“…and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross…” Col 1:19

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Our Foundation

Our commitment is to ongoing, constructive critical debate within Christianity as expressed and defined in the Nicene Creed.

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Our Vision

To, through its quarterly meetings (The Kgotla), and this website, seek to facilitate Christ-centred debate on  current, controversial imperatives facing humanity.

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Founding Members

As a group of founding members we are committed to promoting and expanding the credibility of current Christ-centred witness to the world.

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Current Dialogues

The Spiritual Brain

The Spiritual Brain (Preamble, bu Alex Anderson, to the ARF Kgotla Meeting's presentation on Neuro-theology. This presentation as recorded and will soon be uploaded as a podcast on this site.)   "Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy...

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A Brief Talk on Neurotheology

This TedX talk by world renowned Neurotheologian, Dr Andrew Newberg, is being posted as 'grist for the mill' of discussion around the subject of God and the Brain. The intention is to stimulate debate, and give exposure the the type of thinking that is...

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Is God just a function of our brains?

The subject of how we experience God through our brain functioning is a new hot potatoe in the world of thinking through faith issues. Here are some initial thoughts that we'd like your thoughts and opinions on. To follow up with these we will be hearing from a...

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The Church in China

Preamble to Dr Manfred's Kohl's talk: by Alex Anderson Lessons Learnt from the past To be pickled is to be preserved in a strong liquid solution devised to instil or create a particular flavour and quality. A brine is often used for this purpose. After 1948 South...

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My peace I give to you???

No doubt the subject of church unity will be with us until the Second Coming! However, as Martin Luther once remarked, "Just because the birds fly over your head, doesn't mean you must let them make a nest in your hair." In order to spark some debate, and hopefully...

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Prayer and Spiritual Friendship

We live in an age of the cult of Self-Help books. There is little evidence to suggest that the followers of Jesus are immune to this, evidenced by their own penchant for producing the same under the banner of Christian. Yet amidst much that is at best junk, at worst...

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Church Unity? Is it possible

The following blog is from an article published 31st March 1973, and written by Rev Edwin Steel. It was shared by his son Ron Steel at our most recent Kgotla discussion, where the subject of finding unity across denominational and orthodoxy divides, was discussed. The...

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