There are much beauty and good in the world, but there are also horrors both physically and morally. Humanity seems in a struggle for survival, and yet Christians claim that God is all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful. If God is all these things, then why is there evil in the world?
Born in Zimbabwe to a Malawian father and Zimbabwean mother, Stephen had a devastating childhood, being abandoned by his parents at the age of six and placed in a cruel orphanage.
In the years that followed, Stephen lived rough under a bridge, eventually forming a formidable and dangerous gang with other homeless kids, known as "the Black Shadows".
Initially involved with petty crime, the gang later joined the political struggle in Zimbabwe against the "rebel regime".
When a travelling evangelist came to town, the Black Shadows postponed their plan to bomb a bank frequented by white people, preferring to massacre everyone attending one of the Christian meetings.
Armed with a bag of home-made bombs, hand guns, AK47s and knives, they sat at the back to initially disrupt the meeting. Then, instead of throwing the bombs, Stephen stayed to listen...
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.