Category Archives: Theology

Books I read in 2018

I have read a few books in 2018. I mostly read books with some kind of spiritual content or that had some kind of content related to ubuntu, since I was still working on my mini-dissertation. For relaxation, I also read Star Trek books. I will now list books that I read (I will add a little more info regarding what I read for studying purposes, as well as when I read only parts of it for that same studying purposes):

  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Emissary by J.M. Dillard
  2. Star Trek: Voyager – Caretaker by L.A. Graf
  3. Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Volume 1 – The rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1 by Greg Cox
  4. Star Trek: New Frontier – House of cards by Peter David
  5. Star Trek: Enterprise – Broken bow by Diane Carey
  6. Star Trek: The next generation – Encounter at Farpoint by David Gerrold
  7. Star Trek: The original series – Mission to Horatius by Vonda N. McIntyre
  8. Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – War dragons by L.A. Graf
  9. Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – Dujonian’s hoard by Michael Jan Friedman
  10. Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – The mist by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  11. The Acts of the Apostles: An introduction and commentary by F.L. Arrington {Partly; for studying purposes}
  12. A critical and exegetical commentary on The Acts of the Apostles – In two volumes. Volume 1: Preliminary Introduction and Commentary on Acts I-XIV by Charles Barrett {Partly; for studying purposes}
  13. uBuntu Life coping skills from Africa by Johann Broodryk {For studying purposes}
  14. Understanding South Africa – the uBuntu way of living by Johann Broodryk {For studying purposes}
  15. “Storying Ubuntu as a rainbow nation” by W. Buqa {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  16. A commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by H. Conzelmann {Partly; for studying purposes}
  17. “Ubuntu is homeless: An urban theological reflection” by S.F. de Beer {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  18. Die Handelinge van die Apostels: Deel 1 by J.L. de Villiers {Partly; for studying purposes} [The title, if translated, would be: The Acts of the Apostles: Part 1]
  19. The Acts of Jesus: The search for the authentic deeds of Jesus by R.W. Funk {Partly; for studying purposes}
  20. The five gospels: The search for the authentic words of Jesus by R.W. Funk {Partly; for studying purposes}
  21. “Elders decry the loss of Ubuntu” by M.T. Gumbo {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  22. The study of Africa by K.D. Koka {Article/Paper not published; for studying purposes}
  23. “The erosion of African communal values: A reappraisal of the African Ubuntu philosophy” by N.N. Mabovula {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  24. “Cultivating a climate of co-operation through Ubuntu” by N. Makhudu {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  25. Exiles and Homecoming: A Bibliography of Es’kia Mphahlele by N.C. Manganyi {Partly; for studying purposes}
  26. “Discovering and exploring Ubuntu-language in the dialogue between the Dutch Reformed Church and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa” by L. Meiring {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  27. A report on Ubuntu by L. Praeg {Partly; for studying purposes}
  28. African theology: An introduction by G.M. Setiloane {Partly; for studying purposes}
  29. Ubuntu: An ethic for a new South Africa by A. Schutte {Partly; for studying purposes}

My reading list for 2018 and onward

At the beginning of this year (2018), I compiled a list of books I want to read throughout the year (and in 2019 and beyond).

I recently handed in my mini-dissertation, and it was approved to be sent to the external examiner. Thus, as far as my hopes go, I am finished with my studies. For now at least. And that gives me more time to read.

This list is long. This is because I really want to try and make a type of short-list of books I want to read over the next 12-36 months. There might be books that get onto the list and becomes a bigger priority to read that the titles that are currently on the list. I will update this list regularly. I will also update the list of books that I read regularly, as I finish some of the books. I will try to keep that list current by year. I will also try to keep this specific list to 45-50 titles.

I will post the books I have read in 2018 soon (maybe even later today).

A. Churchlife and Christianity

  1. Everything must change by Brian D. McLaren
  2. Celebration of discipline by Richard Foster
  3. The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus
  4. Jim & Casper go to church by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper
  5. Where is God when it hurts? by Philip Yancey
  6. Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
  7. Deep & wide by Andy Stanley
  8. Life changing relationships by James T. Meeks
  9. Die dinamika van ‘n Christelike geloofsgemeenskap by Coenie Burger [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “The dinamics of a Christian (religious) community”]
  10. Jesus, save me from your followers by Dave Gilpin
  11. Ek behoort aan die kerk by Thom S. Rainer [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “I belong to the church”]
  12. Speaking Christian by Marcus J. Borg
  13. Faith to faith by Dan Scott
  14. Verstaan die gawes van die Gees by Henry & Mel Blackaby [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Understand the gifts of the Spirit”]
  15. Adventures in saying yes by Carl Medearis
  16. Love wins by Rob Bell
  17. The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
  18. Doktor Andries Gous praat met die jeug by Andries Gous [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Doctor Andries Gous speaking to the youth”]

