You are what you love: is the church just for intellectuals?

You are what you love: is the church just for intellectuals? TOM SMITH Co-founder of Rhythm of Life In the last month a diverse small group of friends are journeying through the book "You are what you Love" by James KA Smith. What follows is a short reflection from...

What are we here for?

I read some NT Wright lately. In his book “After we believe, Why Christian Character matters” he writes .... What are we here for in the first place? The fundamental answer . . . is that what we’re “here for” is to become genuine human beings, reflecting the God in...

Eldership and the mission of God – a review

This is a post by our friend Ewald van Schalkwyk Learnings about Eldership. We recently spent some time selecting a new eldership team for our faith community. In a conversation on our way to a hike, Tom Smith mentioned a book by J.R. Brigg and Bob Hyatt: Eldership...

Eugene and Jan Peterson with Bono

In the year 2000 (this sounds like the beginning of a science-fiction story) Lollie and I burnt out in ministry. We lost our vitality in Christ and church made no sense to us anymore. Then God used a couple of wise saints to re-habituate us into the life of Christ....

A Holy Week reflection (Christ plays in Brazil)

God's gifts foster relationships. That is why we receive good(s) from God. God's gifts weave us into the threads of the good and beautiful Trinitarian fabric of Father, Son and Spirit. Foremost in God's relational gift giving is the creation of relationships in the...

Re(formation) reflection

few week ago our family spent some time at the ocean and our son took up the ancient craft of skipping rocks on the water. When he succeeded the first time he called us with excitement: "Mom and Dad come...

The Divine conspiracy – (sub)version

In 1998 I bought Dallas Willard’s book “The Divine Conspiracy”. It blew my mind and invited me into a journey with God that is unparalleled by any other book outside the Bible. Since that first reading I have tried to reread it at least yearly. In the past week I dove...

Why I wrote “Raw Spirituality”

uring a 2012 visit with my friends from Renovaré Brazil in Rio de Janeiro I presented a workshop on the rhythms that we developed in South Africa. Some folks from the Apprentice Institute attended and Jim...

Living through the memories of mom

Today marks two months since my mother passed away and with every passing day I am walking deeper into the reality of living without her physical presence. It is tough. Mom had an immense influence in my life and our relationship was one of the healthy influences in...