These two parables of Jesus recorded only by Luke tells us a lot about God and about ourselves
The secret to having a a really meaningful life is in discovering the hidden treasure and pearl of great price.
Some places in South Africa are off the beaten track but great areas to visit. The Karoo town of Calitzdorp is one.
Only about 6 parables out of the plus/minus 40 parables of Jesus are recorded in all three "Synoptic Gospels". Here is a quick look at their message; just as important for today as they were in the time taught by Jesus.
The Parables of Jesus have to be understood in context and with the end result they achieved in their time. They also have important messages for today.
The parables lie at the heart of the New Testament teaching of Jesus. Understanding them and applying them is vital for today
Leadership is a desperately needed commodity in a world that seems to have lost its way. The Old Testament example of Nehemiah is a good place to start.
Most people are better at giving advice than taking it -a dangerous situation!
The Bible has often been attacked on the basis that it is not true. The Old Testament and archeology has done a lot to disprove this view.
From early times God has spoken to the people by means of prophets. What about today?
A bird hide is a great place to get into nature
The Old Testament illustrates perfectly the need to not only hear God's voice but also to do what he says. After all he knows best!
No matter what generation we live in the attitudes of people remain the same -Better to be an Abigail than a Nabal!
David was referred to as a man after God's heart. Here is why!
The world battles with leadership and the appointment of Saul as the first King of Israel is a good lesson even for today.
Where is God? An important question to ask and answer!
The story of Ruth is as relevant as today's newspapers. Racial differences, tragedy in life, drought and poverty and then love.
One of the saddest passages in the Bible is recorded in the book of Judges and from the life of Jephthah.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Job gives us a glimpse into the eternal realm for an answer.
The Bible mainly tells the story of the great leaders but women appear every now and then, sometimes in supportive roles but sometimes as leaders.
God is a God of second chances. Rahab came from a dubious background to become part of the genealogy of Jesus.
One of the most amazing accounts of human behavior appears in Genesis chapters 2, 3. Adam and Eve are you and me in every age.
The Old Testament teaches us important lessons for life - Is it okay to cry?
When leadership at every level is at a premium right now some Old Testament lessons will be useful!
The Old Testament is there for our learning, as suggested by the Apostle Paul in Romans 15:4, and Solomon's life is a good place to go.
Romans is as relevant today as it was in Paul's time. We face the same problems and so need the same answers.
Africa is a diverse and big continent. Few know much about it. Here are some interesting facts.
The example of Moses and Jethro has an interesting number of lessons for today's world
One of the truly great chapters in the Bible as Paul writes about the Holy Spirit!
As the study on Romans continues Paul argues that the Church is freed from the restrictions of the law.
Romans has been described as the greatest treatise on the Christian faith, here is Chapter 6
The fight against Covid 19 means different things to different people and the battle has to be won
As Paul continues this great letter he encourages the Church in Rome to understand God's great gift of salvation.
Problems in the church existed in Paul's time as they do today and here Paul addresses one that comes from a basic human weakness that always is present.
Paul in this great letter continues to encourage the Roman Christians to keep a spirit of humility and to accept all into fellowship, both Jews and Gentiles.
Thinking about the Bible is always a win/win situation. Here is a challenge!
This important letter to the Roman Christians is as valid today as it was when Paul wrote it. Here he completes the first major thought - all have sinned.
The Corona Virus has raised questions that need answers from a biblical perspective.
A Study of the Book of Romans continues as Paul gives advice to the Church in Rome and so also to us today
South Africa has many great places to visit, some far and some near. Double Mouth is only 85 km from East London
Marriage is a challenge that many fail to achieve successfully, What does the Bible say?
This is a the first of a 16 series of lessons on the Book of Romans that will be presented one chapter at a time.
It took two extraordinary leaders to end apartheid, a review of their autobiographies.
