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Gloriavale and a More Forgiving God?

Gloriavale and a More Forgiving God?

This is how Gloriavale could be saved. By religion and theology – not by authorities. https://t.co/8klqeP6Fse — Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) April 30, 2018 “Gloriavale Christian Community is a small evangelical Christian group based at Haupiri on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Its population is estimated to be 550–600…Those who leave… Continue Reading

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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

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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

I tend to not like religious movies – I find they are often purile, badly acted, with unbelievable scripts, weak conversations, and poor-quality special effects. Give me a deep-thinking movie, instead, any day. There’s more theology, spirituality, and religion in many “secular” movies than most of the overtly “religious” ones. The movie, Mary Magdalene, is… Continue Reading

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So Long Sola and Solo Scriptura

So Long Sola and Solo Scriptura

The above picture has been doing the internet rounds as a way to somehow attempt to save those who follow sola-scriptura (the “Bible alone”) from its inherent tendency to individualism and, concomitantly, incessant fragmentation. Serious analysis of the rate of sola-scriptura fragmentation shows the rapid approach of the time when the rate of fragmentation of… Continue Reading

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With You, For You, To You?

With You, For You, To You?

This isn’t a post to rehash the USA controversy around Fergie’s singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. This is segueing from that to leading worship. When we lead worship, are we doing that within the community? With the community? For the community? Or, to the community? It seems to me… Continue Reading

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Location Location Location

Location Location Location

Jesus, we presume, spoke mostly in Aramaic. The original context of his stories and sayings was with Middle Eastern peasants. That was the original location. After his death, these stories and sayings of his were told and retold in new locations – Greek-speaking communities around the Mediterranean and eastwards into Asia. A new context. Often… Continue Reading

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Reading The Bible

Reading The Bible

I regularly advocate that people read the Bible s-l-o-w-l-y, prayerfully. I encourage the practice of Lectio Divina where I suggest “Use only a small passage of scripture. This is not drinking beer it is sipping a liqueur.” I have been creating a series going through Matthew’s Gospel line by line, word by word (start here).… Continue Reading

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