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be reflective with meditations by Dave Andrews

Protesting Through Resisting

Dave Andrews I felt I needed to protest the status quo by resisting serious prejudices in our society. For example, over the last thirty years, my wife and I have intentionally sought to embrace people who are seeking asylum in Australia from other countries as beloved members of our extended family. Yet most Australians have […]

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Protesting Through Identifying

Dave Andrews When Ange and I returned to Australia we intentionally sought to identify with the ‘subcommunities that stand in tension with the dominant community’, including Indigenous people seeking restitution, people fleeing persecution seeking refuge, and people from other religions seeking recognition. [i] Our community, West End, is a distinct, vibrant, urban village, bounded by […]

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Protesting Through Intervening

Dave Andrews The earliest intervention I recall which I initiated myself was at school in Inala, against a big bully who was bashing a small boy with a disability in my class. In those days Inala was considered, on the basis of most socio-economic indicators of disadvantage, to be one of the most deprived and […]

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The Protestor

Dave Andrews The role of the Protestor incorporates “criticizing” people, when they go “off-script”, “visualizing” their criticism, “acting out” their criticism, through symbols, dramas and demonstrations. Prophetical Protestors are ‘provocateurs who devise creative, subversive actions that confront current scenarios. By providing an alternative point of reference, a visible deviation from the norm, they challenge our […]

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Auditing Through Writing

Dave Andrews Catchim says ‘the Auditor incorporate(s) “criticizing” people, when they feel they go “off-script”, with clearly “verbalizing” their criticism’ through their writing. I’ve published twenty books, and probably one of the most (in)famous is a book called ‘Christi-Anarchy’ in which I audit the shadowy track-record of Christianity. ‘I was brought up to believe that […]

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Auditing Through Teaching

Dave Andrews Catchim says ‘the Auditor incorporate(s) “criticizing” people, when they feel they go “off-script”, with clearly “verbalizing” their criticism’ through their teaching   Sometime back I was asked to take a one-day seminar for one of the most highly-regarded Christian aid and development agencies in the world. I decided I would use the opportunity […]

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Auditing Through Preaching

Catchim says ‘the Auditor incorporate(s) “criticizing” people, when they feel they go “off-script”, with clearly “verbalizing” their criticism’ through their preaching. I remember being asked to speak, by a friend, at his large Brethren Church. It was sometime after the invasion of Iraq and I had been praying for an opportunity to speak in a […]

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Auditing Through Singing

Catchim says ‘the Auditor incorporate(s) “criticizing” people, when they feel they go “off-script”, with clearly “verbalizing” their criticism’ through their singing. I remember having the privilege of being invited to speak at one of the biggest richest most successful Baptist Churches in my state. I wanted to make sure the songs we sang in the […]

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The Auditor

  Dave Andrews The role of the Auditor is ‘to study a script for a play, audit the performance of the script (and) ensure the intended meaning of the script is accurately communicated. They are the ones who step in to the middle of a theatrical production and say “This is not what the author […]

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Prophetic Roles

Tim Catchim says that two sets of communication continuums – from ‘criticise’ to  ‘energise’ in ‘tones’ and from ‘verbalise’ to ‘visualise’ in ‘tactics’ – give rise to four types of prophetic roles – 1 the ‘Auditor’, 2 the ‘Awakener’, 3 the ‘Protestor’ and 4 the ‘Performer’. [1] The Auditor  The role of the Auditor is […]

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Tones And Tactics

Tim Catchim, co-author of The Permanent Revolution and The Permanent Revolution Playbook, suggests that any particular prophetic engagement involves a combination of a specific cluster of prophetic ‘tones’ and ‘tactics’. [1] Catchim says prophets tend to communicate about the ‘space’ that exists between God’s will and ours, in ‘tones’, on one end of the continuum, […]

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A ‘Teaching’ Prophet

Brian McLaren once said ‘It’s natural to think of Dave as a prophet: his fiery passion, his concern for justice, the way his life speaks more eloquently than his words. But Dave is also a teacher, drawing from classic theologians from Christian history, along with some of the most seminal theologians of today, making them […]

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