Category: Culture

Faithfulness – a Poem by Mandla Gqada

This past Friday evening Heritage Baptist was privileged to present a Rap and Poetry evening. It was a wonderful time of artistic expression giving voice to orthodox theology. One of the poems that I particularly enjoyed is called ‘Faithfulness’. Faithfulness Question – “Where shall faithfulness be found?” Some think that they’ve heard its sound, Intermingled with…

Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

Do nice guys finish last? I remember having a conversation with pastor and author Doug van Meter about this topic; at the time the question was formulated in my mind as ‘is there a difference between being a good man and being good at being a man?’ (he reflected on this subject here). One of…

Diversity in South Africa: What Will Work?

Last week we asked the question, “what strategy will work for bringing about reconciling peaceful relationship in the diverse nation that is South Africa?”. We then looked at secularism and found it somewhat wanting for the task. Today I would like to suggest strategy for dealing with the divisiveness of religion that will work. That…

Diversity in South Africa: Is Secularism the Answer?

In South Africa we celebrate diversity, though at times it raises problems that besmirch our ‘rainbow nation’. In fact, there are those that see no room for this diversity, normally relegated to the far right of our political sphere. However, by and large, diversity is accepted; the preamble to our constitution says, “We, the people…

Is Christianity Relevant for Africans?

With God’s sovereign removal of exclusively white political rule in South Africa, there have been implications for Christianity that has arrested many thinking South Africans. Is Christianity just a white man’s religion, a tool of oppression and control? Does one deny their identity by converting to Christianity? These are real questions that are grappled with…

Horror: A Christian Perspective

­Can Christians watch Horror or does the entire genre ­have nothing redeemable about it? I had never given it much thought till a conversation with a friend recently who got me thinking about the issue. It needs to be said from the outset that your own ideas of how art is supposed to function as…

The Complexity of Freedom

Freedom is a complex thing; one freedom invariably affects another freedom. For example if you want the freedom of a longer life, you may have to limit the freedom of being able to eat whatever you want. This can also be seen in the history of South Africa- Liberties were enjoyed by a particular group…

Can We Save Santa?

Santa Claus, is known by many names: Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply “Santa“. He is a figure that has been influenced by legend, myth, and folklore. He wears red, is pulled around on a sleigh by a bunch of reindeer and delivers presents to good children on the 24th of December. The purpose of my post…