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Aotearoa New Zealand Christmas Stamps 2018

Aotearoa New Zealand Christmas Stamps 2018

Over the years, NZ has, on its stamps, minimised the Christmasness of Christmas. It is great to see (at least for old people who still use stamps 😉 ) that this year Christmas on stamps is back. They are designed by Saint Andrew Matautia. They include images of pohutukawa (our Christmas tree). But NZ Post… Continue Reading

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A Fixed Date For Easter?

A Fixed Date For Easter?

Here in the NZ media I’ve seen more on the news that Christians might fix the date of Easter within 5-10 years, mentioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, than that other decision the Anglican Primates made. Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby, Roman Catholic Pope Francis, the Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew… Continue Reading

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Pagan Origin of Christmas?

Pagan Origin of Christmas?

Around Christmas time there’s always the old saw that Christmas is essentially a pagan celebration. It’s usually said by a Christmas Grinch, or a Jehovah’s Witness, or someone with a particular agenda. The truth, possibly surprisingly, may be the other way around. The Puritan-dominated Parliament of England in 1644 banned all Christmas activities as being… Continue Reading

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A Blessed Christmas!

A Blessed Christmas!

The Incarnation is into the real world – not into a sanitised, perfected world. We do not cleanse our lives in order to have a purified heart to welcome God in Christ. God in Christ comes into the mess of our sinful, ordinary hearts and lives to begin the work of transformation, transfiguration. I am… Continue Reading

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Fear Not!

Fear Not!

My Christmas Message Blessings to you and yours for the Christmas Season and for the Year of Our Lord 2016. Thank you for being part of this virtual community. Linus Drops His Security Blanket Here is a short video clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas! NB: at 0:35 seconds, Linus says: “Fear not!” At that… Continue Reading

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First Christian Service in New Zealand

First Christian Service in New Zealand

Tomorrow is 200 years since the Gospel was first preached in Aotearoa New Zealand. it being Christmas Day, I preached from the Second Chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel, and tenth verse: “Behold! I bring you glad tidings of great joy.” The Natives told Duaterra [Ruatara] that they could not understand what I meant. He replied… Continue Reading

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Te Harinui

Te Harinui

On Christmas Day this year we celebrate the bicentennial of the first Christian service in Aotearoa New Zealand. I have written about this here: Samuel Marsden Christmas Day 1814. And quoted from Samuel Marsden’s journal. I was asked to write a proper preface for the celebration, and have done so here: Marsden Ruatara Proper Preface.… Continue Reading

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