The last week has been crazy in the streets of South Africa as people celebrated our win at the Rugby World Cup in Japan
There is a basic belief in most societies that there is a spiritual world beyond this world. What does the Bible say?
Rock Art by Bushmen is found in many parts of Southern Africa. We visited the Eastern Cape Drakensberg Mountains near Mount Fletcher over the Heritage Day long weekend
Some really serious surprises are in store when Jesus returns. Some will be pleasantly surprised and others sadly dismayed!
The Old Testament has some important lessons for life. Ecclesiastes is an important book to read and think about.
Another National Arts Festival in the Eastern Cape - here is the diary of someone who spent four nights in Makhando to support the Arts and enjoy the experience
What sets African Game Parks aside is the possibility of seeing the so called "Big Five". Here we look at the Big Cats.
Some election posters near our house caught my eye and led me to ponder the coming elections.
Everyone has some kind of artistic ability. At the National Arts Festival in South Africa Art is celebrated
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is a great place to enjoy wildlife and so we travelled there two weeks ago.
A recent trip to the Klein Karoo on a fruit picking and buying trip highlighted this beautiful part of South Africa in our minds -worth a visit.
Marriage as we know it is in trouble. Perhaps due to the ideas of a modern thinking that believes there are no absolute rules about anything.
The Anglo-Boer War is another sad story of human greed and pride leading to untold suffering and loss of property and life. Rayne Kruger gives an excellent description of the whole scenario.
The problem of poverty is so big that we feel helpless. Look around and do something in your area.
Paul started the work in this area and now he writes two letters to encourage the church there and correct some misconceptions about the Second Coming of Jesus.
Every book in the New Testament is special but Philippians is specially so as it has been described as "the Letter of Joy".
The letter to the Ephesian Church by Paul is an important message for unity.
The Galatian letter by the Apostle Paul has been called the most important letter ever written as it lead Martin Luther to the Reformation.(Ramsay) Here is a one lesson study.
A one stop look at a book of the Bible can reveal the big picture presented in that book. 2 Corinthians is a book that we often neglect. Here is an overview.
As we look at Paul's letter to the Corinthian Church we can identify many problems that exist even today. Paul's advice is relevant to every age.
Sometimes we get caught up so much in the detail of the Bible that we miss the message. This brief overview looks at the book from the view of its main message and themes.
It took some time for the early followers of Jesus who were Jews to realize that the new movement, called "The Way", was for the Gentiles also. Luke describes this progress in thought and application.
The women in Acts make an interesting study. Luke often relates their activities,
Marriage is at best challenging. Does a perfect marriage exist?
The book of Acts gives us an important look into the early history of the Christian Church as Luke records in as a second volume to his Gospel account.
David was a man "after God's own heart" and gives good advice about life, even for today
Tent camping is a serious option when visiting Kruger National Park. It is relatively inexpensive and well catered for in all Camps in Kruger.
Music seems to be part of our mind, heart and soul. Here I look back a little so why don't you join me.
Every now and then I find a book that moves me and this story set in the First Anglo-Boer War did just that.
400 years on Southern African History as described by a cross section of society. Covering 1490-1900 it is a great collection of letters, journals, reports and observations
It is easy to reject a belief in God, but what if you decide to believe? Here are three reasons to consider seriously before you make up your mind.
Who are these people living in shacks in most African cities and how can they be helped?
Sometimes the best places to start birding are not out in the wilderness but right in the city. Your garden, parks and nature reserves provide a safe refuge for the birds of an area.
South Africa has a large variety of shells and collecting them makes an interesting hobby
Shells have fascinated people since earliest times and have an interesting history-the Cowrie is one type.
The New South Africa offers new challenges and new opportunities. As a modern Western culture meets an African Tribal culture there are certain to be interesting times.
Most people are basically good citizens and even religious but what are they/you doing to really make a difference in the world? Only you can answer that question
Birding the Komga area near East London in South Africa we came across some great birds. Here are some of the raptors. Raptors in the field are really interesting to watch as they look for food.
