14 July is celebrated in France as Bastille Day. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the launch of The French Revolution.
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A Time of Turmoil
The French Revolution was one of the most influential events of modern history. The ten-year period from 1789 to 1799 when France went from a Monarchy to a Republic, to a Reign of Terror, to Dictatorship was one of the most tumultuous times in European history.
Myth and Reality
Much myth and romantic legend has been written on what some politicians would like the French Revolution to have been, but the reality was that the French Revolution was a monstrous horror. In the name of "liberty, equality, fraternity or death!" over 40,000 people lost their heads to the guillotine, 300,000 people were publically executed by firing squads, drownings and other methods of mass murder and ultimately many millions died in the 25 years of war and upheavals that resulted.
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The Most Destructive Rioting in South African History
Brazen looting and malicious destruction of property has devastated the South African economy. These riots since the 9th of July, which are still continuing in many areas, are being described as “the worst” and “most destructive” in the history of South Africa. 8 Factories, 11 warehouses, 200 shopping mall complexes, 161 liquor stores and 50 schools in KZN have been looted and torched.
The eThekwini municipality in KwaZulu/Natal calculates that the damage to infrastructure, property and equipment in their municipality alone exceeds 15 Billion Rand. They also noted that 150,000 jobs have been lost in their community and municipality alone. 40,000 businesses have been impacted, most of whom may never recover. Additionally 50,000 informal traders have lost their livelihoods and 1.5 million people have lost their potential to earn an income.
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The First President of Zambia has Died
Kenneth David Kaunda, the first president of Zambia, died 17 June 2021 aged 97. As he was Zambia’s first president, in office from 24 October 1964 to 2 November 1991, many are seeking to evaluate his legacy.
The Family of Kaunda
Kenneth Kaunda, or KK, as he was generally referred to, was born in Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), 28 April 1924. His wife, Betty, who he married in 1946, died in 2012. They had eight children. Before entering politics, KK was a teacher. He was the youngest of eight children. His father was Reverend David Kaunda, a Church of Scotland missionary and teacher, who was born in Nyasaland (now Malawi).
A Humanist in Africa
KK wrote in his book A Humanist in Africa, that he could never agree with the Calvinist religion of his parents who believed in the depravity of man. KK asserted that he believed in the “goodness of man”.
Thursday, 13 May, is Ascension Day
Dear BWS participant
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The ANC president’s announcement of Level 3 Lockdown, effective immediately, has led many to question whether our Biblical Worldview Summit (4-11 January 2021), is still on!
We have consulted with the police and have been assured that conferences are not affected by Level 3 Lockdown regulations, except by the curfew from 9pm to 6am. The curfew would only affect day visitors who would need to leave the centre in good time in the evening to be home before 9pm.
Habonim Campsite and Conference Centre is on a large estate of 87 hectares, which includes large halls for dining, lectures and activities, numerous open fields, an astro-soccer court, an obstacle course and bungalows and chalets that can accommodate over 240 people. The owners and managers of Habonim assure us that social distancing and maintaining under 50% occupancy rate will not be a problem. They have also been in contact with the local municipality and police, with whom they maintain a good relationship and have been assured that there is no problem with the planned BWS conference going ahead.
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Looking forward to a great time of stretching minds and muscles at this landmark Biblical Worldview Summit, marking 30 years of Biblical Worldview Summits in South Africa.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond
7 December 2020 marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour.
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More Powerful than Bombs and Torpedoes
Mitsuo Fuchida (1902-1976) is best known for leading the devastating air attack on Pearl Harbour, 7 December 1941. After the war, Fuchida became a Christian Evangelist, who conducted Evangelistic outreaches throughout Japan, the United States and Europe.
The Nature of Truth
The very name university testifies to its Christian origins. University comes from Uni Veritas – one truth. Yet, most professors today do not even believe that there is an objective truth that can be known. Secular humanists can open up a polyversity, a diversity, or an aversity, but universities should, by their very name and origin, be Christian.
Ancient Greeks and Romans did Not Have Universities
The Ancient Greeks had their philosophers – Thales, Xenophanes, Parmenides, Xeno, Pythagoras, Democritus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. They also had their poets – Euripides, Aristophanes and Sophocles. The Romans had some gifted thinkers, such as, Seneca, Cicero, Pliny, Lucretius and Tacitus. These were gifted men, but they developed no permanent institutions. They had no libraries. There was no guild of scholars for students and they certified no one. They tested no theories and engaged in no research. They ignored and spurned the inductive method. It is incorrect to assume, as many have done, that universities of the 21st century are direct descendants of Ancient Greek philosophers.
31 October is Reformation Day. The first step to reforming our church is personal Reformation.
1. Schedule time with God in your diary. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. If something (or someone) is important then you need to schedule time in your diary. Just as you would not miss an appointment with anyone else, be sure to honour your appointment with God. "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9
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Ecclesia Reformata Reformanda Est! (The Church, having been Reformed, is still to be Reformed).
The Five Solas of the Reformation
Sola Scriptura! Scripture alone is our ultimate authority on all matters of faith and conduct.
Solus Christus! Christ alone is the Head of the Church, and He is the only Mediator between God and man.
Sola Gratia! Salvation is by the Grace of God alone.
Sola Fide! Salvation is received by Faith alone.
Soli Deo Gloria! Everything is to be done for the glory of God alone.
These great Reformation principles challenge us to regular and rigorous self-criticism and constant re-evaluation of our personal lives, congregations, missions, families and society.
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the Good News of His Salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:23-24
Cape Town for Christ
On Monday, 10 August, which was a public holiday in South Africa, we mobilised 57 volunteers in 6 teams to conduct outreaches in 8 areas of Cape Town. Collectively, we distributed over 14,000 Gospel booklets, leaflets, books, New Testaments and Bibles and had the joy of counselling and praying with a number of responsive people on the streets, in shopping malls, parks and in homes.
25 Years of Missions in the Mall
Every year, for the last 25 years, Africa Christian Action has been organising outreaches in shopping malls around Cape Town and sometimes across the country, on National Women’s Day. This year, we obtained permission from four different shopping malls to set up pull-up banners and literature tables in Cape Town. In the light of the Covid-19 Lockdown regulations and social distancing requirements, we anticipated that there would be much less activity in the shopping malls, so we opted for a more varied Evangelistic strategy.