The Church Needs to Know its Place

“To be human is to be placed.” (Gorringe, Theology of the Built Environment) “To be at all – to exist in any way – is to be somewhere, and to be somewhere is to be in some kind of place... Nothing we do is unplaced. How could it…

Why ‘New Normal’ is the Most Annoying Phrase – and it’s not what you’d think!

Ah click bait. Tops the chart of Things-We-Are-Officially-Done-With-But-Well-Just-Kind-Of-Can’t-Help-Ourselves. We may as well bond over it to generate a wistful smirk while we sit at home looking at another screen. You’ll have heard…

Broken Glass and Door Handles

In February Sarah and I were able to visit Jackie Pullinger in Hong Kong for a week. [Those of you who haven’t heard of Jackie, google her – in short, she’s a British woman and hero of the faith who has been living in Hong Kong…

Can We Turn a Pandemic into a Revival?

The moment Sarah and I heard about South Africa entering a three week COVID lockdown, we began to come up with ideas of how we could share the extra space we have in our home with those who: 1. Live in overcrowded home environments unconducive…

Maruwaan // A Year Later

  In contrast to the grinding cycle of set-backs that seemed to epitomize Cru62 life, mid-2016, was the emerging story of Maruwaan. By now he had been clean from heroin for 15 months, had become a full-time Cru62 staff member and…

On Being Mentored by Those Society Hates

“Stories have been used to dispossess and malign. But stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) It’s easy…

Gangs and Drugs - a Very Cape Town Problem

To what extent could society at large be held responsible for issues of gangsterism, drugs and crime in Manenberg and similar communities? The Academic and the Elephant in the Room One evening last week, Sarah and I, some friends visiting…

Facts vs Truth: The Most Important Battle Christians face?

I live and work in a community called Manenberg on the outskirts of Cape Town. It’s fair to say that Manenberg is quite well known – potentially for all the wrong reasons. The prevailing view amongst most Capetonians about Manenberg is that…
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A Post-apartheid Incarnational Theology

The phrase ‘post-apartheid incarnational theology’ sounds a bit fancy. But actually it’s really simple. It basically entails those who currently have lots of power and privilege giving it up in order to bring about reconciliation and equality.…

Little White Cup

Divine threads are woven throughout the seemingly insignificant. If it matters you, it matters to Him.