I dream of a church…

I dream of a movement which leads to the transformation of the church and through that to a demonstration of what a new world could look like. I dream of a church that is one (across our cities that are so divided). Where rich and poor share and there is enough for everyone. I dream of a church involved in the issues our cities and...

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Hope on the bridge…

It’s Thursday and that means tonight we are going to be going out onto the streets as usual to visit with some of our homeless friends. We normally get together at 7pm, share a meal together, have some devotions and then go out between 9pm and 11pm to visit our friends as they go to the places where they settle for the night....

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Some thoughts on Christian hope after reading Surprised by Hope by NT Wright

All over the church there are signs of a worldview that Christianity is all about “getting saved” and “going to heaven”. Let me recount two recent events…The first one happened on the streets about three weeks ago. On Thursday nights I normally go with my family and a few friends to build friendships with those who are homeless. On...

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Lessons from suffering…

My wife Trish and I have been living in the inner-city slum of Hillbrow, South Africa, for just over a year. We moved from a six-bedroom home in a gated-security community in Midrand, a suburb of Johannesburg. We left the suburbs and moved to Hillbrow for a number of reasons, including our wanting to allow our lives to...

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Towards shalom in my neighbourhood…

Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. (Ecc 4:1, ESV) The above quote has been key for my us in our journey as we have recognized that it is both...

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Charity has to lead to justice…

Charity that does not lead to justice and transformation is just like a band aid on a festering wound. It looks like something good is being done, but underneath things are getting worse. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the...

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