Leviticus, Spewing, and Tamaki

Reverend Francis RitchieBible16 Comments

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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Bridge

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

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany0 Comments

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 Disciplines3 Comments

eagle

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

Evangelicals and The Mother of God

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Mother of God

For a while now I have been contemplating the title given to Mary (the mother of Jesus) that causes many of us evangelicals to break out in a cold sweat. It’s a title that makes us nervous, yet calling Mary the ‘Mother of God’ has been a mainstay for the majority of Christianity since the very early days of the faith, … Read More

The Seduction of Power

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines0 Comments

This is written in The Message as the opening to the introduction for Nahum: The stage of history is large. Larger-then-life figures appear on this stage from time to time, swaggering about, brandishing weapons and money, terrorizing and bullying. These figures are not, as they suppose themselves to be, at the center of the stage – not, in fact, anywhere … Read More