But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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This week was the start of the international campaign of “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” (focussing on violence against women and children).

“Police statistics indicate that the murder rate of women in South Africa has increased by 16% in the past five years and...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:55

Why Christians eat pork

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Leviticus ch. 11 is all about clean and unclean animals and what the Israelites in Old Testament times could and couldn’t eat.

Therefore, every time someone hunted, ate a meal, went to a petting zoo, or came across roadkill, they had to ask themselves, “Is this clean or unclean?”

Lan...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:47

Why we can’t approach God on our own terms

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We are familiar with the concept of mediators.  Someone who represents us or goes in our place.

I can’t argue my case at the Constitutional Court.  I need an advocate, with the necessary qualifications, who will represent me.

The Springbok rugby team represents South Africa when they...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 07:20

Homosexuality (still) isn’t the new black

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imageThe Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa voted in 2015 to permit those in same-sex relationships to serve as ministers.  The synod also voted to permit same-sex unions to be blessed in Dutch Reformed churches. That decision was then appealed in 2016.

At present the DRC is...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:43

4 unpopular truths about gender and sexuality

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imageMany years ago, there were relatively very few issues around sexuality and gender.

It was largely accepted that there were only two genders and you were either one or the other.

It was largely accepted that males’ anatomy was designed for sexual intimacy with females, vice versa.

It was largely...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:47

Learning from Leviticus

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imageGod is holy.

The Bible describes God as a consuming fire residing in unapproachable light.

To approach God our own way is like approaching the surface of the sun – we will simply be extinguished.

God’s radiant holiness will kill us as sin-full and sin-prone people.

However, in the Old...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:53

What is the mission of the church (part 2)

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In the previous installment, I argued that Jesus has tasked his church to take the verbal message of repentance and forgiveness of sins to the nations.

The central mission of the church, therefore, is to take God’s Word to God’s world.

The church’s chief task is to bear witness to...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 04:39

Making sense of our suffering

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What has been your most difficult trial in the last couple of years?

Sickness, strained relationships, persecution, isolation, financial difficulties, family problems?

Today, as all through the ages, people have different responses to trials, suffering and hardship.

They may think, “God...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 15:49

For Better, for Worse

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This past weekend I had the privilege of officiating at a wedding in a township church in South Africa.  The marriage ceremony took place as an addition to the Sunday morning service.

The vibrancy of the singing was contagious and the warmth of hospitality humbling.

In African culture there is...

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image“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

Notice that Jesus’ promise applies to all Christians.  Jesus said, “Whoever believes in...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 06:49

Why the Prosperity Gospel is so poisonous

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imageI’m sure you’ve heard the following:

“You are a King’s Kid as a Christian, you are royalty! You shouldn’t settle for second best!”

 “God favour should overflow into your life as you walk in God’s anointing and enjoy health and financial...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 06:59

The dangerous theology of Spiritual Breakthrough

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imageMany conferences and meetings, under the banner of Christianity, promise spiritual breakthroughs to take your faith to the next level.

There are books written about spiritual breakthroughs:

“Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough”

“Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Spiritual...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 06:45

How does God guide us?

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imageChristians have always been fascinated by this question and there is no shortage of weird and wonderful teachings on the subject.

We’re interested in the question because decision-making is such a big part of our lives.  We make hundreds of choices every day.

Every time we make a choice we...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 06:51

Does God want to heal me?

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imageI know this is a very sensitive question as many Christians struggle with all kinds of illness, depression, mental illness and genetic disorders.

Note that the question is not, “Can God heal me?”

We know that God can.

If God can create the universe by speaking words, he can do anything.

The...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:51

We believe in the Life Everlasting

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imageDeath is not a spectator sport.

The mortality rate of humankind is the same all over the world:  one death per one person.

The question, “What does the Bible teach about life after death?”, becomes vitally important.

Not everyone thinks there is life after death, though.

Regarding the...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 15:39

The Rock and the gates of death

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Matthew 16:15-18 is a very misunderstood passage in the Bible. The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Rock on which Jesus builds his church was the Apostle Peter, who allegedly was the first Pope or Bishop of Rome.  Subsequently, all the Popes have been the spiritual descendants of Peter....

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Monday, 04 June 2018 06:55

Are you a Trinitarian heretic?

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One of the mysteries of the Bible is the nature of God himself; that God is Trinity. Trinity means tri-unity – three in oneness.  There is diversity in unity. God is three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and each person in fully God. Yet, we believe in one God, not three. The word...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 06:37

The God syndrome

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Many religious practitioners, down through the centuries and throughout the world today, have suffered from (what I like to call) the “God-syndrome”.  It refers to religious leaders or church pastors who see themselves as the Lord’s Anointed or the anointed Man of God....

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Monday, 21 May 2018 14:26

The (unintentional) battle royal

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A few days ago, I posted what I thought was an innocent status update on Facebook.  The update has created more heat and debate than all my other Facebook posts together.  I was even accused of racism. I thought I should try to clarify my comments. The post was:       I...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 06:49

Are you an obvious or undercover sinner?

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Most people don’t think they need their sins forgiven Most people think that they are not as bad as Adolf Hitler, they’re not a serial murderer, they’re not corrupt like the Gupta’s and they’re generally nice people, so they really don’t need their sins forgiven....

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:01

WWJD is probably the wrong question to ask

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You may remember the WWJD (“What Would Jesus Do”) bracelet phase.  The bracelets were a very well-intentioned movement to get Christians to think about their actions and responses.  How would Jesus react in any given situation? Would Jesus get angry? Would Jesus be...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:17

The titanic struggle for church planting

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I was greatly challenged at our Gospel DNA National Ministry Conference with Richard Coekin. Richard emphasised many things, but mostly the need for church planting and church rejuvenation. Richard compared the lack of church planting to the tragedy surrounding the Titanic’s sinking. The...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 22:16

The Ten Commandments of Parenting

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1. Put God first This means loving your spouse, setting a godly example, having Bible reading & prayer times together, and making church a priority – even on rainy days. Our children won’t automatically assume by telepathic osmosis that God is important to us by seeing the dusty...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 16:02

Ball tampering and the existence of God

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Many people in our country have grown disillusioned with religion with all its competing religious ideas, and I don’t blame them. Maybe you consider yourself an atheist and don’t believe that God exists; or an agnostic and you believe that even if God existed, we can’t know him....

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:40

The sin that leads to death

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The Apostle John wrote that there is a sin that leads to death (1 John 5:16).  Jesus referred to it as an unforgivable sin (Mark 3:28-29). Christians have for years debated what that sin is.  Some have thought it is murder or adultery; others have said suicide. Here is the passage in 1...

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