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I Like Jesus

I Like Jesus

“I like Jesus – but I don’t go to church.” OK. Anyone who has been paying attention would be concerned. I’ve seen Christian communities I care about, approximately halve in numbers of people participating in the last fifteen years or so (a period in which the country’s population grew by 20%). The NZ Census figures… Continue Reading

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Prayer for Syria

Prayer for Syria

We have been watching what is happening in Syria. We have been praying for Syria. Saturday, 7 September, is a day of prayer and fasting for Syria. You might use the resources in the Chapel here. Pray the Daily Office (online or with another), celebrate Eucharist with this intention. Light a candle (virtual or nonvirtual).… Continue Reading

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He descended to the dead

He descended to the dead

he descended to the dead. Firstly let me re-stress something. The ever-popular author, Dan Brown, gets it exactly back to front. In The Da Vinci Code he has the gnostics, whom early mainline Christians considered as having false teaching, as thinking that Jesus was fully human, and he has early “mainline” Christians as teaching Jesus… Continue Reading

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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday

he suffered death and was buried was crucified, died, and was buried There is this strange day in the church year: Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday, when Jesus dies, and Easter Day when he rises from the dead. Some call it Easter Saturday – that’s absolutely incorrect – Easter Saturday is a week… Continue Reading

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depression

depression

Katharine Welby has just blogged about her depression. It received media coverage and online comment. I appreciate it so much that she speaks of “hopeful depression”. That she has humour with depression… I’ve been following her on twitter for some time now. Her profile has increased since her dad became the Archbishop of Canterbury recently.… Continue Reading

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anchor

anchor

We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain (Heb 6:19) The anchor was a very popular symbol in the early church. Its popularity faded at the start of the fourth century – when Christianity became legal. In catacombs it is obviously… Continue Reading

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The work of Christmas begins

The work of Christmas begins

Howard Thurman (1899 – April 10, 1981) wrote: When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the… Continue Reading

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