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  • Heaven: From someone who’s been there

    Claims of sight-seeing return trips to Heaven and Hell are still in vogue among publishers today. However, I swear A Visitor’s Guide to Hell (Sterling Ethos, NY, 2014) is not a book vying to join that growing club. Launching from Jesus’ teaching about the rich man in Hell and [...]

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  • The high cost of free speech: Charlie Hebdo and Christianity

    My American friends who were born into a bastion of free speech sometimes take their First Amendment privilege for granted. But I was raised in South Africa under the Apartheid regime. We were taught brainwashed that freedom of speech was a destabilizing ideology held by Liberals, Communists [...]

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  • New Book on a Hot Topic

    I didn’t realize my new book on Hell had hit the shelves until Tim Challies mentioned it on his blog.  Why a book on Hell? Interesting story: Apparently some market research found that a trending topic is non-fiction “afterlife tourism” or first person narratives of [...]

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  • What makes a good year?

    As every sommelier worth his saltine crackers knows: good wine comes from tortured grapes. It is a dusty secret Californian vintners accidentally unearthed that the more the grape has to struggle for survival, the higher the quality of wine that can be gleaned. Thus, arid [...]

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  • Your Tombstone This Year

    A sagacious life-coach would urge us all to occasionally zoom out and put our lives in perspective. A written assignment might include, “What would you want the epitaph on your tombstone to say?” A percipient piece of advice for looking ahead. But there is a [...]

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  • Mud is Muddy: How To Annoy Your Unbelieving Family Less

    Christmas is traditionally a time for family. And since no family tree can be completely homogenous Christians will be dining with unbelievers on Christmas Day. And sadly, some Christians I know are dreading that time. You know the type: the believing bubble babies who were birthed into [...]

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  • Saving the Little Drummer Boy

    If you had to ask me at age five what my favorite Bible story was, I’d have easily chosen the account of the Little Drummer Boy. What’s not to love? A young, impoverished vagabond (no parents are mentioned) follows the Magi to a cozy stable, [...]

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  • The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters

    It isn’t wrong to have a fern on my porch or a cactus in my office (chosen for its resilience to neglect, a prerequisite for any plant life under my supervision). But apparently having a fir tree, imitation or genuine, is considered by some to [...]

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"Who having been called to be a preacher would stoop to be a king?" - Puritan Thomas Carlyle