Four times a year I visit Gubu Dam in the Amatola Mountains near East London to do a bird list for the South African Bird Atlas Program- this was my Autumn visit.
Africa is a continent of many countries and tribes and nations, full of contrasts, contradictions and challenges but here is why I love it!
The first question we need to ask and answer is why study the Old Testament since we have a New and better covenant in the New Testament. (Hebrews 9:15) It would be difficult to improve the Apostle Paul’s...
The variety and beauty of this country is the result of a combination of location, climate and geological history. The scenery is a wonder to be enjoyed again and again.
South Africa is indeed a "Rainbow Nation" made up of many different people with eleven official languages- here are just a few of these people.
Elephants are amazing animals but don't get too close!
Kite surfing is one of the options for holiday fun but for the fit and strong only.
One of the interresting flowers found in the Easter Cape of South Africa is the Aloe.They attract specially Sunbirds who feed on the nectar.
Addo Elephant Park in Spring is a real delight, specially after the good rains this year. The young are out exploring their dangerous world while it is also mating time for some.
After their long journey the four travellers approached Cala near the Zambizi River in Northern Mozambique. The quest by Jennifer to find the person who had carved the mask had brought them there.
The search for the mask maker is now seriously on with the journey into Mozambique. A group with a mission. A mysrerious mission but one never the less.
Art can be defined narrowly or broadly. Travelling in Africa many informal artists produce 'art' pieces to make a living. Here are a few examples from South Africa.
Photographing birds is hard work for many reasons. Sometimes one has a bit of luck. Here are 6 of my favourites.
"Men will sometimes do strange things that even they do not know why" Jacque left his family for the diamond fields, now his daughter has found him.
A daughter went looking for her Dad and found much more and much less on the diamond fields of South Africa.
Sprinting is perhaps the purist of all Olympic sport. A story that links natural talent with great opportunity. Is there a Zinzi out there? Who will look and find her?
First in a series of best five photos of almost any possible topic including famous places, animals, etc. By an enthusiastic amateur photographer and his wife.
A dissapointe Susan rturns home with her search for her father ended, or has it. The parcel arrives!
A Daughter travels to the diamond fields in South Africa in search of her father and finds more than she expected. The search hots up.
Birds are facinating to study and learn about. What an amazing question,how fast and far do they fly?
Hidden in cities are little nature gems that often even the locals do not know about and certainly don't use enough. Here in East London we have the Nahoon River with two great Nature Reserves!
Every one dreams of a big road trip in the USA, we did. But then when we both retired from teaching we did it. We have been on the road for nearly two months and time is flying.
What is Christianity all about. Has it losts its purpose?
Why is this called the Wild Coast, perhaps these photos will explain.
Coming from the Easter Cape Nelson Mandela is a living legend. This rare flower, the Mandela Gold has been named after him and he deserves the honor. The flowers in our garden are blooming!
Is hubbing addictive? How does one know if you are an addict?
Kids ask good questions and we often give the obvious answers. Sometimes we need to be careful that we get them right.
Sharks and people often share the same environment, that is we go into their habitat and are visitors there. East London, South Africa on the Indian Ocean is a great surfing destination. What do the sharks think of that?
H.D.Thoreau in Walden and Solomon in Ecclesiastes come to the question about what life is all about from very different perspectives. What can we learn?
Most people visit California for the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Our 6 month road trip took us north and what a surprise! The Redwoods alone made it worth while.
Favorite places are special and everyone should have at least one.Why Gubu Dam is one of mine is because of its beauty and seclusion.Join me as I try to explain.
It is easy to become negative about getting old, but think of the many good things that come with age. A look at the positive side of getting old, from a personal perspective.
Sometimes a chance meeting in a car park can challenge you thinking about life. Polite did that to me in Louis Trichardt in South Africa.We come from the same country but different worlds.