Justice and Theology Forum

Twice a year Isiphambano hosts a Justice and Theology forum on a variety of topics. The forums are aimed at helping Christian leaders and pastors think theologically through our response to race, justice and the role of the church in the South African context. Although aimed at leaders all are welcome.

Our latest forum will be held on the 12 April 2018 at UCT Student YMCA from 9:30 – 12:30. Book your tickets here

Theme: We Considered Him Punished by God: Reflections on the Relationship between Substitutionary Atonement and Justice

In the quest to create more just churches and interrogate the historical failings of the church, in areas of social justice, it has been popular to re-evaluate, and sometimes discard some of the traditional doctrines associated with orthodox Christianity. It is quite possible that the church has misunderstood certain parts of Scripture and inadvertently created doctrines that hinder rather than support the cause of justice. It is also entirely possible that Christians have simply failed to apply some of the older doctrines consistently, and in ways that reach to the very extent of the human experience.

One such doctrine is the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. Do we discard it as an archaic and barbaric conception of God’s saving work? Or do we embrace and apply it as a truth that not only ensures our forgiveness, but legitimately provides us with deep resources by which to pursue justice? Join us for a discussion around the relationship between the historic doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement and the contemporary pursuit of biblical justice in our country.

About the Speaker:

Stephen Murray is the pastor at Hope City Presbyterian Church. He’s a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (BA, English & Classics), the Bible Institute (BTh), and George Whitefield College (BTh Honours). Before planting Hope City, Stephen served in various ministry capacities at churches in both Durban and Cape Town. He has a deep love and passion for Cape Town city and he hopes to see, and serve God’s grace at work here. For his many sins he’s a long-suffering supporter of Arsenal Football Club, and he used to call himself a surfer but he’s not sure if he can fit into his wetsuit anymore. Stephen is married to Robin and they have two children – Genevieve and Christian.

Suggested Donation:

R50 – This goes towards the costs of venue hire, speaker and refreshments and is payable at the door. If money is a problem please book a ticket and come anyway.

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