Privilege: A Societal Injustice

Privilege: A Societal Injustice

 

This is the first of three consecutive blog posts by Roger Warr,a member of Common Ground Church Rondebosch. It forms part of a series that reflects on comments made by students during recent protest action at South African university campuses.

Question: Which issue raised over the past year do you think was most pressing/important, and why?

Student Answer: “Privilege is a topic that has been debated extensively over the past year. It’s a multi-faceted issue which encompasses race, gender, nationality, religion and others, which all intersect and …

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Responding to Racial Oppression

Responding to Racial Oppression

As a young, educated, black male living in Cape Town – and actively involved in the church – I feel moved to address what is currently a heated subject in our country. I’d also like to act as a voice piece on behalf of some of the students at our campuses. My hope is that what I share here will challenge the views you hold and influence your thinking.

What is my personal reality? I’m a young black figure in the creative public eye – something …

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Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 2

Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 2

This is the second post in a two-part blog that responds to a student’s comments about Fees Must Fall protests on university campuses.

In the first post, I discussed the need for humility when we engage with contentious topics (or anything in life for that matter).  We looked at what a biblical response would be and considered the fact that, on the last day, we as individuals (not groups or movements) will stand before God and have to give an account for our actions. Now I …

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Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 1

Thinking, Speaking and Acting in Light of Eternity – Part 1

In response to recent upheavals on university campuses around the country, the Common Good Foundation interviewed a diverse group of students to better understand their varied perspectives, beliefs and feelings about current events in South Africa’s tertiary education space. As a Common Ground Church students’ ministry leader, and someone who spends a lot of time on campus, I was asked to comment on some of the statements that emerged from the survey. I have picked one that stood out to me and will …

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“he has anointed me to proclaim good news…”

“he has anointed me to proclaim good news…”

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

In His ministry, Jesus taught about the Kingdom which He came to initiate, establish and draw people into: a Kingdom where justice ultimately prevails. On this Sabbath day, within the synagogue of Nazareth, Jesus shows how He …

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Lighting a Candle

Lighting a Candle

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

At first glance this verse from Jeremiah appears to be a very encouraging word from God and is often quoted to those facing trials. However, when you look at it in context you soon realise that what God was asking of the Jewish nation was extremely challenging given the circumstance they found themselves …

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His Beautiful Fragrance

His Beautiful Fragrance

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)

There is such a great well of richness to the words that Paul uses. And as our team pondered upon this verse, we were so aware of the confidence with which Paul spoke. How naturally he incorporated the sovereignty of the Father in his text, and how he acknowledged that all which is outwardly done …

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Graceful Gratefulness

Graceful Gratefulness

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Gratitude is like a precious flower. It is something that is planted, watered, protected and shared. When we are grateful, we acknowledge the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed, and sustained by the God of all grace.

Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths. We recognise that all that we …

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

56 years ago thousands of people gathered in Sharpeville. They stood together to protest against the Apartheid Pass laws. Police opened fire, killing 69 people. When I watched the movie Mandela, I was moved to tears as I saw this tragedy re-enacted. My fellow countrymen paid the ultimate cost to take a stand against the evils of apartheid. What happened there so long ago is part of a tide of change that I experience today.

It is this day that is commemorated as Human Rights Day …

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Racial Reconciliation

Racial Reconciliation

“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was …

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