November 2014

Getting real about healing

Divine healing is a mysterious thing. Sometimes we ask and receive immediate supernatural healing, but at other times we have to take antibiotics, or other medication, and heal slowly. There are so many theories, doctrines, and theologies but nobody has the real answer to why divine healing is not always available to us. I have written a book concerning this but recently I preached a sermon titled ‘Getting real about healing‘ where I appeal to all who suffer to see the bigger picture and find their hope and comfort in the sure promises of God. The message is taken from Acts 9:32-43 and is limited to an exposition of this passage of scripture.

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Sermon on False Prophets

Much of the church of our day is plagued by false prophets and apostles. Deception is a spiritual virus let loose in our church environments. I recently preached into this situation and gave insight into how to recognise the false and embrace the real power of the Holy Spirit. The message is an exposition of Acts 8:4-25 and you can find it here on my new website at The title is ‘Double Double Toil and Trouble

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Welcome to this site

I have now stopped posting to All the previous posts to that site are now also available here at

In future I will be posting regular reflections on three decades of pastoral life under the section ‘What the Pastor Saw’; other regular general or topical entries will be posted under ‘Blog’.

The ‘Sermons’ section will contain every recorded sermon I preach; the latest messages will be at the top of the list and I will continue to add older sermons at the bottom of the list. Although I often preach without notes, where I do have typed notes these will appear next to the applicable sermon .mp3 file.

The only section that will remain unpopulated for the time being is ‘Church Resources – Bible Commentaries’. All of my Bible studies to date are hand written and I will have to transcribe them before I can post them to the site.

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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.