3 Reasons Why I Love Traditional Church Buildings

Church

Up front I need to mention that I am not part of a faith community that meets in a traditional church building. These days that seems to surprise people. The faith community I am a part of meets in a facility that houses a number of community groups. It has its own beautiful appeal that speaks of God’s redeeming work …

A Good Way to Read and Apply the Bible

Bible

I’m a minister, not a Bible scholar (though a minister must have some basic tools for reading, interpreting, and applying scripture) but I was involved in a discussion recently where ‘progressive revelation’ (in relation to the Bible) was used to argue the case for a changing approach to a certain hot-button issue. From what I could gather, the understanding of …

Making Sense of Noah

Noah

A little while ago I was sitting at the table with my wife and 8 year old daughter. It was dinner time and our daughter had her new Bible with her. It’s an NIV and she was excited about it because it’s her first full Bible, so she wanted to read some of it at the table. She decided she wanted to …

Dear Journalists

Journalism

Dear New Zealand journalists, Over the last few months I have had a chance to sit down and have one on one conversations with a few of you across various news outlets. This has included people from print, television, radio, and online news. I’ve had that chance because I set up a simple little charity focused on stepping into life …

Engaging Ramadan as a Christian Minister

Christian doing Ramadan

This year I am engaging in Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Being an ordained Christian minister I know this raises many questions and for some, concerns. I want to take the opportunity to explain why and how I am doing this, and in the conversation that follows in the comments section, I can further answer any questions. Allow me …