The church i will be a part of

What kind of church will you be part of?  i have written a little bit before about my diving into studies this year with a course called Leadership in Urban Transformation, a one year certificate through the University of Pretoria looking at Theology and the City. This week finds us in week four of our physical class weeks and so i had an assignment due and read a book called 'The Prophetic Imagination' by Walter [...]

By | 2017-11-21T07:16:35+00:00 November 21st, 2017|church, God stuff, inspire-ations, what i am reading|0 Comments

The Justice Conference: The humility of leaders.

The word 'Redress' was not there by accident... i have been sharing some thoughts about The Justice Conference that recently happened in Cape Town with almost 1000 participants and 60 plus contributors from all over the place in various shapes, shades and forms. And i have touched on this fact. But i want to dive a little deeper into it, because i believe it is a lot more significant than many people might think. The [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:47:30+00:00 March 29th, 2017|church, inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|2 Comments

Following Jesus: A different way

Do you believe in a different way? Yesterday i posted a piece on trying to speak with a prophetic voice which included this status quote of mine from a little earlier: i’m sorry my words make you feel so bad when there are people literally living in devastating conditions and being treated like absolute adjective on a regular basis. My friend Rob read it and seemed to really like it while admitting it is the first [...]

By | 2017-02-13T09:29:28+00:00 February 13th, 2017|church, God stuff, inspire-ations, thorts of other people|0 Comments

Church in South Africa: Is this your burning issue?

South African Universities are burning and where is the church? Well, we are there. i actually spoke a little about this in my previous post, titled 'Where is the church?' As part of the PJW team in Cape Town we are there. Pastors joining in/leading marches in Joburg [including being shot in the face with rubber bullets as has happened to countless students and is as shocking and deplorable]. Friends who are part of the [...]

By | 2016-10-16T09:19:49+00:00 October 16th, 2016|activities, church, South Africa, things to wrestle with|0 Comments

The one about the Pente-Costs

Yesterday i preached a message at Mercy Vineyard and figured some people might be interested in reading it here: Leading up to the preach one of the people who asked me to preach said it was Pentecost. Then as i was preparing my preach and decided to check, Google told me that Pentecost is on 15th May, a week from now. So i decided to compromise and kinda speak on Pentecost, but also kinda not [...]

By | 2016-05-09T13:52:03+00:00 May 9th, 2016|challenging thorts, church, God stuff|1 Comment

Economic Justice 101: part I

"The church needs to stop talking about sex and start talking about money." [paraphrase, Alan Story] On Tuesday nite i attended an evening with some friends, largely from Christ Church Kenilworth, looking at Economic Justice. One of the statements the speaker Alan Storey made, was relating to how little Jesus spoke about sex and how obsessed the church often is with focusing on that, while how often Jesus [and the Bible] spoke about Economics and [...]

God and Social Media

Would Jesus be on social media? i believe the answer is no. Would Jesus want me to be on social media? i believe the answer is yes. This Sunday i was given the opportunity by Ben the Priest to preach a message on God and my Social Media at St John's church at both the early morning 7.30am service [where a max of six people were on Facebook to the three on Instagram] and then [...]

By | 2016-04-18T15:11:10+00:00 April 18th, 2016|activities, challenging thorts, church, God stuff|2 Comments

An inconvenient preach

6 With what shall I come before the Lord     and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,     with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,     with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,     the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.     And what does [...]

Have you read ‘i, church’?

For anyone who doesn't know, last year i self-published a book called 'i, church'. On the back cover of the book there is a bit of a summation and part of it reads like this: To those of you who believe church is the worst thing ever: You're right! To those of you who believe church is the best thing ever: You're right! i call this book, 'i, church' because more than a building or [...]

By | 2016-03-02T07:42:11+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|and other animals., church, inspire-ations|0 Comments

The Passion of the Chris

Last night was the Passion 2016 Worship Conference in Cape Town. Earlier in the day i had been at a significant meeting with the young folks from Disrupting Whiteness which i reflected on in this somewhat controversially titled post, 'Sodomy: A South African Love Story' which reminded us of an earlier definition of Sodomy which was  that 'The people of Sodom pursued lives of careless ease and ignored the poor on their doorstep.' Which we see [...]