Does the Bible condone slavery?

November 1, 2017

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.

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Have and Have-nots

October 24, 2017

How to live generously with plenty, and how to live graciously with nothing.

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Good News for the City

September 26, 2017

Tobie Meyer

The story of man is a story of cities. They both shape each other, for better or worse. How do we shape it for the good of all those who live in it? What is the best thing we can do for the city we inhabit?

In this talk, Tobie Meyer considers what true human flourishing might look like.

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Why isn’t God more obvious?

September 5, 2017

If God wants people to know him, why wouldn't he make himself known more clearly? Surely a good God would not be so elusive? Lara Buchanan addresses this commonly asked question: "Why isn't God more obvious?" Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, this will be an opportunity to explore these issues together and consider some of the responses offered in the Christian faith.

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Jesus the great apologist

September 5, 2017

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.

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Esther: The Silent Presence of God

August 10, 2017

Schemes, Beauty Pageants, Politics, Genocide, Sex & Alcohol... The Old Testament book of Esther has it all. As a matter of fact it reads like a Game of Thrones style soap opera, full of morally questionable figures. Even the so called 'good guys' aren't very kosher (Pun intended)! Yet through the mess and without being mentioned - the silent hand of God is at work. Not through plagues or sea openings, but in the everyday stuff. 

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Pluralisme: Verskillende paaie na dieselfde God?

July 21, 2017

Lei verskillende paaie na dieselfde God? Dien Moslem, Christen, Jood en Hindoe nie maar eintlik dieselfde God nie?  Dit laat 'n mens nogal wonder, glo ek nie maar net oor dit wat my ouers my geleer het nie? 

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God en Wetenskap

July 21, 2017
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“The Shack” - The Problem of Evil

June 7, 2017

"The Shack" - and the Problem of Evil." By Dr. Roedolf Botha

Human suffering still carries some of the deepest and most frequently asked questions today: Is there a benevolent God? Does he really care about us? How can a loving God allow so much human affliction? A few years ago a very controversial book, The Shack, tried to address some of these questions. The book had also recently been translated into a movie. Tonight we are going to explore some of the ideas in it in trying to answer some of life's most fundamental questions.

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Deconstructing Marxism

May 11, 2017

(We apologize for the poor quality of this recording is poor. There is an echo which appears and disappears every now and then.)

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
 
The great battles in history were not necessarily fought on Normandy, Waterloo or Stalingrad, but rather in lecture halls, churches and books. Fighting other bodies is easy, fighting other ideas - that is the tricky part. C.S. Lewis famously said that good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy exists.
 
One of the most influential ideas to capture the human imagination has been that of Marxism. Few ideas has had the same impact. Our forefather in this country use to engage with it by labelling it the Rooi Gevaar, but little meaningful engagement ensued. As Marxism re-enters the South African political landscape it becomes crucial to debate and evaluate this potent idea. Like most philosophies Marxism attempts to describe reality, but when and where is that description not real?
 
At Dialoog we like to wrestle with big ideas and as Paul says in 2 Cor. 10:5, attempt to 'Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ'. Join us as we try to Deconstruct Marxism.
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