Let’s Talk Land

In May 2018, the Common Ground Rondebosch AM congregation hosted an insights evening on the topic of land. They invited in a range of speakers to guide, inform and spark discussion. These four videos capture the heart of the evening and will help you grapple with land and what can be done for the future of South Africa. Intro to...

Redeeming Land

It's easy to find ourselves overwhelmed by the extent of inequality, immobilized by the politics or simply unsure about what we could be doing- if you've felt like that- then this is where you can start! Read how people who share the pews with you are responding to Christ in all kinds of places and ways. Adam and Rachel Why We...

Seeing Unequal Spaces

Given the history and city planning of our past, it is possible to live in Cape town and not regularly be exposed to the stark difference of housing quality. Jonny Miller set out to display how unequal communities can be, as objectively as possible. By using drone photography, you can quickly see how two groups of people, separated by a...

Julle Mense “You People” Podcasts

As we grapple with matters of justice, we are convinced that engaging with a wide variety of perspectives and opinions is integral to forming your next steps. Check out these episodes by our friends at Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice, covering a few different topics on Land and Space. https://www.isiphambano.com/  In the light of the controversy surrounding the failure of the City of...

Jesus and Time

How did Jesus model time spent here on earth? Time: A commodity that has no bias. We can’t hoard it. It’s not stored in a savings account. Every person is only given 24 hours per day. Time, like manna in the Old Testament, is given and consumed daily. At Christmastime, many people have leave and get excited about time with...

You’re Going to Anyway

Reimagining your Christmas traditions without throwing them away completely The call to Reimagine Christmas, to consider how Jesus would want us to celebrate his birthday, does not mean we don’t ‘do Christmas’. Instead, it is an invitation to redeem our Christmas traditions to be more just, more outward and others focused. You’re going to buy presents anyway It’s hard to escape the...

Wishing You a Curious Christmas

WISHING YOU A CURIOUS CHRISTMAS, FROM ALL OF US AT COMMON GOOD! This Christmas, our prayer is that you’d actively develop a respectful curiosity about cultures different from your own, and how they celebrate Christmas. The Bible says that heaven will be a big celebration (Rev 19:1-3), and that it will involve people from different tribes (Rev 5:9 and Luke 13:29)- so...

A new Christmas story

WHAT STORY DO YOU WANT TO BE TELLING? Every year it catches me by surprise. Seemingly out of nowhere, the shops start putting up Christmas decorations. Advertising through every medium will start coming, convincing me that I need something, that my family will only be happy if we have this, or experience that. Then the Christmas songs will start, most of...

A look inside

The State of My Heart As I reflect on the state of my heart, I realise that there are mental models that I have grown up with, which have shaped the heart choices I have made. I refer to these as implicit biases. Biases are unconscious drivers that influence how we view the world. Biases are the invisible air we...