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Knights of South Bronx – bringing hope April 4, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, Journal, Missional, Movies, South Africa.
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Don’t know how many of you recognize the title. It’s actually the title form a movie, but not a very well known one as far as I can gather, it’s a 2005 movie but a stub at wikipedia. It tells the amazing story of Mr. Richard Mason (played by Ted Danson) who becomes a supplementary teacher at a school in the South Bronx (which is a inner-city area somewhere in New York if I gathered correctly), an underprivaleged school where the headmaster describe anything except the basic curriculum as extra, and it should be treated as that, extra. (more…)


institutional church #3 – the early church March 31, 2007

Posted by Cobus in church, Emerging Church, Emerging Culture, Journal, theology.

I’ve been working on an assignment on Psalm 24 the past two days, except for Thursday evening when the library was closed. But since Maryke flew to Cape Town on Friday morning, and since I had to finish some stuff at res before leaving on Friday morning, I decided not to spend that time blogging. But, the assignment is almost done, again I kind of didn’t keep to the way I think we are supposed to do exegesis*, but saw something interesting, and then worked on that. But I’m happy with what I did, will see what the lecturer think. Just some finishing touches, most formatting, that I’ll do in the next two days somewhere.

I’m back with some thoughts on the institutional church. I’ve been struggling to decide which post to do first, this one of the next one. Well, obviously this one won:-) After I’ve done the next one, I would like to know which one you think make more sense to do first. (more…)

institutional church #1 – posting the question March 26, 2007

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There is so much thoughts running through my head at the moment, on so many different things, but one of the other guidelines I chose to follow when I started this blog was to keep to one post a day, and keep it not to long. The basic reason being that I usually don’t read blogs on which I have to follow very long posts every day.

One of my very good friends got mugged on Saturday, Tiaan, he’s OK, but got a little stab with a knive in the back. Went to hospital today, they just wan’t to make sure it doesn’t get infected or anything. But I’m sure he’ll tell the story when he get to a computer again (which most propably will only be after the holidays).

OK, so I’m touching the institutional church again, posted some thoughts a while ago, but decided to spend some more time pondering this whole question. OK, this is my feeling at the moment (more…)

says who… on the “less young” in our congregations March 17, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, Journal, Kameeldrif, Youth Ministry.
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Glenn describes himself as “a young man in 53-year-old skin”, well, I had a great experience from someone else in a 60+ skin today. But first, something else. The congregation in which I grew up tought me a great respect for the older people in the congregation (no Glenn, I’m not talking bout the 50-somethings when I say “older”:-)). I got to know them not as those simply opposed to change, against the young people, and with too much time on there hands to meddle in others affairs. Instead, I got to know them as people who are more than willing to change if they understand it, as people with grandchildren who would do anything for there grandchildren to learn the story of Jesus which meant so much to them, and as people who have a burning passion to help those in need. (more…)

on random thoughts and following leaders March 16, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, Journal, Missional, theology.
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Today was one of those very interesting days, I think I can blog for a week about all the thoughts that was triggered by events today. First, I attended a little lecture someone gave on the emerging church. Now, we all know how difficult it is to try and put this into words, so maybe I shouldn’t be to hard on him, but what I heard, didn’t really sound like what I experienced the past couple of months. But, more on this experience later. (more…)

Been a little quite March 3, 2007

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Sorry, I’ve been a little quite the past few days. And I’m not bringing anything to the table today. Just mentioning that I’m still alive, and thinking about a lot of stuff, but not feeling like writing just to write something, and wasting your time. I will be back again next week. But hey, what about this. If there are specific things you think the blogging community should write about, leave a comment, maybe someone reading it will react to it

Getting started in Pretoria Inner City February 22, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, Journal, Martus, Missional, South Africa.

Well, some of you showed some interest last year when I told about our trip to the inner city of Pretoria, the story continues, some of us started getting involved in projects. But first, some background. We are part of a student congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church called Universiteitsoord (The fact that these pages is only in Afrikaans says something about our denomination and congregation I think). It consists mostly out of students, with a small residential side to it as well. The building seats about 1600 people, and is usually nearly full on a Sunday evening. Maybe not the kind of congregation you would expect to find me in, if you only read some of the stuff I wrote.

By end of last year a group of us started thinking, talking and working (more…)

De La Rey February 12, 2007

Posted by Cobus in church, Emerging Church, Emerging Culture, Journal, Missional, Politics, South Africa, theology, Youth Ministry.

To anyone in South Africa, even non-Afrikaans speaking people. The words of the title will have immediate meaning. To anyone not from South Africa, of not following South African news, you probably would have to be a student of South African history for this to mean anything to you.

Now something about this blog. I’m Afrikaans, but write in English because I believe we have to take part in a conversation bigger than that which we can have in Afrikaans. But I’m South African, and therefore need to react to South African questions. And I think I’m still an Afrikaner, although this is kind of putting the cart in front of the horses (wonder if there is such a saying in English). And therefore the words of the title have meaning to me, a lot of meaning. (more…)

diverse experiences December 8, 2006

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, Emerging Culture, Journal, South Africa.
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So, I’m back at my parents at last. No more blogging from my cellphone, no more working for the government, no more 42˚C temperatures (at least just the one day). It’s been the most amazing past 10 days. In the car on my way home yesterday, I started thinking about everything that happened. (more…)

Les Misérables November 14, 2006

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I have the opportunity of spending a few days at home at the moment. Part of the reason why I get more time to update the blog, but I also get more time to see some movies. My dad’s DVD collection contains some classic films, and films that contain more than the general simplistic entertainment most films are guilty of.

I watched Les Misérables a few days ago. Again, as with Fiddler on the Roof there were a multitude of plots, and a lot of scenes which really get you thinking. (more…)