Friday, 30 November 2012

Great leaders

What great leaders have that good leaders don't?

See John 14: 13 - 15 "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."

Sunday, 18 November 2012

My personal web site...

My personal web site: :
Useful links, more about myself, some articles...

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Why software patents are bad

Patents were created to promote innovation. The idea was that instead of keeping your new invention a secret (and be the only one to make money from it or not make money from it - and the knowledge being lost forever if you die or go bankrupt), you share the knowledge of how you did it with others by taking out a patent. Others can see how you did it, but need to pay you royalties in order to make use of your patent. This makes it possible for people who might not have the means to mass-produce something, to still make money from their invention... thus promoting new inventions.

In South Africa, fortunately, scientific discoveries, mathematical algorithms and methods, any artistic expressions and computer software (programs) cannot be patented. Here is one example of why software patents are bad, in the sense of hindering progress and innovation, instead of promoting it: .

As an aside, software, like any written material (including artistic expressions), can be copyrighted, a fact that is used by the various open-source licences. The GPL would not be possible without the existence of copyright. And copyright is granted automatically to the creator of the written material in contrast to patents, which are many time prohibitively expensive to a small business or private person.

Monday, 29 October 2012

How do we make disciples?

I recently read through the gospel of Matthew to once again see how Jesus went about making disciples for the three years before his death and resurrection. One of the main lessons I learned was the importance of obedience; he taught through practical application rather than simply by explaining. E.g. even before the Spirit has been poured out on them, He already sent first the 12 (Matt.10, Luk.9) and then the 72 (Luk.10) out to proclaim the Good News. It is by doing that we learn to understand why and how.

However, recently I am starting to understand that I might have missed the most important method used by Jesus. He lived what He taught (e.g. John 5:19 and John 15:5). Paul used the same method when He said (1 Cor.11:1): "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ". We need to live a life of following Jesus before we can call others to do the same. The streams of living waters flowing from within us is what will make others thirsty for the One we know and in whom we live. Experiencing God daily in our life is what will enable us to introduce others to Him. Confessing and repenting from our sin and being cleansed (1 John.1:7-9), is what will enable us to call others to repentance without being hypocritical.

How can you tell somebody about the Source of living water if you have forgotten what it tastes like to drink from it? We need the heartbeat of Jesus. To hear His heartbeat, but also for it to become our heartbeat as we share in His love for both God and a lost world.

What should church be?

The first in a whole series on missional church. It is always amazing to me how God tend to confirm the same idea from different sides... maybe because I tend to be too "thick" to hear Him the first time?

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Which kind of software company do you want? Farmer vs Miner If you are a Christian, which kind of company do you think God would want? Do you think He actually cares? (I can think of a number of Scriptures that show that He does).