End Time Pessimism

Does your attitude affect how you live? Most Christians I know seem to have a rather pessimistic attitude, I find it even in myself, possibly this stems from our expectation of the end of the world. But no matter what your view of the end times, we live in a culture which has been so…

Doctrine Divides!?

“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (v. 14). – Jeremiah 6:1–15 In the modern era people become famous for seeking peace at any cost. Ghandi is one of those men who have become famous merely for seeking peace, though he never won the Nobel…

Do you have to be Baptised to be Saved? (John 3:5)

Did Jesus teach us in John 3:5 that baptism is required for Salvation? Let’s consider the Scripture, “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”. People who believe in regeneration baptism (salvation comes by baptism) tend to see any…

Book Review: Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Most people know John Bunyan as the author of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, who has had the second most influential book in Christendom. Bunyan spent time in prison for refusing to preach; he wrote extensively and fought in the English civil war. ‘Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners’ is Bunyan’s auto-biography, he tells of how…

Does Baptism Save You? (Acts 2:38)

Does this passage teach that the remission of sins is a result of baptism? At first glance it does appear to, “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy…

Lead SA, but which way?

By now many South African’s have heard of the Lead SA initiative. It seems to be a movement birthed out of the euphoria of the World Cup and the resultant national calm. For those of you who do not know about Lead SA, it “is a [certain media house’s] initiative, supported by Independent Newspapers, that…

Burning the Qur’an, Who Burnt it First?

Recently in Florida, USA a pastor Terry Jones attempted to hold an ‘international burn the Koran day’, this sparked worldwide outcry from Muslims and other religious groups. As I have been thinking about what happened I can’t pretend to know his motives. I do however think that if it was for the sake of the…

Great Departures From ‘Organised-Religion’

I felt compelled to write this the other day after a conversation I had with a fellow minister as recounted to me a T.V program about religion in South Africa, and the face of the Church in the country. I am certain that the trends experienced here by the so called ‘main line’ churches are…

Racism, Soccer and South Africa

I have delayed in writing this so as to be able to communicate to a less emotionally involved crowd. I love soccer, those who know me will know this. I went to some of the games and enjoyed them thoroughly However for our country there seems to have been something far deeper than just economic…