God Edition 2017

 
High cost of hajj excludes many in SA
High cost of hajj excludes many in SA
In 1989, an elderly man walked into a fish and chips shop in Jo’burg’s inner city and offered the owner, Fazel Ebrahim, this advice: “Always...
Christ and capitalism reconciled
Christ and capitalism reconciled
"People say money is the root of all evil but it’s not. How you use the money is what matters. You can have a lot of money and contribute to the...
The image of a versatile artist
The image of a versatile artist
In painting, filmmaker and actor Mmabatho Montsho found a different medium to express the need to create, propelled by urgent messages that...
Shree Laxmi's walk in the City of Gold
Shree Laxmi's walk in the City of Gold
Shree Laxmi has 108 names. She can be Shuchi (the embodiment of purity), Padmakshya (beautiful like the lotus), Kantha (the divine consort of...
Face to face with the inner-city miracle worker
Face to face with the inner-city miracle worker
My visit to the Revelation Church of God’s downtown Johannesburg branch was perfectly stage-managed. My chaperone, Thembi Tulwana, a public...
‘Kairos moment’  for Christian community
‘Kairos moment’  for Christian community
The name Johan Heyns might have been forgotten by many South Africans but to the people of Vanderbijlpark and surrounding townships such as...
Deep down in my dark heart, I still seek purity
Deep down in my dark heart, I still seek purity
There was a time in my life, and it was many years ago now, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I was 17 and hungover the Sunday...
Collusion of silence on sexuality, spirituality and suicide
Collusion of silence on sexuality, spirituality and suicide
The idea that some churches could drive some nonconforming youth over the edge — or over the ledge — is one that is seldom contemplated. After all, the “suicide is a sin” (or “suicide is murder and murder is a sin”) message should suffice to make the church’s...
US conservatism funds churches in Africa, stifling queer rights
US conservatism funds churches in Africa, stifling queer rights
For most of his life, in addition to being a staunchly religious man, Peter Gichira was also staunchly homophobic.
The ANC now shops on Sundays
The ANC now shops on Sundays
Crises, and there have been many in South African political history, have a way of magnifying the role of metaphor in shaping consensus, or even in...
Don’t be a dick — just enjoy cricket
Don’t be a dick — just enjoy cricket
I came to Catholicism through cricket. In primary school, each week two hours were set aside for religion. “None of the above” wasn’t...
Hinduism embraces the ‘third gender’
Hinduism embraces the ‘third gender’
Hinduism is a way of life and not an organised religion with a central authority. It is a synthesis of a large tapestry of philosophies and belief...

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