What is Krux?

KRUX is a Christian Study Centre located in the enchanting vineyard-and-mountain framed university town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Its distinctive colonial Cape Dutch buildings, oak tree lanes, museums, art galleries, and countless boutique coffee shops and restaurants, provide a unique cultural and intellectual haven to over thirty thousand students, many of them the most promising from the continent of Africa. Its proximity to the ocean, Cape Town and the exclusive gems of the Cape Winelands, makes it a premier tourist destination. It is a place of extraordinary beauty. A confluence of intellect and imagination. A place that sifts, weighs and unmasks the crux of our beliefs.

A unique focus on theological discipleship, mentoring, hospitality and the arts.

Why Theological discipleship?

One would expect Christian discipleship to be the natural outflow of trusting in Christ and the coming of His Kingdom, which itself is the central act of God towards humanity. Sadly, discipleship (and spiritual formation) often finds itself marginalised in the Christian enterprise, and if practised, mostly in service of a subset of churchly values and formulas. On the other hand, theology proper—the study of the Being and act of the Triune God in Christ—is viewed as obfuscation, a matter for the seminary classroom, not life in via. The result is unschooled disciples and untested theologians. In contrast, orthodox faith demands a Word-birthed-and-centred Spirituality generating and sustaining a Word-shaped community. Theological discipleship therefore demands clear cognisance not only of the faith with which one believes, but also of the faith that is believed.

Central to the enterprise of KRUX is hosting weekly theological dialogues in accordance with its core curriculum. See “KRUX Courses” below.

 “… theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. It should therefore be presented in a way that brings awareness of the divine presence. Theology is at its healthiest when it is consciously under the eye of God of whom it speaks, and when it is singing to his glory.” – James Packer

Why Mentoring?

Christian mentoring is both art and skill. It provides an ongoing encounter in faith-friendship through dialogue, observation and practice which work toward enablement and change in a uniquely powerful way. It involves the gift of a deposit laid down in another by means of the Word of Truth and through God-given wisdom and resources. Mentoring is a deep exchange that engenders change; some hunger for it in desperation, while others flee it in earnest. Either way, it affirms the value of Christian community at the level of real personhood and redemption in Christ.

Mentorship is intrinsic to the theological and relational core of KRUX, whether by means of personal conversation, counselling, small group seminar or hospitality.

“God does not want me to mould others into the image that seems good to me, that is, into my own image. Instead, in their freedom from me God made other people in God’s image. I can never know in advance how God’s image should appear in others. That image always takes on a completely new and unique form.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Why Hospitality?

There is no more concrete, earthy and enjoyable way of exercising Christian faith than through practising hospitality. Christ the Hospitable One would eat with ‘sinners’ and give entrance to outsiders; a place at the table in anticipation of the coming feast of the Kingdom of God. Something extraordinary happens when nourishment and community is shared around a table. Hospitality extends an invitation into the sacred ordinary of redeemed life.

KRUX hosts weekly fellowship meals followed by a short talk, presentation, film clip, or just good heaven-to-earth conversation.

“It will not be until the transforming power of God is demonstrated in each of us as a people gathered in Christ that true hospitality may begin to be shown; for hospitality is not simply what we do; nor is it a technique; hospitality is the gospel we embody. It is how we welcome ‘the other’ in our own body, personally and communally.” Clarke Scheibe, Canadian L’Abri

Why Culture and the Arts?

It bears remembering that the Triune God acts continually in the transformation of culture. As image-bearers, our imaginative enterprises yield to the purpose of the Spirit. In recent years the Christian community has reawakened to its pivotal stewardship role in cultural renewal, and the redeeming faculties of the imaginative and the creative. The Arts has the means to clothe the human struggle with metaphor and lived experience, and beauty works an “alchemy in the soul” (Hans Urs Von Balthasar), which awakens in us a desire to re-appropriate the good and the true.

KRUX offers various seminars reflecting on the intersection of the Christian faith with culture, and facilitates an annual Artists Gathering which attracts artists from across Southern Africa, and has brought several international speakers to our shores. KRUX also seeks to have an Artist in Residence each year.

“Art is a building block of civilization. A civilization that does not value its artistic expressions is a civilization that does not value itself.” Makoto Fujimura
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