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Mental Health Awareness In The Church,  Thembalethu, November 2017

Mental Health Awareness In The Church, Thembalethu, November 2017

ANTHROPOLOGY From a Christian perspective, the way we view human beings plays a role in how we view mental health. My own roots lie in the Reformed tradition and my views are from a Western cultural perspective. Neither the Reformed tradition...
Soekers na hoop

Soekers na hoop

Daar is goed waaroor ons beheer het en keuses kan uitoefen en dan is daar dinge waaroor ons min en selfs geen beheer het nie. Jy het geen beheer oor wanneer dit weer gaan reën nie. Jy het wel besluit om vanaand na hierdie praatjie te kom luister. Klimaatsveranderinge ...
Unity in diversity  - FBO Nel February 2018

Unity in diversity - FBO Nel February 2018

Unity in Diversity World Religion Day Sunday 11th February 2018 (hosted by George Baha’) I thank you for the invitation to say a few words on the topic: Unity in Diversity. Diversity is a given, and can be found in the whole of creation. Biologists c...
Matrikulante 2017 boodskap

Matrikulante 2017 boodskap

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”   Hoërskool Outeniqua Afsluitingsfunksie 2017-Matrikulante Geagte Mnr Voster, opvoeders, leerlinge en ouers: Ek is gevra, as ’n oudleerling wat 40...
Mental wellness in the workplace.

Mental wellness in the workplace.

OCTOBER 2017 "Modern life is  a lot more stressful because society has become more complex. There are now many more choices and many of these require a particular level of knowledge. Modern society is fast changing and most people struggle to keep ...
Selfless love

Selfless love

World Religion Day February 2017. Thank you for the invitation to share something from my own religious background about selfless love. Selflessness runs counter to human nature, which is why being selfish is much easier than being selfless. Most...
Ethics for NGO social workers

Ethics for NGO social workers

ETHICS FOR NGO SOCIAL WORKERS MAY 2017 1 INTRODUCTION I have read your very extensive and impressive document, Policy Guidelines for Course of Conduct, Code of Conduct and the Rules for Social Workers. It has left me with the feeling that my contribution...

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Befriending death

Befriending death

“When I myself am able to befriend death, I will be able to help others do the same” (Henry Nouwen, 1994:23) The idea of “befriending death” may sound strange to many – and even to Christians, who believe in an afterlife. Because we live in an era wh...
Dealing with terminally ill and dying people

Dealing with terminally ill and dying people

“… dying people can face the reality of life much better than caregivers often realize” (Nouwen, Henry 1994. Our Greatest Gift. A Meditation on Dying and Caring, 91) It is expected, rightly so, that we should be sensitive to the feelings and emoti...

Education central to creating employment - January 2018

Unemployment, inequality and poverty are often mentioned as the main issues the government of South Africa should urgently attend to. We know there is no silver bullet to solve all problems, but the single underlying problem we urgently need to attend...
Education of children and altruism

Education of children and altruism

Education of children and altruism Talk: World Religion Day 31 January 2016 1       Introduction With numerous research programmes, the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman has shown that, on average, our interpretation, judgment and decision-making are o...
Health Insurance

Health Insurance

Health insurance is complicated – simplicity won’t do Minister Aaron Motsoaledi South Africa’s present national health care is not sustainable, but Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s approach does not sufficiently deal with the complex...
Is Black Monday helping South Africa? November 2017

Is Black Monday helping South Africa? November 2017

This article first appeared in The Intelligence Bulletin   7/11/2017 Direct link to original article: http://www.theintelligencebulletin.co.za/articles/let-s-think-3286.html The call for protest against farm murders, as well as the protest ...

Meet your second brain - February 2018

MEET YOUR SECOND BRAIN Frederik B O Nel (February  2018) In the magazine, Very Interesting (issue 39, Jan/Feb 2018), an article titled “Meet your second brain” by Robert Matthews, is based on a book called The Mind-Gut Connection (2016, by gast...
Moral self-licensing leadership?

Moral self-licensing leadership?

Moral self-licensing, often overlooked, is one of the lenses through which we can look to help us to understand the political culture of the ruling party. This is because it negates a sense of shame for and personal responsibility for morally dubious b...
NADENKE OOR DOOD, OPSTANDING EN TREUR November 2017

NADENKE OOR DOOD, OPSTANDING EN TREUR November 2017

Nadenke oor dood, opstanding en treur November 2017 Death is the necessary transformation we all need “35 Maar iemand kan vra: Hoe word die dooies opgewek? Watter soort liggaam sal hulle hê? 36  Dis ’n dom vraag! Wat jy saai, kom nie tot lewe ...
Reflecting on students unrest

Reflecting on students unrest

The recent protests and violence at South African universities make it necessary to reflect on what is happening in our society. Students at higher learning institutions are both a reflection of society and different from society in general. Students...
When is the risk of cheating greatest and why

When is the risk of cheating greatest and why

Research undertaken by Effron, Bryan and Murnighan takes a deep and extensive look at when we are ethically at our most vulnerable to be dishonest. It was submitted for publication in March 2015. The researchers specifically excluded certain well-known...

