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December 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Cradled in a manger

Our familiarity with the first Christmas scene can easily blunt us to its staggering wonder. Luke 2:12 records the infant Christ as ‘lying in a manger’. Think of that! Here is condescension and humiliation of the highest degree, for here is the eternal Son of God — the One through whom God made all things and who is dependent on nobody — now lying in a manger as a helpless baby, completely dependent on others for support. A well known carol is right when it states, ‘Lo within a manger lies, He who built the starry skies’. A less well-known carol likewise runs: ‘The eternal...

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December 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Do we have enough evidence to trust the Bible?

People today must judge between two contradictory worldviews: the biblical worldview and the evolutionary worldview. I’m a lawyer, so I think about this like a legal case. Juries have to judge between opposing litigants, like we have to judge between worldviews. Juries do it by weighing the evidence. Let me give an example from a case I worked on. The power of an eyewitness account The case turned on whether the plaintiff’s wind turbine functioned properly on a certain date, years earlier. The wind turbine no longer existed, so we couldn’t run tests to establish whether it worked. Therefore, this dispute couldn’t be solved by...

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December 2016
Articles > Historical

Remembering Martin Luther

A blue touch-paper was lit 500 years ago which brought about an explosion that changed the course of the world. Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor, nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg in Germany. The Theses were points Luther was making that were indirectly questioning Roman Catholic teachings and practice. Who was Martin Luther? He was born in Eisleben in1483 and was baptised a Roman Catholic. He studied at the University of Erfurt, which he described as ‘a beerhouse and a whorehouse’, even though the discipline was such that he was made to get up every...

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December 2016
Evangelistic

A freedom campaigner finds Christ

My name is Julian Sebothane Bahula, and I was born and brought up in Pretoria, South Africa. In the 1960s, I became a professional musician and composer, and was very famous throughout South Africa with the Malombo Jazz Men. In those days, all South Africans were political in one way or another and, while I was in Durban, I worked with a political theatre group called the Tekon Players. We cooperated with Steve Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, who addressed the audience at our performances about the cruelty of apartheid. Exile In 1973 I had to leave my country because of my...

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December 2016
Evangelistic

Wise men from the east

‘Now after Jesus was born, in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?’ (Matthew 2:1-2). The visit of the wise men to worship our Lord at the time of his birth is one of the most fascinating and spiritually meaningful events connected to Jesus’ coming to earth. At this season of the year, there is always a lot of study and a good bit of speculation about the circumstances of these men. Who were they? Where is ‘the east’ that is...

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December 2016
Evangelistic

My wonderful Saviour

Brought up in a Hindu household, I was exposed to rites and rituals of the religion, most of which I failed to grasp the meaning of. But, even as the Bible forbids worshipping and serving the creature rather than the creator, it didn’t sit right with me — I did believe that there was one creator, one God above us all. Somehow I felt incomplete without knowing who ‘it’ was. It was only when I started going to a Methodist secondary school that I finally came to know more about God. It was one particular Easter service that changed my life forever. They talked about...

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December 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Who is Jesus?

When Richard Dawkins claims, ‘There is no good historical evidence that [Jesus] ever thought he was divine’, he is tripping blindfold over the truth. C. S. Lewis gets us on the right track when he writes, ‘The doctrine of Christ’s divinity seems to me not something stuck on, which you can unstick, but something that peeps out at every point, so that you would have to unravel the whole web to get rid of it’. Direct claims We can begin to see this by looking at three other direct claims Jesus made. The first was when one of his disciples asked for concrete evidence on...

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December 2016
Evangelistic

How I became a Christian

I was not born a Christian just because I was brought up in this country with its Christian heritage, or because I was baptised and confirmed in the local Anglican church and became a choirboy. My parents had no interest in the Bible, and so there was not a copy to be found in our home. In the church I attended, the main emphasis was on the form of service and the choir. In all this, God seemed very unreal and the Bible merely a religious book. As I grew up, sport and amateur operatics began to take over much of my spare time. For...

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