Why I wrote “Raw Spirituality”

During 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 Smith asked me whether I ever considered writing a book about...

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...

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 have not...
Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Baptism of the Lord Sunday

In 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 time to get their children to school. This specific city rhythm...

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.