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TruthTalks: Dealing With Loss

In this TruthTalks podcast, Dr Christopher Peppler talks about the current climate and the amount of loss people are experiencing. From major losses of loved ones and income, to loss of being able to touch, and meet and see people. In this TruthTalks broadcast, which is based on the post “Dealing With Loss” we hear

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TruthTalks: Before the Lamp of God Goes Out

In the last post “Before the Lamp of God Goes Out” we mentioned that the audio would be available for download or streaming online should you not be keen on reading the entire post. As some of you may have noticed, we didn’t send out the audio last week as we have been doing new

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Before the Lamp of God Goes Out

The title ‘Before the Lamp of God Goes Out’ sounds a little strange but its meaning will become clear. This article is a message not only for disciples of the Lord Jesus but also to any non-believer who might read it. It is an important and urgent message, but before you get to the kernel

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TruthTalks Sermon: True Friends

How do you define a true friend? In last weeks post, Dr Christopher Peppler wrote on this topic and asked us to consider how we characterise true friendship. The following week, he preached a sermon on this topic, expanding on the idea and including what Christ says about friendship and also what our relationship with

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TruthTalks: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

‘Wisdom has built her house. She has hewn out its seven pillars’. In THIS post Dr Christopher Peppler talks about the possible origins and links between the pillars found on earth today and then reflects on what he considers the true biblical meaning of the seven pillars of wisdom. If you have ever wondered about

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The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

“The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” sounds like the title of an unpublished Dan Brown novel. There is one famous book by that title, written by T.E.Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia). However, what I want to write in this article is neither a novel nor an autobiographical historic account. The phrase comes from Proverbs 9:1, which

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TruthTalks: Pray to God and Love Each Other

  1 Peter 4 :7-11 summarises as ‘pray to God and love each other’ In times of confusion and crisis, it is difficult to know what to do. Are the end times upon us? How do we handle ourselves and speak to others? Should we warn them or fill them with hope? Is this perhaps an

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TruthTalks Sermon: Perspective

The Lord Jesus gave two insignificant disciples the bible study of all bible studies while they walked together from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The perspective he gave them is what we need in these COVID-19 days. This is the audio track from a videoed sermon broadcast to the Lonehill Village Church on May 17th 2020 from

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TruthTalks: So Pass it On

In confusing times it’s hard to know what to pass on, and what is a lie and could cause harm. In this TruthTalk podcast, Dr Christopher Peppler talks about how to assess the information we receive,  and what to do with it. As Christians,  we have a responsibility to decide what information received via social

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TruthTalks: What Happened After the Resurrection?

There is an elaborate forty-day liturgical build-up to Easter, but very few people ask themselves: In this TruthTalks podcast, based THIS post, Dr Christopher Peppler takes us through the accounts of Jesus’ appearances during the few precious days before he returned to be with his Father in heaven. Could some have been to ordinary folk

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TruthTalks: A Psalm Today

If you are struggling to stay upbeat in the strange landscape that is the World and COVID-19, and if you even sometimes feel a little hopeless, then do yourself and favor and listen to this TruthTalks episode. It  gives us not only hope but also direction on how to keep your spirits up. The original

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TruthTalks Sermon: Jesus in the Perfect Storm

The Covid-19 virus has now hit South Africa, as it has so many other parts of the world. Instead of panicking, we should look to the Lord Jesus both as our example and object of faith. I was so pleased to have been able to preach the first sermon from our church’s online platform designed

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TruthTalks Sermon: Things we Don’t Know we Don’t Know

When it comes to understanding the bible, we sometimes encounter things we don’t know we don’t know. Because we do not live in early church times, we sometimes don’t appreciate the different cultural and religious contexts of scripture. It is hard for us to grasp the things that the people of Jesus’ day would have

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TruthTalks Sermon: Renewal in Spirit

Renewed in the Spirit of your Mind In this TruthTalks Sermon, Dr Christopher Peppler shows us the topical image of the typewriter that has just been donated to the South African Holocaust and Genocide museum to show us how great idea’s and inventions can be used for horrific purposes. He looks at Proverbs 23:7 where

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TruthTalks: A Book that Reveals

Dr Christopher Peppler looks into the night sky and what it reveals and asks: Many of the ancient people who looked up into the night sky not only saw the stars, but also the story of creation and redemption, and passed this knowledge on from generation to generation. Today this  revelation is used to identify

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TruthTalks: Faulty Bible Interpretation

Ever find yourself arguing with another Christian about Biblical matters? Me too. In this TruthTalks episode on Faulty Bible Interpretations, Dr Christopher Peppler expands on THIS post about how we can sometimes misinterpret the Bible. Find out about how to establish: Whether you are misinterpreting the Bible, and What to do about it if you

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TruthTalks Sermon: Lights in the Darkness

Looking Forward – Lights in the Darkness At the end of 2019, Dr Christopher Peppler wrote a short message on being a light in the darkness despite our current circumstances.  In this TruthTalks Sermon, he significantly expands on THIS post. Preached at The Village Church in Lonehill, this message is for those, especially in South

