Celebrating Small Churches

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines0 Comments

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I’ve heard from a few ministers who spend time speaking at big events that the two most common questions that church leaders ask each other in greenrooms at such events are ‘how many people does your church have?’ and ‘what’s your budget?’ The implication is that bigger is better and that these are the two main markers for success. The … Read More

How the Dirty Media Manipulates You! Hate Up!

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Angst against the media is at an all-time high. Hate spreads and internet warriors rise up and spit their venom in indignation at a group they see as corrupt, manipulative, and biased. Mainstream media is akin to Satan in the eyes of many. A President-elect is the standard bearer of the rage fueled charge against this beast. I was originally … Read More

Leviticus, Spewing, and Tamaki

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There’s a lot of understandable rage being spewed in the direction of Brian Tamaki yet again following comments of his in a recent sermon that has been made public. Those comments connected bits of Genesis and Leviticus to earthquakes in Aotearoa New Zealand and blamed such natural disasters on the actions of people. When people have lost their livelihoods and … Read More

Non Religious Morality

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While driving yesterday morning I was listening to Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB, a station I do some work on from time to time. As someone who loves talk-back radio I thoroughly enjoy listening to Leighton even when I disagree with him as he is a master of the format. As I tuned in yesterday there was a discussion happening … Read More

The Orange Bull

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That orange bull rages Out of control Havoc in the china shop Panicked shoppers dive Antiques smash and crash He snorts and stomps and bucks Flatterers dodge and duck and weave and cry Who let him in? How to get him out? Chaos Flatterers Snug in their room out back They were Eating toffee cake Laughing noses in the air Pompous sniggering … Read More

Surround Yourself with the Right People

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines2 Comments

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Do you want to be happy, wealthy, healthy, smart, wise, ‘lifted higher,’ encouraged, and free to reach the heights of your potential? Then according to quite a number of people who seem to know how to get there, the key is to surround yourself with the people you want to be like, making sure that they’re people who are looking … Read More

Syrian Conflict 101

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Syrian Conflict

Since the start of the current Syrian conflict in 2011 there are a number of times when I have been asked to appear on Christian radio stations that I am connected to in order to provide a basic understanding of what is happening in Syria, along with some thoughts on why it might be happening. Through my work with Tearfund … Read More