Monthly Archives: January 2011

Is the world getting better or worse?

This is a poll. Just curious to know what you think.

The news we get, even in the age of citizen journalism is largely negative. We have every reason to believe the world is getting worse based on what we see on TV and the internet and a lot of people seem to think it actually is. But is it really?

Is it getting better? Is it getting worse? Or is it a cycle of prosperity, health, disease and war with no significant net gain or loss?

In 2011 we no longer have Hitler or the black plague. Slavery is less prevalent than it once was. Society has come a long way socially. We have amazing charities and a spirit of generosity. But we do have AIDS, obesity and a variety of cancers that are much more common because of the indulgent lifestyles we lead. We have huge debt and we still do have wars.

What do you think?

Genesis 25

This is a VERY interesting chapter. Much happens, yet only the last segment really receives the limelight in most Sunday School and sermon teachings.

First off, Abraham remarries (Sarah having died). He then has a bunch more kids. Hands up if you also thought Abraham’s only kids were Ishmael and Isaac? Yep, me too! One of these kids was named Midian. Could he be the father of the Midianites, with whom Israel had a love/hate relationship with later on? (Moses found a wife among them, but Gideon defeated them in battle down the track). Continue reading

Christianity: The Essentials Part 4 – Love

The Beatles were wise men. Stoned men. But wise men nonetheless.

In what is the third to last post of this series (unless I think of something else absolutely essential to write about, but I’m trying to keep it slim), I’d like to discuss love.

If I had to summarise Christianity in a word, it would be love. When Jesus was asked to summarise Christianity (not that it was known as such back then), He said to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as you love yourself. “Do those things and you will live.” “live” meaning live in the eternal sense. All you need is love. Continue reading