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.
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.
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.
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.
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.