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Holiday Thoughts

Holiday Thoughts

I’ve been away having some vacation time on both main islands of NZ, visiting cities, towns, villages, and rural areas. Such time travelling, as usual, gives me a different perspective – and extra time for reflection. I noticed… Never once did I publicly see a single person wearing a clerical collar or anyone in a… Continue Reading

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The One True Church

The One True Church

My friend and fellow-blogger, Peter Carrell, recently said it well: I belong to the one and only true church. It is perfect in every way, doctrinally, liturgically, morally, ecclesiologically. It only has one member. And you can’t join it in case you wreck it. In the spirit of Throwback Thursday I rework a blog post… Continue Reading

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The Abbot’s Shoes Seeking a Contemplative Life

The Abbot’s Shoes: Seeking a Contemplative Life by Peter Robertson (Kindle $2). This is Peter Robertson’s story, set in New Zealand. He joined the Cistercians in New Zealand at Kopua Monastery, in the early ’70s was when I first started going to the monastery (I am now a Cistercian Associate of Kopua). Vividly descriptive, it… Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Improve Progressive Christianity

5 Ways to Improve Progressive Christianity

Someone recently pointed me to a blog post 5 Areas Where Progressive Christian Culture Completely Loses Me. Benjamin Corey there wrote about Far too many progressives ready to rebuke you for not being progressive enough Neglecting the truth that choosing to follow Jesus results in a changed life Mishandling scripture to avoid traditional interpretations of… Continue Reading

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Archbishop Justin Meets Pope Francis

Archbishop Justin Meets Pope Francis

This month, Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin met for the second time. Some are often over-optimistic – organic Christian unity can be made to look just around the corner. A long list of documents agree on everything from the eucharist, church, ministry, authority, salvation, ethics, and Mary. There is not one single area… Continue Reading

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Remember to Survive

Remember to Survive

My e-friend and commenter here, Rev. Joshua Bovis, has a blog post essentially on the value of liturgical repetition in a vibrant church life. He reproduces an article by Mark Brolly (in TMA) reflecting on a lecture at Ridley College by retired Bishop of North Sydney, Bishop Paul Barnett. The primary value of his post,… Continue Reading

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Anglican Catholic Protestant Orthodox?

Anglican Catholic Protestant Orthodox?

Is the Anglican Church “catholic”, “protestant”, or both? How does it describe itself, and does that matter? Regulars will know, I am always particularly wary of uses of the categories: catholic, orthodox, charismatic, protestant, evangelical. Often what one person says, using one of these terms, is quite different to what another person hears – sometimes… Continue Reading

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