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Auckland Park Theological Seminary NPC is registered as a private higher education institution

Yes, ATS is open for registration

Auckland Park Theological Seminary NPC is registered as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(3) of the Act and Regulation 14(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016 (the Regulations) to offer the following approved higher education programmes in accordance with the criteria of providing higher education outlined in section 1 of the Act at the site of delivery:

  1. Bachelor of Theology (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 7, 360-Credits: Distance Mode)
  2. Diploma in Theology (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 6, 360-Credits: Distance Mode)
  3. Higher Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 5, 120-Credits: Distance Mode)
  4. Higher Certificate in Youth Work (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 5, 120-Credits: Distance Mode)

Stryd en lyding in ‘n gelowige se lewe

Esegiël hoofstuk 18 is ’n baie besondere hoofstuk in verband met stryd en lyding in ’n gelowige se lewe.  Maar let veral op die volgende verse:

Verse 1-3; 20; 31-32:

Verder het die woord van die Here tot my gekom en gesê:

Wat is dit met julle dat julle hierdie spreekwoord gebruik aangaande die land van Israel, naamlik:  Die Vaders het groen druiwe geëet, en die tande van die kinders het stomp geword?

So waar as Ek leef, spreek die Here my God, dit sal julle nie meer in die gedagte kom om dié spreekwoord in Israel te gebruik nie.

Die siel wat sondig, dié moet sterwe, die seun sal nie die ongeregtigheid van die vader help dra nie, en die vader sal nie die ongeregtigheid van die seun help dra nie, die geregtigheid van die regvredige sal op hom wees, en die goddeloosheid van die goddelose sal op hom wees.

Werp julle oortredinge waardeur julle oortree het, van julle weg en maak vir julle ’n nuwe hart en ’n nuwe gees, want waarom wil julle sterwe, o huis van Israel?

Want Ek het geen behae in die dood van hom wat sterwe nie, spreek die Here my God: Bekeer julle dan en lewe.

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The meaning of the Sabbath of God

Introduction

In Christian tradition, and especially that of the Western church, the creation event is generally presented as only a six days’ work, while the completion of creation on the seventh day is much neglected, or even overlooked altogether. Therefore it is necessary to present a more complete perspective on the Sabbath as presented in the Biblical creation narrative, the history of Israel in the Old Testament, and that of the church in the New Testament.   This perspective is in correlation with the progressive revelation of God as seen from Creation, the Fall, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Return of Christ, up to the eternal heavenly rest of God (Sabbath).

In order to deal with this threefold view, the Sabbath is divided into three categories:   

  • The Creation Sabbath (Creator – Creation narrative).
  • The Covenant Sabbath (Israel – Old Testament).
  • The Atonement Sabbath (Church – New Testament).

The intention is not to differentiate between three different and autonomous Sabbaths, but to appreciate the one Sabbath of God from these three phases or accentuations in the progressive revelation of God:

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Supreme court of appeal of South Africa – Judgment 25 March 2020

One day before South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown commenced, Auckland Park Theological Seminary (ATS) was informed that we had won our appeal case against the University of Johannesburg, in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The previous judgment by the Gauteng Division of the High Court was therefor set aside.

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Says who?

(Cristina Gottardi/unsplash)

We are bombarded daily with absolute generalisations such as:

“It is very clear to me (and I am sure to the vast majority of people in this country) that we need Ramaphosa to lead South Africa for the foreseeable future. He is BY FAR (sic) the best we have in terms of leadership. “

“South Africa’s democracy depends on the DA succeeding…”

“Most problems South Africa face today are of such magnitude that – even if we had successive miracle worker governments from today onward – these problems will most likely still be with us in 20 years’ time.”

Reading these statements, I want to cry out in frustration and desperation: “says who?!”

“Says who?” – is a phrase I have often heard when I was young and so unintentionally inherited it from my grandmother. She would utter this phrase with resolute usually preceded by a disapproving tut-tut, to my great embarrassment.  She could say this about something the pastor said, or something the doctor claimed, or even about what the bank manager said when my grandfather went to ask for a loan in order to survive the drought.

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Oortreffendetrap-mense

(unsplash/Luca Micheli)

2 Korintiërs 8:1-5

Broers, ons wil hê julle moet weet van die genade wat die gemeentes in Masedonië van God ontvang het.

