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.
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.
May 5, 2017
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?
March 6, 2017
In 2014 Christianity Today asked the online Bible site YouVersion which Bible verses are the most popular in the world. Out of the 160 million users surveyed Jer. 29:11 came in fourth. It didn’t get a podium finish, but as a consolation the weeping prophet did take the gold in Canada, Australia, England and of course South Africa. One might feel sorry for Jer. 29:11 losing out to Romans 12:2 and the old favourite Philippians 4:6-8, but at least he can take courage in the fact that ‘The Lord has plans for you...to prosper...plans to give you hope and a future’.
Having said that, spare a thought for the remaining 32 verses in Jer. 29 - always being discarded and left behind. They are the real stars of the show, as a matter of fact they are the guys and girls giving verse 11 its meaning!
December 12, 2016
2016-12-11 The difficult thing that is prayer: some personal reflections
December 2, 2016
2016-11-20 The hiddenness of God is something that bothers a lot of people today. Yet it is nothing new. The travelers to Emmaus also did not recognise the presence of the living Christ in their broken and shattered world.