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80 minutes of hope isn’t enough

Siya Kolisi and Makazole Mapimpi are exceptions. While we see them as examples of South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds who can do anything with enough determination, the sad truth is that there are still millions of people in our country who will never have the opportunities these men had… even to have a job, let […]

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Let the children worship

  A growing trend in churches around the world is to have separate age specific classes and activities on a Sunday morning when the entire covenant community gathers to worship. Yet this is in stark contrast to how the church has worshipped for most of its history. Common reasons given for dividing the community on […]

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Why we cannot be united

Xenophobia. Racism. Nationalism. Culture wars. Our children are growing up in a country deeply divided, and we have come to the point of realizing that the politicians can’t save us. Which we should’ve known a long time ago… I’m surprised that anyone expected that they ever could. The truth is that the unity we want […]

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Why it’s good to indoctrinate your children!

A family at St Marks was recently discussing the advantages and disadvantages of being either an adult or a child. Unlimited screen time versus responsibilities and lots of play time verses an early bedtime were debated back and forth. However, the comment that silenced the conversation came from the 8-year-old when she stated confidently that […]

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Why we baptise babies

Recently I’ve had a lot of questions around our denomination’s policy to baptise babies of believers. People ask why, if baptism is a commitment to a relationship with God, can we baptise babies who have not yet made any such public commitment? So I thought I’d write this article to clear up the matter. Firstly, […]

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How to detect the prosperity gospel

  They’re everywhere, with their peroxided smiles and slick white suits. No, I’m not talking about cosmetic surgeons… rather, I’m talking about the spiritual equivalent: prosperity gospel preachers. While they’re not new, they are today more able than ever to spread their message, which both discredits the true Christian gospel with outsiders, and leads many […]

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Why we should be more like doubting Thomas

‘Doubting’ Thomas gets a bad rap over Easter. Each year, we dredge up his unfortunate nickname and criticize his skepticism in the resurrection. Problem is, when we criticize him, we miss the whole point of his story – and we fail to see how Thomas is in fact presented as an example we should all […]

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The Real Drought

As talk of the Cape Water Crisis and Day Zero escalates, and many are calling to prayer for God to intervene, we ask: why would God allow this drought in the first place? While we don’t know the mind of God, one reason may be to remind us (in our age of independent self-determination) what […]

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