Racism

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.…
In this talk Ryan Saville explores the concept of race as a form of idolatry. Racial idolatry make promises it cannot keep, asking us to rely on that which only God can give. The idol of whiteness promises that white hegemony will produce stable, reliable and fruitful leadership but leads always to disfunction and division. Mono-cultural or homogenous churches in racialized societies perpetuate racism. Racial idols are fiercely protected by…
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…
The news regularly highlights institutional and individual acts of racism. But these reports don’t only reveal the persistence of racism but a shallow understanding of it. Unearthing the pillars of implicit bias and socialization increases the likelihood of navigating conversations about racism successfully. In this interactive talk Ryan Saville develops a biblical theology of socialization and implicit bias. Examining what happens when we neither see nor acknowledge it and how…
In this episode David Cloete sat down with Jeremy Koeries from J-Life, Africa to talk about Discipleship and Justice. What is discipleship? What does discipleship have to do with justice and overcoming racism in the church? What implications does justice informed discipleship have for the South African context? How significant is proximity to the poor for discipleship and justice in a country with a history like ours where we were…
In this episode David and John discuss the concept of White Privilege with special guest, Linda Martindale from the Warehouse. What is white privilege? Where do you see it at work in society and in the church? What about those white people who really had to struggle? Does white privilege exclude the reality of hard work? Has white privilege affected the church? Should white people feel guilty? How does the…
Makhanda Nxele. Remember that name Questions linger whether the inciting incident where people were forcibly removed from Clifton beach last month was an instance of racism masquerading as concern about crime or simply a misunderstood but legitimate response to crime. There are also questions whether the subsequent cleansing ceremony itself was properly done according to African customs, or whether it is an instance of the weaponization of African culture for…
The theology of Apartheid may have been perfected by the Dutch Reformed Church but it was born among the English-speaking evangelical missionaries who sought to promote the evangelization of the indigenous people whilst leaving white supremacy untouched. The resolution passed by the 1857 Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church, and proposed by evangelicals, agreed that whilst it was both Scriptural and desirable to integrate indigenous believers into the existing church…
In this episode David Cloete and John Scheepers discuss the events surrounding rugby analyst and former Springbok wing, Ashwin Willemse's, walk out from the Supersport studio during a live broadcast accusing fellow analysts Naas Botha and Nick Mallet of patronizing and undermining him. David and John touch on topics such as "the race card", patronizing of black people, white supremacy, insidious racism, the quota system, the church, racism receipts, meritocracy…
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…