Winston Churchhill famously said: "Success is moving from one failure to the next without losing enthusiasm."
Being at the start of a new year full of unknowns, potential and even dread, it is of profound value to reflect on Biblical enthusiasm - which is not circumstantial.
This talk by Derik le Roux considers the Middle-Eastern context of the birth of Jesus. It suggests a few nuances to the story of Jesus' birth which many Western readers may miss.
The talk is based on the first two chapters of a book by theologian Kenneth Bailey titled Jesus through Middle-Eastern Eyes.
(Derik le Roux is a lecturer at the University of Pretoria in Electronic Engineering.)
This past week has seen South Africa as divided as ever with the "Black Monday" campaign and ensuing reaction.
Pictures of farm murders and old South African flags dominated the media and every second person has an opinion.
On Sunday we take this hot issue to the Cross and consider a possible christian perspective.
Recently Confederate Statues across the USA came tumbling down because of its link to slavery.
In South Africa we also see a continues process of disassociating with controversial historical figures, due to their link with Apartheid. Is it possible that the next thing that 'must fall' is the Bible?
There seems to be no indication that the Bible condemns slavery, as a matter of fact - slaves are told to obey their masters. Neither in the Old or New Testament is slavery prohibited.
What is the biblical position on slavery, and how can it be God's Word if it doesn't condemn such an atrocious evil?
Mathabo Baase has a BA in Psych, LLB, LLM (comparative child law) and obtained a Christian Theology Certificate from Wycliffe hall & the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She is currently working as a lecturer at NWU Potchefstroom.
The debate surrounding fee will has been pre-destined to be a big one and people choose to understand it in different ways. On Sunday we'll try to go past just the dogmatic stuff and consider the spiritual significance of predistination and free will. Make the right decision by electing to join the discussion.
by Jonathan McLatchie.
Interlocking puzzle pieces from among different accounts of an event, which illuminate one another in a manner unintended by the author(s) is a phenomenon which would be very surprising in the works of fiction. They are, however, expected on the hypothesis that these accounts are based on real events. When one finds numerous undesigned coincidences crisscrossing the Biblical documents (and even between the Biblical documents and external secular sources), one uncovers a very powerful cumulative argument for the substantial veracity of Scripture, as well as the authenticity of the thirteen letters attributed to the apostle Paul. In this presentation, Christian apologist Jonathan McLatchie will reveal some of the most impressive cases of undesigned coincidences in the New Testament.
By Johan Erasmus
"If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Luke 19:40
It is unlikely that Jesus initially referred to archaeology, but as it appears the stones in the Bible lands do tell quite a bit.
Christianity is different to many other religions in the sense that it claims to be based on and set in verifiable history, and not just divine revelation. This implies that many of the places, events, and language being used are open to investigation. It is especially true for modern-day Turkey (referred to in the Bible as Asia Minor).
What do the stones say about the New Testament? In what way can modern archaeological discoveries enrich our understanding of the Scriptures?