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Remembering Reinhard Bonnke

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Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who dedicated his life to bringing the Gospel to people all over the world, passed away at the age of 79 on December 7, 2019.

Although his ministry would eventually reach to every continent, it is Africa where Bonnke had perhaps the most profound impact, bringing millions of people to Christ from his first visit in 1967 to his final Crusade in 2017. For his love and devotion for the people of Africa, Bonnke became affectionately known as “the Billy Graham of Africa.” Dr. Corné Bekker, Dean of the School of Divinity and a native of South Africa, attended several of Bonnke’s prayer meetings and recalls that “There would be a wonderful time of worship, he would preach the Gospel, very simple Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then he would give an invitation for people to come forward, and people in their thousands, sometimes, hundreds of thousands of people, would come forward and dedicate their lives unto the Lord.”1

Throughout the years, Bonnke was a regular guest on the 700 Club and in March 2013 preached at the dedication services of the newly completed University Chapel. The Library has a selection of his books and video spanning 1992-2013. During February, a display in the Library will commemorate the life and work of this tireless servant of the Lord.

1George Thomas, “Remembering ‘God’s General’ Reinhard Bonnke,” CBN News, December 9, 2019, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/december/remembering-gods-general-reinhard-bonnke.

Corné Bekker to lead discussion on Desmond Tutu

On Friday, February 10, Dr. Corné Bekker will lead a book discussion of No Future without Forgiveness, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Desmond Tutu was the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and one of the most important figures in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.

In 1995 President Nelson Mandela prevailed upon Archbishop Tutu to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa’s unique attempt to come to terms with the crimes of the apartheid era by offering perpetrators amnesty and forgiveness in exchange for truthful testimony. No Future without Forgiveness is Archbishop Tutu’s memoir of his work on the commission and a testament to his conviction that “we can indeed transcend the conflicts of the past, we can hold hands as we realize our common humanity.”

The Library Book Club is sponsoring the discussion of No Future without Forgiveness as a complement to the 2012 University Global Roundtable on February 9, which will feature as guest speaker, Pastor Mosa Sono of Grace Bible Church in Soweto.

The discussion of No Future without Forgiveness will take place on February 10 at 12:00 PM in the Library Conference Room. The Library currently has three copies of the book on order. Click here to check for availability. For a free excerpt, please contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Corné Bekker to lead discussion of Life and Holiness on December 17

On Friday, December 17, at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room, Dr. Corné Bekker will lead a discussion of Life and Holiness, by Thomas Merton. Merton (1915-1968) was an American Trappist monk and prolific author of spiritual and contemplative writings, fiction and poetry, and works on comparative religion and contemporary issues.

In the introduction, Merton writes that it “is intended to be a very simple book, an elementary treatment of a few basic ideas in Christian spirituality….And yet the book emphasizes what is at once the most common and the most mysterious aspect in the Christian life: grace, the power and the light of God in us, purifying our hearts, transforming us in Christ, making us true sons of God, enabling us to act in the world as his instruments for the good of all men and for his glory.”

Dr. Bekker is an ordained minister and Associate Professor in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. He is actively involved in research on the use of Biblical hermeneutics and spirituality to explore leadership. He is the editor of the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL) and the co-editor of Inner Resources for Leaders (IRL).

Life and Holiness is 162 pages long, and as the author intended, easy to read. To check out one of the Library’s copies or to request a free excerpt, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.