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Mary Magdalene and the Fourth Gospel

Mary Magdalene and the Fourth Gospel

It was probably three or so decades ago that I first came across the contention that the Fourth Gospel (normally attributed “according to Saint John”) originates with Mary Magdalene. Recently, I heard an Easter Season sermon where Mary Magdalene was identified with the repentant prostitute. There is, of course, no biblical evidence for that identification.… Continue Reading

Thinking Aloud Allowed about General Synod 2018

Thinking Aloud Allowed about General Synod 2018

The 63rd General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui will be held in the week of 4-11 May, 2018, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Here are some brief reflections – particularly around discussions and decisions around worship. All the Reports, Bills, and Motions are presented in a well-organised manner here. Report of the Common Life Liturgical Commission… Continue Reading

Thinking Aloud Allowed about ANZAC Day

Thinking Aloud Allowed about ANZAC Day

Yesterday I went to the ANZAC Dawn Service. For those unfamiliar with this, ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli (Turkey) on 25 April 1915. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links… Continue Reading

Bringing Some Balance to Israel Folau’s Reading about Homosexuals

Bringing Some Balance to Israel Folau’s Reading about Homosexuals

There’s a lot of heat being generated in Downunder Australasia with a Bible verse being bandied around by everyone from sports heroes to journalists saying that homosexuals will go to hell. But, what if the Bible verse they so casually quote doesn’t mention homosexuals at all? Are the journalists actually doing their job responsibly? Where… Continue Reading

About Anglicanism

About Anglicanism

I recently spotted a letter to the editor (above) in our local newspaper, The Press. What struck me was that pretty much every suggestion for improvement of the Anglican Church is already a reality. The letter suggested that scriptures be read with an eye on the ancient context in which they were written – tick… Continue Reading




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