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Living as a Community

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As we focus on community life this month; I searched the dictionary for a definition of the word ‘community’ and found the following elements instructive:

Johannesburg Gospel Church

As a church, we are delighted to partner with Johannesburg Gospel Church, a Chinese fellowship that meets at our chapel every Sunday. Recently the fellowship celebrated two years of their existence and on being on our campus. I had the privilege of interviewing Pastor William Tam and his wife Cecelia about what God has been doing in their quest to reach out to Chinese in our city:

Is this the end?

TimeLive, an online newspaper, is currently polling people to see how many think the world will end on the 21 December 2012. The prediction of the end of the world is an old pastime. For many years now we have never run short of seers and soothsayers, prophets and peddlers who speculate and manipulate the ignorant and naïve populace. And yet these predictions will ever remain a futile exercise. Ask Harold Camping and his crew, they held the view that the world will end on the 21 May 2012 and when this failed he revised the date to 21 October.

Holding the whole world in your hands!

Our nations are in crisis and our world is in turmoil and what can we do? A normal quick answer and often glibly uttered is: Pray! I have a confession to make – I wake up some mornings with a feeling of helplessness and weakness to pray especially when I hear and read about what is happening around me. I believe in the power of prayer and I believe that our God is sovereign and in control of every situation and that nothing escapes his attention.

Be on Guard!

While preparing a lesson for our Exploring Christian Living group which is now meeting every Tuesday evening, I was reminded again of the reality of Satan and the subtlety he employs in tempting us. Oh how we need to be vigilant! C. S. Lewis, in his book The Screwtape Letters addresses this topic through a series of imagined letters. These letters are supposedly from an older demon, named Screwtape, written to a younger demon, named Wormwood, who is in a sort of on-the-job-training.

Go HD in 2010!

Go HD in 2010!I spotted this DStv ad while driving on Sandton Drive early in February. Ok, let me declare upfront, I have no shares in DStv nor do I have any family member working there! The ad promised subscr ibers two new High Definition channels in 2010. Why get excited about HDTV? Well, HD is about clarity and quality of both picture and sound, and the applied technology makes television clear and defined.