Lighting a Candle

Lighting a Candle

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

At first glance this verse from Jeremiah appears to be a very encouraging word from God and is often quoted to those facing trials. However, when you look at it in context you soon realise that what God was asking of the Jewish nation was extremely challenging given the circumstance they found themselves …

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Graceful Gratefulness

Graceful Gratefulness

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Gratitude is like a precious flower. It is something that is planted, watered, protected and shared. When we are grateful, we acknowledge the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed, and sustained by the God of all grace.

Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths. We recognise that all that we …

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

56 years ago thousands of people gathered in Sharpeville. They stood together to protest against the Apartheid Pass laws. Police opened fire, killing 69 people. When I watched the movie Mandela, I was moved to tears as I saw this tragedy re-enacted. My fellow countrymen paid the ultimate cost to take a stand against the evils of apartheid. What happened there so long ago is part of a tide of change that I experience today.

It is this day that is commemorated as Human Rights Day …

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Racial Reconciliation

Racial Reconciliation

“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was …

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Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Family is about relationship. It is about investing time in other people. It involves supporting and encouraging each other. It takes sacrifice. It fosters mutual admiration and inspiration.

And family does not only refer to blood relatives.

Last week I attended Paradigm Shift’s celebration evening. It was a brief time of reflecting on how entrepreneurs, volunteer trainers and mentors had grown together. I was so struck by the incredible cohesion of relationships that has been developed in this small community. Meeting for a journey of business training …

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‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

How can we put Christ back into our Christmas celebrations? Common Good executive director, Sarah Binos, shares how she’s trying to do this with her family.

What would your challenge be to Christ-followers living in Cape Town this Christmas?

First of all, it’s important to say that I haven’t figured this all out! I’m still grappling with this in my own life! My challenge to myself and to other Christians would be to consider the implications of what we’re celebrating.

Christ’s birth was incarnational – he left the …

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Heritage Day: What’s a Braai gotta do with it?

Heritage Day: What’s a Braai gotta do with it?

As 24 September draws near and the typical wood versus briquette debate “flames up” (again), I’ve had many musings ahead of the celebrations: Why is the day important to us? What should we be doing? What is our “heritage”? Why does it even matter?

I found myself perplexed with one question in particular that, perhaps, is one of the simplest and  at the same time most head-scratching-it’s-so-simple-it’s-not-simple questions: “But what is Heritage Day actually all about?”

The answer? “Well it’s about heritage… or something.” This was one of the …

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Why I’m confronting my prejudice for my family’s sake

Why I’m confronting my prejudice for my family’s sake

Yes, I understand that there are a million types of mushrooms, and butterflies, and daisies; and I think it’s wonderful that everyone has a unique thumb print, but do I feel the same delight in diversity that God feels when He sees every individual human being; unique in our struggles and our pain, unique in our joys and our delights?

Common Ground Church is in the throws of exploring the dangerous and yet utterly indispensable theme of diversity: why it matters to God and why it should …

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Jonah, the whale and the racist rant

Jonah, the whale and the racist rant

“When God saw what they [the Ninevites] had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.” Jonah 3:10 & 4:1

This passage of scripture is just unbelievable!

In the verses that follow, Jonah basically says, “I knew it! This is the reason I didn’t want to go to Nineveh! I knew you were going to show mercy! …

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Did you know that we’re 99.9% the same?

Did you know that we’re 99.9% the same?

Studies have shown that genetically there is no more than 0.1% that separates one human being from another, no matter how different we may look.

Zero point one percent.

Think of any person on any corner of the planet. Yes, even that tribe on the most distant island in the middle of the ocean. And, yes, even that awkward guy sitting opposite you at work who hums to himself.

You have 99.9% or more in common with them.

But over history people have been persecuted, enslaved, murdered, and discriminated …

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