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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Twisting the Bible like a Nose of Wax

Twisting the Bible like a Nose of Wax

With a ha-ha-gotcha smirk, Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the late, great remnant of Christendom, quoted Romans 13 to justify forcibly removing children from their parents at the USA border. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, also reinforced that all this is biblical. This Bible teaching is famous, of course, in USA, for being used… Continue Reading

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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this marks New Year. It is a time to remember those who have died, particularly in… Continue Reading

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Forming Christians Who Form Christians

Forming Christians Who Form Christians

My reflection today springs from a tweet by Simon Leighton: Loving this blog series from Mark Clavier, https://t.co/5pgfzW5vq5 Really resonating with my essay on Bonhoeffer's vision for ministerial formation. We need less practical skills and more deep grounding in spiritual practice and the scriptures. — Simon Leighton (@simon_leighton) May 8, 2018 What the tweet set… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary Week 11

Resources for Ordinary Week 11

Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow in unity with God – the source of all good] pause O God, the strength of all who hope in you, mercifully accept our prayers, and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do nothing without you, grant us the help of your grace,… Continue Reading

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Bear with me. Be playful and imaginative. This is a bit of a follow up on the statistics presented in my post, “What Prevents New Zealanders Being Christians?” with how we, as the church, might use statistics in our planning. Let’s stay within my own church, Anglicanism – others can do the same exercise for… Continue Reading

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Jesus’ Top Character Strengths

Jesus’ Top Character Strengths

Being conscious of one’s character strengths is becoming increasingly popular, increasingly relevant. The list of 24 character strengths is a common one (image above). Each strength is important – your top five are the ones to pay attention to, and those are the ones you should try and find ways to use more often. What… Continue Reading

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