Resources - Theology

Resources - Theology

Joyful Transparency by Robert Steiner

The New Testament scholar Gerd Theissen once noted: If only one could be an angel, instead of a preacher. Then one could convey the message of redemption more convincingly and persuasively. First of all, because angels are known to be messengers of good news, while we preachers struggle not to reduce the good news to a set of rigid rules, a pious moralism that quickly kills any sense of joy and wonder. Just consider the shepherds’ desire to see the promised child of peace.

Libel in the Bible? by Karl Jechoutek

The House of Herod, rulers of Judaea and Galilee, has not had a good press in the Christian tradition. A dynasty whose members first tried to eliminate Jesus by wiping out his age group in Bethlehem soon after his birth, then executed his prime sponsor John the Baptist, and finally sat on their hands as Jesus was tried and executed does not endear itself to followers of Christ. Seen through that lens, and judged by the acts highlighted in the Gospels, this is not an attractive royal family.

Son of Man by Daniel Adams

The film Son of Man, directed by Mark Dornford-May and filmed in Khayelitsha and the Eastern Cape, is no ordinary retelling of the Jesus story. It portrays Jesus through the contemporary interpretive lens of African political liberation. Jesus is a modern black African, born into a world of civil unrest, poverty, political violence and hegemonic oppression. He struggles and suffers in solidarity with others.

Wild Olive Perspective by Robert Steiner

Lately I have once again been reflecting on the need for proper dialogue betwen different faith traditions and also the need to unpack the presuppositions and obstacles that shape our conversations with each other. Here I will begin by looking more closely at the dialogue between between Jews and Christians. I was intrigued to read that according to the biblical scholar Klaus Wengst one should not even speak of a dialogue at this stage.

A Mother's Love by Lyn Holness

As many of you know, I have been immersed over these past few years in thinking about Jesus’ mother, Mary, and writing a book on her. Since the launch of the book in March, opportunities to speak about the significance of Mary for our faith have drawn me even deeper into some of the extraordinary things that I believe God is trying to show us through a very ordinary Mary.

In the Beginning Was Community by Lyn Holness

One of the challenges the church has always faced is the necessity to find fresh ways of expressing our faith as we learn to speak about God in new situations. This demands an expansion of our previous ways of understanding in order to accommodate new realities. It means allowing a broader meaning for ideas, often Biblical ones, that we may have thought were clear and defined and final. It may also involve borrowing language from the new contexts we encounter in order to articulate our Christian faith in new and meaningful ways.

Our Prayer Life by Johann Maree

Prayer is an important and indispensable part of our life as believers in God and followers of Christ. But it is not easy to lead an effective prayer life. I think there are many of us who struggle with the following questions: what exactly is prayer? What do I believe about prayer? How does God answer my prayers?

Blessing Little Children by Philomène Luyindula

'Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.' (Matt 19:13-15)

The Gift of a New Sanity by Robert Steiner

We give thanks for the harvest of the heart’s work;
Seeds of faith planted with faith;
Love nurtured by love;
Courage strengthened by courage.
We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul,
The bitter and the sweet;
For that which has grown in adversity
And for that which has flourished
in warmth and grace;
For the radiance of the spirit in autumn
And for that which must now fade and die.

Beauty in the Gaze of Love by Robert Steiner

The writer Ben Okri once stated that there are really only three kinds of stories: ‘The stories we live, the stories we tell, and the higher stories that help our souls fly up toward the greater light.’