How should we handle the Bible? Is it possible to misuse the Bible? Come and see how some cults twist the Bible to say what they want it to say.
Speaker: Daniel Maritz
By Guest Speaker Ellis Potter of L'Abri, Switzerland.
What is reality? What is the meaning of human life? Why do we suffer? Who am I? This talk explores 3 major worldviews that propose radically different answers to these eternal questions. These 3 worldviews, and the unique hope that each offers to humanity, have profoundly different consequences for how we see reality and our place in it.
Ellis H. Potter has explored various worldviews (religious and non-religious) at close range. He is a former Buddhist monk, and now Christian minister resident in Switzerland. He is a well-travelled international speaker and the author of "3 Theories of Everything" and "How do you know that?"
Recording courtesy of L'Abri South Africa
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.)
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?
Lara Buchanan will be looking at how Jesus interacts with all sorts of people and engages in the questions of his day. Doing a quick sweep of the gospels we will see the master apologist at work: defining the question (Matt 22), exposing motives (Luke 20), questioning the questioner (Luke 10 & 18), and ultimately drawing to people to himself. This Sunday is all about learning how to emphasize with and effectively respond to the questions of our time.