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u/18’s blogging March 27, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Blogging and church, Youth Ministry.
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I just added some links to the blogroll, called “u/18’s blogging”. It’s some high school kids I have contact with who started blogging, just sharing their ideas and questions and stuff. Thought some of you might be interested. The “Piet Retief Jeug” blog is only in Afrikaans, the others are primarily in English.


on excelent church services and realness March 21, 2007

Posted by Cobus in church, Emerging Church, theology, Youth Ministry.

The whole baby thing yesterday reminded me about something else that’s been bothering me a lot lately. It’s kind of the hip-thing in our church these days to go for excelent church services. In the name of “we must give our best to the Lord”, a well-polished end product becomes the objective, and we judge it in the same manner we judge a theatre show, movie or concert. (more…)

Solomon’s Porch on babies March 20, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church, Youth Ministry.
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I’ve been reading Doug Pagitt and the Solomon’s Porch Community’s book Church Re-Imagined. Actually, I read it with Maryke, so I would read two chapters, and then she would take it and read two chapters. Sometimes one of us would get busy, or forget to give the book back, so it took a while. And sometimes we discussed what we read.

Tony Jones is part of that community. I remember when he was here he said that a lot of people that come into the community only last two weeks, then they start asking if something can’t be done about the children. Well, read for yourself what there idea on babies is : (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…)

De La Rey 2 – Giving meaning to words February 19, 2007

Posted by Cobus in Politics, South Africa, theology, Youth Ministry.

I’m not even sure when De La Rey came out. I heard about it somewhere in the second half of last year, and from the first word I heard that this was a racist song. But one evening one of the guys on our corridor played us the song that was beginning to make history. Immediately one of our friends were on his cell phone and reading us the history of General Koos De La Rey from Wikipedia. And we had to conclude that we can’t really see the problem with the song. But I guess that has changed… (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…)

MXit as pastoral tool or interface December 9, 2006

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Culture, South Africa, Youth Ministry.

I was told about MXit just after it was released by a friend who is 5 years younger than I am. I never even went through the trouble of downloading it. Now, IM (Instant Messaging) is becoming part of everyday life for me, and I’m still struggling compared to the people a few years younger than me. What follows i sjust some preliminary thoughts on using MXit, and other IM’s, as a pastoral tool, or a pastoral interface. (more…)