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Konferensie van Vinyard in Kaapstad

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Conferences, English, Vennote

Die VBO taakspan bring graag hierdie konferensie van Vinyard onder ons predikante se aandag. Die taakspan moedig predikante aan om sover moontlik óók konferensies en kursusse van ons ekumeniese vennote by te woon. In die uitleef van ons missionale roeping is dit belangrik dat ons blootelling kry van ander kerke en groepe.”

 

 

 

 

Wie is Craig Keener?

Hy is opgelei as historikus van die klassieke Grieks-Romeinse tydperk. Hy was ‘n uitgesproke ateïs, maar het tot geloof gekom nadat hy uitgedaag is om die Bybel met ‘n oop gemoed te lees. Hy het by ‘n Pinksterkerk aangesluit en in Nuwe Testament studeer, en daarna gespesialiseer in Grieks-Romeinse en Joodse letterkunde van ongeveer 450 vC tot 250 nC. Sy kennis van die literatuur van hierdie tydperk, wat die konteks is van die Nuwe Testament, is ongeëwenaard – hy word gereeld na verwys as ‘n lopende ensiklopedie!

Daarom skryf Craig Kube en Ricky Cupido, die koördineerders van  Vineyard Western Cape ‘n brief wat hier onder volg, en wat hulle afsluit met:

The conference will run each day from 1 to 5pm, and 7 to 9.30 pm (so maybe sleep late on those two days!)

Pawn your watch, sell your car, drive, Uber, ride a bike, walk or crawl – but get there!

Dear Pastor

Please SAVE the DATES 3 -4 AUGUST for an exciting 2-day conference with Dr. CRAIG KEENER hosted by Vineyard Western Cape.

Expect more details to follow soon!!!

Below is a blurb from Costa Mitchell, National Director of Vineyard Churches SA endorsing this EPIC conference and motivating you why you should not miss out on this important event!!!

WHY CRAIG KEENER?

One of the distinctives of the Vineyard, and notably of John Wimber, was a natural blending of Spirit and Truth, or experience and theology. Wimber always said of himself “I want to be evangelical in theology, but Pentecostal in practice.” In the same spirit, we are honoured for the opportunity to host a Vineyard colleague, Dr. Craig Keener, for a two day conference on 3 and 4 August in Cape Town.

What you will discover by attending this conference is the blend of passionate commitment to God’s Presence and Power, and resulting encounter with God, together with rigorous scholarship and communication of truth. All of this in a package of humility and self-deprecating humour and thrilling personal story.

Wheaton’s Gary Burge, commenting on the Christianity Today book awards for 2016, when Craig Keener’s Four Volume Commentary on Acts of the Apostles won the CT Book Award in biblical studies, wrote:

“Keener is a scholar with gifts that come along once every century, and here we see them employed in full force. Words like encyclopedicmagisterial, and epic come to mind when you examine 4,000 carefully argued pages on every aspect of the Book of Acts. Nothing like this has ever been done—and it’s doubtful that anything like it will be done for a long time. Keener has a grasp of the ancient world like few scholars anywhere, but he also has a heart for the church and its mission.”

You can read more about Dr. Keener’s personal conversion from atheism at http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo41/the-miracle-writer.php.

Other details of his CV are on the website www.craigkeenerconference.co.za or on the Facebook page “Craig Keener in South Africa”.

 

Loop Saam

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Konferensies, VBO

Om in iemand anders se skoene te kan staan

Die kerklike wêreld het op 5 Julie 2017 tot stilstand gekom met die ondertekening van ‘n dokument deur die Gereformeerdes, Lutherane en Methodiste vanoor die wêreld, asook die Rooms Katolieke Kerk. Die dokument verklaar dat ons nou, na 500 jaar, op een plek staan oor die verlossingsleer. Ons word alleen uit genade deur geloof gered.

Bykans alle interkerklike verhoudings word hierdeur geraak. Die wêreldkerk sê hiermee onteenseglik ons is ernstig oor ons getuienis dat Christus heers. Hy verlos mense van hulle sonde. Hy laat sy koninkryk kom. Hy gee vir mense die verbeelding van ‘n nuwe wêreld waarin kragtige verhoudings oor kultuur-, taal- en historiese grense strek. Hy laat nuwe verhoudings ontstaan wat getuig dat Hy magtiger is as menslike voorkeure en aannames. Deur die beliggaamde versoening tussen mense word sy heerskappy gedemonstreer.

