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

Engaging Ramadan as a Christian Minister

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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 … Read More

Justice and Our Union with the Spirit

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I just read this in Tom Wright’s book ‘Simply Christian’ …the task of the church cannot be attempted without the Spirit. I have sometimes heard Christian people talk as though, having done what he’s done in Jesus, God now wants us to do our part by getting on with things under our own steam. But that is a tragic misunderstanding. … Read More

Pause, Wait and Be Silent

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This time of year can be a mad rush. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Christmas sits within our summer holiday so all the arrangements of time off work, a long time off school and the festivities of Christmas and New Year all come together in a perfect storm. It can be stress central. Advent speaks to that. With only hours to … Read More

You are Chosen

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In the Name of Jesus

This time of year is a time where we celebrate a story of joy, underpinned by a theme of hope, but for many those two things – joy and hope – are not their reality. For many this time of year brings hardship. I don’t expect to be able to fully speak to that, but I was just reflecting on … Read More

Advent 2013 Second Sunday Reflection

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Advent 2013

Following each Sunday of Advent I’m catching up with Andrew Urquhart on New Zealand’s Rhema to talk about the theme for that week. Since Sunday was the second Sunday we talked about the theme of peace. You can listen to the chat below. Check out the other reflections for Advent 2013.

Rachel Held Evans on Millennials and the Church

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Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans has caused quite a stir with her article posted in CNN’s Religion section on why Millennials aren’t represented well in churches. It’s a discussion that interests many of us. Of course, the context is the US, but I think her main points carry across to New Zealand as well. This section of her article caught my attention.