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JMPD – a law unto themselves

Here is a link to the YouTube video On the 10 March at 5:35pm I found a JMPD vehicle (registration CR61DSGP) double parked in Kotze Street in Hillbrow. Where were the 4 officers? They were busy eating at a restaurant. I went in, asked the officers why they had double parked and the one explained that they would be leaving shortly....

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Fight? Flight? …a third way

We are often taught and think intuitively that there are two ways to resist violence or oppression – Fight or Flight. In the FIGHT mode, we retaliate, get back, seek revenge, or we want an eye-for-an-eye plus punishment. In the FLIGHT mode, we run, escape, ignore, never speak to them again, or avoid facing the challenge. One...

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“The church is a whore but she is my mother” Unknown

I have been reflecting on our journey in relation to our participation in our local church. As you may know, we relocated almost 2 years ago from a 6 bedroom home in a gated middle class suburb to live in a converted 2-bed apartment in the notorious inner-city suburb of Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa with our then 5 children....

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Hannah reflects on love

Hannah (our 12 year old daughter) was interviewed by Ashley Bell at NCCB late last year. In this interview she shares a story about her first interaction with Thulani a homeless friend and reflects on what showing love looks like...

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The power of nutrition

I met with an Asoka fellow (https://www.ashoka.org/), Johannesburg resident, industrial chemist and e-Pap developer, Basil Kransdorff, yesterday. It was a very interesting and inspiring meeting. He showed me some remarkable photos and shared lots of stories of recovery of health of people, many literally on their death beds, as...

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12 Marks of the new monasticism…

12 Marks of the new monasticism… 1) Relocation to the abandoned places of Empire. 2) Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us. 3) Hospitality to the stranger 4) Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation. 5)...

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Another night on the streets…

We had an incredible time on the streets tonight. We went into one of the normal alleyways we visit and sat down and read the Sermon on the Mount together. These words of Jesus are compelling and every time we read this people are profoundly moved. I asked at the end what had stood out for people. What was most profound was that...

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