Lundi Tyamara: South African gospel star dies aged 38

President Zuma leads tributes to the young South African star who made gospel music popular.


CHR Comment: Gospel music has gained a broad audience in South Africa so that even the nation’s president paid tribute to this performer after his death.

Source: Lundi Tyamara: South African gospel star dies aged 38 – BBC News


Nobel Laureate Tutu Celebrates 85th Birthday

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu shed tears of gratitude on his 85th birthday Friday as he presided over a cathedral Mass despite his poor health. And in a newspaper column, the former archbishop said he would like to have the option of a “dignified assisted death” when the time comes.

CHR Comment: Tutu has been an advocate for many liberal theological views, the latest being homosexuality and assisted suicide.

Source: Nobel laureate Tutu celebrates 85th birthday, giving thanks – The Washington Post

Pastor Dies While Fasting

A 44-year-old pastor in South Africa tried to emulate Jesus Christ who fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights to prepare for His ministry as written in the gospels of Luke, Mark and Matthew.

CHR Comment: Pastor Alfred Ndlovu apparently abstained from both food and water. The Gospels describe Jesus fasting for forty days and forty nights but they do not say that Jesus went without water as Pastor Ndlovu did. Exodus 34:28 tells us that while Moses was writing down the commandments on Sinai, he went without food and water for forty days and forty nights. But this must be regarded as a miraculous event, that Moses was sustained by the Lord since a human being cannot go so many days without water.

Source: Pastor dies of malnutrition while trying to emulate Jesus’ fasting for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness | Christian News on Christian Today

Desmond Tutu’s Daughter Deposed from Priesthood

Ordained in Virginia, Mpho Tutu-Van Furth’s situation reflects the split over LBGT rights in the Anglican Communion.

CHR Comment: The circumstances of the wedding are especially odd given that Van Furth is apparently an atheist and lives in Holland rather than South Africa. One wonders whether the arrangement is more political than a lifelong bond, given that the issue of same-sex marriage is to be discussed by South African Anglicans in the next year. Mpho Tut-Van Furth cannot currently serve in South Africa but can in the United States, illustrating differences across the Anglican communion.

Source: Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy – The Washington Post

The Next Mass Missionary Movement

Chinese Christians plan to send 20,000 missionaries by 2030.

CHR Comment: In 2010 the Chinese government prevented Christians there from gathering to a mission conference in South Africa. Since then, Chinese Christians have worked to improve their opportunities to foster mission work. The article includes some helpful figures on countries that currently send the most missionaries.

Source: Made in China: The Next Mass Missionary Movement

Church Surrounded by Wildflower Beauty

Situated in “the bulb capital of the world,” this under-the-radar South African guesthouse has a reputation spread by the most trusted method of all: word of mouth. We were lucky to be squeezed in at Papkuilsfontein.

CHR Comment: Sharing this beautiful setting for a Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa where winter rains bring out the glory of God’s good creation. Enjoy this fine photo essay.

Source: Flower Season: An Under-the-Radar Guesthouse in South Africa: Gardenista