Why ‘The Case for Christ’ is a ‘Must See’

The Case for Christ is a movie currently screening in cinemas and based on a multi-million-selling book of the same name. It tells the story of a former journalist from a large Chicago daily newspaper, Lee Strobel, who attempts to apply his professional skills to discrediting the newfound faith of his wife. Instead, he discovers that the evidence he examines is compelling proof of the Biblical account of Jesus. The ending is about as inevitable as the sinking of the boat in Titanic, so why is this dubbed by some as the best Christian film ever made? Continue reading

Emotional Health for Improved Leadership

Being emotionally healthy is often a matter of perspective. Though we might feel we can quantify other people’s responses to life, the responders themselves may be of a different mind as to the rightness of their actions. This is why leaders’ own judgments need great care. The brain partly assesses situations quickly through the recognition of behavioural patterns but it also stores memories along with emotional tags. This means that leaders’ treatment of people can contain an inherent, though unintentional, bias. There are three major triggers for such lose-lose outcomes in otherwise-well adjusted leaders, each with a clear remedy and some suggested resources. Continue reading

Answering Tough Questions – Part 1

There are many questions put to Christians in an attempt to throw them off. I’m all for answering questions sincerely, but sometimes they are not sincerely asked. Nevertheless, most atheists have asked them at some stage and insufficient responses don’t exactly encourage people to find faith. Here are some brief answers to the first five of ten of the most-asked questions. Answering them could make an ‘other-world’ of difference. Continue reading

How to Combat the PC Virus

The public bullying of those expressing personal views is increasingly troublesome. Last week, Australian tennis great, Margaret Court, was pilloried for sharing an opinion, despite attacking no-one. It seems that the honour of individuals is becoming dependent on behaving in a manner dictated by others. It has become clear that freedom of speech is only acceptable for those who give the right speech. This incident highlights the need to consider how we, too, might respond when similarly attacked by the whims of the political correctness brigade. Continue reading

How To Stand and Fight When You’re Down

One of the Bible’s classic texts on spiritual warfare is that of Ephesians 6:10-18, which outlines the armour available to every Christian. What is often missed, however, is the intentionality of the courageous stand that needs to be taken in the face of adversity when we least feel like being proactive. That stand is threefold and essential for every person who has responded to God’s offer of salvation. It helps us legally access spiritual victory and the promises that the Bible offers to God’s children. Continue reading

True Love in an Alabaster Box

In John 12:1-8, we are told of Jesus being honoured by one of his friends, Mary of Bethany. One of several biblical Marys, she was the sister of the resurrected Lazarus and of Martha (who speaks to us in Luke 10:38-42 of the priority of relationship over service). She shows us how, rather than just securing our relationship with God in the first place, we can enjoy it thereafter. Similarly, a man might quickly woo a woman without knowing how to love her for life. Any Christian needs Mary’s insights to better live a life that demonstrates unconditional love of God, too, so as to make a transforming difference in our world. Continue reading