The Bible calls us to be lovers of others and God, but there are some things that can stop us from loving others well. Tonight we will discuss how one of the often unexamined attributes of our (post)modern lives is the enemy of love and how we can become better at practicing love.
David was the object of Saul’s foolish envy and jealousy, to the extent that Saul was leading an army with the sole purpose of taking his life. Nonetheless, even when being presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, David abstained. How do we love those so committed to our destruction?
We speak to Dr Anthony Bradley who is a professor of religious studies, chair of the program in Religious and Theological Studies, director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King's College in New York City. He is also a research fellow at The Acton Institute.
Lonely, scarred, frustrated, hungry - these are all words describing various South Africans at the moment. Drawing on a rich biblical tradition, we'll explore how to navigate these uncertain times.
In keeping with the Valentine's mood, we will explore a biblical love story. It has all the necessary ingredients to be a modern day soap-opera. You have sexual chemistry, a love triangle, betrayal and of course, inner emptiness. Fortunately in the Christian walk, romance is not the ultimate source of happiness, however, we learn from this biblical love story that when romance occupies its proper place, it can go from soap opera to becoming something quite beautiful.
Whether you are listening to a song in your car or to a sermon in your church, chances are that you'll hear a lot about two types of relationships. (1) Romantic relationships will dominate the songs you listen to and the movies you watch, whilst (2) family relationships will dominate your church experience. As a matter of fact, most churches go out of their way to promote themselves as 'family churches' and most romantic propositions promote themselves as being 'more than friends'. But where does that leave friendship?
Stanley Hauerwas once claimed that Saints cannot exist without a community, as they require, like all of us, nurturance by a people who, while often unfaithful, preserve the habits necessary to learn the story of God.”
This challenges our individualistic culture, but the reality is that Jesus does not only save you from your sins, but weaves you into a new community. Hence, following Jesus is something you cannot do alone.
In contemporary culture any discussion around sexuality can be quite daunting. A very important part of the argument, that is sometimes neglected, is God's design and the meaning of marriage. In this talk we will be engaging the complexities of commitment with the wisdom of God.