Returning to the Mother City

   In three days, I will fly off to the Mother City in South Africa. Twelve years ago, I stood in the Waterfront in Cape Town and took this picture. That day, Scott and I had just returned from a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent most of his years in prison during […]

There is now no excuse for murder.

Tinyiko Sam Maluleke brings a voice of Reason to the political and emotional landscape of South Africa, walking out the death of white supremacist Eugene Terre’blanche. A few great snippets: “Like many in this country – black and white – I was appalled by and opposed to the political ideals for which Eugene Terre’Blanche stood. […]

Reconciliation and Nation-building in South Africa

“Where are the voices of moderation? Where are the people preaching reconciliation and nation-building? We can’t rely on Nelson Mandela or Desmond Tutu anymore. They won’t be around forever. When our children ask us in the future what we did to save South Africa, will we say, ‘Well, I wrote a bunch of angry comments […]

This is what Easter has to mean. Please pray for the Peace of South Africa

My heart is heavy this morning. It’s Easter morning. I know the Resurrection is real, because I know the power in my own life. But this morning, I need the Resurrection–and therefore the possibility of new life–to be real for the nation of South Africa. My heartland. I woke up to reading this post by […]

Remembering Robben Island: Journey into Forgiveness

I wrote this piece on Journey into Forgiveness two years ago. In the light of the recent Amahoro conference in South Africa, I am re-posting a slightly edited version here: South Africa is where my Story was born. I grew up in an all-white school with a rich heritage, but in those years I never […]