January 4, 2018
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.)
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.
October 16, 2017
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.
October 2, 2017
By One Mokgatle
We live in a time where hospitality, the twin brother of fellowship, has been neglected by the Church. We have neglected hospitality so much, we call fellowship - hospitality and believe them to be the same. Though these two may look the alike, their outworkings and implications a very different. If the Church is to truly become an influence in our ever-changing society, we must embrace both hospitality and fellowship; by being clear on who the two are and letting them grow to maturity in our communities of Faith.
September 26, 2017
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.
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.
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.
August 20, 2017
Andy Moore from RZIM talks about "Is Christianity just a Psycological crutch?"
July 11, 2017
Abortion is a highly controversial and emotive subject in many places, but in South Africa, it seems to elicit very little conversation. Andre and Marianne van Zyl take on this thorny but important issue from a Christian perspective in a talk entitled The sound of silence: Abortion in South Africa.
May 16, 2017
The Christian church is often seen as a socially and politically conservative body, preserving the status quo...we even have official state churches in some countries. But Jesus was a radical, even a revolutionary, in all sorts of ways, and he challenged the status quo, finally getting crucified by the authorities. He had some extraordinarily hard-hitting things to say to rich people and about the use and abuse of money, and about sharing resources. Conveniently rich Christians often seem not to have heard what Jesus said! But in our unequal world Jesus is a very relevant voice: he called people to find God's love and to respond to it in practical action.
The talk was given by Prof David Wenham.