My personal thoughts on…The Father

When I think of God the Father my mind goes very quickly to images of ‘light’. Righteousness untainted by self-justification: absolute holiness so different from my own attempts to be different. Justice without sentimentality: love uncompromised by self-interest: goodness beyond my conception of integrity, kindness and benevolence. He is the brightest of white light without even a shimmer. His thoughts are higher than mine to such a degree that only when He condescends to me do I understand anything of His nature. God the Father is absolute, unfathomable, mysterious, magnificent and glorious.  It is hard to describe my thoughts of Him because words seem as motes of dust trapped in His luminescence. He is indescribably… God.


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2 thoughts on “My personal thoughts on…The Father”

  1. Chris, this is a remarkably profound view on an unfathomable God. Having been indoctrinated at a young age to believe in first of all a catholic only God, but also a punitive Father God who sends a soul to purgatory until judgement day. Yes the Father is just and cannot tolerate sin, but as you say, He is also good, kind and benevolent and through Jesus demonstrated exactly how much he loves these sinful human creatures that he made. Thanks for sharing these personal thoughts.

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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.

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