Mark Paul Odendaal | My Thoughts in Words

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Law and Grace

I grew up hearing about grace… naturally. I went to a Baptist church that taught the great truths of the Word, including that my salvation was, and continues to be, by grace through faith...

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An Open Letter to the DA

Dear Democratic Alliance In the spirit of full disclosure, I will let you know up front that I am not politically minded.  I read a few articles now and then, I listen when people...

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Tell your heart to beat again

There’s something so powerful about ‘testimony’ – the story of what happened.  This video below is one such video that I’m sure will be a great blessing to you. Enjoy!

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#IloveJozi – Juta Street

One of the things that surprised me most after moving to Pretoria was how so many people that live less than 45 minutes from one of the greatest cities in the world had no...

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Facebook done right

I have likely said it before: I both love and hate social media. When I love it, I love it properly.  So much so, in fact, that I did my honours thesis at Theological...

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A month in bed

So today mark’s exactly a month since I’ve turned a luminous shade of yellow, started losing a lot of weight and, most notably, got into bed for what I hoped would be a week or...

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People, The Gym and Church.

I am unashamed when I say that I am one of millions (billions?) of people who had “Get fit and healthy” as a new years resolution. I am also proud to say that, despite...

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5 Things I love about the church

When last were you able to scroll through your Facebook feed without at least one shared article about what is wrong with the church today? No doubt it’s been a while! 5 reasons millennials...

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Life from a hospital room

Tam and I had the… well…crisis of having our little boy Seth in a hospital isolation room for 4 days last week. He started getting sick on Sunday and after 2 visits to the...

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A Line in the Sand

I am typically sceptical of the euphoria of a year year – as if somehow, magically, all the disappointments of the previous year will vanish and the changing of a digit on the calendar...

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Perception trumps reality

Last night at our midweek student service we stepped out of the normal “service routine” to discuss something that I have become increasingly concerned about.  There is a growing trend of Christians, particularly younger...

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Our Worship is selfish… but, is it?

Since the conception of the formal structured church, we have had an important prophetic role to play. The church universal has had a prophetic voice amidst some of the greatest crisis in history.  Surely...