South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. These are deep seated gospel issues, and if anyone really cares about the people of God then they will have something to say about the negative effects of varying socio-economic issues and the impact they have on the people of God.
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Some of us might try to fight it but there is something psychologically compelling about the somewhat arbitrary changing of the calendar year that resonates with our desire for change. Amidst all the new gym memberships, course enrollments, and best intentions here are five relatively simple ways in which you might take some steps towards living more justly in 2018.
In this episode we discuss Gentrification with Tristan Pringle from Level Ground. Dealing with questions such as What is Gentrification? Isn’t Urban Renewal a Good Thing? Who is included and excluded? What role should the market play in determining value and morality? What role does the gospel play in shaping our response to issues of gentrification? And what role should the church play in assisting communities affected by gentrification?
The Old Testament time of Jubilee is a beautiful picture of a different way of living among God’s people where the generational cycles of poverty are broken and interrupted through a series of intentional, deliberately different ways of living economically, socially and spiritually among God’s people. In this first of a two-part talk John Scheepers explores how the institution of Jubilee was designed to break those inter-generational cycles of poverty and exclusion as well as the implications for us today.
Jesus death on the cross is the comprehensive Jubilee event. It is through the death of Jesus that victory and liberation is brought to all of creation. The cross is not that which replaced the Jubilee (as if all the socio-political and economic aspects simply drop away leaving only a spiritual significance) it is the fulfillment of the Jubilee including the total redemptive accomplishment and final liberation from all that enslaves and oppresses humanity and creation.
In this episode David Cloete and John Scheepers tackle the question: Why must it always be about race? Dealing with issues such as living in a racialized society, being colourblind and biblical diversity they explore what the Bible has to say about questions such as What is wrong with seeing race? Why do black people always play the race card? and Isn’t there really only one race, the human race?
Does the gospel really make a difference in a divided and restless South Africa? What if the solution was not another radical edgy or hot take on the contemporary situation? Four ordinary Biblical injunctions which could radically change everything with a bit of consistent application.
How do we theologically understand violence? Is there biblical warrant for a broader definition of violence? What does it mean to be peacemakers in a context of both repeated, overt acts of violence and insidious systemic violence? How does the gospel shape our understanding of and reaction to both behavioural and systemic violence? These are questions and concerns addressed in this talk.
In this podcast David Cloete and John Scheepers introduce the idea and the vision behind the Julle Mense (“You People”) podcast. Cross-centred, contextual justice in the South African context
Church history from a distance is beautiful and shiny, filled with daring stories of brave acts of gospel courage and bold stands for truth in the face of opposition. From a distance, we catch glimpses of the great figures of the past, near perfect heroes who courageously stride across the pages of history with gospel…
Is Reconciliation Even the Right Word? There is a somewhat popular line of thought among social justice advocates that we should drop the use of the word reconciliation altogether. There never was, the argument goes, a time in which white and black existed in any kind of united or harmonious relationship in South Africa, and…