South Africa – the week that followed: Where to from here?

South Africa, how are we doing? How is Justice being fought for this week? It's been a week since a bunch of you wore black in protest. It's been a couple of days since a bunch of you marched, a bunch of you didn't march, some of you held hands in a chain [or if reports are correct, went to go and hold hands in a chain and didn't hold hands in a chain, but [...]

The Fast or the Furious

i have a tablet bible application called You Version where i am busy slowly working through the book of Isaiah [three chapters a day when i get to it] and today was Isaiah 58 which i absolutely love and i find this a helpful checklist for people who say they follow Jesus... This is just part of it: 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice     and [...]

South Africa

These are some of the recent posts that i and others have made to hopefully challenge and encourage and educate you as you try and figure out how to do life better in South Africa. Please feel free to share any of these posts that are helpful with people you think it might help to take one more step towards... All Lives Smatter - a collection of thoughts about race, painting all people with the [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|South Africa|0 Comments

On Justice and Shalom: Sarah Bessey speaks [part II]

A week ago i shared a piece from Sarah Bessey's new book 'Out of Sorts' on Justice and Shalom and so i want to share the second part of that with you. This is from Chapter 11 which is titled ‘Beautiful Facade’ and subtitled ‘On Justice and Shalom’: = = = = = = = = = = When I start getting mad at the facade, I peek behind it and guess who I find? The [...]

On Justice and Shalom: Sarah Bessey speaks [part i]

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Or maybe just the most hectic of times. Having just moved across to a newer fresher website and blog for Irresistibly Fish, i wrote two posts which really got people responding A LOT in the last 48 hours. The first being the provocatively titled, 'Sodomy: A South African Love Story' and the second the way more controversial [somehow] 'The Passion of the Chris' [which despite the [...]

When Equality is not the best thing to chase.

The Search for Justice. i have seen and loved that cartoon many times before, because it helps shift perspective. Some of us might have been clamouring loudly for Equality [or for the things that make us feel equal but still leave others behind a fence] when in actual fact what we are needing to champion is Justice. That simple cartoon illustrates this so powerfully. [Side Note: The people who get to see over the fence [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|5 Comments

Some thoughts from Spaghetti conversations [with Val ‘tbV’ Anderson]

My lovely wife Val was of course the hostess for Friday's dinner and deep dive into Race, Boundary and Location conversation that i wrote about over here, and she shares some of her thoughts from the evening: The idea is simple: gather good people around good food and good discussion and see what happens. So we did. We turned off technology and tuned in to people. It was messy and it was chaotic, it was painful and it [...]

a South Africa i dream of…

The other day i wrote a poem titled 'to them who have ears' and just thinking about it a little more today,  have dubbed it a choir poem - as in those who get what it's about and who agree will totally be reading and nodding and cheering and liking and sharing... but those who don't, are unlikely to even read it and if they somehow do, unlikely to understand the point trying to be made... [...]

Listen up, South Africa – Avuyile Tu here…

A rendition from the heart: Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one day and see everyone living at peace with each other? Wouldn’t it be wonderful that no one harboured feelings of resentment and injustice with the other instead we stand side by side as brothers? I yearn and hunger for a South Africa of equality in life and in living standards. I long for a land where the needs of the majority are [...]

By | January 16th, 2015|inspire-ations, thorts of other people, Uncategorized|35 Comments

Journey to Robben Island: Part iv: Sound Bytes

During our weekend at Robben Island, there were many moments or phrases that stood out in terms of being quick "Aha!" flashes of inspiration and here are some of the ones i captured: "Man's potential for justice makes democracy possibly Man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." [Njongonkulu Ndungane] # "The Church is so silent these days. The voice of the church is very important. The voice of the youth is very important. God's word of [...]