Isn’t all this talk about social justice and reforming society simply just the social gospel all over again? The threat of the social gospel has among evangelicals often been used as a dismissive tactic to equate any talk of social justice with a lack of gospel fidelity. In this episode we explore if this is in fact a fair reaction; discuss what exactly the social gospel is and examine the over-spiritualized evangelical response known as the “Great Reversal” and its destructive legacy in South Africa. Finally we ask, can the Kingdom of God exist outside of the Church? And isn’t pursuing social justice a slippery slope to loosing the gospel?
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For years the church has debated which is more important social justice or gospel proclamation. What if both are equally important? Join us for an introduction to a biblical understanding of justice and the mission of the church. In this talk John Scheepers will briefly trace the importance of justice throughout the biblical story and…
How does context affect how we read the Bible and formulate our theology? How do we reject the “single story narrative” of colonial theology without abandoning a belief in objective truth? Is decolonization something to be feared or could it be a gift to the church aiding us in learning communal interpretation to better and more faithfully interpret Scripture in ways that value both Scripture and context.
Hosted By: TGIF Cresta
Time: 6:15 am for 6:30 am, ending 7:30 am
Venue: Seattle Coffee Company, Cresta Shopping Centre (upper level)
Cape town is rated as one of the most majestic cities in the world. It has unique and wonderful mountains and pristine beaches. But what lies beneath its beauty, is a city still rooted in its colonial racist past. The effects of these colonial beginnings can still be experienced today in the levels of racism and social marginalisation experienced in social and professional environments and most significantly in the Church. Each year many black professionals migrate out of the city echoing the now familiar sentiment that Cape Town is not a black friendly city. In this talk Cameron Shabangu will discuss the reasons behind what he terms “the Second Trek” as he explores what a cross-centred and contextual response might look like.
The Story of our Church is one of our experiential learning events which engage the participants in the process of transformative learning through experience and reflection. You can read more about our different experiential learning options here. The Story of the Church is a pilgrimage through the Cape Town CBD, visiting historic sites of injustice…