Die “Loop Saam- kursus” help ons om uitdrukking te gee aan die beliggaming van versoening en eenheid in Christus. Dit help ons om in ander se skoene te gaan staan en te ontdek hoe God ons lewe wil verryk deur verhoudings waaruit ons nog nie vantevore kon leer en put nie.

Wanneer? 23-24 Augusus 2017

Waar: Communitas, Stellenbosch

Met hierdie kursus wil ons iets gee waarmee ons gemeentes kan help om

  • oor grense na mekaar uit te reik,
  • vir mekaar om te gee en
  • saam te leer hoe om mekaar met liefde en respek te hanteer.

Die materiaal wat ons gebruik, is die twee boekies “Maak Kontak” en “Loop Saam” wat deur Chris van Wyk en Nico Simpson in opdrag van die Seisoen van Menswaardigheid ontwikkel is.

Hierdie kursus getuig oor God se droom vir ‘n nuwe wêreld. Dit kan jouself en jou gemeente oneindig verryk!

Met hierdie kursus, of eerder proses, glo ons, sal die menswaardigheid van ons land se mense herstel word.

Vir meer inligting, of om in te skryf, kontak Wilma

 

Winter School presentations /Winterskool aanbiedings

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Ekklesia, Konferensies

 Winterskool 2017

Lesings en uitdeelstukke

Winter School 2017

Papers & Presentations

 

Here are the links to a few of the papers presented at the Winter School:

Spirituality and Transforming Worship – Dr Bruce Theron

Spirituality and Transforming Worship? Individual and collective experiences of Jesus’ presence (and absence) in John’s Gospel –  Elna Mouton

The handout for Prof Elna Mouton’s session: Handout_Elna Mouton

Gender, Church, Society and Us: From deformation to affirmation  and reformation  – Olojede Funlola

We the people of South Africa. . . Adopt this Constitution so as to . . . Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person –  Judge Majiedt

Ministry that informs and Transforms – Dr JFMarais

Breaking the leadership mould in South Africa – Magda Fourie-Malherbe

Rev Dr Leon Klein did not have notes or a paper on his session “Developing a pastoral care system in congregations” but his book, Centres of Healing, on which his presentation was based can be ordered directly from them. Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

Hoe om weer heel te word

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Kursusse, VBO

Egskeidingsherstel Fasiliteerdersopleiding

Die uitdaging om mense wat deur die krisis van ‘n egskeiding werk, by te staan, is ‘n missionale geleentheid om genade en vergifnis prakties te maak. Dis ‘n pastorale bediening wat met baie geduld en begrip deel raak van seerkry-verhale om Goddelike genesing en herstel te vestig.

Die Opleidingskursus vir Fasiliteerders fokus op die volgende:

  • Oorsig oor een van die moontlike prosesse vir emosionele genesing na ‘n egskeiding
  • Praktiese riglyne vir die vestiging van ‘n Egskeidingsherstelgroep in jou gemeente
  • Saam dink oor die teologie van die huwelik en egskeiding

Die opleidingsgeleentheid is gefokus op predikante en ander gemeenteleiers wat verantwoordelik is vir die bediening aan voorheen-getroude persone in hulle gemeentes.

Die kursusgids wat aan deelnemers beskikbaar gestel word, vorm die basis van die fasiliteerdersopleiding. Die gedagte is dat die fasiliteerders die kursusgids dan weer by hulle gemeentes dupliseer as hulle die kursus aanbied.

Die fasiliteerdersgids gaan uiteindelik bestaan uit die powerpoints wat deurgewerk word wanneer die deelnemers die fasiliteerdersopleiding doen.

Waar: Communitas

Wanneer: 25-27 Julie

Aanbieder: Guillaume Smit

Skryf in voor of op 14 Julie

Kliek hier vir ‘n inskrywingsvorm: 12 – Egskeidingsherstel Opleiding

Reforming the Church, Society and Ourselves

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Ekklesia, Konferensies, VBO

 Winterskool

2017

Winter School

 

The Winter School of 2017, hosted by the Faculty of Theology of the Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with Communitas, Ekklesia and the Beyers Naudé Centre has come to an end.

The 3 main themes and key note speakers were:

  • Reforming Society: Judge Steven Majiedt, Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Reforming the Church: Dr Ishmael Noko, President of the Inter-faith Action for Peace in Africa
  • Reforming Ourselves: Dr Magaret Blackie, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University

The photo’s, quotes and video clips here and the larger ones on YouTube (see links below) will tell you the story…

Scroll way down to below to see the group photos of each day’s presenters!

