Communion: Not just a ritual

I was 12 when my parents pulled a packet of bright yellow papers out of a drawer and placed them in front of me. My young eyes fell onto the pages filled with verses, and fill in the blanks as Mom and Dad slowly and lovingly led me through a study about what communion is all about.

ODJ: Surprising Victory

At the climax of the film Superman II, it looked as if villain General Zod had beaten the world’s superhero. Zod had coerced Superman into a crystal chamber that was designed to expose him to sunrays from their home planet Krypton—rays that would neutralize his superpowers. But Superman secretly reconfigured the chamber so that the power—draining sunrays were released on

ODJ: rescued

Window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama were riding on a scaffold to the top of a New York City skyscraper when the left side of their platform gave way. The two men dangled there, 69 stories above ground, for about 2 hours. Rescue workers decided to cut a hole in the side of the building to reach the men. After working for 45 minutes, they successfully sliced through three layers of glass and p

ODJ: freely given, but costly

If you have the cash you can buy almost anything you want. According to Michael Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy, a person in America can purchase access to the car pool lane while driving alone for $8, a prison-cell upgrade for $90 a night, an amusement park Front of the Line Pass for $149, your doctor’s mobile phone number for $1,500 and the right to shoot an endangere

ODJ: someone loves you

During Valentine’s Day each year, nearly $18.6 billion dollars are spent across America—$1.6 billion of which is spent on chocolate and $4.4 billion is spent on jewellery! We’re so driven by consumerism these days that we can come to believe that romantic love revolves around gifts. We can even begin to think that the best way to know if someone really cares about us is if they&r

ODJ: a stone's throw

The teachers of the law stormed into the temple and interrupted Jesus’ teaching by thrusting a woman in front of the crowd. They said to Him, “This woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” (John 8:4-5). 

Jesus knew that if He sided with the law, they would say He was unloving; and if He went with love, they would say He deni

God is unfair

God is unfair. He is biased. Partiality is in Him. We have compelling evidences to proof this is true. First, consider Case 01: Jeremy.

ODJ: away in a manger

According to a recent Poll, “Away in a Manger” was voted the second most popular carol. Although some of what we sing isn’t mentioned in the Bible (for example, cattle present at Jesus’ birth or Jesus not crying), the carol affirms some deep theological truths.

We’re told that “[Mary] gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and

ODJ: making room

Our voices resonating throughout the living room. Last Christmas Eve was like many others as we read Scripture, took communion and sang together. However, the words of one song took on new meaning. Having recently sold our home, we had been living for the past month and a half with my husband’s parents. Graciously they had not only offered us the use of their home as they travelled but had even