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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

 Running Up the White Flag: Surrender as the Way to Follow Jesus

   by Nils von Kalm  Text copyright © 2016 Nils von Kalm All Rights Reserved ( Note from Rowland: this looks good: check it out on http://amzn.to/1VVG93R } “Scriptures about dying to self, finding one’s life by losing it, being crucified with Christ, and living only for Christ make it clear that realizing true fulfillment depends […]

There is no them, only us

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com

The Tao Of the Christ: Notes for a healthy way to live…

A Guide to Healthy Living (by a Facebook friend Evan Hadkins) Come to me, everyone who toils and has been burdened, and I will rest you. Pick up my yoke [and put it] onto yourselves! because humble I am and lowly in [my] heart! and you will find rest in your souls [or being]. For […]

What I learned about love at 38,000 feet

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Birds are so fragile and vulnerable. These amazing photos captured a drama with two of these little creatures. Kudos to the photographer. The newspapers that carried these photos sold out in every country. A female bluebird was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road, and the condition was soon fatal.  

Why I’m giving up my Christian identity

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com I’ve been a Christian for 30 years. People know me as a Christian. Most of my friends are Christian. For a long time, being Christian has been my very identity. And that is a problem. I am known by many people for being good at theology. I am good at […]

Divorce liturgy

  The Grieving – Rowland   As we remember the wonder of Christ’s love, we know that we are humble and fallible human beings. When we grieve our failures, Christ is beside us in that moment and gives us pardon and strength.               Silent reflection and confession   Loving God, when a marriage has […]

The Imitation Game: review

The redemptive oddity of Alan Turing  by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com  “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” And so – as this tagline of this brilliant movie describes – it was with Alan Turing, the man who was abnormal, who was different, who […]

Crabby Old Lady

This is special, and has been floating around the Internet for a while… When  an old woman died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home  in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, it was  believed that she had  nothing left of  any value.  Later, when the  nurses were going through her meager  possessions, they found this poem. Its […]

Defining a healthy religion

Faith: Christianity is not about putting yourself first Date February 22, 2015  Barney Zwartz ‘To a Christian, Scientology may be distorted and dangerous, but it is certainly a religion.’ Obscenity may be hard to define, said a United States Supreme Court judge decades ago, “but I know it when I see it.” Religion, too, is […]