Offering something a glimpse into my work life, this is a recording of a short talk that I gave recently to promote a way of thinking that I teach to my students at my university. In particular, I talk about how creativity deals with the relationship between the picture (content) and the frame (context) and, especially, with the importance of questioning and reinventing the frame (i.e. reframing). While the subtext is that of the profession of communication design, the principles offered are applicable to almost anything.

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In this episode, I read a slightly modified, translated version of a chapter that appears as 'Verbeelding en Christenskap' in Carstens, Udo, ed. 2013. Om te mag dink. Pretoria: Aros & Juventus, p. 135-144.

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This interruption of the Exodus series involves a quick exploration of one of the more useful tools for creative thinking, namely what I'm calling "insight extraction." In this episode, I run through a way of reading one of Aesop's famous fables ('The Goose that Laid a Golden Egg') to uncover meanings in it that aren't at all obvious on the surface, but which are profound and surprising in their own way. It follows a three phase thought process that anyone interested in finding fresh ways of reading texts and the world will (I hope) find helpful.

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In this, the ninth episode in our Exodus series, we turn to some of the meanings of three scenes of the Exodus story: the crossing of the Red Sea, the arrival of Israel at bitter water, and the miracle of manna and quails. A reflection on these events offers us some intriguing insights into faith, politics, and (a bit of a critique on) ideology—once again with a little help from mimetic theory. I also make an anouncement in this episode about what's going to happen once we're done looking at Exodus.

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In this, the eighth epsode in the Exodus series, we take a look at the final plague (the death of the first born in Egypt) and the outcome: Israel's freedom. Mostly, this is a kind of extended reverie on what the final plague symbolises, with a few notes on some of the lessons we gain from paying attention to anthropology and mimetic theory. 

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We do not see the world the way it is, we see it the way we are. This is means that our perceptions of things are distorted, sometimes for bad, sometimes for good. Sadly, often, a distored take on things can lead to catastrophe. In this episode, Part 7 in our series on the book of Exodus, we take a look at the mimetic rivalry between Israel and Egypt, and the symbolism of the plagues. 

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In this, the sixth episode in our series on the book of Exodus, we look, among other things, at God's apparent desire to kill Moses, and the fact that doing the right thing is almost always met with immediate contradiction. The episode also deals with some of the uncertainty and discomfort that happens before one of the most spectacular displays of miracle-making in literary history.

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February 26, 2018

80 | The Centrality of Love

At the center of Christian theology is the claim that God is love (see 1 John 4:8). Love is at the heart of the ethics of Jesus (see Mark 12:30-31) and St. Paul (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-13), as well as being at the center of St. Augustine’s approach to interpreting scripture. “Love,” writes Erich Fromm, “is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” Viktor Frankl echoes this idea: “Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire.” But what, precisely, is love? It is a surprisingly difficult question to answer, and yet it is absolutely vital that we answer it properly. Reclaiming the meaning of love may also hold the key to answering another question: what is the meaning of life?

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In part 5 in our series through the book of Exodus we continue to listen into the conversation between God and Moses at the Burning Bush. The particular focus of this episode is on God's revealed name — about which the early Christians (among others) had rather a lot to say.

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In this fourth episode in our series on the book of Exodus, a lonely shepherd steps off the beaten track to take a closer look at something rather odd: a bush, burning but not consumed ... 

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