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A sort of hide and seek…

So arriving here in Somerset West, I am looking for a new church community (spiritual home) to be part of.

There is a sort of joy and freedom in that search.

It feels like I am playing a sort of spiritual hide and seek with God.
(Of course the search, will be more exciting and fulfilling when Catherine is here – that way we found our “home” together.)
One that “fits” us both.

In the meantime, the church hopping is fun.
It’s nice to sit in a church and not be committed to it.
(Don’t stress, I am still committed to God, behind all these churches. Or at the foundation of them, I hope.)

Among the huge fancy auditoriums,
the loud music,
the “pretty” stage lights
the loud preaching
the crowds
the trendy, the hype…

the quieter
the noisier
the conservative
the liberal

God is there. And we can seek Him, hear from Him and connect with Him.

This morning I heard some great quotes and stories from/about CS Lewis, John Wesley and God’s word itself.

In this sort of hide and seek… I am reminded of this verse:

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Each day, whether in church, or just in communion with God in the quiet of your home, we can learn, we can be challenged and we can be encouraged. From this morning’s message I got:

“Good works come from the LOVE you have already received. The response to His love.”

“We are pilgrims making our way home…”

So that’s another rambling from me…
(Thanks for popping in… if you did)

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Pneu

I’ve been here in my new job for just over a month now. It’s been incredible!

I realised. Maybe my friends and some family, may wonder what I actually do? And also what is with the whole #pneulife and #pneugeneration I keep hashtagging in my Instagram posts. It’s not like I am spelling NEW incorrectly? ūüėČ

So last night, we held an event called WTF! Not what you think… but rather:

WE THE FAMOUS!

I was seriously blown away and so inspired by the talent that we have in our school. ¬†These students had me kinda emotional. ¬†From dances, to skits, to singing… it was seriously really good. ¬†I thought to myself: ¬†Thank you Jesus, I get to be part of this and surrounded by this creativity! ¬†Here are some pics from the night. ¬†But actually they don’t really do justice:

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To see some videos of the night go to the Pneukleus Instagram account.

So my role her is that of Gap Year Coordinator. ¬†What does that entail? ¬†Yes, some seriously adventurous and fun stuff. ¬†But that really is only 1/5 of the programme. ¬†In each week, with the students, we will do career exposure (cover about 13 different careers). ¬†Then we do some spiritually development stuff. ¬†Going deeper in connection with God and one self. ¬†There is also an aspect of self discovery. ¬†Each person working out who they are? ¬†Personality type, love languages, etc. ¬†Then there is the fitness side. ¬†And I cannot exclude, the massive tour prep. ¬†This is taking the gospel (good news) out to various towns around the country. ¬†Using dance and drama – ¬†But the quality of this is outstanding! ¬†The young adults are dancing to the likes of Michael W Smith. ¬†(When did teens in high schools ever connect with that? haha!) ¬†Nope! ¬†The Pneumatix crew is dancing with relevant stuff and bringing a message that hits home. ¬†That’s what grabbed me, when I saw them on tour… ¬†They were not afraid to cover and deal with the difficult topics.

And what is also something to note. ¬†Is that these youngsters we have here on campus. ¬†(52 this year.) ¬†They also come here with a story. ¬†Life hasn’t always been kind to them either. ¬†So this is a place where they will find healing too.

There are many places, these young folk can study.  And at those institutions, they are just a student number.  Here they are known, couched and cared for.  When these young adults leave, they will leave as gentlemen and ladies, who have been educated in excellence!


So they the point of this post… about the PNEU. ¬†Comes from the word “Pneuma”

It refers to the breath of God. ¬†Which is just pretty darn cool! ¬†Reminds me of the passage in Ezekiel 37. ¬†This¬†VIDEO¬†depicts it well. ¬†In this passage Ezekiel is show a valley of dry bones. ¬†He is asked by God if they can come back to life? ¬†God’s in inviting him to see something incredible. ¬† To be part of something incredible. ¬† To cut a long story short… the PNEU / “breath of God” is given to these dry bones and they are brought to life!

Another encounter of this PNEU is when God makes Adam. ¬†He’s breathes life into him.

So that’s what we are as a campus / college. ¬†We want each person to experience the “breath of God.” ¬†Thus giving them a #Pneulife and becoming a #Pneugeneration.

Besides… the whole PNEU thing is quite catchy! ūüėČ

So my gap year programme is called Pneukleus – again going with the whole Peu thing…

Pneumatix is best known for it’s performing arts department. ¬†Some seriously good dancing here, and acting. ¬†Then we have film school here and music. ¬†And theology. ¬†Any psychology. ¬†There is a lot to be done here.

So next time, you are in the area.  Do pop in, come and see what we are about.  Besides, we have the most incredible campus:

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So that’s it for now. A bit about #Pneumatix and what I do. If you want to know more. Feel free to ask.

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I must end off with this. In Secunda, one breathed in the pollution of Sasol. Here I keep singing the lyrics of Switchfoot to myself: “I can feel my lungs again”

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Imagine 1783?

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I subscribe to #Goodreads daily quotes.
The quote is an average one.
But what got me thinking… was the date of birth.

Can you imagine life back in 1783?

How do you see / think it was like? (Please feel free to comment below.)