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TruthTalks: Imperfect People Among Imperfect People

Have you ever left a church because it was too imperfect? In this podcast, Dr Christopher Peppler discusses the matter of finding yourself hurt, angry or in disagreement with your church and leaving. If you, or anyone you know has had this thought, or are thinking of leaving then you need to ask yourself… You

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Imperfect People Among Imperfect People

The church is made up of imperfect people among imperfect people. That may sound like a strangely clumsy statement, but let me explain. In my last two articles, I made the claim that ‘our churches today are crowded with Christianised people who have never been born again. Therefore they have no real relationship with God,

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TruthTalks Sermon: The Tree of Life Triptych

When I was asked to preach at Lonehill Village Church on Sunday 10th of November 2019 I asked myself this question: This is a hard question to answer, but I can tell you that the sermon I felt lead to preach on Sunday is right up near the top of the list. It is in

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TruthTalks: The Centrality of Jesus

More and more scholars are writing and teaching on the centrality of Jesus and I am convinced that this is a subject currently on God’s heart. Part of this focus is the belief that Jesus is the full, and not just the fullest, presentation of God’s nature and character. This TruthTalk combines my two latest

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Jesus, the Full Representation of God

I realise that an article titled ‘Jesus, the full representation of God’ is signalling a theological discussion that may not appeal to everyone. For this reason, and because it is a complex subject, I am going to start with a concise overview instead of ending with one. I am a passionate advocate of Christocentricity (Jesus-centeredness).

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TruthTalks: The Mountains of the Lord

Several mountains feature in the Bible and take their significance from what happened on them. For instance, Mount Moriah where Abraham took his son to sacrifice to Yaweh, Mount Sinai where God gave Moses the tablets of stone, and Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. However the two most significant mountains of

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TruthTalks Sermon: We all Need Hope

Last week I published an article based on Romans 15:13, and yesterday I preached it at the Lonehill Village Church. For those who have not read the article, the gist of the message is that many Christians and unbelievers alike are feeling rather hopeless in these difficult days. The political, economic, labour, and crime situation

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Truth is The Word Report Back

I think it is time to give a Truth is The Word report back. My son Lance interviewed me recently for a blog he has started. Here are the main questions and summaries of my responses. They constitute a reasonable idea of the status of the ministry and should prove interesting to anyone who has

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TruthTalks: Apostates in the News

A dictionary definition of Apostasy is ‘an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith’ and I will leave it to those who know Hillsong’s Marty Sampson and his circumstances to determine the extent of his ‘falling away’. In this TruthTalk, Dr Christopher Peppler deals with certain aspects of the

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TruthTalks Sermon: If Your Brother Wrongs You

Last Sunday I preached a sermon, ‘If Your Brother Wrongs You’, from Matthew 18:15-35. This passage records how the Lord Jesus set out the perfect process for conflict resolution among His disciples. Just click on the “play” icon below to listen to the sermon. You can also follow along using the sermon notes that I

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TruthTalks: Jesus gave full meaning to the Law of Moses

In His great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave full meaning to the Law of Moses. In doing this, He exercised His divine prerogative of interpreting scripture by explaining how to properly understand the Old Testament Law. In this TruthTalks podcast, Dr Christopher Peppler addresses the issue of Jesus, the interpreter of the Bible. Enjoy

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TruthTalks: Sabbath Sticks, Stones, and Sacraments

Dealing with things like the Sabbath, Sticks, Stones, and Sacraments through the Jesus Perspective. This TruthTalks podcast is based on THIS post and deals with two troublesome passages of scripture by looking at them from the perspective of what Jesus taught. Dr Christopher Peppler talks on the incident of the man stoned to death because

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TruthTalks: Gateways That go Nowhere

What happens when we take a Bible verse completely out of context? We get Gateways that go nowhere! We also get someone else’s philosophy thrust onto us, often convincing, but always based on a verse pulled from the Bible and used to communicate the author’s agenda. But how do we know if what we are

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TruthTalks: Spiritual Gifts and the Anointing

In this third and final part of the Spiritual Gifts mini-series, TruthTalks looks at the differences between Gifts and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Please click on the play button below to listen to this podcast:   If you have missed the first 2 TruthTalks on this topic then click HERE for part one

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TruthTalks: Just what are the 9 Spiritual Gifts?

This podcast briefly explores one of the difficulties we have in appreciating Spiritual Gifts, which is the lack of biblical definitions. The manifestations of the Holy Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12, but nowhere described. It is important for us to understand what the Spiritual Gifts are, because: This affects how we appreciate them. Are

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TruthTalks: What are Spiritual Gifts and do we have them or give them?

What are Spiritual Gifts and do we have them, or give them? In this and subsequent TruthTalks, I am looking at some of the underlying issues that make the subject important yet problematic to some. In this podcast, I speak about the common misconception that Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities permanently conferred upon Christians. I

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TruthTalks: The Moment of Truth – Elections 2019

As I hit ‘publish’ on this podcast the national elections are just one day away. So, the best thing we as ordinary citizens can do right now is to pray and ask God to send revival to our nation… then VOTE. Listen to theTruthTalk podcast based on THIS post plus a Q&A,  by clicking on

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TruthTalks Sermon – The Easter Earthquakes

Passover weekend is fast approaching, so it’s time to consider again the wonder and glory of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In this sermon, I give some fascinating evidences of the validity of the resurrection as well as insight into one of the strangest passages of the Bible, Matthew 27:52-53. Kindest regards, Christopher

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TruthTalks: Articles for Easter

Passover, what happened on “good Saturday” and what is the significance of the shroud of Turin? Listen to theTruthTalk podcast based on THIS post, and covering these 3 questions, their answers, and more by clicking on the play button below.

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TruthTalks Sermon – A Time for Prayer and Godly Action

Several weeks ago, I preached a sermon titled, ‘A Time for Prayer and Godly Action’ based on Nehemiah chapters 1 – 9. The purpose of the message was to encourage Christians to think and act positively in this time of national instability leading up to the elections. Simply put, our personal attitude in 2019 can

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TruthTalks: Wrapping Up – The Church Jesus would Attend Series

  Here is the audio of the last in the TruthTalks series: The Church Jesus would Attend. If you have missed this series and would like to start from the first post, click HERE, or the first audio post, click HERE. Then to follow the series chronologically simply scroll down to under the “Related Posts”

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Wrapping Up The Church Jesus would Attend Series

In this eighth and final post in the current series, I intend to wrap things up by summarising a little and by dealing briefly with the last three items on my original list of indicators of and responses to the presence of God. Right up front, I stated that in this series I would limit

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Anointed Leadership: The Church Jesus would Attend Series

God anoints men and woman to lead; this fact is indisputably taught and demonstrated in both the Old and New Testaments. Unsurprisingly then, anointed leadership is one of the evidences and criteria for the presence of God in a Sunday church service. In this series, I am considering only what happens in a corporate gathering

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TruthTalks: Sermon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Atheists claim to have no belief in the existence of any gods. Christians claim to believe in God, but what should we call those who believe in God yet live as if He doesn’t exist? Here is a sermon I preached a few weeks ago, based on Hebrews 11:6 and developing this very theme.
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TruthTalks (Sermon) and Notice

Hi everyone. I and the TruthisTheWord team will be on a seasonal break until 22nd January, 2019 so we want to wish you a blessed Christmas time. Here is a sermon I preached the other day entitled ‘God The Rock’ and you can listen to it or download it below. If you want to read

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TruthTalks on Prayer: The church Jesus would attend series

Hi there! What do you think of the new look of the www.truthistheword.com site? Let me know if you like it 😀 In the meantime, here is the TruthTalk on corporate prayer as part of the series about the type of church Jesus would attend. I do hope you enjoy and if you would like

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TruthTalks: Worship -The church Jesus would attend series

In this TruthTalk, I cover the topic of reverent and adoring worship, which I wrote about in my last article. This is part of a series that examines the Sunday service corporate expressions of church life. Click play below to listen to the audio and please note that there will be no Q & A

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TruthTalks: What Church would Jesus attend?

Following last weeks post, I talk briefly about the nine indicators of the presence of God in our church services. After that, Karen and I and have a lively (as always) question and answer session. Click on the play button below to listen and, as always, your comments and questions are most welcome 🙂  

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What Kind of Church would Jesus Attend?

My daughter suggested I write about the kind of church Jesus would attend. I have been thinking about it and I think it is something all Christians, and especially church leaders, need to consider. Attend is a rather formal word that evokes thoughts of annual general meetings and other formal business-like occasions, but it is

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TruthTalks: Prophecy

  I recently presented an overview of the ‘gift’ of prophecy and I am sharing it here on Truth is The Word. Part One is just under an hour long and covers seven common questions: What is prophecy? What forms does it take? How is it different to Old Testament prophecy? Why is it important

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TruthTalks: The Bloodthirsty Warrior God of the Bible

We just cannot avoid the fact that parts of the Old Testament depict God as a bloodthirsty warrior. As a continuation of last weeks post on the God of the Old Testament, Dr. Christopher Peppler goes into more detail in this audio file. In the Q & A session, we mostly discuss this statement: “When

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TruthTalks: When opposites actually aren’t

Could it be that Legalism and Licence or Free Will and Divine Determinism are not as different as they first appear? This TruthTalk explores the fascinating idea that many apparent polar opposites are essentially similar when viewed from a different perspective. If you would like to read the article this is derived from, you can

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TruthTalks (Sermons): Agabus – A New Testament Prophet

In this sermon, delivered at the Lonehill Village Church on Sunday 24th June 2018, I spotlight prophecy in the book of Acts and then extend the subject into the church of our day. Although by no means a comprehensive Bible study, this message includes insights from Paul’s treatment of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14. You

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TruthTalks: Exposing Ourselves in Public

Following THIS post on a rather contraversial theological statement made recently, Dr. Christopher Peppler (a.k.a. Dad) gives a summary with some extra details followed by a question and answer session with me (a.k.a. daughter/admin/non-theologian). I do hope you enjoy it and take up the challenge with me at the end of this podcast. Click below

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Exposing ourselves in public

When we expose someone in public then we often end up exposing ourselves in public. A big-name pastor says something that smacks of heresy and dozens of church teachers rush to denounce him as a false prophet. A local church preacher says something that offends someone’s entrenched doctrine and he might well receive an email

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TruthTalks: The Bible under Attack, Again.

  Listen to Dr Christopher Peppler explore this topic in the latest TruthTalks summary and question and answer session. If you would like to read the original article, click HERE, or if you would like to subscribe to this podcast through iTunes or any other podcatcher then please click HERE (or search for TruthTalks in

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TruthTalks (Sermon): Hezekiah

In this sermon (and I apologise for the not great audio quality in places) Dr Christopher Peppler looks at the life of Hezekiah. The first few minutes were not recorded, however, this is the background to the life of Hezekiah and describes what his father had done before Hezekiah became king. If you would like

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Truth Talk (Sermon): Bezalel

Bezalel was an ordinary man who did something truly extraordinary – he crafted the tabernacle and everything inside it. You don’t have to be a king or queen or ruler or anything other than “normal” to do something of immense significance. Last week Dr Christopher Peppler preached on this at the Village church, so if

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TruthTalks: Spiritual Warfare

In this TruthTalk, Dr Christopher Peppler, covers the last two posts he wrote concerning Spiritual Warfare. If you missed them, and would like to read them, you can find them here: Spiritual Warfare: Does the Church need to be Delivered from this? and, Spiritual Warfare: The Real Battle   As always, do let us know

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TruthTalks: What makes Christians so sure of their faith?

We are living in a world where many regard truth as a quaint concept with little practical relevance. However, in this TruthTalk (a follow-up to last weeks “The Basis of our Certainty”) and subsequent Q&A, I explore the Christian sure basis for certainty. Listen now by clicking the play button below and please do subscribe

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TruthTalks (Sermons): Barnabas – son of encouragement

In this sermon, delivered at the Lonehill Village Church on Sunday 8th April 2018, I trace the life of Barnabas from Acts 4 to Acts 15. Barnabas’ life is an example of how we should be encouragers instead of critics, but his story also contains vital truths concerning Christian leadership. In essence, all leaders, in

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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 subscribe (buttons at the top of the www.truthistheword.com.   Blessing to you all until next time Karen (daughter and site admin)

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TruthTalks – Dependence on the Holy Spirit

To be dependent on the Holy Spirit is firstly, to enable us to live Jesus-manifesting lives in terms of our witness, values, priorities and general life-styles (Fruit of the Spirit) and secondly, to enable us to minister to others, in the power of the Holy Spirit (Gifts of the Spirit). This TruthTalk and its Q&A

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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, on the topic of prayer, and the second half is me (Karen Peppler) quizzing my dad on the subject. I do hope I ask some of the questions you, as

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TruthTalks (Sermon): Shine, Jesus, Shine

  On Sunday 7th January 2018 I preached a message of hope and optimism concerning our national condition. You can listen to it HERE:   You can also access the biblical text HERE. If you would like to listen to other sermons I have preached, you can find them  HERE. I have included my sermon

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TruthTalks (Sermon): The Joy of our Salvation

Greetings and welcome to 2018. May you all be blessed in this year and the ones to come. Today’s post is a TruthTalk sermon called ‘The Joy of our Salvation’, which Dr. Christopher Peppler preached at Lonehill Village Church on Christmas day. In this TruthTalk we hear about what is described as ‘a silver river

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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 Matthew 19 Mark 10 Luke 16 Deuteronomy 24 Malachi 2 1 Corinthians 7 A must-listen for any Christians struggling with divorce. I do hope this helps. Click on the player

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TruthTalks: Death, the final frontier

Following the post on “Death, the final frontier” we bring you the TruthTalks on this. After a short summary of the post, Christopher Peppler and I get into an animated (sorry for the interruptions Daddy) discussion on the topic of death, where we go, who goes where, what happens to our pets, etc. Listen here

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The transformative power of failure

Failure is not an end in itself, but a vital part of the transformation and learning process. Last week I published an article on this subject and Karen and I would normally chat about it this week. However, I preached on this subject on Sunday and thought that the sermon would be the best way

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TruthTalks: Judgement Day

  Dad (Dr. Christopher Peppler) and I discuss Judgement Day, after THIS post last week. Well, I say discuss, but it’s more me trying to understand certain things, and asking Dad some of the most difficult questions I can think of. If you have any questions about the post, please give this a listen, and

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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 why YOU should find this important, hear about Christopher’s supernatural experience in Israel, and (hopefully) have any questions you may have answered from this weeks audio post. My apologies for

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TruthTalks: Comparisons are odious

This is the correct quote attributed to Albert Einstein I was floundering to find while talking to Dr. Christopher Peppler in this TruthTalks episode where we discuss the negative effects of judging and making comparisons, how they affect us, and what we can do to stop ourselves from living this way.   If you would

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Is there anybody out there?

“Is there anybody out there?’ is the name of a song by the 1970’s group Pink Floyd. For those readers  over 70, no, they weren’t communists as far as I know. I used to enjoy listening to them in the vinyl era mainly because of their innovative use of technology. One of the tracks that

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TruthTalks: How religions view Jesus

What do we do if we find ourselves in a conversation about Jesus and realise the other person is of a totally different faith to our own and we know nothing about it? In this TruthTalk and Q and A session we talk briefly about 5 major religions, how they view Jesus, and how to

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TruthTalks: 2 special women in the Bible

Doctrinal damsels and dames In this TruthTalks audio recording, Dad (Dr Christopher Peppler) and I change up the format a little and instead of having an overview of the post to open with we both dive headlong into talking about a couple of women in the Bible and what made them special. It is a

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TruthTalks: Women’s role in the Church

Dr. Christopher Peppler and I discuss women’s role in the church as it was, is, and should be. Apart from really enjoying and gaining (in my opinion) much needed insight into my faith when I do these TruthTalks with Christopher Peppler, it can still feel disheartening when I think of how few people know about

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TruthTalks: 3 Myths concerning Christianity + Q&A

Last week Dr Christopher Peppler (a.k.a “Daddy”) wrote THIS post about debunking myths about Christianity. In this audio episode he goes into some more detail and then I get to have a Question and Answer session with him where we end up discussing the topic, along with Jewish folk, and C.S. Lewis vs. Lewis Carroll.

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TruthTalk (Sermon): A Money Masterclass

Money permeates much of our everyday lives and how we use it provides a strong indicator of our attitude towards giving and generosity. Jesus often used money as everyday illustrations in His teachings, but He didn’t address the topic itself that much. In this sermon I link together Luke 16:13 and Luke 6:38 to present

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TruthTalk: The Borg Dilemma

  In his post from last week, Dr Christopher Peppler wrote about dilemma’s facing church leaders and made suggestions on how to handle them. I try to focus on the more practical side of things in these question and answer sessions from the perspective of a church member as opposed to Dad’s position of being

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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 understanding of the philosophy known as ‘collectivism’. Now don’t stop reading, because this article deals with an issue that many, if not most, Christians and particularly church leaders have to

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Why the ascension is important to YOU

Does our general lack of awareness of Ascension Day mean that the Ascension is relatively unimportant? Or does it indicate our lack of appreciation of just how important it actually is? The early creedal hymn of 1 Timothy 3:16 places the Ascension on the same level of importance as the Incarnation and the Resurrection: Manifest

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TruthTalk: Young people arise!

  In last week’s post “Young People Arise” Dr Christopher Peppler noted the role of the role of young people in past revivals. He also commented that Jesus’ disciples were all quite youthful, and I (Chris’s daughter) had questions like: How young is young? How today’s youth are supposed to “arise” in a practical way,

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Forty days of Kingdom teaching – The Sermon

What did Jesus teach during the last 40 days before His ascension? Surely He reiterated what He believed to be most important for His disciples to know as they went out into the world to establish His church and extend His kingdom. Last week’s post consisted of a written version of the sermon I preached

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TruthTalk: A Nation reborn in a day?

  On the 22nd April 2017, over one million people converged on a farm just outside Bloemfontein to interceded for the nation of South Africa. This TruthTalk is an account and evaluation of this momentous event. The Q&A session that follows the audio presentation deals with some issues which arise when we consider a gathering

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TruthTalks (Sermon) Revival Revisited Part 2

This is the second part of the 2 part series of TruthTalks by Dr. Christopher Peppler. If you missed part 1 and would like to catch up, please click HERE. CLICK HERE and answer some questions for us – it would be great if we could pick up on your responses in our next Q&A.

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TruthTalks (Sermon) Revival Revisited Part 1

Talking about Revival! Please CLICK HERE  and answer some questions for us – it would be great if we could pick up on your responses in our next Q&A. Are you planning on going to the “It’s Time” event? What is your motivation fro going or not going? What are your expectations? This week we

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TruthTalk for “Core Values”

Talking about what we hold dearest in our hearts… The full title of this post is “The importance of staying true to Core Values” and in this podcast Dr Christopher Peppler goes into more detail about that and then he and I get into an interesting discussion about this, both: In your own self, and

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TruthTalks (Sermon) God is Able!

“Able” = an expansion of the Greek word ‘dunamis’ = miraculous power. In this sermon Dr. Christopher Peppler, drawing from the book of Jude, talks about our everyday lives and the troubles we face, how we feel we fall short of being better disciples, etc. But he explains that God is ABLE. He is able

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The importance of staying true to Core Values

We all have core values, even if we cannot express them easily. In the case of organisations, the founders entrench them in the constitution and corporate mission statement. The observable evidence of core values is the way we live, what we say and do, and how we prioritise our time and resources. Whether consciously adopted

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TruthTalks (Sermon) The touch of the Masters Hand

This sermon is all about how we interpret things demonstrated with music, and it’s role in the bible and how the music in OUR lives sounds. In this sermon Dr. Christopher Peppler reads from Psalm 139, using this as an example of showing us the difference between how when we internalise this, or any other

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TruthTalk Sermon: In the World Trials and Sorrows. In Jesus: Peace

But why did this have to happen? Where was God? Dr Christopher Peppler talks about the distressing events we face in everyday life and how to handle them. Chris looks at questions like “why do bad things happen to good people?” and “why didn’t God intervene?” Listen to this sermon preached at the Village Church

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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 in the more traditional Christian world, it has come to signify the 40 days of preparation for Easter. The main idea is that Christians should examine their lives, repent of

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Knowledge and knowing (sermon)

  On Sunday 2th Feb 2017 I preached on a very important topic, the difference between Knowledge and knowing. Many people who attend churches throughout the world have the terrible misconception that the essence of Christianity is knowing, doing, and committing the will. However, Jesus said, “You must be born again” and this re-creative miracle

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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 of Christ’, and how God has appointed him to ‘make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery’. In verse six he states the mystery in plain terms; ‘This mystery

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What on earth is an ehtit?

Giving to the local church is biblical and important, but tithing is a self-serving remnant from a long distant age. On numerous occasions, I have sat through Sunday services where there have been two sermons; one on tithing and the other on whatever topic the preacher had on his heart. I am not being facetious

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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 from their lips’” (Jeremiah 7:28) These are the words of the prophet Jeremiah speaking to the nation of Israel about 2,600 years ago, but they may just as well have

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Sermon: Fruit of the Vine

If you missed Christopher’s sermon on John 15 (Fruit of the Vine) then you can listen by clicking the play button below. It may be a well known verse, but there are new insights if you allow the Holy Spirit to let you hear with new ears.   If you would prefer, you can download

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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 I had the privilege of being called to pastor a tiny but rapidly growing local church. The shack in which we were meeting was scheduled to be demolished to make

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Homeopathy and Dr. Hearsay

The two worst diagnosticians in the world are Dr. Google and Dr. Hearsay. Dr. Google gives so much information that it is easy to believe that you only have days left to live from whatever ailment you manifest. Dr. Hearsay, on the other hand, gives no information at all and consists entirely of recommendations such

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Updated TruthTalks & Publications

NEW SITE CONTENT If you have been enjoying the narrative sermon style that The Village Church has been using to go through the book of John then CLICK HERE to listen to Christopher’s sermon on John 9. You can also find lots of his other sermons to listen to HERE. Of course if you prefer

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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, have been preaching through John’s Gospel using a first-person narrative style as posted in my last message, but, If you missed the message I preached on John 4 (from the

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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 world”; In Revelation Chapter 17 an angel essentially says to John the Revelator, “Behold the Whore of Babylon who embodies the sins of the world.” It is easy to get

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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 ugly and painful sores break out on ‘the people who had the mark of the beast…’ (Revelation 16:2). The second affects the sea and kills all marine life. The third

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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 Revelation Chapter 13 and the first 13 verses of Chapter 14, but then the scene shifts to two dramatic end-time events, the gathering in of the church and the judgement

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New Sermons – Enjoy & Share!

Last week I published THIS POST, a Word of Witness, which I feel is so very vital and relevant to us in today’s uncertain times. On Sunday, I preached a similar message under the title of ‘Isaiah Speaks to Our Nation’. The other sermon offered here, ‘The Great Victory’, was preached on Resurrection Sunday and

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A Word of Witness

This is a long post, but one which I feel compelled to write. I hope you will read it through to the end and then comment freely to add your ‘word of witness’. There is a foul wind blowing across the nations of the world, and its malignant force is most obvious in the land

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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 Revelation starts Part Four which, like the other parts of the book, covers the full period between the first and second coming of Jesus. At a cursory read, it seems

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Bringing it all together

To get a fuller view we sometimes have to take a few steps back; and we need to do this often as we study the book of Revelation. The last four articles have all be drawn from Chapter 11 of the book of Revelation. I have explored several interesting aspects and doctrines and I am

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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. Darwin might have coined the phrase but the idea is as ancient as humankind itself. In the underbelly of human society it manifests as dog-eat-dog and the man with the

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Real victory in apparent defeat

What may look to the world as a massive defeat is often a glorious victory for the Kingdom of God. The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 symbolise the church throughout the ages, but most especially in the days in which we live. But note this; the witnessing church these witnesses depict is found within the

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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 Chapter Eleven of the book of Revelation the church is symbolically depicted as a temple housing two types of professing believers; those ‘having a form of godliness but denying its

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Will the true church please stand up

The church is soon to experience the greatest revival ever! It should also expect severe persecution and tribulation. We have arrived at Chapter 11, the end of the third part of the book of Revelation. As I have previously pointed out, Revelation is divided into seven parts each covering the time between the Cross and

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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 clear when we get to later chapters of Revelation, so before I state what I believe to be the second Woe, let’s follow a few clues. The second demonic plague

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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 represent ecological warnings to mankind (discussed in my previous post), but the two that follow are of an entirely different nature and are called ‘woes’. The trumpets of Revelation Chapter

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Signed, sealed and delivered

Who says that trials and tribulations are a bad thing? I was called upon at the last moment to fill in for our preacher who had fallen ill, and I decided to present a ‘behind the scenes’ look at Revelation Chapter Seven, the subject matter of this post. You can listen to the message Signed

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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 husband kindly added that he had been blessed by the sermon, and these two comments inspired me to produce this short article. Psalm 90 verse 12 reads; ‘teach us to

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Let whoever has an ear, hear

  Our love for Jesus must be first in priority, just as it was when we first came to know Him. At last we have come to the end of the letters to the seven churches of Revelation. In an earlier post in this series I gave a summary preview of the contents of these

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Jesus loves the church

It is easy to be critical of the church and to sometimes want to stop attending and being involved – but never give up on church for it is much loved by the Lord Jesus. In Christian parlance we often hear the church of our age referred to as ‘laodicean’. Those who use this term

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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 the church and the individual believer. The city of Philadelphia was in an earthquake zone and so the assurance that Jesus would make those who overcome ‘a pillar in the

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Healing under the scalpel

I am painfully aware that as I take a surgical knife to the subject of healing I will be cutting into a number of sensibilities and run the risk of being carved up myself. Yes, healing is a gift of God, but it can also be a satanic present that carries bondage and distress under

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The sexy, sozzled, soothing snake

  Each of the seven letters to the church dictated by Jesus and faithfully transcribed by John contain so much for us to absorb and take to heart. The letter to Pergamum is particularly fascinating. The Lord Jesus identifies an astonishing reality with the words: “I know where you live – where Satan has his

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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 churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). The ‘he who has

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The lesson of lost love

  The Lord Jesus’ letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) are also for all of the church throughout the ages – which means they are for us today as well. So, I am going to go through each letter picking up on some important practical issues for us and the churches

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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 throughout the ages. The posts that follow this will be devoted to the study of each of these letters. However, in this and the next post I want to give

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Jesus’ letter to His church

Well, he did! He dictated seven letters to churches in the vicinity of Patmos, John faithfully wrote them down and they are recorded for us in Revelation chapters Two and Three. The seven churches were located on a trade route that ran from Ephesus up to Pergamum and then down to Laodicea. However, these were

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Revelation Revisited

  Although I grew up in a Christian home, I only met Jesus in a personal and radical way when I was thirty. Many things changed progressively from that day, but one thing that was immediately different was the love for the scriptures which suddenly gripped my heart. I couldn’t read the Bible fast enough,

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Passover – The Last Supper

. As I write this post, Easter weekend is in just a few days’ time and I am busy preparing for a simple Passover re-creation we are doing on Thursday night. I don’t like the word ‘Easter’ at all as it evokes pagan images of bunnies and hot-cross buns and tends to undermine the powerful

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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 about the musician who plays it. A great looking, fine sounding, and wonderfully playable guitar will, despite its considerable attributes, still sound terrible in the hands of an untrained, clumsy

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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 perspective. It is not a treatise on homosexuality from either a Biblical or sociological point of view. The article deals with homosexuality, per se, only in as much as is

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Retirement – Insights from Scripture

Someone recently said to me; “Now that you are retiring, you can choose to do only what you like doing”. This may be reasonably true of a retiring businessman, but is it true for a past- pastor? . When I first started giving serious thought to how I would use my time in 2015 and

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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’ held at Carmel by the Sea, Victoria Bay. He handled the teaching and I led the worship. The next item on the calendar of their conferences was something like ‘Preparing

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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 thriving. In its very early years we, the Village Church, were asked to come and lead Tuesday afternoon Bible studies for the learners. Opposition immediately sprung up among both the

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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 this a number of times. I have experimented with preaching in tandem with a colleague – a sort of churchy Mutt and Jeff show. I have gone through seasons of

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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 trinity, biblical inspiration, and the dual natures of Christ. What should be at the top of our theological study agenda this year? I am convinced that Ecclesiology should be our

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Everything is new under the ‘Son’

In the early days of our new life in Christ my wife and I attended a church where most of the preaching was done by a band of ‘local preachers’. These men and women served the several churches of that denomination in the area. One Sunday, a fairly elderly preacher arrived and announced that he

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As with the world, so with the church

From time to time members of my local church leave to join another Christian fellowship in the area. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is always a painful shock. The reasons given usually have something to do with one of the following: the children need a bigger church group; the music is

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Anointing – who needs it?

The Pentecostal Movement of the late seventeen hundreds caused a stir in the mainline churches – or should I call it a Tsunami? It introduced the doctrine that believers need a second experience, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and that speaking in tongues was the evidence of this experience. In the nineteen sixties the Charismatic

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The strange case of Harold Camping

Published in SATS ‘Pastor to Pastor’ Harold Camping is the Calvinist radio Bible teacher based in California. He has sprung to notoriety by predicting that the Rapture would occur at 6 pm on 21st May, 2011. The day has come and gone and the Christian world is left puzzling over the question of how he

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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 ’holly rollers’ who, I was told, were Pentecostals who rolled wildly on the floor talking in tongues. At the age of thirty I ‘got saved’ and my wife and I

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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 for more than two decades. I call the concept ROADS – Relationship, Outreach, Anointing, Doctrine, and Structure. How the five dynamics relate to one another Before I develop each of

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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 leadership succession process. He mentioned that there are thousands of mega churches around the world who are currently led by pastors in their sixties. In his opinion, most of these

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Hellfire or humour? Watch for the glint in the pastor’s eye!

Helena (that’s what I will call her here) was a mature lady with a strong Pentecostal background. She had been with our church for several years when she enrolled for a series of teachings on deliverance run by another church. I had been close friends with the pastor of that particular church for a long

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To carol sing or to save a life? No question.

In the early days of our church in Lonehill we used to go carol singing through the suburb. One year someone lent us a huge open truck and that Christmas Eve we all jumped on and drove around in style. Members of the congregation who lived in town house complexes signed us in and we

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A consideration of Frank Viola’s ‘Beyond Evangelical’

This is an article published in Joy! Magazine I have written several book reviews, but this not one of them. In this article I am considering ‘Beyond Evangelical’, not reviewing it. My purpose is to reflect on some of the things written in this book from a positive perspective and leave the evaluation and critique

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Systematic Theology

An introduction to Systematic Theology, the study and practice of preaching, Published in ‘A Student’s A-Z of Theology’ Ed. B. Domeris and K.Smith by South African Theological Seminary Press. Theology is, in essence, ‘faith seeking understanding’, and SystematicTheology is the discipline that seeks to bring together scriptural and church Faith in an organised and life-relevant

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Hellfire or humour? Watch for the glint in the pastor’s eye!

Helena (that’s what I will call her here) was a mature lady with a strong Pentecostal background. She had been with our church for several years when she enrolled for a series of teachings on deliverance run by another church. I had been close friends with the pastor of that particular church for a long

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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 yet some folk embrace it because it seems ‘fun’ and the children like it. The purpose of this little tract is to provide parents with some background to this pagan

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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 locus, before coming to the tentative conclusion that networking seems to provide us with the only viable working model available. Having come to this point in my search I then

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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 this book Len coins the phrase ‘Jesus Deficit Disorder’ (JDD), a play on the familiar mental condition labelled Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). His contention is that the focus of today’s

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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 I remember most vividly are those that embarrassed me. In one of my very earliest sermons I covered the book of Jude in twenty minutes. After I had said “Amen”

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The sign of Jonah – or a whale of a tale

Over the years I have been keeping reasonably up to date on the findings and theories concerning the shroud of Turin. Every year something new emerges as various scientists seek to understand this enigmatic burial shroud. The shroud put in its first recorded appearance in 1356 at a time when religious relics and superstitions were

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When God says, “Step aside!”

The church was brought to life on the day of Pentecost around 29 AD, but now it needs to be brought to life again; it needs revival. I say this for three main reasons. Firstly, so many Christians, the living stones that make up the church, are practically indistinguishable from the rough rocks that constitute

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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 far longer. Paul describes it as ‘really no gospel at all’ (Galatians 1:7) because the Gospel is good news whereas the ‘different gospel’ is not. This false gospel goes under

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Where have all the burnt stones gone…

…long time passing? I was useless at mathematics when I was at school, but by the time I attended Business School I had warmed to statistics, graphs, and equations.  We all know the statement that “there are lies, then wopping lies, then statistics”.  There is some truth to that, yet statistics do alert us to

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Restoring Truth to the Church

Recently I attended a wedding where the minister was a pleasant young man from a traditional denomination. He conducted the service well enough but he made no reference whatsoever to the Bible, and the name of Jesus came up just once in a casual aside. A Christian marriage is based on the covenant between God

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Religion vs. Relationship

I hate being called ‘religious’. I regard myself as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, not as a religious person. I guess the reason I don’t like being called religious is that I associate the word with things like traditions, rituals, and rites that seem more man-made than God-given. Some speak approvingly of ‘true

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The Church in Mozambique – A mile wide but an inch deep?

  A while ago I went to Maputo as part of a four-man ministry team. A bishop of a group of non-denominationally aligned local churches had asked us to help him establish a school of church leadership. The idea was to present a two day preaching workshop, followed by a further two days servant leadership

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God’s influence through our influence

 I was one of the over 450 Christians leaders who attended the National Initiative for Reformation of South Africa (NIRSA) consultation called by Michael Cassidy and Moss Ntlha to address the crisis in our nation. While some may say “crisis, what crisis”, the majority of us acknowledge that South Africa is currently in more than

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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. I have started a site called Classical Guitar SA to serve classical guitar enthusiasts in South Africa.