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.
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.
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.
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.
RZIM Apologist Andy Moore discusses the question of whether the roads we take in life all lead to the same place, or whether the paths we choose make a difference? What difference, in particular, is made by our responses to the claims of Jesus Christ?
2016-07-24 Life can be viewed through various "lenses": A financial lens; attempts to measure all things in terms of monetary value, a functional lens; rates resources in accordance with their capabilities, a space & time lens; focuses on where and when things happen. But arguably it is the relational lens that offers the most relevant insights and the most valuable perspectives.
What would life look like if we saw it primarily through a relational lens?