South Africa

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 a deeper theological defensiveness.
In this episode David and John respond to the ongoing violence against women and children perpetrated by men in our land. Deliberately centering the conversation on men we explore what the Bible has to say to this toxic masculinity that has so pervaded our society and our churches. How do we respond to statistics which suggest that over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime? Is…
In this episode David and John sit down with Dani Moosajie and Alexa Matthews from Arise Family Centre to talk about Justice and Adoption. Learn more about Arise and the work they do in family strengthening and adoption support. Listen in as we ask some hard hitting questions about race and adoption; keeping families together; the danger of a saviour mentality in adoption; white parents raising black children, ethnic identity…
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 sit down with Ryan Saville from Jubilee Community Church and talk about the upcoming National Elections. How do we vote as Christians? What criteria do we use when deciding to vote? Should churches talk about politics? What does it mean to being an engaged citizen? How do we relate to Christians who vote for different political parties and with whom we may have significant…
In this episode David and John sit down with Grant Porthen from Jubilee Community Church to talk about Incarnational Ministry and Justice. What is Incarnational Ministry? How does Incarnational Ministry help us pursue greater justice and overcome the legacy of apartheid? Doesn't Incarnational Ministry carry the risk of "white saviourism"? How does an increased proximity to the poor and the marginalised affect how we do our theology? What practical steps…
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…
There is a popular line of thought in some Christian circles that goes something like this: "We don't get involved in 'politics' or issues of racial controversy, we just teach the Bible". But is the idea of an a-contextual faith possible or even desirable? In this talk, given at TGIF, Cape Town, John Scheepers questions whether the concept of an a-contextual faith is itself even possible or more significantly desirable.…
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…
In this episode David and John sit down with Tumiso Mfisa, from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Student Command, and Kwena Mashela from the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO)to discuss the role which their Christian faith plays in their political activisim. Both are committed Christians and both are actively involved in their respective political parties. Questions include: what is like being a black Christian in the DA, a party traditionally…