First, to Rock-in-the-Grass: The young man on my left is a rising theologian with some very interesting ideas. You should chat to him sometime. To Gus: Sorry, but you lost me in your comment. Please explain.
The actual reason for this entry: Please do not misunderstand me when commenting on Prof. Heron's theology not moving from the 16th century. His awareness on contemporary issues is quite evident in his works. I was merely referring to the lectures at TUKS. What struck me in our conversation was the degree to which the South African students and lecturers present (From different English and Afrikaans denominations) focussed on contextualisation. It was simply not enough just to hear about the interesting dialogue between the Lutherans, Zwinglians and rising Calvin during the sixteenth century. The recurring question was: "What can we learn from this discussion as we are faced with a church which looks a bit different to that of the sixteenth century?"
The one thing I am extremely grateful for is the way in which our ministerial- and theological formation has helped us to understand that salvation is not only about a person "being right" with God, but that Christian faith celebrates God-with-us (in every way).
So in addition to my thanks to Prof. Heron for his interesting input, I would like to thank the Tim Attwells, Pete Grassows, Dion Forsters and Conrad Wethmars for their contribution in making God more than a good idea.