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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…)


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…)

The “true” church February 27, 2007

Posted by Cobus in church, Emerging Church, Missional, theology.

Luther said that the marks of the true church is :

  • correct preaching of the Word
  • the right use of sacraments

When last have you used these markers to check if a church is “true”? When last have you identified a church as “untrue” because they used the sacraments differently than you are used to? When last have you identified a church as “untrue” because of incorrect preaching of the Word? OK, I’ll admit, this happens quite often for some, but for others this might really sound weird. Well, I guess for a lot of you the whole idea of marking churches as “true” or “untrue” is a bit weird, maybe you never even thought of it. But, there you have it, some people do.

At this point I need to first mention someone. Her name is Maryke Redelinghuys, and we have been together for about 4 years now. (more…)

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…)

1 Cor 14 and church services February 14, 2007

Posted by Cobus in church, Emerging Church, Missional, theology.
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A few nights ago, after a meeting at church, I started chatting to a friend, or she started chatting to me, don’t really know, we had a chat. We talked about God, about theology, we talked about questions that neither of us would dare to ask in most contexts, but it’s questions we are seriously struggling with. Somewhere along the line we talked about the church. We specifically started talking about Sunday church services, and what people would think if they were to walk in. (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…)

God must have left this place a long time ago February 5, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Missional, Movies, Politics, South Africa, theology.

We went to see Blood Diamond last night. It’s about illegal Diamond trading in Western Africa, how the Diamond companies buy up these diamonds to keep them from flooding the market, and in this way finance local wars. It’s similar to Hotel Rwanda and The Interpreter.


When Danny Archer concludes that God must have left this place a long time ago, I again realized that this becomes much easier to conclude when stuff start turning bad, real bad. We talk of the holocaust as “bad”, but I’m starting to wonder if Africa today may not be worse than the holocaust. (more…)

I’m back – at least for a few weeks this time January 30, 2007

Posted by Cobus in church, Missional, Politics, South Africa, theology.
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Hey everyone. Sorry, been camping, and when I came back to varsity I had to register before I could get back onto my internet account. But now I’m back.

OK, so everyone know that South Africa has quite a crime crisis. There are worse places in the world, but things are a bit tough here. A few months ago the South African Council of Churches started talking about churches that need to make a stand about this. Our own church started to respond with some statements. Nothing amazing, I mean, we all know that crime is wrong, we all know that something should be done etc etc.

Then I read this article on Sunday in the official newspaper of our denomination, and I’m kind of uncomfortable with it. (more…)

Reply on Tiaan, South Africa, and living here January 9, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Culture, Missional, South Africa.

This was written some time ago (about 17 December 2006) as a reply to a very good friend, but was marked as spam because of the amount of links. So, now I’ll just post it here. The original post was written by Tiaan and can be read here.

OK, I read this just after you published it, didn’t want to reply at first, but I guess you’r kind of expecting something, so here goes. (more…)

a wow experience in Pretoria inner city November 23, 2006

Posted by Cobus in Missional, South Africa.

I thought I should just balance out the story of hikers and hijackers with another one about a very good experience I had pointing out that maybe crime really is getting better. We organized a trip to Pretoria inner city for some members of the congregation a few weeks ago. Gawie from PEN took us out, we were about 15 students. First we drove to a point in the middle of the city (more…)