A Life of Prayer

A Life of Prayer by Hennie Swart Prayer is the universal language. Everyone admits to praying sometimes, even those who don’t intend to or don’t even believe in God. It is near impossible for dependent human beings who cannot control everything to consistently “suppress the truth” about God, which “God has shown… to them” (Rom … Read more

January Newsletter

Dear Friends & Family   Welcome back after the holiday break! May the Lord bless you and yours during this new year,  may “the good hand of your God be upon you” for good, and may He “strengthen your hands for the good work.” (Nehemiah 2.8, 18).   The project we started to repair and … Read more

Letter from Hennie | December 2018

Dear Friends & Family Another year has gone by, a year full of ups and downs, but through it all we can see God’s grace. One of my favourite moments of 2018 was our annual Converge Camp. I loved catching up with everyone, cooling off in the pool, worshipping together, and sharing some vision. As … Read more

Bodyserve in 2018

Our Bodyserve ministry for 2018 has been very busy and effective at caring for those in need who are part of our Shofar Johannesburg community. Galatians 6:10 “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” This scripture has been our … Read more

Dates to Diarise 2019

We are excited for what is in store for 2019 – here are some dates to diarise in 2019. For all our other events you can take a look at our Google Calendar here. JANUARY 6                      First Service of 2019 13          … Read more

Help! I Want to Read the Bible

When we think of cross-cultural ministry, we normally think of how we are to translate the Gospel for some foreign tribe in a far-away land. But have you ever considered that you might need to minister cross-culturally to yourself? We grow easily familiar with the Bible and we forget what a radically different, deeply ancient, … Read more

Mining Gold in the City of Grace

by Hennie Swart and Stefan Cronje Shofar Johannesburg Hennie: Most of the people who came to Johannesburg in its early years came here to find treasure, and so did I. Two things about the city of Johannesburg surprised me – the first was how suddenly God called me to Johannesburg and the second was how … Read more

The Spirit of Excellence: Leadership and the church in South Africa

by Dr. Theuns Jacobs Pastor of Shofar Cape Town City But Daniel, brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents and governors that the king decided to put him in charge of the whole kingdom (Daniel 6:3, The Message). Martin Goodman asks a simple, but important question[1]: why did political violence escalate … Read more

biblical literacy and the church

by Hennie Swart (Shofar Bible School) If the trend in South Africa is in any way similar to that of the rest of the world, people are reading less (or at least reading fewer books). People may be reading more electronic media like Twitter, Facebook, or emails, which are by and large shorter forms of … Read more