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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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Prophetic Imagining

Breuggemann authored a number of widely read books, the most influential of which was his classic called The Prophetic Imagination first published in 1978. Breuggeman asserts Moses embodied the psychodynamics that characterise the psyche of all prophets even to this day – both ‘grieving’ and ‘imagining’. Breuggemann reminds us that, in speaking out in sympathy […]

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‘A Weeping Prophet’

Gordon Preece, Director of Ethos and the University of Divinity Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, once dedicated a whole edition of Zadok Perspectives to the ‘Tale Of Two Prophets’ in Australia. One was Tim Costello, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, whom he described as an ‘Isaiah’ figure, adept in ‘speaking truth […]

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Prophetic Grieving

  As I’ve said, my understanding of the role of a prophet has been shaped by the insights of two theologians, Abraham Heschel, and Walter Breuggemann. Walter Breuggemann is considered to be one of the most influential American Protestant Theologians and Biblical Scholars of the last several decade. He is an important figure in the […]

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