Julle Mense

Our theology and our church culture have not given us the permission, the language or the means to adequately sit with the despair, the anger and the shame of racial injustice, ongoing trauma, and a deeply scarring history. We need to recover the lost gift of lament. Without first learning how to lament we can never truly experience reconciliation. In this episode David and John explore biblical lament. Why is…
For too long black Christians have been begging for a place at the table of a largely white shaped evangelicalism. Seeking what has often felt like scraps of recognition and affirmation from those at the table. Or alternatively have had to compromise so much of who they are in order to get a seat at the table. But what if we built new, inclusive tables. Tables where it was ok…
In this episode David and John respond to the ongoing violence against women and children perpetrated by men in our land. Deliberately centering the conversation on men we explore what the Bible has to say to this toxic masculinity that has so pervaded our society and our churches. How do we respond to statistics which suggest that over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime? Is…
In this episode David and John sit down with Dani Moosajie and Alexa Matthews from Arise Family Centre to talk about Justice and Adoption. Learn more about Arise and the work they do in family strengthening and adoption support. Listen in as we ask some hard hitting questions about race and adoption; keeping families together; the danger of a saviour mentality in adoption; white parents raising black children, ethnic identity…
In this episode David and John sit down with Pete Portal, from Tree of Life in Manenberg to talk about his recently released book "No Neutral Ground: Finding Jesus in a Cape Town Ghetto." While Pete tells the story of his journey from London to Manenberg, we talk about incarnational ministry, the narrative of fear around Manenberg, opening their home to recovering addicts, apartheid spatial planning, prayer walking, God's miraculous…
In this episode David and John sit down with Jordan Pickering the author of Turn Neither Right nor Left: Re-centering Evangelicalism, to talk about the current toxic polarization within evangelicalism. We discuss the trend of labeling (social justice warriors, liberals, fundamentalist) and dismissing and the danger of arguing from camps rather than embracing positive doubt, disagreement and questioning in order to better read the Bible and engage justly with culture.…