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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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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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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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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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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