What Church Success Looks Like for Me

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Recently I was asked why I was working on gathering a faith community, Commoners, in Hamilton when it’s obvious to some that if I did the same thing in Auckland I could probably have something that would fit the traditional definitions of reasonable success fairly quickly. It’s probably true. I’m sure that if I did in a central Auckland space, …

Their Fear

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The other morning I got up before sunrise to go for a walk/jog (mostly walk). Being up before sunrise isn’t unusual for me, but it’s the first time I had ever got up so early for that purpose. I put my cap on to soak up the sweat that I knew was coming once my heart-rate got up, strapped my phone …

In the Desert

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This is a stream of consciousness poem I penned a while ago. It feels right for this first Sunday of Lent. I drank deeply of the wine that gushed from the bread they stabbed. it flowed Death, life, One. One body. One bread. I knelt, lit the candle, incense swirling. Breathe deeply. Exhale. Inhale Spirit, breath of the Holy One. …

Why the Empty Tomb Matters

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I’ve had a train of thought about the empty tomb and risen Jesus on my mind recently. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has been sparked by the ISIS desire to destroy in order to usher in some sort of bloody (in the literal and figurative sense of that word) end-times battle. I don’t know, but the thought has been giving …

Don’t Let the ISIS Vision Win

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From the outset, allow me to say this very clearly. If you’re allowing terror attacks to justify speaking pejoratively of all Muslims; if you’re allowing fear to fuel acts of revenge and you are directing that revenge towards the Muslim community; if you’re allowing fear and anger to cause you to look sideways at Muslims, then you’re doing exactly what …

Where the Fight Against Sex Trafficking and Slavery Really Starts

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Setimaya was a victim of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. She was taken from her home in Nepal and sold to a brothel, who sold her to another brothel, who sold her to another brothel. She was repeatedly forced to have sex with men day after day after day, and if she didn’t make her ‘owners’ enough money she …