Cape Town has a “coloured” history in more ways than one. For centuries different racial and ethnic groups have called this peninsula home. For centuries relationships between different races here have been subject to all sorts of social and power dynamics, often resulting in the privileging of one group over another, or the oppression of […]
Here are a few snaps from our rooftop braai birthday party on Sunday after the service. This past Thursday, the 19th of March 2016, Hope City turned 3 years old. We’re grateful to the Lord for his faithfulness towards us and continue to look forward with great hope and confidence in him for the journey […]
Love is a central concept in the identity, shape and life of the Church. In this sermon we look at Paul's words about Christian love to this young congregation as we try to reconcile our own positive and negative experiences of love in the Church with the beautiful portrait of self-sacrificial community he describes.
People think about sex a lot. There are a myriad of different opinions available in our culture about sex and sexual ethics. Ranging from complete sexual autonomy to strict, prudish views of sex, our world is replete with ideas on how best sex ought to function in society. It's often assumed that Christianity lies heavily on the strict, prudish side of that spectrum, yet when we look carefully at the apostle Paul's treatment of sexual ethics in 1 Thessalonians, a different picture emerges. Listen in as we explore the Christian sex ethic and it's implications for a young church.
When 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February of 2015, the world came face to face with the extreme persecution of Christians. Detailed research suggests that persecution worldwide is a lot worse than we think. What do we make of persecution? How ought we to think about ourselves in relatively peaceful countries that uphold the freedom of religion? Are we being persecuted? Should we expect persecution? Listen in as we look at how the apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonian church about the persecution they faced in the first century.