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Prophetic preaching in the contemporary context of South Africa

Hennie J.C. Pieterse
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 47, No 1 | a114 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v47i1.114 | © 2013 Hennie J.C. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 July 2012 | Published: 07 June 2013

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Hennie J.C. Pieterse, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa


In South Africa we have a great legacy of prophetic preaching with preachers such as Desmond Tutu. Since the new dispensation, however, we are confronted today with a new situation of injustice and exclusion: the massive poverty amongst about 50% of the population. This article discusses the conditions for prophetic preaching in the current context of South Africa, which are a clear understanding of the poverty situation and solidarity of the church with the poor, a good understanding of prophetic preaching as a specific type of preaching, as well as the support of the congregation, the churches and the ecumenical church for prophetic preaching.

Met predikers soos Desmond Tutu het ons ’n goeie erfenis van profetiese prediking in Suid-Afrika. Sedert die nuwe bedeling word ons egter met ’n nuwe situasie van ongeregtigheid en uitsluiting gekonfronteer: die massiewe armoede van ongeveer 50% van die bevolking. Hierdie artikel bespreek die voorwaardes vir profetiese prediking in die huidige konteks van Suid-Afrika: ’n duidelike begrip van die armoedesituasie en solidariteit van die kerk met die armes, ’n goeie begrip van profetiese prediking as ’n spesifieke soort prediking, asook die ondersteuning van die gemeente, die kerk en die ekumeniese kerk vir profetiese prediking.


poverty in South Africa; joblessness; homelessness; corruption; prophetic preaching


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