Book Review – A Church Called Tov
McKnight and Barringer have written a book that helps church leaders and church attendees alike, to realise what makes a good church. Not good in terms of "that was a good sermon" or "we have a good preacher" but good in terms of God looking down and calling our culture "good" (tov)
Life Update. Including a Soon-to-Be Wedding!
The last time I wrote or published anything for this blog was in September of 2020. Life has changed so much since then but it has been too busy for me to find the time to write. I even promised a friend a blog post that I just simply never got to (Kate, if you are reading this, I am sorry) because life became about priorities and writing was near the bottom of the list. A New Job God worked so wonderfully in my life towards the end of last year. I was starting to feel some anxiety about the fact that I was nearing the end of my degree…
Hi, My Name is AJ
Hi, my name is AJ. It’s nice to meet you. Let me tell you some basic things about me. I am a 23 year old woman who lives in the beautiful country of South Africa. I am not a missionary kid, I was born here and so were my parents, and so were their parents. I like the colour purple and I like to eat out of yellow things. I like to read, and to read about reading. I am a crocheter and spend many hours making items in front of the TV. My favourite shows are Friends and Gilmore Girls or true crime documentaries. I don’t like to exercise,…
The Current Responsibility of the Avid Reader
If you are interested in what it means to be an avid reader, take a look at the post What Avid Readers Do Differently by one of my reading icons, Anne Bogel (aka Modern Mrs Darcy). The reason I am directing this post at avid readers is that we set the trends in the book industry. We are the ones who go to bookstores. We are the ones who buy books (maybe too many). We are the ones who impact the book industry through our reading choices. I am not the first person, nor the last, to broach the topic of the reader’s responsibility in the current climate. However, I…
Review: Little House in the Big Woods
“They were cosy and comfortable in their little house made of logs, with the snow drifted around it and the wind crying because it could not get in by the fire.”
Great (Fiction) Books to Read in Winter
Here are some of the best books to pick up during my favourite season
When My Phone Owns My Time
I fit neatly in between two generations, that of Millenial and Gen-Z. I tend to identify much stronger with the Millennial generation in that I feel I have been a witness of technology taking more and more control over our lives. I am only 23, but I remember the first time my dad ever used a GPS. It wasn’t on his phone. It was a piece of technology that only had one purpose–to get you places. I remember when phones didn’t have cameras and when the only game you could play on them was Snake. I remember when you would only call people after 8pm because it was cheaper, and…
Walking in a Manner Worthy to Our Calling
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” Ephesians 4:1 (ESV) “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 (ESV) This word worthy is used to mean “as if you deserve it”. “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”, boils down to: you have received God and His gift and now walk as if you deserve it. As Christians we know that what we deserve is death because of our sin (Romans 6:23) and that the eternal life which we have received is not…
The Blindness of Judgement
“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Why Should I Care About God?
Sometimes we think of God as a far off being who takes no interest in our lives. We don’t think of Him as caring about our worries, desires, problems, and joys. We know that Jesus is supposed to be our best friend, God like our daddy; but this is just head knowledge that doesn’t serve us very well when deep down we think that God is actually just waiting to catch us out when we do something wrong.