In the beginning...


I have probably read it hundreds of times – far more than any other passage of scripture – yet it still blows my Read more

Switchfoot on living the dream


After a whirlwind visit a few years ago, San Diego rockers Switchfoot have finally made it back to South Africa. In this interview, they chat about their new Read more

Thoughts on losing your life


Serving God is not about achieving your own goals or even about "having a great life," but about living for something that transcends your material, earthly existence. Read more

Too radical a renegade

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He never had a book deal or a syndicated column or a TV show.

He never toured the talk show circuit and he never spoke at a conference.

He didn’t have a million Twitter followers or a Facebook fan page.

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In the beginning…

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I have probably read it hundreds of times – far more than any other passage of scripture – yet it still blows my mind.

To this day, Genesis 1 remains number one on my list of go-to re-reads. If you haven’t read it lately, you should.

Not only is it one of the most mysterious, enigmatic chapters in Genesis – or any other book of the Bible, for that matter – it is filled with more literary devices, symbolic references and layers of meaning than you can ever get your head around.

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Switchfoot on living the dream

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After a whirlwind visit a few years ago, San Diego rockers Switchfoot have finally made it back to South Africa – this time to play Jo’burg and Cape Town.

I caught up with the guys a day before their Cape Town show, and sat down with Chad (drums) and Drew (guitar) for a chat about their visit, their impressions of South Africa, and their exciting new project.

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The answer to the question

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I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer – Aryeh Frimer

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I’ll never forget my first day at university as a theology undergrad.

Walking bright-eyed through the hallways of those imposing buildings, I was convinced that I had finally arrived at a place where all the many questions that had weighed on my mind since my late teens would be answered.

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Mars Hill launches record label

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Seattle’s Mars Hill Church has decided to introduce its eclectic brand of worship music to the rest of the world through its very own record label, Mars Hill Music.

The Christian Post reports that the new label, which will feature singers and musicians from its 14 locations, will be headed by Jonathan Dunn, former director of A&R for Tooth & Nail.

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Thoughts on losing your life

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There is a poignant moment in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings in which Frodo, the main character, realizes that the quest he has undertaken will most likely cost him his life.

It dawns on him that he might well lose everything that he had once held dear – that nothing can ever be the same.

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Less of me

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Maybe I’ve just been reading Lamentations a little too much lately. Maybe I need to lighten up.

Fact is, the last two years of my life I’ve spent a significant amount of time thinking about suffering.

Maybe it’s a reaction to the evangelical world’s almost comical current fascination with prosperity and self-actualization – I really don’t know. What I do know, though, is that a seed of a thought has slowly grown to an undeniable conviction that we are massively underestimating the significance, value and meaning of suffering in Christian life.

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Science vs faith? Really?

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“Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind,” a crazy scientist with really bad hair and a wild look in his eyes once said.

His name was Albert Einstein, and although he most certainly was no theist, he was verbalizing an idea that would not have seemed too foreign to his contemporaries.

But while Einstein’s offhand remark hints at the fact that science and faith were not always seen as the mortal enemies many now assume them to be, it cannot be denied that, in the popular conscience at least, these two fields have come to represent two opposing and seemingly incompatible worldviews.

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Talking sense about sin

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Sin.

Have you ever really bothered to sit down and think through the concept?

Let’s be honest: the mere mention of the word brings to mind a stupendously long list of things – fun things, no less – that you’re not supposed to do.

The rules you shouldn’t break.

The laws you must not ignore.

The behaviour you’re not allowed to engage in.

All the things you really want to do, but can not. Or at least should not.

Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

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Dove Awards: Switchfoot nabs Best Rock Song statue

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Atlanta’s landmark Fox Theatre played host to the 43rd Annual Dove Awards late last week, yet again honouring some of the most talented on the CCM/gospel music scene.

Among the winners this year are rockers Switchfoot, who nabbed the Rock Recorded Song of the Year statue for Dark Horses, off their Vice Verses album. Number one selling Gospel artist of all-time, Kirk Franklin, was also on stage, earning his 15th and 16th Dove Awards for Contemporary Gospel Album and Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year respectively.

Also included in this year’s winning line-up is hip-hop star Lecrae, who took the spoils in the Hip Hop Song of the Year and Hip Hop Album of the Year categories.

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