Al was hulle swaar beproef deur verdrukking, hulle blydskap was oorvloedig;  en al was hulle baie arm [die woord wat Paulus gebruik, is “diep arm”], was hulle ryk in hulle oorvloedige vrygewigheid.

Ek verseker julle hulle het na vermoë, ja, bo vermoë, bygedra.

Uit eie beweging het hulle by ons daarop aangedring om te mag deel in die liefdeswerk van hulpverlening aan die gelowiges in Judea.

Dit was meer as wat ons verwag het, want eers het hulle hulleself aan die Here gegee en toe aan ons.  Dit is soos God dit wil.

The raw entrepreneur

In July 2011 ATS conducted a qualitative research study in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. The aim of this study was to understand the economical activities and context of people who are not employed within the formal employment sector.

One lady acted as an interpreter for us. We did not give any training, advice or input. Our only aim was to discover what was going on at grassroots level.

Yet, when we later went back to report our findings to the community, to our surprise we found that our interpreter, who had helped us the previous time, was there to meet us with the exiting news that she had started her own business.

We did not expect this and when we asked how this had happened she remarked that during our interviews with the community she felt challenged to find a way to secure an income for her and her child.

Here is her story. She had a tremendous feeling of pride in what she had managed to achieve and explicitly explained the role of the Holy Spirit in her new venture.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/watch?v=hrDULyc9wnI

Herlewing onder kinders in die vroeë dae van Pinkster in Suid-Afrika

Hier is vir u ‘n beskrywing van die herlewing wat onder kinders in die vroeë dae van Pinkster in Suid Afrika plaasgevind het (Al bruis die Jordaan, 1969. J.C. de Ferrieres – Tant Sannie). (You can also read this essay in English.)

Sonskynhoekie diens

“In 1940 het die Uitvoerende Raad van my kerk die eerste nasionale Paaskonferensie op ‘n plaas in Emmarentia (nou ‘n voorstad van Johannesburg) gehou.  Ek is gevra om verantwoordelikheid te neem vir die dienste wat twee keer per dag vir die kinders gehou sou word. Hierdie dienste is gehou terwyl die ouers die konferensie dienste in ‘n aparte tent wat sitplek vir 4,000 volwassenes gebied het, bygewoon het.

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Healed from an incurable disease

One Saturday afternoon, I drove with my dad to uncle Lukas’ plot to drop-off the grass cuttings from our lawn. I was always excited to scramble onto the back of our trailer, dig the shovel into the cuttings and throw it as far as my pencil-thin arms could manage.

At some point during our excursion one of the farm gates swung open and pinned down my left foot. My dad rushed to help and lifted the gate to free my foot. I was 10 years old.

In the coming days my foot became so swollen that I could not even pull on a sock. I was in agony and the swelling would not subside.

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A discourse on the work of the Holy Spirit

1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

I think many Christians do not know who the Holy Spirit is. Often He is described as the unknown God. But the Bible’s view of the Holy Spirit is that He is the unseen but real person, presence, power and activity of God.

In the Synoptic Gospels the Holy Spirit was active at the birth of Jesus and his anointment by God during his baptism (Mt 3:16, Mk 1:8, Lk 3:16). The Synoptics also articulate that Jesus is the source of the work of the Holy Spirit for he …baptises in the Holy Spirit and with fire… (Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8; Lk 3:16). In the Gospel of John the Holy Spirit is called the Paraclete (or Comforter, Counsellor, Helper, the Spirit of truth; Jh 15:26). In Acts (2:4, 38) the baptism with the Spirit was an act of God who empowered the disciples and early Church and was accompanied by both unusual visible and audible phenomena. Paul articulates the Holy Spirit as the divine energy or dynamic of the new life whose Head is the living Christ (1 Rm 15:13; Eph 5:18; 1 Th 1:5).  Paul helped to personalise men’s thinking about the conception of the Spirit. In Revelation the Holy Spirit is called Seven Spirits or the Seven Eyes of God  (Rv 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, 5:6). The number seven is a symbolic indication of the plenitude of the Holy Spirit.  The Seven Eyes of God are symbolic of the Spirit as the eyes of God. He sees the entire cosmos. Nothing escapes him. He is the Spirit of perception (the Deus praesens). He is also identified with the eyes of every individual believer (5:6). Through the Spirit, John is able to perceive the need in the seven congregations.

“A man with an experience is not at the mercy of an argument.”

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