Where is God in the Ordinary?

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God in the Ordinary

In our life at Commoners Wesleyan Community we champion the presence of God in the ordinary. Ordinary Time in the Church calendar is a significant part of who we are. In a world that’s about noise, hype, the pursuit of bigger and better, and where so many expressions of spirituality are seeking lights, cameras, and action I believe we’re in … Read More

Mesenteric Adenitis: A Parent’s View

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Mesenteric Adenitis

In the last quarter of 2016 our 10 year old girl was diagnosed with mesenteric adenitis, otherwise known as mesenteric lymphadenitis. The symptoms were showing as ongoing stomach pain localised to one part of her abdomen, extremely low energy, and high temperatures. A lot of tests and work were undertaken to come up with some form of diagnosis. Glandular fever was … Read More

Commoners’ Worship Gatherings: The Beginning

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worship

This is the first in a series that explains each component of the Sunday worship gatherings of Commoners – the Wesleyan Methodist community that I curate in Hamilton, New Zealand. You can read about some of the thinking behind Commoners here. I decided to write this as our service can seem very simple and quiet, but there is much thinking … 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

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

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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