Klankopnames Missionale Konferensie

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in Conferences, Dienste-Communitas, Ekklesia, Konferensies

Ons was bevoorreg dat die sprekers wat tydens die Missionale Konferensie van 15-16 Mei opgetree het, se toesprake tog opgeneem kon word, en as klank-opnames (‘pod-casts’) van dropbox afgelaai kan word. 

Ons plak graag weer die skakels na die powerpoint-aanbiedings hier:

Ecclesiology in the New Testament – Prof Marius Nel : NT Ecclesiology – Marius Nel

Response from a 21st century unban context – Rev Ralph Afghan: A Missional Re-imagining of the Church – 21st Century – R Afghan

Luther – Rev Felix Meylahn: PP for Luther’s Ecclesiology – Meylahn

Ecclesiology in the Reformation  – Dr Coenie Burger: Missional Ecclesiology_Coenie Burger

Calvin – Prof Robert Vosloo: A Church that looks in the mirror – RR Vosloo

‘Why be church differently?’‘Being church differently: what can and can’t we change?’ and  ‘Handing the church over’ – Dr Michael Moynach: South Africa 2017. Three Lectures – M Moynach

Ecclesial Re-imagination of the missionary movement in Africa? – Prof Klippies Kritzinger: Reimagining mission – Klippies Kritzinger

A Missional Re-imagination of the Church Order – Prof Nelus Niemandt: Kerkorde en missionale kerk Nelus Niemandt

Staatskaping : Verklaring van die SARK

Written by Wilma le Roux on . Posted in English, News, Nuus, Vennote

Gemeentes kan gerus hierdie belangwekkende verklaring van die SARK deel op hulle gemeenteblaaie of ‘n kopie daarvan beskikbaar maak vir gemeentelede om te lees.

Dit is uiters noodsaaklik dat gemeentes ingelig word tov die stem van die ekumeniese kerk oor staatskaping in ons land.

 

State of Capture: Much More Than Corruption

“Our experience had made us acutely aware of the possible dangers of a government that is neither
transparent nor accountable. To this end our Constitution contains several mechanisms to ensure
that government will not be part of the problem” – Nelson Mandela, 1996 –

 

The Power Elite Anchored at the Top

• “If it were up to me and I made the rules, I would ask for six months as a dictator. You would
see wonders, South Africa would be straight. That’s why if you give me six months, and allow Zuma
to be a dictator, you would be amazed. Absolutely. Everything would be straight. Right now to make
a decision you need to consult. You need a resolution, decision, collective petition, Yoh! It’s a
lot of work.”
– President Zuma, July 2016.

7 Ways The President’s Power-Elite Undermines the State

1. Securing control over state wealth, through the capture of state- owned companies by
chronically weakening their governance and operational structures.
2. Securing control over the public service by weeding out skilled professionals.
3. Securing access to rent-seeking opportunities by shaking down regulations to their advantage,
and to the disadvantage of South Africans.
4. Securing control over the country’s fiscal sovereignty.
5. Securing control over strategic procurement opportunities by intentionally weakening key
technical institutions and formal executive processes.
6. Securing a loyal intelligence and security apparatus.
7. Securing parallel governance and decision-making structures that undermine the executive.

Die Verklaring sluit af met die volgende:

#7 of 7: Undermining of Collective Political Institutions in the Executive

There appears to be concerted efforts underway that undermine collective political institutions in
the Executive, including Cabinet. It appears that critical decisions are delegated to handpicked
groups, masked as Inter-Ministerial Committees, that are able to function in an unaccountable
manner. Recent examples include:
• The IMC on Banks (purportedly set up to investigate the regulations and legislation that govern
them, but strangely chaired by Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and set up after the Bank’s closed
the Gupta bank accounts);
• The IMC on Communication, unusually chaired by the President;
• The National Nuclear Energy Co-ordination Committee (NNEECC), as already
stated above, and chaired by President Zuma.
The nature of IMC’s is that in and of themselves they lack transparency, in that they do not report
to Parliament (which individual members of Cabinet are required to do) and they are not formulated
in legislation (as is the case of formal Cabinet Structures).
In essence, we must ask the question whether Cabinet is still able to function as a
forum for honest deliberation on matters of public policy.

Om die hele dokument af te laai, kliek hier: Final MEDIA SACC presentation