News from the Presiding Bishop – December 2018

Its been quite a year for our denomination and there have been many exciting gospel developments as well as some very complex challenges.  The difficult economic and political climate has also been reflected in our local church contexts, but by God’s grace we have been able to persevere and continue to see healthy signs of […]

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Far as the Curse is Found

“Bless you,” is a commonly uttered greeting or a polite response to a sneeze.  Yet the significance of this phrase may well be missed on many of its speakers.  “Blessing” carries a deep and rich gospel theme that threads its way all through the Scriptures and is well worth meditating on this Christmas season.   […]

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You Have a Living Hope

In 1 Peter 5:12 we read, “I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.” Peter gives us a threefold purpose for writing, to: encourage Christians; testify to the grace of God; and help us stand fast or persevere. Throughout the letter, […]

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Thank God For the Old Testament

Habakkuk opens with a question, “O LORD, how long shall I cry out for help and you will not hear?” But I imagine many people were asking another question as we started a three part preaching series in the book: “Why Habakkuk?” This was certainly the opinion of one older man in my church, proving […]

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Why We Can’t Approach God On Our Own Terms

We are familiar with the concept of mediators.  Someone who represents us or goes in our place. I can’t argue my case at the Constitutional Court.  I need an advocate, with the necessary qualifications, who will represent me. The Springbok rugby team represents South Africa when they play rugby. We all say, “We won the […]

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A candle goes out in Africa

TRIBUTE TO TONY IVE Anthony Ive  – Tony –  and his wife Joan came to South Africa from England in the late 1950s and settled in Johannesburg. Initially they worshipped at Christ Hillbrow. Those were troubled times for the Church of England in South Africa (C.E.S.A.) which was struggling for survival. Even though Bishop Fred […]

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Presiding Bishop’s Charge – Synod 2018

Synod 2018 Presiding Bishop’s Charge To view and download a PDF version of the Charge click here Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. On this 80th anniversary of the adoption of our CESA Constitution, I’m reminded of the many trials and challenges that our forerunners faced and […]

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