Leadership Thoughts and a Letter to President Zuma

When Israel asked for a king it appears that God was disappointed. Certainly his prophet of the day, Samuel, expressed great distress at their request. It seems that God feels competent to run nations without an obvious human monarch. Nonetheless, God gave them a king and many afterward. When a king attuned his heart to God's the nation prospered and when the king went head strongly after his own agenda the nation suffered. Israel's first king, Saul, was head and shoulders above his peers in appearance but when called on to lead the nation he was found inadequate. The prestige and power that goes with leadership can be an intoxicating experience. It turns the most unlikely people into despots. This good-looking yet timid man was soon defying God and chasing away rivals by throwing spears at them. Despite the willingness with which he embraced the authority that went with his position, it appears that he was reluctant to embrace the responsibility with the same enthusiasm. Saul spent more time enjoying the position than caring for the nation.

Israel's first king, Saul, was head and shoulders above his peers in appearance but when called on to lead the nation he was found inadequate. The prestige and power that goes with leadership can be an intoxicating experience. It turns the most unlikely people into despots. This good-looking yet timid man was soon defying God and chasing away rivals by throwing spears at them. Despite the willingness with which he embraced the authority that went with his position, it appears that he was reluctant to embrace the responsibility with the same enthusiasm. Saul spent more time enjoying the position than caring for the nation.

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Freedom of Speech: What to think and say about racism

By Mark Eccles

As I began to write this article, I was looking at a photograph in a newspaper (Mail &Guardian, 29 January 2016) of Gareth Cliff and his advocate Dali Mpofu, walking downtown, looking victorious and triumphant, having obtained a court order declaring that MNet must reinstate Cliff as a judge on the popular TV Show South African Idols.  I was so aware that many South Africans were doing or had done the same and did so with strong feelings of either outrage, vindication, frustration or confusion.

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#FeesMustFall: What Happened, Why, and How to Respond

 

A critical place to start thinking about this matter is in terms of South African demographics. According to the latest figures of Stats SA, half the country’s population of 54 million are under 25 years old. We are dealing with a population boom that is coming of age as we speak. The majority of this new generation are black African, and university students coming from that particular demographic are overwhelmingly the first generation in their family to attend university.  With this demographic shift, there is an increasing demand for higher education access, as this is seen, perhaps incorrectly (see below), as the only ticket out of poverty and a necessary entrance point into the job economy. 

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Why I don't think anyone can be sure that Jesus is returning soon

 

Why I don't think anyone can be sure that Jesus is returning soon

I know this is a controversial statement but please hear me. Firstly, I am a firm believer in the second coming of Jesus. Secondly, I believe that we should always live with an urgency of a soon return of Jesus. My stance is the same as that of John Walvoord who said:

“Stay alert as if the Lord will come tomorrow, but prepare as if he will not come in your lifetime”

Furthermore, my sincere opinion is that the points listed below applies to any eschatological view. In fact, I think they stand apart from any particular view point. My attempt is not to promulgate another “this is the way” eschatological view point regarding the end times. But rather to propose another view that may be equally valid from a Scriptural perspective. Here are my reasons for this position.

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