I’d like to think life was less cluttered back then.
More simple, if you will.
The pace was more peaceful.
The issues of the world was were less complicated.
Perhaps teenagers grew up..
Less messed up?
Maybe parents were more present in their children’s lives?

Maybe there were less made up diseases and conditions.

There was definitely less technology noise.
People would have communicated with their mouths and eyes.
Nowdays we use our fingers and our “maybe” responses…

Ah, for a more uncluttered era.

I guess back then, there would be no way for me to share this blog post…

Hmm?
I guess I’m gonna press “publish” anyway… ūüėČ

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The Insensitivity of Curiosity

This past week there has been some serious fire-fighting going on here in Somerset West. A lot of damage has been caused by these veld fires which has burnt down some houses too.

The peculiar thing – is the behaviour of people. (About a year ago I wrote about a similar thing when a house in Secunda exploded.)

We are all curious. But could our curiosity be insensitive? The radio had informed the community that certain roads were closed and that the authorities asked people to not come near to “check out” the damage done by the fire. But what did the people do? They went anyway…

Again, people seem to thrive on bad news. We like to pry on the misfortune of others. Rather insensitive, don’t you think?

But on the flip side. When KFM (a local radio station) put out a request for sunscreen and lip ice for the firefighters… the community responded well. They pulled together to provide aid.

I drove passed Strand Fire Station on the way home today and I noticed that people were still dropping off things that were needed. I am impressed by the community’s help.

People are peculiar. We pry and but we care too.

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A beautiful evening.

I get to the lagoons edge
The water invites me in
I climb into the canoe
I row

I hear the paddle slicing through the water
Splish splash
I row across the lagoon
Looking back

The dusk sun bids the earth farewell
The afternoon orange hue
Is magical!

I see the purple and orange and red reflection bounce off the surface of the water
The sun playing hide and seek behind the nearby mountain range

I arrive on the other end
A breeding ground awaits, busy.
The seagulls dart to and fro
Their distinctive call

A Sacred Ibis perches on a nearby branch.
Then I see above a flock of them fly in that brilliant half triangle like formation

I decided to paddle across to other end where the flamingoes cluster
They’re a little skittish

I can’t help but help hope heaven is like this…
Because it sure feels like a glimpse of it
What a great way to end the day!

Serene. Breathtaking. Calm.
Rested. Soul alive.
And best part… I didn’t even take photos.
It’s imprinted on my heart and mind…

PS. I found this cool quote:

“Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.” (Debbie Ford)

Perhaps u like it?

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Been off Facebook

At the start of September I decided to take a break from fb. Nearing the end of the first month – its been soooo good!

I haven’t said no to all of social media.

I’m still on twitter. (I like the brevity of it.)

Instagram (a picture paints a 1000 words)

WordPress (because I still like written word) – and it’s a great platform to capture my little observations of life around me.

I left fb for some reason:

1) decluttering. Less is more.

2) it became comparebook for me instead.

3) I didn’t own a fb account. It owned me ūüė¶

I know I may get tagged in posts still (I still need to disable all notifications to my inbox.)

But it’s great not caring or knowing exactly what I’m tagged in.

Some of you may think: but hang on, we still see your WordPress posts.

Yep – kudos to #Wordpress. My blogs are linked to my fb account. And I don’t even have to be logged into fb. ūüėČ (fancy fancy!)

So- that’s my two cents.

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Little Rituals

I noticed an elderly couple saying grace before they ate their lunch.

It was beautiful to witness. This is why…

There are little acts / rituals in life – that simply become that – just a ritual – void of meaning.

But truth is. There are people. There are moments… when the intended weight (meaning) of that ritual comes ‘visiting’ again.

And that ritual is once again profound. Saying “grace” – is about being thankful to God for that meal. For that provision.

There is definitely no harm in being thankful to God.

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the modern day church space

i just thought about this yesterday.
i wondered what’s with most modern church worship spaces…
they have NO windows…?

my wife suggested I should not read too much into it.
perhaps it’s for a practical lighting issue.
it’s difficult to read what’s on the screen when the daylight shines in.

i just thought about how I have liked the buildings (churches) I have worked in
they all have had windows looking out
to the outside world.
to God’s creation.

the biggest way for me to connect with God is through His creation
so having windows in a church is a big thing for me
I feel connected

i’d just hope that these modern churches
are not having windows because
they’re ashamed and are hiding from the world
or they’re teaching some dubious things in secret…

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The Resurrection Bias

I was thinking recently how in these modern times on the faith in Jesus journey we have this resurrection bias.

We look at the disciples who hid away in terror after the crucifixion of Jesus.  They were filled with confusion and fear.  What was going to happen?  He said he would be raised from the dead.  Is that even possible?

We as modern readers – want to point fingers and judge them for having little faith. ¬†And entertaining doubt and worry. ¬†But that don’t have the luxury of what we have:

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We KNOW the full story. We can just TURN OVER THE PAGE, literally.  And know that there is RESURRECTION!

Some modern followers of Jesus stay fixated on the crucifixion.
Perhaps they need to move forward to the resurrection.

And there is possible something in that in how we approach people who don’t believe in God. Maybe they live with the idea… death is final. There is no resurrection. Perhaps they are like those “unsure” disciples. Not knowing the FULL story.

Give them time.

And speaking of resurrection. Rob Bell has this brilliant inspiring video.  Check it out: