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The most essential characteristic of the bible is that it provides a ‘place’ where Jesus reveals himself and where we can encounter him. I know that some people find reading the bible a rather dull and unrewarding exercise. I also know many folks who love to study the bible. In both cases, most fail
How do YOU read and understand the Bible? In this TruthTalks podcast, Dr Christopher Peppler, based on THIS post, “unpacks” Luke 4:14-30 for us. He goes through the full meaning of these verses and then most importantly, he explains how WE can also read the Bible and understand passages the correct way. I know
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Hello, in this short series of alternate posts (we normally do one a week but I’m sneaking these in on Fridays) I want to show you some of the fabulous new features on the new www.truthistheword.com website. Today we continue the tour. At the top of the page under the banner and the big
The term ‘unpacking a passage’ is one of those Christian cliches that I think is overused, like ‘going into’…worship, announcements, the Word, whatever. However, it is quite descriptive of what happens when someone explains a biblical passage. It is like taking items out of a box and uncovering treasures beneath the top layer. I
F.O.M.O (Fear Of Missing Out) is real! Here’s how you can avoid this painful condition: If you have visited www.truthistheword.com lately you can’t help but have noticed the two BIG buttons directly below the top header image, right? But what are they for? The button on the left which reads “Get Truth is The
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
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Hello all, your friendly admin here. Just wanted to let you know that we have totally restructured the www.truthistheword.com website to provide you with an easier, more modern and interactive way to access our resources. Here’s a short video explanation of our new home. Stay tuned to get some highlights in the upcoming weeks.
As we here in South Africa pass the day 140 mark in our national pandemic lockdown  we need to come to grips with dealing with loss. Although many of the more irksome regulations have now been lifted, we still live under the looming threat that they may all immediately return. The picture above is
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
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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

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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.