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From the Pastor’s Desk. October 2013

Dear Friends,

It is now 3 ½ years since Taryn and I came to love and to look after all of the beautiful people at St. George’s and so much has happened, not only to us as a family, but also with our spiritual family. I must admit, that in the beginning, it was quite a challenge when faced with a handful of worshippers on a Sunday…but within that small remnant were the “Pillars of the Church”. Those who remained in the face of adversity, struggle and took joy in the small things. They were an example to me of the Biblical instruction to never despise small beginnings because out of that can come great things.

We have moved on as a congregation of people who love Jesus and we have grown, not forgetting those who loved us along the way but had to move on because of work, relocation and so forth. We have had some that have stayed with us and become part of the furniture so to speak. For those of us who make up the present family of St. George’s we have to look to the future even as those who handed these beautiful buildings and facilities on to us, looked forward to a group of people they had not yet seen. There has been uninterrupted worship of the Almighty God here on these grounds since 1939 and for those who came before us we are truly grateful. May we be good stewards of their legacy.

As some of you may (or may not) know, we have some exciting events coming up in the near future. I have finally moved into the Church Office and am available as outlined in our Intimations. I look forward to seeing where God will take us in this endeavour. We also have VineSong visiting us on 30 October at 1900 to share God’s Redemptive and Restoring Love with us all. This is an event not to be missed. Our prayer meetings are going well on Wednesday night and Friday morning but I am sure that these could be so much better with a few more of our dear friends praying along with us. The Children’s Church has really benefitted from the gracious efforts and love that Wynitta, Natalie and Shireen have put into it. We have also been blessed with new life and it is great to see little people among us again…Kaytlin, Talitha, Gemma and Matthew are all just as happy to be among us and we are to be around them. Our men’s group will start with Saturday and we will be behaving ourselves without our beautiful wives assistance in this matter because I will be there personally to oversee the boys…what is the worst that could happen with the Pastor there? Plans for a ladies group are underway as well but we are not yet sure that we can trust you once you are together without our supervision…

There is much to be excited about and much to participate in BUT these things and the sense of COMMUNITY that I am trying to develop and engender can only happen if you come along on this journey of faith with me. It warms my heart so when I see our Sunday morning services so full and really miss you very much when you are not with us. I am however convinced of your commitment to our Lord and the work that He seeks to do here at St. George’s.

I look forward to where God is taking us. Make sure that you are part of the greatest adventure that any person can ever partake in-the adventure of FAITH.

Lotsaluv

Mark


Darwinism and Intellectual Dishonesty

There is a common misconception in contemporary society, that when Darwin published his, “Origin of Species”, it was a brilliant, complete and scientifically sound work…yet when we consider his own words we get quite a different perspective on his hypothesis as contained in that book. In his own words,

“I am well aware that scarcely a single point is discussed in this volume on which facts cannot be adduced, often apparently leading to conclusions directly opposite to those at which I have arrived. A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question; and this cannot possibly be done here.” (Darwin 1859:2 in Bergman 2011:24) Emphasis mine.

Darwin seemed to display an honesty here that his disciples obviously felt was for him alone. The above statement does not intimate the firm convictions of a man satisfied that his theory was complete and that he had proved his hypothesis at all. Rather, it indicates to me a man who was well aware of the holes that existed within his theory and that it was more a matter of considered opinion than proven fact. He fully understood and accepted that the evidence presented could be interpreted in a way that could disprove his theory. We have to ask ourselves then how it became “a fact” so soon after its publication and why in societies around the world, Darwinian conformity is enforced, often at the point of a lawsuit, in order to maintain its hegemony in public schools and academia? Surely, if the theory, even as it itself has evolved into absurdity, was sound and explained the origins of life, it would not be doubted by so many and it would not have to be defended in courts of law to ensure its place at the biological table. If it was a proven fact and contained an iron clad explaination of the Origin of Species, not only would Darwin have said so himself but it would have been plain for everybody else to see as well. Humanity would not have to be forced by court order to believe something that they are convinced is nonsensical. Is this what passes for academic freedom and critical thinking today?