B. Youth ministry

  1. Purpose Driven youth ministry by Doug Fields

C. Prayer

  1. Prayer partners by Elmer L. Towns
  2. Prayer by Philip Yancey
  3. Knowing God through fasting by Elmer L. Towns

D. Star Trek

  1. Star Trek: The next generation – Ghost ship by Diane Carey
  2. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The siege by Peter David
  3. Star Trek: Voyager – The escape by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  4. Star Trek: New Frontier – Into the void by Peter David
  5. Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Volume 2 – The rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2 by Greg Cox
  6. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Books Episode adaptations: Star Trek 2 – Space seed by Carey Wilber
  7. Star Trek: The original series – To reign in hell: The exile of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox
  8. Star Trek: Movies – The wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre
  9. Star Trek: The Original Series – Assignment: Eternity by Greg Cox
  10. Star Trek: The aliens are coming! by Dayton Ward
  11. Star Trek: Destiny – Gods of night by David Mack

E. Biographies and autobiographies

  1. Captain in the cauldron by John Smit
  2. Not without honour: Tribute to Beyers Naudé by Peter Randall
  3. I write what I like by Steve Biko
  4. Conversations with my sons and daughters by Mamphela Ramphele
  5. ‘ … and nothing but the truth’? by Deon Gouws
  6. Politically incorrect by Peter de Villiers
  7. 7 men by Eric Metaxas
  8. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  9. The President’s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison by Jacques Pauw
  10. My mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the angry white man by Kevin Powell

F. Fiction

  1. Jake’s choice by Jim & Rachel Britts

G. Health

  1. Personality type and religious leadership by Roy M. Oswald & Otto Kroeger
  2. In die donker put by Johan Smith [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “In the dark pit”]
  3. Deperessie – simptome, oorsake en genesing by Frank Minirth & Paul Meier [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Depression – simptoms, causes and healing”]
  4. Healing for damaged emotions by David A. Seamands
  5. The Detox Manual by Suzannah Olivier
  6. Eat right for your type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo

H. Politics

  1. How not to get shot. And other advice from white people by D.L. Hughley
  2. Rising out of hatred: The awakening of a former white Nationalist by Eli Saslow
  3. Afrikanerskap in Bybelse lig by Prof J.L. Helberg [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “Being an Afrikaner in light of the Bible”]
  4. Geestelike weerbaarheid teen ideologiese terrorisme by S.G. Roos [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Spiritual defensibility/resiliency against ideological terrorism”]

Me and my Dissertation 2017 … Beginning again

I want to start a series of posts about my Dissertation. I am going to e-mail these blogs to some people, people to whom I want to stay accountable until my Dissertation is finished. Readers who also want to challenge me to finish my Dissertation, are welcome.
I am goint to try to blog every two weeks about how I am doing.
These posts will be short. Of course it must not keep my away from the actual work of writing my Dissertation. Sometimes it will be in the style of a blog post and sometimes in the style of a letter – depending on what I write first.
This series will be in two languages – Afrikaans and English. I have two blogsites – an Afrikaans blog and an English blog. I want to have people from both sites to go on this journey with me. I write in Afrikaans first, and then I translate it to Afrikaans. I expect that my writing style will change in this translation. The email version will be one document. [You are welcome to read both blogposts; I will include both links.]
The reason for this decision? I have come to realise over the years that there are truth in the teaching that we are part of a community of people, that we can’t function optimamly [I hope there are a word like that!] outside of that community (That is also a reason for the choice of part of my Dissertation theme). I also experienced that, with some projects, I need a community of people.
Each person’s community differs. For the sake of this Dissertation, there are a few Theology students, as well as some current pastors that I want to “use” in my community. I am mailing this to people without even getting their permission to be part of this community. If you don’t want to be part of it, please let me know.
I am writing this post before I even know whether I will be allowed to finish my Dissertation through University channels. I started in 2007 at Tukkies. I finished my degree within 4 years. After that (2011), I started with my church-specific degree. {I can’t actually remember which one is MDiv and which one is BTh; I am sure someone will comment about this.}
Different things happened that caused me not to finish my dissertation earlier. In following posts I will share more in this regard – as part of my own process of transparency.
I have works on it over the last few months. It is not on an academic standard, though. In Rustenburg, I had three pastors (Riaan Steyn, Herman Jansen and Pieter Jordaan) who has helped me correct my standard and style. My hope was to get as much work as possible done, maybe even up to 75% or more, before finding out whether I can register again. I never realised how much of the sources I photocopied. [After all, students know that they have to make copies of parts of their sources if that don’t want to or can’t work in the library.] As a result of some wrong methods of referral (wrong or incomplete), my dissertation went from 45% done, to 15% done.
That is why I need to register as a student again – so that I can get into the library.
This is my first hurdle toward finishing my dissertation. Will I be able to register as a student again, dispite already registering for this specific part of my studies 2 or 3 times already?
It is amazing (maybe I should have realised this) how much of the student-processes a person forgets if he/she doesn’t go to campus anymore. So I am a little unsure how to find out whether I can register again.
I’ll keep you posted.