Stellenbosch Gemeente is busy with a series titled Carpe Mañana, or “Seize Tomorrow”. Last night, Ron Martoia had a brilliant talk about Missio Dei, the divine mission, which touched on what the Gospel is and what it is not. Amongst other things, it addressed some of the common misconceptions, e.g. that the Gospel is about getting people to heaven. I will blog about that sermon later, this post is an invitation to Christian friends to join me on a “conference” on Tuesday morning. Here’s the info, compiled from SG’s info pamphlet and website:
…tune out the Christian “noise” and hear the real message of Jesus.”
Words communicate. Christians often use words to communicate to others; however, these words aren’t understood by many of those outside the church. We can be so absorbed in our “christianese” that we don’t realize others don’t understand the jargon and cannot figure out what it is we mean by what we are saying. During The Static Tour, three renowned authors, pastors and leaders of our day will make you aware of what we are saying so we can re-focus our thinking to communicate clearly to those outside the church.
With: Ron Martoia (www.velocityculture.com) , Stephan Joubert (www.ekerk.co.za) and Theo Geyser (www.sg.org.za).
I hear Theo Geyser had some travel setbacks, and will likely not be there on Tuesday.
Date: Tuesday 5 February
Venue: Theological Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch
Price: R100 per person and R50 per student
They will also be visiting Pretoria on Thursday 7 February and Windhoek on Saturday 9 February. I would love to see friends there, and I would love to discuss the conference with them afterwards.
More about the speakers:
Ron helps people and the organisms they serve, design and then journey through the experience of deep change. He specializes in churches because the landscape of ministry is undergoing quantum changes. Many of these changes are theological and cultural shifts that in turn change the way churches see and then intersect their communities. He has written 2 books entitled, Morph! and Static. The sequal to Static, “Yearning: A New Starting Point for a New Conversation about Jesus”, will look at the skyrocketing interest in spirituality in our culture and how to use those entry points so we can enter the arena of spiritual conversation (release date 2008). (www.velocityculture.com)
Stephan says: “Jesus really drives me crazy and, after 22 years, I am still passionately in love with my wife and my two wonderful kids”. Stephan has served as professor in New Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria for almost thirteen years. He has written and co-edited more than 50 Christian books and was co-editor of a very contemporary Afrikaans translation of the Bible, Die Boodskap, together with Jan van der Watt. He also writes a weekly column for a local newspaper and host a weekly radio program, for more than 600,000 listeners on (post-)modern day issues and the Bible. Apart from his role as part-time teaching pastor at a local church, Moreletapark, he also serves as editor of an Afrikaans cyberchurch called ekerk and a phenomenal e-mail and e-coaching ministry for more than 34,000 people. (www.ekerk.co.za)
Theo is tans leraar van Stellenbosch Gemeente. Hy sing ook die afgelope 24 jaar saam met Koos van der Merwe in die sanggroep Prophet. Theo is passievol oor die kerk van die toekoms en is ’n aggresiewe leerder om die kulturele skuiwe binne ons huidige kulturele opbloei te verstaan. Hy het ook sy doktorale studies voltooi in missionaliteit binne ’n postmodernistiese samelewing. Theo is getroud met Wilma en het twee kinders, Carissa en Milan. Theo vang fanaties vis en leef Gen 1:26, “… heers oor die visse van die see …”, ten volle uit. (www.sg.org.za)