In this episode we explore the history of land in South Africa, the varied reactions of white and black Christians to the announcement of land expropriation without compensation, as well as the crucial link between restitution and repentance in the Bible with special guest Pastor Peter Makapela
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.
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.
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…
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.
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...
In this study of the book of Philemon, John Scheepers examines how an an understanding of the Gospel, centered on the reconciling work of Jesus, has real-life implications for the Church in South Africa today.
Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice is a study and training centre dedicated to developing a holistic, theological and cross-centred response to racial and economic injustice within the South African context.
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…
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