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Tom Smith
Johannesburg
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Wow , thanks for your influence Andrew! You were also the one who introduced me to blogging (with Darren Rowse) in the same email at that time and now he is the pro! Since those days I have been blogging at www.soulgardeners.com Peace from South Africa
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Posted Mar 24, 2011 at Soulgardeners
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Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Soulgardeners
We are busy working through Bonhoeffer’s book. Today I want to rewind to the first chapter. DB writes that, “… the collapse of the organized Church is only the inevitable consequence of our policy of making grace available to all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at Soulgardeners
This World Cup has been a fantastic excuse for us to break boundaries and spend a lot of time together. Our interracial community hosts one another at our different living spaces. Today it was our privilege to host the group.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Soulgardeners
A few years ago the preaching of Rob Bell popularized the work of Ray vander Laan; specifically his study on the educational system used in the time of Jesus. The gist of the teaching was that Jesus was an amazing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Bonhoeffer explores costly grace compared to cheap grace. He states that Luther brought costly grace back to the church. Luther, “When he spoke of grace, always implied as a corollary that it cost him his own life, the life which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Schalk is a friend of mine who helps me to understand soccer (and a lot of other things). He is working with Roelf Meyer for the Foundation for a Safe South Africa. One of their projects is called Youth Zones... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Bonhoeffer traces how the church lost the treasure of costly grace. He notes that, “As Christianity spread, and the Church became more secularized, this realization of the costliness of grace gradually faded.” It has become very fashionable to put the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Soulgardeners
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Today we celebrate youth day in South Africa. It is a commemoration of what happened in Soweto in June 1976. On this day 20 000 students marched through Soweto. They protested against being educated in Afrikaans. The peaceful protest turned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Soulgardeners
“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace.” With this sentence DB sets up the comparison he will explore in the rest of this chapter and book. So what does he mean... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Soulgardeners
I am posting thoughts on Bonhoeffer’s book on discipleship. Today we look at the introduction. Bonhoeffer starts out by reminding us of the hunger for Jesus. He remarks that the church has overlaid the message of Jesus with “… so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Soulgardeners
For the next few posts I’m going to work through Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “The cost of Discipleship”. This book was originally written in German with the title, “Nachfolgen”. A literal English translation would be “Following”. I have posted on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at Soulgardeners
While I was in Brazil Liam was extremely ill. He developed a severe case of stomach flue. When Lollie and I spoke on Sunday she told me that it was bad. On Monday we left for the mountains. I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Soulgardeners
I’m more and more convinced that Jesus wants all of me. Growing up I was introduced to the question that defined one’s ultimate destiny, “do you have Jesus in your heart?” This is a well-meaning question with terrible consequences. Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Soulgardeners
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(I wrote this post last week on my way back from Brazil) The last few weeks in Brazil have been truly inspirational. When my good friend Eduardo invited me to come and visit him I knew that South Africa and... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Last week I returned from a ten-day trip where I had a wonderful time with Eduardo Pedreira and his family. Eduardo is the leader of Renovaré’s Brazil expression. The Brazilian expression made a huge impression on me. What struck me... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Soulgardeners
I just woke up early in Rio de Janeiro, and it is ascension day. We had an amazing retreat up in the Brazilian mountains and we were deeply touched and challenged by Jesus. Here are some thoughts on Ascension (largely... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Thanks Andie
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Thanks Peter ... 2 Cor 5:17-21 helps us to get the order right!
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Thanks Trevor will pass on the greetings!
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Eduardo just explained to me that reformation theology here in Brazil (and elsewhere) used the science of philosophy as a basis for theology in order to answer questions produced by an existential crisis. Liberation theology uses sociology as a foundation... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Brazil … 8 Mei … 5pm I just arrived at gate 1 at the Sao Paulo airport. Sitting here is an absolute immersion in a different culture; at least in terms of the language. Here and there I see English... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at Soulgardeners
Thanks Peter, I think what makes the Sa situation unique is that the system was justified in the name of Jesus. At its root the answer is for sure being born in Jesus. The problem in our country has been how to unpack that new humanity in a way that erradicates evils like racism and apartheid . A large part of South African society will therefore agree that the answer lies in Jesus, but what does that mean? Jesus Himself addresed issues of racism and classism head on ( think of his dealings with the Samaritans) and a major part of Pauls ministry brought the effects of the Jesus life to bear on race-relations. So i agree that we start with Jesus and then to unpack and confront racism in following Him. The book itself confronts issues of what you would term "religion" and my review of the book in itself is not meant to give a comprehensive view of how to deal with racism. Shalom, Tom
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