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Peace Sunday

War Memorial

Peace Sunday is held on the Sunday closest to Hiroshima Day, 6 August. It is fascinating, isn’t it, that the NZ Lectionary Booklet has “Disability Awareness Sunday” on Trinity Sunday, Refugee Sunday, Sea Sunday, Bible Sunday, Social Services Sunday, Arrival of Anglican Missionaries in Papua New Guinea Sunday, etc. – but fails to mention “PeaceContinue Reading

Stroop Effect

colours

OK – How quickly can you say the colours of the words above, not reading the words, but the colour that the word is written in? Most of us struggle not to read a word that is placed in front of us. This is called the “Stroop Effect”. Put words of the service onto aContinue Reading

The Bible in the Life of the Church

Lectionary readings

I have previously written about the Bible in the Life of the Church project which was commissioned by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its meeting in Jamaica in May 2009. Now a commenter has pointed us to the publication of its Phase 1 report and material leading into Phase 2. There is a lotContinue Reading

Do You Like Christians?

Gandhi - like your Christ

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi From time to time I hear people saying such things as being a member of the church is counter-cultural. Well is it…? Really? Always? The impression given is that our culture is self-centered, focused on money,Continue Reading

God and the Gay Christian

God and the Gay Christian

God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships By Matthew Vines. Hardcover, 224 pages; Publisher: Convergent Books (April 22, 2014) I am not encouraging debating here for and against Matthew Vines’ and similar works – there are plenty of websites and places that energetically debate this, and if that isContinue Reading

Lord, it is night.

Tekapo Church

Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God. It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be. The night is dark. Let our fears of the darkness ofContinue Reading

Christian Worship Is Earthy

symbols

Principle 4: Christianity and Christian worship is earthy, not esoteric The fourth principle, above, comes from Celebrating the Eucharist by Patrick Malloy (The first principle is here, the second principle is here, the third principle is here). …The wonder of the incarnation is that the most earthly and earthy of realities are not only toleratedContinue Reading


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