Review of Africa Bible Commentary

Whilst it provides valuable background and African context material, it tends to lack adequate introductory treatment of several key issues and doctrines. A careful re-editing could greatly improve this work and provide a second edition purged of dubious comment and enhanced by the inclusion of a fuller range of introductions to doctrines and key societal

1 & 2 Corinthians

I wrote this as a chapter in the book ‘A Student’s Guide to New Testament’ published by SATS Press in 2019. While 1 and 2 Corinthians are presented as two separate letters in the New Testament it is convenient to deal with them together in an overview of this nature; the two letters were

What it Takes to Lead a Seminary

I wrote this as the introductory chapter in the book Priorities for Evangelical Theological Education published by SATS Press in 2020 The Lord led me to establish the South African Theological Seminary after I had been pastoring the Lonehill Village Church in Sandton for nine years. For the first four years of its existence,

Perceiving God’s Voice: Divine Guidance for Everyday Believers

I co-authored this article with my M.Th student Hugh Goosen and we published it in the SATS Conspectus in May 2015. Vagueness exists amongst Christians with regards to what it is like to experience divine guidance practically. This problem is aggravated by conflicting perspectives on the will of God, whether or not His will

Retaining an Apostolic Approach to Church Life

I co-authored this article with my M.Th student Malcolm Black and we published it in the SATS Conspectus in March 2008. This article briefly examines the current return to apostolic Christianity in various parts of the world and references three earlier Christian movements that came into existence at approximately 100-year intervals, beginning with the

A Rant Today to Keep the Devil Away

In naming this article ‘A Rant Today to Keep the Devil Away’ I am not just butchering a common adage, but summing up my purpose in writing this post. I don’t rant often, however when I see the word of God tortured and butchered, then ranting seems most appropriate. By ‘Word of God’ I

Faulty Bible Interpretation

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t come across an example of faulty bible interpretation. By this, I do not mean interpretation that differs from mine, but rather an interpretation produced by principles and practices generally regarded as being unsound. Sometimes I encounter faulty interpretation when discussing theology or passages of the bible

TruthTalks: Apostates in the News

A dictionary definition of Apostasy is ‘an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith’ and I will leave it to those who know Hillsong’s Marty Sampson and his circumstances to determine the extent of his ‘falling away’. In this TruthTalk, Dr Christopher Peppler deals with certain aspects of

Apostates in the News

Of late there have been several apostates in the news. Most recently, two fairly well known ‘Christians’ proudly declared that they had renounced their Faith. One of them was Hillsong’s Marty Sampson who recently announced on Instagram, “I’m genuinely losing my faith.” Christianity Today  has reported on his apparent apostasy, so I won’t attempt to

Gateways that go nowhere

Gateways usualy open into something, but every so often I come accross gateways that go nowhere. When something interesting, troubling, enlightening or important comes my way, I like to write a short article about it. Just the other day, someone sent me a booklet titled, ‘Gateways of the Threefold Nature of Man’. A quick

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