GAFCON – Newsletter from the Presiding Bishop

“We will proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations” This was the rallying cry of GAFCON 2018 and it surely captured the essence of a week that saw just under 2000 delegates gather in Jerusalem for the Global Anglican Future Conference on June 18th to 22nd. GAFCON is a movement of confessing Anglicans who have united, […]

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Reflections on a life now past: Winnie Madikizela Mandela

On Monday the 2nd of April 2018, Winnie Madikizela Mandela passed away. After her husband Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island (she was separated from him for 27 years) she was kept in solitary confinement for seventeen months. “For the first 200 days, she had no formal contact with another human being at all aside […]

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Perspective – Once for All

“…He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrews 9:26 – ESV) The Greek word hapax, translated in our Bibles as ‘once for all’ is a favourite word in the letter to the Hebrews, especially in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. […]

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” This is the famous Easter greeting used by Christians all over the world. It’s a wonderful phrase for Easter Sunday as it reminds us that in Jesus, there really is life beyond this broken world. And so, these are words to encourage each other, especially when life gets […]

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Don’t be HoodWinked this Easter

The cross was not a sad mistake, as some may think, but crucial to the mission of Jesus. At the cross, Jesus made a once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of the world.  He made propitiation to God for all the sins of all of God’s people throughout all the ages. Jesus’ death is central to […]

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Perspective – Facing Hardship

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons” (Hebrews 12:7) Like the residents of any major city, residents of Cape Town can expect not only to enjoy the beauty and blessings of our city but also to face trials and hardships of many kinds. Sometimes these hardships and trials are self-inflicted. At other […]

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How (not) to let your heart accuse you

A long-lost relative of an eccentric New York heiress, stood to inherit 19 million pounds (R320 million) of her 300 million POUND fortune.  Unfortunately, the relative, Timothy Gray – a homeless man, age 60, was found dead from hypothermia under a bridge in rural Wyoming, in the US. Timothy Gray was a millionaire but didn’t […]

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Perspective – Gospel Remembrance

“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm”(Deuteronomy 5:15)   The words quoted above are taken from the Sabbath Commandment and call upon Israel to keep the Sabbath in remembrance that it was the LORD who redeemed […]

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Perspective – The Radical Disciple

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” Mark 8:34 (2011 NIV) Some years ago, I came across John Stott’s book entitled the Radical Disciple. I love reading anything that Dr Stott wrote, but I was particularly attracted by the title of this little book. Two […]

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Presiding Bishop Newsletter December 2017

BC AD DC A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD […]

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