Sound and Silence

when necessary, use words


September 2008

from alpha to omega : an adventure

I have written an article for emergentvilliage, called “From Alpha to Omega: an adventure.”


the conundrum of discipline

This is the original sodaiku conundrum for which credit is due to M Scott Peck.

Discipline produces abundance
Abundance breeds laxity
Laxity undermines discipline

Standing Up: Comics and Preachers

In my family we don’t differentiate between boys and girls – fuck that shit – we make a distinction between shooters and non-shooters. We have 3 shooters and 5 non-shooters.” [Mario Joyner – ouch]

It was refreshing (if a bit filthy) to see 7 fine comedians doing standup at theĀ Cape Town International Comedy Festival. Hosted by Mario Joyner (US), the best acts were in fact local, and African: Trevor Noah (SA), Daliso Chaponda (Malawi) and Nik Rabinowitz (SA). I think that that’s both a reflection on the power of proximity – authenticity perhaps, as well as the simple fact that these 3 were better entertainment than others from Australia, the UK and Canada. And I speak as one whose culture has always centered around things British.

I laughed, I cried, I winced, I yawned. 4 seasons in one evening. I know I had a good laugh, don’t ask Continue reading “Standing Up: Comics and Preachers”

Inclusion and maturity.

“For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” [Mt 7:13]

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” [Mt 22:14]

Dedicated to my friend Don Rogers.

This post forms part of a synchroblog on “Maturity” (see the list below). I would like to explore the idea of how growing more like G-d means becoming not more elite, pious, or exclusive, but rather more Inclusive. That to become mature, we are “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”, expansive, hospitable, and generous.

Is Jesus for the few? Generally speaking, people associate Jesus and his message via the church with a view that he is somehow beyond reach; the one thing ties both these texts together is the word “Few”.

Continue reading “Inclusion and maturity.”

the conundrum of inspiration

inspiration creates form,
form institutes habit,
habit dulls inspiration

the conundrum of faith

faith colours experience,
experience risks doubt,
doubt undermines faith

the conundrum of hope

hope requires expectation,
expectation risks failure,
failure undermines hope

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