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 - 17 December 2017

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 URCSA SKUINSKRAAL 17 DECEMBER 2017 1     Third sunday of Advent Year B [1] Other Revised[2] Common Lectionary[3] (RCL) texts for today:[4] Psalm 128:13; Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28 2     Background informa...

2 Peter 3:8-15 URCSA SKUINSKRAAL 10 DECEMBER 2017

  1     Second Sunday of Advent Year B [1] Other Revised[2] Common Lectionary[3] (RCL) texts for today:[4] Psalm 85:1-2; 8-13; Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8 2     Background information about the Bible Book and text: 2 Peter was only recogni...
2 Petrus 1:16-21

2 Petrus 1:16-21

  1       Inleiding en teks Daar is onsekerheid of Petrus self die boek 2 Petrus geskryf het weens die groot verskille tussen 1 en 2 Petrus in taal, styl en woordgebruik. ‘n Sterk moontlikheid bestaan dat die geskrif neergepen is deur ’n sekr...
Exodus 34:5-7

Exodus 34:5-7

I stand before you with deep humility because you asked me to take this service to celebrate the Rev Terrance Wessels’ 30 years of ministering to this congregation. I’m not going to say much about the Rev Wessels, who I have known since we met in 198...
JOHN 4 V1-42

JOHN 4 V1-42

INDUCTION OF THE REV DE MIST VAN ZIJL AT THE URCSA CONGREGATION DIE HOOGTES. In the academic world, they use the word “paradigm” to describe a belief system that a person, group, organisation or society has developed over time and which determines the...
Lukas 15:11-31

Lukas 15:11-31

Die wagtende vader Laingsburg NGK, 22 Oktober 2017 1       Teks: 11  Verder het Jesus gesê: “Daar was ’n man wat twee seuns gehad het. 12  “Die jongste het vir sy pa gesê: ‘Pa, gee my die deel van die besittings wat my toekom.’ Hy het toe die goed...
Markus 10:46-52

Markus 10:46-52

Alhoewel die fokus op Markus is in 10:46-52, is dit belangrik om die groter konteks waarbinne hierdie gebeure plaasvind ook in gedagte te hou. Hierdie verhaal kom by al drie die Sinoptiese evangelieskrywers voor. Die konteks, by al drie, is Jesus se...
MATT 13.24-30; 36-43

MATT 13.24-30; 36-43

MATT 13.24-30; 36-43 – SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST/ SEVENTH SUNDAY OF KINGDOM TIME 1. OTHER REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THIS SUNDAY: (YEAR A): Gen 28:10-19; Rom 8.12-25; Ps 139.1-12, 23-24 2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIBLE BOOK A...
Rom 4:13-25; Verkorte weergawe verskyn in Woord en Fees,  Preekstudies en Liturgiese Voorstelle  RCL Jaar B 2017-2018, 89-92

Rom 4:13-25; Verkorte weergawe verskyn in Woord en Fees, Preekstudies en Liturgiese Voorstelle RCL Jaar B 2017-2018, 89-92

1       Inleiding, indeling en Konteks Die meeste kommentators (daar is enkele uitsonderings) is van mening dat die Romeine brief heel waarskynlik geskryf is aan die die einde van 55 nC. Dit is ook die tydperk waarin Paulus sy derde sendingreis volto...
1 THESS 4:13-18; JOHN 11:33-35

1 THESS 4:13-18; JOHN 11:33-35

1 THESS 4:13-18; JOHN 11:33-35 John 11 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus w...
2 C0R 4.16 – 5.10

2 C0R 4.16 – 5.10

Funeral Service: Sarah Cornelia Erasmus 12/08/1944 – 29/08/2017 2 C0R 4.16 – 5.10 1. OPENING PRAYER 2. TEXT 16 Om hierdie rede word ons nie moedeloos nie. Al is ons uiterlik besig om te vergaan, innerlik word ons van dag tot dag vernuwe. 17 ...
Mattheus 20:20-28

Mattheus 20:20-28

Begrafnisdiens: Virgil Anthony Robertson 05/01/1992-21/07/2017  20Toe kom die vrou van Sebedeus met haar twee seuns by Jesus en kniel voor Hom om Hom 'n guns te vra. 21“Wat kan Ek vir u doen?” vra Hy vir haar. Sy sê vir Hom: “Belowe my dat ...

Philippians 1:20-26 Funeral of Ronald K Scholtz

Philippians 1:20-26 Funeral of Ronald K Scholtz 1.    Text 20  Dit is my vurige verlange, en daarna sien ek uit, dat ek niks sal doen waaroor ek my sal hoef te skaam nie. Ek wil ook nou, soos nog altyd, met alle vrymoedigheid deur my ...