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The Unchurched

About 30 years ago, a young man came to interview me as part of his Master’s degree thesis on ‘The Unchurched’. His research indicated that

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TruthTalks: 2024

How do you feel about 2024? In this fascinating TruthTalks episode, Dr Christopher Peppler talks us through 2024 and what to expect.   If you

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Theology is Important

Theology is important! “But I am a practical person, so why do I need all that book-learning stuff?” Theology is important for you. “No way.

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Hebrews Session 4

Hello all, I hope you are gaining something from the series as it’s time for the next episode of the Hebrews bible study and you

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Darkest Before Dawn

I have written a long article ready for publication titled ‘The Dark Night of our Nation’s Soul’ which was drawn from Isaiah 59. However, the

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His Amazing Wisdom

The Lord Jesus possessed great powers of insight and I am constantly arrested by his amazing wisdom. The wisdom he displayed was far beyond normal

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Pentecost and Babel

The title of this article, Pentecost and Babel, may sound a little strange, but the Tower of Babel sheds wonderful light on the glory of

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TruthTalks: Legalism

On the 23rd of March, Dr Christopher Peppler wrote THIS article on Legalism, License, Lodges, and LGBT. Since then, there have been other issues pressing

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Jesus and His Bible

How should we interpret the bible? Should we understand it in its simplest yet sometimes superficial sense or are there ‘deeper’ meanings embedded in its

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes is an amusing yet sobering story written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. I find it sobering because it speaks penetratingly

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TruthTalks: Depression

Dad (Dr Christopher Peppler) and I discuss depression and how Christians can deal with it. Listen now by clicking the play button below and do

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TruthTalks: What is Prayer?

Dr. Christopher Peppler (a.k.a. Dad)  explores the topic of prayer in audio. The first half of this recording is explanations, along with some further explorations,

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TruthTalks: Divorce

In this TruthTalks audio Dr. Christopher Peppler talks about divorce from the biblical perspective of what Jesus taught. The verses referenced are in: Matthew 5

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TruthTalks: Tabernacles 2017

Dr. Christopher Peppler and I (his daughter Karen) discuss Jewish Celebrations and in particular the feast of Tabernacles which is happening right now. Find out

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The Borg Dilemma

What do the Borg of Star Trek fame, South Africa’s ruling party, and the church have in common? All three function in terms of their

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Fasting or loosing

Lent is upon us… well, it’s upon those who observe lent. The word Lent originally meant ‘lengthen’, as in the daylight hours of Spring, but

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The Mystery of the church

In Ephesians Paul uses the word ‘mystery’ four times. He writes of ‘the mystery made known to me by revelation’, his ‘insight into the mystery

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Post-Truth

“Say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction’. Truth has perished; it has vanished

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Size matters

When it comes to local churches, is big always best, or is small better, or does size just not matter at all? Three decades ago

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Jesus the Jewish Messiah

“If Jesus is not the Jewish Messiah then He is nobodies Messiah” Dr Michael Brown. For the last several weeks we, in Lonehill Village Church,

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Behold the Whore

John the Baptist revealed the Lord Jesus to his disciples with the words, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the

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The Bowls of Wrath

Chapters 15 and 16 of the Revelation present the seven bowls of God’s wrath. An angel pours the first bowl out on the land, and

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End-time harvests

The church of the Lord Jesus Christ stands before the beasts of Humanism and Religion and proclaims the Eternal Gospel. This is vividly presented in

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Easter Victory

A woman clothed with the Sun, an enormous red dragon and a victorious male child, equals an Easter Victory. Chapter Twelve of the book of

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An unpalatable truth

From the days of Cain and Able most people of all generations, in all cultures, have practiced the dogma of the survival of the fittest.

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The Witnessing Church

  The main responsibility of the church to the world is to witness: Not to reform society but to witness through words and deeds. In

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Religious Woe

Religion is a word cherished by many but vilified by the irreligious, and there is a reason for this. Once again, things will only become

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Woe is Us

A natural calamity can be a warning but a supernatural invasion can only be described as a Woe. The First four trumpet blasts of Revelation

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Today is the Day

This morning I conducted a memorial service and one of the friends of the family mentioned that she enjoyed my articles in Joy! Magazine. Her

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Loving promises

Philadelphia means ‘brotherly love’ and of all the letters of Jesus to His church I love this the most. It contains loving promises for both

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The Tree of Life

The letter to the church of Ephesus ends with the words: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the

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What’s in a name?

. There are seven letters written to seven actual churches in the area we now call Turkey, but these churches also represent the whole church

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The Musician

The fourth and final part of the Guitar Venture series In the previous three posts I have written much about the guitar and almost nothing

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Same Sex Marriage

This article was published in Conspectus, the peer-reviewed journal of the South African Theological Seminary. The paper deals with same-sex marriage from a Biblical Christian

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Retirement, shmirement

Longer ago than I care to contemplate, the late Bishop Bill Burnett and I shared the leadership of a yearly conference called ‘Fan the Flame’

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Deliverance

There is a school just to the North of where I live that started out as a simple farm school but is now large and

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The best laid plans

I am sure that all preachers go through phases when they experiment with their sermons to try to make them more engaging. I have done

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Ecclesiology 2007

Theologically, on what should we be focusing in this seventh year of the 21st century? Previous generations gave their attention to such things as the

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The Controversial Gift

Published in SATS “pastor to Pastor’ I grew up in a conservative Methodist home and during my childhood years would sometimes hear disparaging comments about

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ROADS

Many years ago the Holy Spirit led me into an appreciation of the key dynamics of church life that has served my local church well

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Pastoral Succession

Published in SATS ‘Pastor to Pastor’ During the 2012 Leadership Summit Bill Hybels spoke about how he and his elders had recently embarked on a

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Systematic Theology

An introduction to Systematic Theology, Published in ‘A Student’s A-Z of Theology’ Ed. B. Domeris and K.Smith by South African Theological Seminary Press. Theology is,

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Halloween

It is better to wean than to hallow Halloween is relatively new to South African society. It has no roots in our traditions or heritage

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Seeking Unity

Church unity is so important yet so illusive. In this article I attempt to describe some of the parameters for unity, its continuum and its

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Jesus Deficit Disorder

I am currently re-reading the book ‘Jesus Manifesto’ by Len Sweet and Frank Viola subtitled ‘Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ‘. (http://www.thejesusmanifesto.com) In

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Eschatology 101

It is strange that we tend to remember embarrassing moments with such clarity. I have preached over a thousand different sermons, but the ones that

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The different Gospel

In 1988 D.R.McConnell wrote a book critiquing the modern Faith Movement titled ‘A different Gospel’,  but there is another ‘different gospel’ that has been around

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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.