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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Perspective – The Greatest Gift Ever Given

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son” John 3:16 John 3:16 is probably the most famous and most quoted verse in the Bible. It speaks of God’s love and God’s gift, the gift of His One and Only Son, the greatest gift ever given. In a world filled […]

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The rise and (down)fall of Modern Spirituality

Modern spirituality claims that it is possible to know God through a variety of ways: whether it be a spiritual encounter, private conviction or an angelic spirit-guide. God is like buying groceries – it doesn’t really matter which supermarket you shop at, as long as you get bare essentials.  Some people might prefer Spar,  or […]

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