A widow, a rich man and a holy little Jesus huddle

What does how we give our money say about us? There is a beautiful short story hidden at the end of Mark 12 that doesn't get enough attention. 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his [...]

By | 2017-10-01T11:43:28+00:00 October 1st, 2017|activities, bible things, things to wrestle with|0 Comments

Money it forward in 2017

How do you spend your money? The forbidden, mysterious, never-asked question. i'm not quite sure why, but that's a subject for another post. In this one, all i want to do, is encourage you to be intentional with your money and to choose some good things and people to spend it on in 2017. Recently i wrote about five different areas we can look to be proactive in that will help us have a Super [...]

By | 2016-12-29T11:19:09+00:00 December 29th, 2016|activities, inspire-ations, things to wrestle with|0 Comments

Dinner with a Difference

A community of friends who pool their money to meet the needs of people they know. That is what Common Change is all about. And that is the non-profit that my wife, tbV, and i work with and have been for the last year and a half. Almost every time we explain the concept to people and they get it, it excites them and they want to know more. But many people in that boat [...]

Random acts of Neknominations.

It started with a #neknomination [well, let's be honest - it likely started with a drunk Australian feeling like this was something he thought was a good idea for more people to do?] an online video'd drinking challenge game where you "film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web" [wikipedia] and then nominate two other people to do the same, paying it [...]

Common Change: If you want to make the world a better place…

for the last 19 months, myself and my beautiful wife Valerie have been living and working with the Simple Way Christian non-profit organisation in Philadelphia, Americaland and yesterday was our last official office day... we fly out back towards South Africa on the 30th of December... can't wait! but what next? well we hope to spend around a month and a half at home and then [providing we find the financial support we will need [...]

putting the ‘C’ back in Christmas [part iii]

this year we got to be secret rooftop witnesses of this incredible act of Christmas mischief that Shane speaks about in this article and it was incredible hearing some of the stories from some of the people who had no idea where the money came from and yet for some of them it was a complete lifeline and life-changing moment for them: So here is the start of the article shane wrote but click on [...]

the andersons Live Below The Line day 4

day 4 of the live below the line saw a bit of a stodgy jungle oats breakfast [not enough water, oops] which was microwaved and very easy to make... bit of margarine type substance to give it some flavour... lunch was leftover soup/stew val made the other day - very tasty and yum cos of all the good veg in it... then supper was REALLY nice - roasted veg:sweet potato, carrots and leftover butternut and [...]

By | 2011-05-05T23:14:37+00:00 May 5th, 2011|activities|4 Comments

hold the pearl, give yourself

don't cast pearls before swine... that's how it goes, right? i mean Jesus said it and everything (matthew 7.6) but here is another take on that perhaps? use it, don't use it... i've been listening to a song by the foo fighters (what is foo? do you think they maybe originally started out as 'the flu fighters' and then someone typo'd their name and the rest is history... and if you started a band and [...]

By | 2011-01-21T06:33:38+00:00 January 21st, 2011|change the world, friends and enemas, inspire-ations|1 Comment

a season for holy mischief (shane claiborne)

if you haven't read 'The Irresistible Revolution' by shane claiborne yet, then you don't have to, but i would highly recommend it, altho it may wreck you as a compromising comfortable christian and start turning you into a revolutionary Christ-follower - read what he has to say about the season... 'Critiquing the thick irony of the Christmas season is fair. It's ludicrous that we celebrate the birth of the homeless baby Jesus by indulging in [...]

By | 2010-12-07T08:31:39+00:00 December 7th, 2010|change the world|0 Comments