focusing on driving, we barely notice trees and people on the sidewalk. In God’s story, sidewalk characters can easily be missed when we focus on the main story only. After Israel conquered the Promised Land they were intermittently ruled ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Blessings from unexpected sources

By Submitted Article on May 5th, 2018

Helpful strangers First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Helping a stranger in trouble, without any benefit to oneself, gives a strange satisfaction. It may be a spark of the divine in us – God is helping people all the time for his own good pleasure (Eph. 1:5, 9). In the Bible, we meet ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Layers of history

By Submitted Article on April 28th, 2018

Submitted Article In ancient times, war was a seasonal activity, a kind of national sport (2 Sam. 11:1). Cities were destroyed and rebuilt so many times that their bases rose higher over time, becoming man-made hills, called “tells” today. Archeologists dig through layer after layer of such a tell to learn about the history of ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

The Creator cares about creation

By Submitted Article on April 28th, 2018

The Face of God Last of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Some inventors create weird stuff just for fun; others try to make things that have practical value. From ancient pyramids to modern skyscrapers, from Roman aqueducts to modern undersea tunnels and long-span bridges, creations say a lot about their creators. It is true ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Farewell to Father Jack, scholar and friend

By Submitted Article on April 28th, 2018

We came to know Father Jack Wilson, CSB, in 1994-2003, when he would fill in at our parish in Coaldale when St. Ambrose was short of priests. Lydia and I joined him for dinner at Luigi’s and other restaurants after Mass. Fr. Jack attended St. Michael’s College in Toronto from 1939-40 to acquire his BA ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

The gains of our losses

By Submitted Article on April 21st, 2018

The Face of God Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Mankind seeks God in times of adversity, and drifts away in times of prosperity. God sees it, and uses this weird behaviour as a training tool. The history of ancient Israel contains many examples of this swinging pendulum. Enslaved in Egypt, Israel cried ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

God’s kindness and sternness

By Submitted Article on April 14th, 2018

First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Our faces reflect our moods. Does God have different expressions, too? Paul said, “Consider the kindness and sternness of God” (Rom. 11:22). God has feelings of love and wrath toward humans: “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten SonÉ he who does not ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Fundraiser to assist Nigerian school

By Sulz, Dave on April 14th, 2018

April 21 concert raising money for new classrooms Dave Sulz lethbridge herald dsulz@lethbridgeherald.com An all-star lineup of local musicians are teaming up for a fundraising concert next Saturday to help rebuild classrooms for a school in Africa. The Resurrection Concert, in aid of Ogan School in Nigeria, will take place April 21 at 7 p.m. ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Christ’s image revealed

By Submitted Article on April 7th, 2018

While I was on shift in the powerhouse in a northern mining community with a diesel operator, he approached me suddenly and opened my desk drawer, pulling out a letter opener, and pointed it to my chin. He said, “Did you write that story in the local newspaper?” I could not answer because I was ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Easter: why renewal?

By Submitted Article on March 31st, 2018

The decisive victory Jacob M. Van Zyl In the haze of falling powder-snow, leafless branches reach skyward like agonizing, pleading fingers, praying for the renewal brought by spring. In hot and arid regions, withered plants and panting animals yearn for the first rains to revive nature, turning dusty plains into lush grasslands again. Every year, ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!