Leaders the world needs

The world is full of leaders, but not the kind the world needs. We need leaders with a vision of a new world based not on the values of consumerism, materialism, individualism, greed and self-advancement but rather upside-down, counter-culture servants who through humility and love bring about justice, liberation, equality, freedom...

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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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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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Oh God help us see with your eyes…

Most of the church in Johannesburg’s suburbs lives oblivious to the horrific suffering of the 57% of South Africans who live in extreme poverty. The only encounters most have with the poor are through wound-up-windows at traffic lights in air-conditioned cars, through one-sided exploitative employment relationships or through...

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How we came to pay a living wage…

About 3 years ago, our domestic worker came to us and asked for time off to take her child to the dentist. I decided to go with her to the visit. The child’s teeth were rotten and the dentist asked “Why is your child not brushing her teeth?”, To which our domestic worker devastatingly replied “I can’t...

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God is good… all the time!

I have never before in my life seen more  evil, injustice and abuse around me as I have in the last two weeks, and yet I have found myself on numerous occasions saying “Wow, God is good!”. The amazing thing is that I have not uttered these words trying to work up faith in my heart, but rather in response to the signs of...

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