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#MenAreTrash revisited

Some more thoughts on the #MenAreTrash hashtag i visited over here. Clearly #MenAreTrash has got people talking, which again is a good start, and hopefully people are looking deeper than just what feels like an offensive tag to some. So here are some follow up thoughts i wrote on FB: Here's a thought [not mine] - if we men are more upset by a #MenAreTrash hashtag than we are about the crimes committed against women [...]

By | May 14th, 2017|things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|7 Comments

a journey into #MenAreTrash

i started off quite irritated and frustrated with the #MenAreTrash tag that i've seen pop up all over Facebook this last week. So i eventually started writing a Facebook status on it and literally changed my mind as i was writing... so this may come across as a bit of a clever clickbait make-you-think-one-thing-but-i-am-saying-the-other misdirection but i actually watched my mind change directions as i was typing this on my phone... So a lot of [...]

Maybe the problem is that we didn’t start.

So the other day i posted my first Race with Me video of a series i plan to run on the topic of the white people question, "When can we stop saying sorry?" and "When have we done enough?". Which you can watch here if you missed it. Then yesterday i posted this question as a status on Facebook: Question for white people in South Africa... in 1994 after decades of apartheid, when the laws [...]

Taboo Topic: Mental Illness [schizophrenia] – meet Hilary Mushambi (nee Peer)

i am so super grateful for another brave person sharing a story that deals with mental illness as i imagine this has to be something that makes you feel cut off from society at large, because there is often stigma attached and just lack of information for those on the outside as it were. Especially with a word like schizophrenia that so many of us had heavily incorrect perceptions of when growing up. So thank [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|pain and Hope, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|1 Comment

A different kind of peace

Some more thoughts that jumped out at me as i was reading 'Chasing Francis' recently. Firstly, if you have never read the peace prayer of Francis of Assisi, this thing is so flippin powerful. Imagine if every day, all of us started off our days by honestly praying this and then looking for it to determine the kind of day we have: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me [...]

Their houses will be turned over to others.

Let there be peace! Most weeks when life is not too crazy i send out an email message called 'Thort For The Week'. Basically a sermon/message/thought for the week that relates to God and following Jesus or wrestling with some aspect of faith. This week i asked my friend Ashley Visagie if i could use a Facebook status he wrote as my thort and he said yes... but when i looked up the passage he had [...]

Taboo Topic: Mental Illness – the tattoo

This post is from a good friend of mine who asked to remain anonymous. It is such a powerful glimpse into the behind-the-scenes struggles of someone struggling with mental illness and really gave me a lot to think about: there are lots of reasons why people get tattoos. I have two tattoos. They are a part of me. They express deep pain and have indescribable meaning to me. I love it when people ask me [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|1 Comment

It’s time to be on the lookout for the fruit of the Angus Buchan prayer time

On Saturday 22 April, 2017, a million South Africans met in Bloemfontein to pray for South Africa. Or three hundred thousand. Or closer to 2 million. Depending who you ask. People of all races, ages and genders. Or majority white afrikaans middle class people. Again, difficult to say. Let's get this straight from the start - this is not a popularity piece - writing on another such polarized/polarising event in South Africa is very likely [...]

To pray or not to pray: thoughts on an Angus Buchan prayer meeting

"If my people pray... then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land." [2 Chronicles 7.14 beginning and end] Wow. This feels a little bit like a dejavu flashback or something. From two weeks ago when the question was to march or not to march, which i wrote about here. Afterwards i wrote a comparison piece looking at different marches over here. As i've done my best to navigate the [...]

Chasing Francis: On Artists, Forgiveness and a Communal Faith

i already shared some glimpses into the book 'Chasing Francis' that i am busy reading and absolutely loving. i have a lot of pieces of paper sticking out of a lot of pages, so i thought i would have to do a follow up, with the main focus being GET A HOLD OF THIS BOOK... this is simple a trailer, but the whole book chewed on as a meal is what you really want. = [...]