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Do Christians Have Special Protection From Disease?

Do Christians have special protection from the corona virus pandemic compared to non-Christians? A question that came up in my systematic theology class this week, in light of the corona virus pandemic. The class was discussing the origin of evil and suffering, and why Christians also seem to suffered horrendous evils and fall sick like everybody else. Does not God protect the Christian? Is it true that  Christians have a special protection? This was an unfortunate headline in New Zealand…
Easter Weekend Worship Service

Easter Weekend Service

Easter Weekend Worship Service 2020. First live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Saturday, April 11, 2020, 5:00 PM. Join us in this simulated live-stream service in which you, your family and friends can participate in various liturgical elements of the service like a sung Collect of Purity, responsive reading, worship as you sing along deeply meaningful hymns, listen to a resurrection themed sermon, and be blessed in prayer. Sermon: Rt. Revd. Dr. Joshua Thambiraj Worship Hymns: Diane and Luke Scallon…

Dealing with Adversity at the Cross

Hope Does Not Disappoint – Dealing with Adversity at the Cross “I feel like I have been hit in the gut”. This sentiment was expressed by someone earlier this year when he was facing a difficult situation in his life. I had also been praying earnestly for this man, to receive the outcome we hoped for. From the human perspective, the answer to this prayer had to be yes. I begged, cajoled and prayed with great emotion. But it was…

Pandemics, Earthquakes and Tsunamis – Is this God’s Judgment?

The question has surfaced again in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic. It was heard during the 2003 SARS epidemic, the 2004 tsunami, and a number of earthquakes which have resulted in significant loss of life and suffering. Is this God’s judgment? Firstly, the point must be made that this question should only bother theists, i.e. those who believe in God. For the atheist, it really should not matter at all. If this question (or answer) causes an atheist…

What Are You Feeling?

Two-ish weeks into a “quarantine” lifestyle because of this global pandemic, many are wrestling with what we are feeling. So much has happened and so much has changed.  Right now, we are feeling: The loss of security The loss of normalcy The loss of economic and financial stability The loss of physical social connections with others The list continues… Collectively, this is grief.  This has become an active feeling for many at this time. There is a type of grief…

Do We Really Understand God’s Love For Us?

Jeremiah 3 Human beings have to face each other every day. We seem to be made for relationship. Indeed the bible says that fellowship is an integral part of the ecclesia. But relationships are fraught with difficulties and problems. Philosophers have admitted that it is very difficult for human beings to get along. Thomas Hobbes is quoted as saying that the life is one of a war between men. And that the consequences are that life would be solitary, poor,…