February 9th, 2016

Religion

Bringing light into darkness

By Submitted Article on February 6th, 2016

Mercy and misery Third of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl European colonization of undeveloped regions is often negatively evaluated by native peoples, while the benefits the settlers brought with them – such as medicine, education, roads, railways and technology – are unfortunately ignored. For... Read More »

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Sweet drops into a bitter cup

By Submitted Article on January 30th, 2016

Mercy and misery Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Thank God for hospitals to treat the sick, institutions to care for the aged, and homes to look after homeless children. In these safe havens one can observe much mercy amid misery. We have... Read More »

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Life is a mix of good and bad

By Submitted Article on January 23rd, 2016

mercy amid misery First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl If we make an honest evaluation of life on this planet, we may come up with two long lists of good and bad things. The bad seems to dominate the news of the day... Read More »

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Instruments of grace

By Submitted Article on January 16th, 2016

Sowing and reaping Third of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl If God can gracefully turn karma upside down, the question arises: can God use us as instruments to achieve this turn-around in those who are victims of their own mistakes? Bringing the gospel to... Read More »

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‘Theological Foundations’ classes start Sunday

By Sulz, Dave on January 9th, 2016

Community of Christ invites the public to attend a series of discussion classes entitled “Theological Foundations,” starting Sunday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at the church, located at 425 11 St. S. The classes will run each Sunday up to Feb. 14. The basic beliefs of Community... Read More »

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From disasters to new beginnings

By Submitted Article on January 9th, 2016

Sowing and reaping Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl God’s response to sin was not only punishment, but also salvation. He promised that a descendant of Adam and Eve would crush Satan. Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more (Rom. 5:20). Joseph’s brothers... Read More »

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Karma and accountability

By Submitted Article on January 2nd, 2016

Sowing and reaping First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl What goes around comes around. We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7). In the way you judge others, you will be judged (Mat. 7:2). Hinduism also professes this truth by its belief in karma: good deeds... Read More »

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Religious rights most vital for U.S. Christians

By Transporter on January 2nd, 2016

Rachel Zoll and Emily Swanson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – WASHINGTON Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than of other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey. Solid majorities said it was extremely... Read More »

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The aftermath of Christmas

By Submitted Article on December 26th, 2015

Mary and Joseph Third of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Our idyllic nativity scenes and music radiate so much peace and tranquility that we forget how insecure the first Christmas was for Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Apart from giving birth in unhygienic circumstances with no... Read More »

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Calendar features clergy, cats

By Transporter on December 19th, 2015

Vitnija Saldava THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – MOSCOW A group of Christian enthusiasts has released a calendar showing an unexpected face of the Russian Orthodox Church: cat-loving priests. The Priest and Cat calendar released earlier this month by photographer Anna Galperina and editor Ksenia Luchenko shows 12 Orthodox priests... Read More »

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Storm-tossed with the Christ-child

By Submitted Article on December 19th, 2015

Mary and Joseph Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Mary had to tell Joseph. She rehearsed the story repeatedly, but knew Joseph would not buy it. She visited Elizabeth in Judea to confirm the angel’s message. They discussed her options, but in the end they... Read More »

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