In one of his letters to a friend, Darwin states that his friend should expect to be disappointed with the Origin of Species because the book would be,

“…grievously too hypothetical. It will very likely be of no other service than collecting some facts; though I myself think I see my way approximately on the origin of species. But, alas, how frequent, how almost universal it is in an author to persuade himself of the truth of his own dogma’s…I certainly see very many difficulties of gigantic stature [in my theory].”

(Burkhardt 1990:495 in Bergman 2011:25) Emphasis mine

Again, certainly not the image of a man who was convinced of his own theory as he saw the gigantic holes that remain apparent today, holes that cannot be covered over with a dose of academic bullying, a law suit or an ad hominem attack against the critic. The holes remain, despite clever words such as “punctauted equilabrium”which takes more faith than I will ever have to accept it.

Why is this type of intellectual dishonesty tolerated, where Darwin’s own words are neglected (as they relate to the difficulties of his own theory) so that his ideas can be resucitated after dying a thousand deaths? Why is the man’s own words discarded and ignored and why was the theory sold to a public in the second half of the 19th century as a fact when he himself expressed these and so many other misgivings? Perhaps, just perhaps, it had to do with Darwin’s desire, along with so many others, to “murder God”…to get rid of the very thing that carried Europe through the Dark Ages and brought it out of that age and created from it a new and stronger version of itself that existed under a pagan Rome. That however is for another day.

1. Bergman, J., 2011, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin-A critical analysis of an icon of science, Master Books, Green Forest.

2. Darwin, C., 1859, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London.

3. Burkhardt, F. (ed.), 1990, The Correspondence of Charles Darwin-Volume 6, Cambridge University Press, New York.

 

By Rev. Mark Adriaan Bosh0ff


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A Meeting Place Of The Old And The New

A Meeting Place Of The Old And The New.

Saturday 6 March saw the induction of Mark Boshoff as the newly appointed minister at St George’s Presbyterian Church. This was a very grand occasion attended by many members of Durban’s Presbytery in their regalia. It was an occasion that reminded us all of where we had come from and that our roots lay in the ancient Church but the service was also marked by the more contemporary aspects that St. George’s has embraced over the years. We are a congregation where we try and create the best balance between all that is best in what has gone before and what has been handed down to us and what our modern context needs and what is necessary to remain relevant for our time.

During the order of service the Rev William Pool, delivered the charges, wherein he encouraged Mark with 2 Tim 1:7 – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.”  He emphasized that the Church needs ministers who are going to be bold in the things of God in order that they will be able to help people cope with challenging times with which they are faced on a daily basis.  The source of power, love and a sound mind is, of course, the Holy Spirit.  Only then will we see the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Rev Pool went on to say that preaching is a pastoral activity and explained that it is because we (the ministers) love the people of God that there should be no note of judgment, or unjust, or false, or selfish criticism.  Just as Jesus is the Great Shepherd, so it is that by His Spirit he gives us (the ministers) a shepherd’s heart for our people and that is the spirit of love.

In closing he addressed the congregation – accentuating the incredible privilege of having a minister and the importance of extending support to Mark, Taryn and Jorja.  Rev Pool cautioned that too much of many a minister’s time is taken up in smoothing ruffled feathers in his own congregation, so that he seldom gets the chance of taking the Kingdom of God out into the world beyond.

St George’s Presbyterian Church – a place where ALL ARE WELCOME regardless of where we have been and what we have done.


BE EXPECTANT

BE EXPECTANT

God’s power is released when we pray in faith, trusting and believing Him,
because faith pleases Him. Expectancy is an attribute of faith that carries
its own kind of power – the power of hope. Faith reaches out into the
spiritual realm and expects God’s supernatural power to show up and do what
no person on Earth could do. Doubt, on the other hand, is afraid nothing good
will happen; it does not please God and is not something He is able to bless.
We are powerless when we live with doubt, disappointment and a lack of
confidence in God. Just think about a time when you were not really sure
God would come through for you. You were not able to pray very powerful
prayers, were you? Now recall a time when your heart trusted completely in
God and you really believed that He would come through for you. You were
able to pray then with a certain sense of power weren’t you? That’s the
power of expectation in prayer. Even if things don’t work out exactly the
way you hoped they would, trust God to know what is best and keep expecting
Him to do great things.


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