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Why do bad things happen to good people? Shouldn’t God be stopping them?

I preached on this topic in a sermon titled ‘In the World, trials and sorrows; In Jesus, peace’ when I realised that I had been asked this question more times than I can remember and yet my response has always been the same.
John 13-16 is the last long conversation Jesus had with His disciples before His crucifixion, and  we draw from the end of chapter 16 to find His answer to the question of suffering. Listen to my sermon if you would like to know what I believe to be the answer by clicking on the play button below.


Sermons and Articles ImageYou will find many of the sermons I have preached along with their notes on THIS page, so listen to any you may have missed or would like to listen to again HERE. They include:

and many more.

On you can also find many articles I have written over the years for various publications. Most are short articles sharing a specific message so they won’t take you long to read, so:

  • Are you feeling worried? Click HERE
  • Do you know what it is to be filled with the Spirit? Read about my personal experiences concerning it HERE
  • Want to live debt free? Click HERE for some tips
  • Feel like God isn’t there? It may help to read this article HERE.

Other topics which may be of interest to you include ‘Women in Ministry‘, ‘God is not a User!‘, ‘How to discern a Move of God’ and many, many more.

PLEASE NOTE with regards to the articles: Because I am still uploading many of these I can’t DATE them correctly (it’s technical), so please don’t try to find an article by how “current” it appears to be. Some of my most current articles, for example, are dated 5 years ago, so a much better way to find what you are looking for would be to use the Search button found on any of the listed article pages or simply browsing through them from here.

May God bless You!




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Hi there

I’ve uploaded some new Sermons along with a few Articles which were published in Joy! Magazine. Please have a listen or a read, and as always your comments are welcome.



LUKE 15 ‘Lost and Found’ The Prodigal son, the lost sheep and the missing coin are a trio of Jesus’ parables. I realise these are well known and loved verses, but I would like you to listen to them with new ears – you may hear something you’ve not heard before if you listen to the sermon and, of course, the Holy Spirit.

LUKE 17 ‘Thank you Jesus’ Remember the good Samaritan? This sermon will give you insight into the background and true meaning of this story. We find that we are all united in Jesus, no matter what our differences, customs or races. This has been the case since Biblical times and still is today, among believers from all ‘walks’ of life.

EPHESIANS 1 ‘Who are We in Christ’ My apologies for the poor sound quality of this sermon. The first few seconds are very bad but it get’s better, really! Ephesians 1 7-19 is the wonderful prayer of Paul to the Church in Ephesus and also to US.  Ask yourself ‘How well do I know God?” and “Who am I in Christ?” and listen to this message.


If you would like to hear more sermons, please CLICK HERE or on the SERMONS IMAGE to go the the main sermons page where you can listen to or download a number of other sermons.



WHAT IS TRUTH is an article I wrote in 2006. If you haven’t been paying too much attention to my ongoing talks and posts about truth 🙂 then this short article should fill you in on my understanding of the nature of truth.

APOLOGETICS.  Apologetics is the branch of Christian studies that deals with why we believe what we do. I dislike the word because it comes from the same root as ‘apologise’, which means essentially to defend something we feel guilty or embarrassed about. “Hey, I know this might sound foolish, but let me tell you why I believe in God… or the creation… or the Gospel”. This article challenges the very nature of apologetics.

A CONSIDERATION OF FRANK VIOLA’S ‘BEYOND EVANGELICAL’ is not a book review. 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 to others.


If you would like to read more articles please CLICK HERE or on the ARTICLES IMAGE. Alternatively use the previous and next buttons at the bottom of each article.



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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.