Is Pentecostalism Becoming the New Religion of the Global Poor? A Reply to Elle Hardy by Rudolph Boshoff

I recently received an article sent to me by a colleague concerning the state of the Pentecostal Church in South Africa. The title seemed intriguing, and I thought I would give it a read. I have seen the name of the author, Elle Hardy, in numerous articles in the past and thought I would read what she wrote. It seems like Elle has built quite a career that thrives on the messiness of the [...]

An Appeal for Christian Beauty by Robert Falconer

Occasionally, I dream of vising old English Cathedrals in forested hills cloaked in cool mist or walking into warmly lit churches in urban spaces bursting with liturgical beauty; the colours, the smells, the vestments, the music. The magical sense of wonder quickly fades as I wake, and I am left with a deep sense of longing for authentic Christian beauty which lingers for several days. To be sure, these ecclesiastical traditions and Christian experiences do [...]

By |2022-03-17T09:27:37+02:00Mar 17th, 2022|Ecclesiology, Thoughts|0 Comments

“But You shall receive power.” By Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

And there it is, Jesus declares that we shall be empowered to be effective witnesses when the Spirit shows His activity in us. Luke the Physician accounts (Acts 1:8) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” There seems to be a desire to see God move amongst His people [...]

By |2021-11-08T14:21:06+02:00Nov 5th, 2021|Ecclesiology, Spiritual formation|0 Comments

Worshiping well by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

What is labeled as Worship in our Churches today can take many forms. From pulsing lights to massive sounds and groovy beats to standing up straight orderly, focussing on a hymnal as we hear our fellows sing. Often people associate the quality of their Worship as they stirred their emotions or motivated themselves. Other times we associate the success of our offering with how it resonated with our appeal. Even though liturgical styles and musical [...]

By |2021-12-19T14:08:22+02:00Sep 1st, 2021|Ecclesiology, Spiritual formation|1 Comment

What should I think about modern day Prophets? by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-Minute read).  Due to cultural identities and animistic believes prevailing in an Africa context, there seems to be an influx of Prophets and teachers that display all kinds of weird miracles and predictions. The qualification necessary to become an authoritative speaker appears to be Prophetic expressions to convince and convert a following that can contribute to the man of God. We hear a lot about alignment, and the man of God is the means to [...]

By |2022-01-04T08:17:22+02:00Oct 13th, 2020|Ecclesiology, Faith Healing|0 Comments

Easy Believism by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

"Easy-believism" is one of "Easy Christianity's" popular teachings. Like other false teachings "Easy-believism" is a perversion of truth. The Bible teaches--as Martin Luther and the Reformation proclaimed--that we are made right with God by faith in Christ alone. We grant that salvation is by faith alone. The question is easy-faith or biblical faith!  Thanks to Dr Macarthur, we now know the answer to that question. The reason easy believism is so eminent in our Churches [...]

By |2020-03-16T15:03:58+02:00Feb 1st, 2016|Church History, Ecclesiology, Thoughts|0 Comments

Reasons we loose our sense of wonder by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

  As a Pastor of a multicultural Church in Johannesburg South Africa, I have often encountered people in and outside of the Church that simply declares their disillusionment with the Church and ultimately God. In the few years of being in full time Pastoral Ministry I have recognized five reasons people seem to lose their "sense of wonder". Now, this is not just a disappointment with the establishment but rather a deep-rooted experience of "lostness". [...]

By |2021-08-15T01:25:01+02:00Dec 5th, 2015|Ecclesiology, Thoughts|0 Comments

Merchandising the Anointing by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(Average read: 3 Minutes). It was our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that made a profound statement in Luke 12:14 when he said: “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed”. Recently a well-known preacher announced that God told Him to claim a new Learjet that he desired. Upon criticism and a hostile backlash from secular media, he calmly asserted that it is God's will for him to be blessed and expect more. In [...]

By |2021-08-15T01:25:43+02:00Nov 27th, 2015|Christian Cults, Ecclesiology, Thoughts|2 Comments

Beyond biblical objections to homosexuality by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

(10-minute read).  Recently there has been an ongoing discussion in the church globally as to the nature of same-sex attraction in the lives of individuals as well as the Church’s stance on homosexuality. In the Church, the discussion has been phrased and concluded with two perspectives: “Pro” homosexuality and “Anti” homosexuality. Being in a country where the right of same-sex partnerships was legalized since 2006 I have always maintained that the core discussion is not [...]

By |2020-03-21T11:23:28+02:00Jul 13th, 2015|Ecclesiology, Sin and Salvation|4 Comments

Church: “it’s not good for man to be alone….” by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

"Genesis 2:18 “It’s not good for man to be alone….” The Barna Research Group reports that in the United States about 10 million self-proclaimed, born-again Christians have not been to church in the last six months, apart from Christmas or Easter. (Barna defines "born-again" as those who say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important today, and believe they will "go to heaven because I have confessed my sins [...]

By |2021-08-15T01:32:34+02:00Jul 12th, 2014|Ecclesiology|0 Comments
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