March 22, 2020
The hiddenness of dying in modern society means that we of all cultures live in denial of the inevitability of our impending death. Perhaps with the arrival of this unprecedented virus we've been reminded of our own mortality.
But even if death does not come your way during this pandemic, economic hardship will. Radical lifestyle adjustments are unavoidable and you will be confronted with questions that you are usually to distracted to entertain.
The Christian story however provides us with a surprizing antidote to both denial and despair.
December 1, 2019
If knowledge about God is the most important knowledge that we could have, and God is loving, why are there many people for whom God is silent or absent, even though they are not resistant toward him?
November 17, 2019
We are at our human best when we give and forgive. But we live in a world in which it makes little sense to do either one.
November 3, 2019
We have all been under the grip of wrath and the history of the world is filled with the effects of this sin. This talk delves into this prominent problem which is part of our daily lives.
October 27, 2019
“Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst.” - Frederick Buechner
The Christian view of sex is profoundly unpopular, yet surprisingly profound.
In this talk we move beyond the clichés of this deadly sin.
October 20, 2019
"I fear not the uncleanness of meat, but the uncleanness of desire" - Augustine
Some for food for thought.
The talk digs into this weighty issue.
October 13, 2019
The sin that takes no effort.
October 6, 2019
Based on Dante’s writings, the seven deadly sins - pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, greed, and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness.
We can however counteract these sinful patterns with 'seven lively virtues'. The seven lively virtues offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness.
September 15, 2019
The Bible is the most translated, most printed and most read book in history. But, in spite of this, the Bible is not always the easiest book to make sense of. In some places the Bible couldn’t be clearer and in other places everybody seem to disagree over what exactly the Bible is actually saying. In the light of this, it is necessary to investigate and discuss the principles that is valid when interpreting a book like the Bible. In this talk we contemplate how to read the Bible for all its worth.