Gospel

What if the gospel was so much bigger, richer, and more beautiful than you realised? What if the gospel was not only about heaven one day but also the inbreaking Kingdom of God today? What if the gospel was not only about forgiveness for sinners but liberation from oppression too? What if both of these...
In this episode, David and John sit down with the multi-talented visual artist, hip-hop performer, and pastor Ntokeko Mjijwa to talk about Justice and the Arts. What role have the arts historically played in the fight against injustice and oppression? How have the arts been used adversely to promote injustice and entrench false or harmful narratives? How might the church use the arts to speak against injustice and promote justice?…
This paper explores the question of how Christians should think about systemic racism and racial socialisation by providing a theological reading of 1 John 2.15-16 as applied to the development of race. Ryan Saville considers to what extent systemic injustice and racial socialisation are affirmed by a reading of John’s warning against idolatry. This analysis...
Philemon is not just a letter about a first-century master and slave but a window into what applied theology looks like in a Pauline community. In this seminar, Dr. Batanayi I. Manyika unpacks the construction and intention behind this letter, as well as its history of interpretation. He further examines the gospel’s influence on slave-master relationships in the first century and how these findings might be appropriated for a gospel…
I confess that this current moment of racial awakening in white society and in "evangelical" churches has me deeply conflicted. I have never seen so many prominent white or multi-ethnic (with white leadership inevitably) "evangelical" churches addressing issues of race and injustice concurrently. Of course, we have traditionally had the bi-annual sermon or workshop on racism or caring for the poor but nothing like the sheer volume of sermons, panel…
In this episode David and John sat down with Heidi Segal from Outliers to talk about the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on education, the proposed phased reopening of schools, the realities of long-term structural inequalities in education and how the work of Outliers is positioned to address some of these challenges. The discussion also touched on how we understand the gospel and the role of the church in addressing…
In this episode David and John sat down with the "godfather" of African American theology Dr Carl Ellis. We spoke about black consciousness, Dr King and Malcolm X and the limited gospel of American evangelicalism. We heard how black consciousness gave Dr Ellis the right questions with which to approach the text. And how Dr Ellis' own theological education had little to say to the context of his life and…
Stephen Murray and Doug Logan explore what it means to face diversity, race and unity in church planting. What do we need in order to establish churches which express the diverse people of God found in Scripture? What will cross-shaped love cost us in pursuing diversity? How do we do pursue both individual discipleship and make significant structural decisions if we wish to deal with racism and pursue diversity in…
One of key pillars of the apartheid era was the building of roads, railway lines and an education system designed to keep us apart from one another. To keep us ignorant of how different our stories and lived experiences were. Many of those spatial and cultural divisions remain firmly entrenched today. Three woman Minah Koela Nadine Bowers Du Toit and Linda Martindale from different backgrounds share their stories of growing…
In this talk Jeremy Koeries interrogates the idea that the best way to change society is to convert more people. Making a case that biblically we are called to do both evangelism and pursue justice, as individuals, in our churches and in society. To not intentionally work to dismantle systems of oppression is to be complicit in allowing their perpetuation.