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Dancing with Jesus

STORIES AND METAPHORS Dancing with Jesus Fourie Rossouw, Storyteller 13 July 2016 I used to dance a lot when I was in my twenties. Before you get the “right” impression, with dance I mean the kind Afrikaans speaking white South Africans do over weekends and festivals....

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...

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...

Eulogy – (Huldigingswoord)

This post is in Afrikaans - will translate it soon ... Huldigingswoord by die gedenkdiens van my ma Sulette Smith (Aletta Susanna Smith 26 Julie 1949 - 12 April 2014) Vanmiddag echo Paulus se woorde in my gemoed, “Om hierdie rede word ons nie moedeloos nie. Al is ons...

Listening

This Sunday is the second Sunday after Epiphany and one of the readings is Psalm 40. One of the verses states, In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear (ears you have dug for me). Burnt offering and sin offering you...

Baptism of the Lord Sunday

n South Africa, the new year usually kicks off in the second week of January. People who went to their hometowns, ocean, mountains and bushveld slowly filter back into the city. Those with kids arrive in...

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