A Tribute to David Streater

The Rev. David Arthur Streater David and his wife Valerie, and their children came to South Africa from England in the early 1970’s and served as Rector of Christ Church, Blairgowrie where he worked for a number of years. However, for a number of reasons he returned to the U.K. for a period before being […]

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Perspective – A Vision for the Lost

How will ‘Reach500’ capture our imagination and energy this year? God might ‘switch you on’ to the urgency of reaching 500 people with the message of Jesus in any number of ways, but one way that is guaranteed, is for us to remind ourselves of where the ‘good news’ of Jesus begins. Although it may […]

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Killing me softly

Christians never set out to be caught in scandalous sin. The pastor never set out to have an adulterous affair. The member of his church first came to see him after her close friend had died. She came for counselling to help her grieve. They cried together and hugged and made another appointment. At the […]

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News from the Presiding Bishop

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) The word “holiness” has fallen out of favour in the 21st century, even in Christian circles. Somehow the ‘spirit of the age’ has lulled God’s people […]

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Perspective – True Repentance

“From that time on Jesus began to preach: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near’” Matthew 4:17 “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent’, He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance”. With these words, Martin Luther began his 95 Theses, the list of 95 points for debate […]

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500 years on – does the reformation still matter?

When all is said and done, the fundamental question for every human being is, ‘How can a sinner like me stand before God on the Day of Judgement?’ Does this still matter? There is only one answer. This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Christian faith and the Church appeared […]

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Jesus is Enough

In my first year of proper work after Bible college, I saved like mad and bought a ticket to Thailand for my summer holiday. I had no accommodation, no plan and very little money – yet it was a great holiday. In Thailand, I was amazed to find all kinds of very fashionable branded clothing, […]

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Too fast to furious (a hot-heads guide to anger)

Fly off the handle lately? Are you set to a constant simmer, ready to boil over at any second? Has your road rage started to follow you home, and into the office? Know anyone who struggles with short-fuse syndrome? Maybe it’s time to revisit the Biblical counsel on anger. Idioms of anger Whether Biblical or […]

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Being an effective Christian in 2017

Here’s the challenge for 2017: will you grow as a Christian and be effective and fruitful? Your Christian growth will positively influence your relationship with God, your home life, your work life, your social life and your church life. The problem is that this is what some Christians think: “God has saved me and given […]

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Perspective – Peace on Earth?

As we played our Christmas CD’s this year, one song grabbed my attention. ‘I heard the bells on Christmas Day’ was originally a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on the 25th of December 1863. It’s not your typical Christmas song. It’s both sad and honest, asking ‘Where is the peace on earth that was […]

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