Resources - Theology

Resources - Theology

Prisoners of Conscience by John de Gruchy

Most of us will remember the Free Mandela Campaign which began in earnest in the nineteen-eighties after he was moved from Robben Island to Pollsmoor prison. What you probably will not remember is that last week marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the protest march on Pollsmoor that took place as part of that campaign. On 28th September 1985, thousands of people, amongst them many clergy from a variety of church denominations, as well as from the Muslim community, including several of my colleagues and students embarked on this mass event that brought parts of Cape Town to a standstill.

Letters and Papers from Prison: The New English Translation by John de Gruchy

I first read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison in 1960 while completing my theological studies in South Africa. That edition, the first in English translation, was published in 1953 and as it immediately aroused widespread interest, was reissued in 1959. I still have my copy, its tattered condition bearing testimony to its use. There have been several subsequent English editions since then, each an improvement on the last.

An Over-reaction to the Fear of Sex by Kevin Kriedeman

Leviticus 15:16 says, ‘If a man has an emission of semen, he shall bathe his whole body in water, and be unclean until the evening. Everything made of cloth or of skin on which the semen falls shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening. If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them shall bathe in water and be unclean until evening’.

The Virgin Mother by Lyn Holness

Many of you will know that for quite a while now I have been considering Jesus’ mother Mary and her role in God’s redemptive processes. Among the areas that she has opened up for me is in an expanded understanding of the value of the body, and of human sexuality and how it fits into the big scheme of things.

The Forgotten Adventures of God by Robert Steiner

The French philosopher Jacques Derrida once argued that ‘All our secret is in survival’. Enigmatic as the statement sounds, it immediately rings true in the light of the struggles for survival I have witnessed over the last few months.

All Real Living is Meeting by Daniel Adams

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid to rest and found that the stone had been removed (John 20: 1). Yet what Mary first experiences as a profound moment of fear, loneliness and despair is in fact a moment rich with the ‘possibility of being a threshold instead of a dead end, a new creation instead of a grave, a meeting place instead of an abyss’ (Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out).

Feasting or Fasting? by Selina Palm

Why, oh why (asks Tom Wright, the Anglican Bishop of Durham in his recent book Surprised by Hope) are we encouraged to spend 40 days every year focused on self denial and giving things up for Lent and then only get one single measly day to celebrate? Are we not in danger of getting our theology in a twist, he ponders?

Water for the Journey by Philomène Luyindula

A few years ago I heard Kole Omotoso speak at a world refugee day event. Kole Omotoso is the very nice yebo gogo man on vodacom’s adverts, he is also a famous Nigerian academic and renowned author. He was speaking of what people pack for a journey and the answers he got from his children on what to take in case of emergency.

Three Lost Kings by Robert Steiner

The famous three astrologers from Persia, better known as ‘the three kings’, embarked on one of those journeys for which, in the words of Herman Hesse, one has to ‘be ready bravely and without remorse to find new light that old ties cannot give’ (from his poem ‘Stages’).

Simeon Encounters Jesus by Selina Palm

An old frail man at the very end of his life cradles a baby boy. Jesus is only eight days into his life. Simeon – old, wise and devout – may be days away from the end of his. The beginning and the end of human life meet, embrace and gaze at each other.