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Brazilian Friendships – learning to be welcomed

After a week in Brazil I now have a pause day to catch my breath and to reflect on some of the experiences I have been graced with. My friend Trevor taught me that experiences not reflected on will be lost. So I am going to reflect publicly here. I do this for at...

God’s experimental garden

Jesus gives life. Jesus invites us into life. This invitation is rooted in knowing and following. Jesus calls us into an interactive relationship. He beckons us, "Come! Follow me." The language he used in his invitation consists of phrases like "good news" and...

Northfield workshop “mission in the margins”

You can download the resource pack by clicking here (right click and "save as"). The two videos I used come from the website of "The work of the people" They are entitled, "God is not a white man" and "Holistic Ministry"  

Is “changing the world” part of the power game?

A few weeks ago I listened to a fascinating interview TWOTP had with Jean Vanier. In the introduction they ask him about the small communities he started all over the world and if he thought they brought about change in the larger story. His answer has been with me...

Ascension day

Here are some thoughts on Ascension (largely inspired by Walter Brueggemann in his brilliant book "Mandate to Difference"). Today is Ascension day.  When most of us grew up in South Africa, in our pre-democratic days, it was a holiday. When we read about the ascension...

When Jesus hung on a cross

Early this morning my son started a frantic search for a pair of scissors. He looked everywhere and then outsourced his searching to me. The two of us looked in every conceivable space, as good as two males can. Because we had no luck in our scissor search I attempted...

Labels

Labels In February of 2012 I celebrated fourteen years of marriage with my best friend Lollie, in a hospital. We organised for our children to stay with their grandparents and planned to spend a few days relaxing, eating and doing those things people do when they...

Lent is an angiogram

On the Thursday after Ash Wednesday 2012 I was in an Intensive Care Unit at the Saint Augustine hospital in Durban. I waited for test results that would determine whether I would need another heart surgery. It was like being in a wilderness of sorts. Earlier in the...

An African response to a Christianity Today article

A few weeks ago Christianity today published an article with the title, "Cost-effective Compassion: The 10 most popular strategies for helping the poor". The linked article is discussed in the interview below(click the play button). You will also find two responses....

Some thoughts about discipleship

A few weeks ago JR, a friend of mine tweeted a link to a video. His tweet read, "This is the BEST explanation of #discipleship I have ever seen. I've watched this over a dozen times." I like JR and value his opinions and thoughts and was therefore intrigued, so I...

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