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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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2024

I saw a cartoon the other day depicting a group of people peering fearfully around a corner towards a door marked ‘2024’. One of them

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God Is Good All The Time

The leader of the church service intones, “God is good, all the time”, and the congregation responds with, “all the time, God is good”. This

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Forgive – But How?

  Few Jesus-followers would dispute the fact that we need to forgive those who offend or wrong us. However, just how and when to do

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To all subscribers

While we were transferring the truthistheword.com site from the USA hosting company to a South African host, someone sent out a post to all subscribers

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On the Brink of an Abyss

  This article is about politics. Moreover, it is about South African politics, although the principles will apply to Christians living in any democratic country.

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Changing Values

  Anyone with eyes, ears, and two or more brain cells knows that societal values are changing. However, perhaps fewer realise just how fast the

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Stories about Heaven

  From time to time, stories about Heaven appear on YouTube or in books. Over just the last three months, friends have sent me several

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Last Times

Although this article is titled, ‘Last Times’ it is not about the end of the world, and so on. I have wanted to write this

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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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The Metaverse

We all know about the internet and we have become familiar with the word Cyberspace, but what is the Metaverse, and what difference could it

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Another Question

In my previous article I addressed three questions raised by our local Friday Ladies Group and in this post I address another question. ‘A few

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TruthTalks: Three Questions

In this TruthTalks audio podcast, Dr Christopher Peppler addresses three questions recently asked of him. In reality, he answered about twenty-two questions but here he

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Three Questions

A couple of days ago I joined our local church Ladies Fellowship for a Q&A and I have selected the first three questions asked for

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Hebrews Session 9

Hello and welcome to the final episode of our Hebrews bible study. Session 9 is available on YouTube from 12h00 on Tuesday 12th April 2022:

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Hebrews Session 8

How are you enjoying the Hebrews bible study? What have you learned? Has anything been put on your heart during this time that you can share

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Hebrews Session 7  

Session 7 is available on YouTube from 12h00 Tuesday 29th March 2022: click this link to go directly there… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKp5kJy5kxc Hebrews 10:19-39 is built around five

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Hebrews Session 6    

Session 6 is available on YouTube from 12h00 Tuesday 22nd March 2022: click this link to go directly there… https://youtu.be/NppqfxKe2E8 In this session there are no

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Hebrews Session 5  

Session 5 of the Hebrews bible study goes live on YouTube at 12h00 Tuesday 15th March 2022: click on the link/video below to go directly

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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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Hebrews Session 3

Tuesday 1st March is International Pancake Day (yum), but it is also when Session 3 of the Hebrews bible study goes live. If you view

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Hebrews Session 2

  Session 2 of the Hebrews bible study goes live at 12h00 Tuesday 22nd February 2022. As of Saturday, over 200 people had viewed the

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Hebrews Session 1

  Join me for the Premier of the Hebrews bible study! The Hebrews bible study is about to start! The first session will premier on

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Glimmers from Hebrews

‘Glimmers from Hebrews’ may be a strange-sounding title for an article, but it is appropriate to how I am thinking about this fascinating book. In

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Living in Today

As I was writing this article, the news came through that yet another type of COVID had emerged here in South Africa and that lockdowns

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TruthTalks: Shamayim

Have you ever wondered about heaven? In this TruthTalks podcast Dr Christopher Peppler goes through the scriptures referring to heaven (Shamayim). So, if any of

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Shamayim

The first book I wrote remains unpublished. I called it Shamayim, a Hebrew word for Heaven, or more properly ‘Heavens’. It is  the story of

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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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The Power of Purpose

  Even when I was in the banking world, when accountants still used the Abacus, managers acknowledged the power of purpose. The bank had a

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His Unmerited Kindness

We usually think of God’s glory as manifested in his acts of power, his absolute authority, and his irresistible will. Well, of course, God is

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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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His Unimaginable Glory

So far in the series ‘Captivated By Jesus’ we have presented an interview with Alexander Venter in both audio and text forms. What follows in

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The Perfect Storm

On 24 March 2020, I wrote an article about the perfect storm. I defined the natural phenomenon by this name as something that occurs when

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Other publications

Over the last few years Hell has become quite a hot topic (please excuse the pun but I just couldn’t resist it).  Rob Bell stirred up the flames of controversy with his book ‘Love wins’ and more recently Francis Chan has responded with his ‘Erasing Hell’. Bell and others claim that Hell can’t possibly exist as a ‘place’ of endless punishment because God is all loving. Chan, and most other evangelicals, claim that although the idea of eternal Hell is disquieting to say the least, it is unequivocally taught in scripture. I am not going to add to the
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 is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus’. The Jews were the chosen few and the Gentiles were the lost many, and now Paul was saying
In many evangelical circles, and certainly amongst most fundamentalists, the world ‘liberal’ carries with it a definite emotional and theological charge. Liberals are seen as threatening the Faith and undermining true Christian theology. Liberals have a nefarious agenda; they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and so on. Liberal theologians, on the other hand, are concerned at what they observe as a lack of love and compassion for the human condition among fundamentalists. They also take exception to what they perceive as the naïve and uncritical spiritualisation of evangelicals. Some, like bishop Spong for instance, even contend that unless they
When I was ten my parents decided to give my older sister piano lessons. I asked them why I too could not be taught to play the piano, but they dismissed the idea out of hand. This really upset me! My parents were often out in the evenings for business or church functions and so every time they went out I executed a cunning plan. One of their favourite LP’s was Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto number one, and so each time I was alone I put this record onto the turntable, sat at the piano, and laboriously learned to play
Over the last several years there has been quite a lot of Christian media coverage given to the evolution versus divine creation debate. The subject is not a new one, but of late the Young Earth Creationist camp has been making its views known fairly clearly and dogmatically and this has sparked responses from Christians who hold other views on creation. I am not a trained scientist and so I am not competent to comment significantly on the scientific aspects of the debate. I also do not claim to be a theological ‘expert’ on the subject. Despite both of

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.