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What Liam taught me about training

Originally posted at Ekerk. My son recently told me that he wants to “do karate”. So I took him to a local dojo, at an Afrikaans school. I decided to sit in on the class to see what the sensei, a Japanese word meaning “person born before another” or “teacher”, would...

Praying

We are praying for Lollie's mom and dad who were in a horrific car accident. Mom has left the hospital, dad is in ICU with broken ribs, a broken arm and a fractured hip. His breathing is belaboured. Please pray with us.  

Elton Trueblood – The recovery of discipline

I am blogging my way through Elton Trueblood's book, "An alternative to futility". So far we have looked at his argument that we need a movement that embodies the faith in redemptive societies, that these societies need to be adventurous experiments and that this...

The fellowship of the concerned – is membership important?

  I am posting some comments on Elton Trueblood’s amazing book, “Alternative to Futility”. You can read the previous posts “the habit of adventure” and “being a demonstation”. In the third chapter Trueblood builds on his argument that faith needs to be embodied in a...

The habit of adventure and imaginative experiments

The second Chapter of Elton Trueblood’s book is entitled, “The habit of adventure”. It starts with this quote, “Without adventure civilization is in full decay - Alfred Whitehead” In this chapter, Trueblood builds on his thought that a movement needs a redemptive...

Being a demonstration – Elton Trueblood on being missional

A few weeks ago one of my friends recommended the writings of Elton Trueblood. I suggested getting it on Kindle and he just smiled. For these kinds of books are not on Kindle. In "Alternative to Futility" Trueblood explores a remedy to the futility experienced after...

Beggars can be choosers

Every now and then I come across someone who tells a story of how they helped someone in need and how ungrateful the recipient (usually a beggar) was. The indignation of the giver can be summed up by the idiom, “beggars can’t be choosers”. But is this idiom helpful? I...

Spiritual Formation in the Drakensberg

I recently  returned from a spiritual formation hike with the staff of Ruimsig church. They asked me to facilitate a team building and spiritual formation retreat for them and I proposed that we get our bodies outside. So we went to the wilderness of the Drakensberg...

When God uses a SWOT analysis

The SWOT analysis Over the last decade I have been part of numerous meetings wherein the future has been discussed in terms of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. These meetings would then discuss different aspects of the church and analyze it. Four...

How my Brazilian friends taught me to listen and learn

It is hard to keep the rhythms of listening and learning alive. I am a pastor and one of the occupational hazards of my vocation is to always be in situations where I teach and speak. On my recent trip to Brazil I thought about these two life-giving rhythms; listening...

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