April 24th, 2014

Religion

The fears and joys of Easter

By Submitted Article on April 19th, 2014

Jacob M. Van Zyl On Easter morning, the mocking temple elite and the laughing Roman soldiers were shocked into panic. The bereaved followers of Jesus were initially confounded and eventually overjoyed. The empty tomb had a profound impact on friend and foe. Why? The enemies were in a... Read More »

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Book highlights writings of Kierkegaard

By Sulz, Dave on April 19th, 2014

LETHBRIDGE HERALD S┬┐ren Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish philosopher, theologian and religious author who is widely viewed as the first existentialist philosopher. Local author Philip Jorgensen spent five years poring over Kierkegaard’s writings and putting together the book “The Church I Love and Esteen: Selections from the Writings... Read More »

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Joseph asked for the body of Jesus

By Submitted Article on April 12th, 2014

Fifth in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl Ironically, Jesus was buried by two dissenting members of the council that demanded his execution. Both men were secret admirers of the deceased. John 3, 7 and 19 tell about Nicodemus; Matthew 27, Mark 15 and Luke 23 give... Read More »

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The women at Calvary

By Submitted Article on April 5th, 2014

Fourth in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl In the history of a nation, women play a crucial role. Apart from renowned heroines, ordinary wives and mothers cared for their families in the harshest times. Even at this moment, women in many countries have to help their... Read More »

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Standing near the cross

By Submitted Article on March 29th, 2014

Third in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl None can imagine what Mary felt in her innermost being while helplessly watching her benevolent Son suffering innocently on the cross. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, old Simeon warned Mary in the temple that a sword would pierce... Read More »

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Two robbers, Jesus in the centre

By Submitted Article on March 22nd, 2014

Second in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl Apart from his scoffing enemies, Jesus’ immediate company on Calvary were two robbers crucified with him. In Greek, the same word is used for “robber” as in the parable of the Good Samaritan. A robber was not a petty... Read More »

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Come down and we will believe

By Submitted Article on March 15th, 2014

First in a series Jacob M. Van Zyl Public execution is so gruesome that western countries abandoned it more than a century ago. The Romans crucified non-Romans in public for certain crimes – not to entertain the crowds, but to warn them about the fate of those... Read More »

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