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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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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How the ideas in Surprised by Hope inform my work

NT Wright’s book, “Surprised by Hope “is exactly that, a huge surprise! In it, he refutes many beliefs erroneously held, he argues, by those whom he often refers to as the “Western church”. He also explains many truths misunderstood by the same group of people. There are many interesting (and profound) quotable turns of phrases and...

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Sowing Seeds of Shalom

  Sharing some of our thoughts at the last ISUM in Bangkok. Click below to watch video...

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