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.
January 19, 2020
Whether you are listening to a song in your car or to a sermon in your church, chances are that you'll hear a lot about two types of relationships. (1) Romantic relationships will dominate the songs you listen to and the movies you watch, whilst (2) family relationships will dominate your church experience. As a matter of fact, most churches go out of their way to promote themselves as 'family churches' and most romantic propositions promote themselves as being 'more than friends'. But where does that leave friendship?
December 8, 2019
"Enemy-occupied territory---that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage."
- C.S. Lewis
Is the season of Advent just a cozy, sentimental period before Christmas? Or is it a time of spiritual revolution?
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 10, 2019
“Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.”― G.K. Chesterton
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.