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.
The Father of Modern Missions, William Carey, launched the Greatest Century of Missions with his electrifying sermon: Expect Great Things from God! Attempt Great Things for God!
The Desperate Need for Accessible Leadership Training
There is a tremendous need and hunger for literature and leadership training throughout Africa. However, one of the ongoing problems is that most of those who leave rural areas for urban training institutions tend to stay in the urban centres and are lost to the rural communities who sent them for further training.
Urbanisation and Diaspora are Depleting Church Leadership
Similarly, most of those who go to first world nations for further training tend not to return to their third world countries of origin. In this way, the church is haemorrhaging in Africa. Some of our most promising leadership candidates are failing to return to their communities. The rapid urbanisation and mass movement to first world countries is devastating to local congregations. Most of the pastors in the rural areas where we work have no tertiary education at all.
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Report to the Castle
It was pitch dark and three hours before sunrise when I began my National Service in the South African Defence Force (SADF). My call-up papers had instructed me to report to the Castle in Cape Town 5am on 2 July 1979. Although from a very young age, I had been looking forward to my service in the military, now that I was involved in full time Missions at Hospital Christian Fellowship, it seemed like “a waste of time” to be “sidetracked from Missions” for two years military training and service.
Anticipating the Last Days
At the time, I was also so convinced of the imminent return of Christ that I found it hard to believe that I would ever be able to get back to Missions, as the Lord would have surely returned long before my two years in the military were completed!
Bible Study and Prayer Group in the Military
Frontline Fellowship was born in prayer. The vision for our mission, to assist persecuted churches, evangelising in war zones, serving in restricted access areas, grew out of the daily Bible study and prayer meeting which I led during my time of military service. For two years we met, almost every night, around the Word of God, spending extended times in prayer. Sometimes we prayed through the night, in prayer chains. Often our Bible study and prayer meetings lasted for three, four or five hours at a time.
It was while praying through the Operation World Intercessory Handbook, on an all-night prayer chain, that the Lord impressed upon my heart what Patrick Johnstone had written about Mozambique: that Mozambique was the least evangelised country in the Southern Hemisphere and that there was less than one Bible for every thousand people in that Marxist nation.
Thursday, 30 May, is Ascension Day
3 April 1977, I was converted to Christ.
It happened at the Ster Kinekor cinema in Pinelands...
My family had moved from Rhodesia to Cape Town. We were living in Pinelands, just a few kilometres from where I had been born. It was Sunday evening, 3rd April 1977, when I walked over to the local cinema, with little realisation of how dramatically that would change my life forever.
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The disastrous Monday, 15 April, burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris leads to many questions and serious implications. Notre Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris), was built between 1163 and 1260. The cathedral was officially consecrated in 1345.
Most Famous Gothic Building in the World
No other building represents France quite like Notre Dame. It has been the most visited monument in France. Notre Dame is without a doubt the most famous Gothic building worldwide. The church of Notre Dame received almost 13 million visitors every year. Notre Dame has dominated the Paris skyline since the 1200s. The wood used for the framing of the cathedral consisted of 1,200 Oak trees, representing 21 hectares of forest.
On Friday, 29 March 2019, Christian Liberty Books ran a Creation vs Evolution Seminar and Children’s Programme. We were very excited to welcome 80 guests.
Dr Philip Stott was our guest speaker for the whole of the Seminar. The Seminar programme included the following riveting lectures: The Creation According to God’s Word vs The Creation According to the Wisdom of Man; What Went Wrong with Science?; The Rise and Fall of Millions of Years and The Rise and Fall of Evolution.
“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself… And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’”
Luke 24: 27, 32
On Saturday, 23 March, we held our second FIRE preaching workshop for this year. We hosted 40 people, including some of our Missionary interns. I was particularly blessed to see how many of the participants had come to previous workshops and were returning to continue growing in their knowledge of the Scriptures. It was also encouraging to hear that some are already implementing what they have learned from previous workshops that we have run.