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Lent 3

Lent 3

Let us pray (in silence) [that the more we see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, the more we may be drawn closer to God] pause God, the source of all our strength; watch over us within and without, that in body we may be protected from all adversity, and in… Continue Reading

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Why homosexuality?

Why homosexuality?

Over the weekend in Auckland and Christchurch Anglican diocesan synods met. Some of the most intense debate was around… homosexuality. Why homosexuality? Why not evolution? Didn’t Jesus clearly believe and teach Adam and Eve are historical persons (Matthew 19:4-6 – incidentally the same proof-text repeated to argue against marriage equality!)? Does Jesus’ claim that God… Continue Reading

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Anticipated eschatology

Anticipated eschatology

Because of the destruction of so many church buildings through the Canterbury quakes, my series on church architecture has a particular poignancy. My posts have often been on some general principle or an individual aspect. On Thursday, 1 August, I attended a lecture by Dr Denis McNamara, an architectural historian and theologian at the Liturgical… Continue Reading

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Church architecture

Church architecture

Dr Denis McNamara, of the Liturgical Institute, Chicago, is an architectural historian and theologian. Dr. Denis McNamara is assistant director and faculty member at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, a graduate programme in Liturgical Studies. He is in Christchurch at the invitation of the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch,… Continue Reading

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Catholic cathedral inspires Christchurch exterior

Catholic cathedral inspires Christchurch exterior

The Saturday Press (Christchurch’s newspaper) had a full-page article about the Christ the Light Roman Catholic cathedral in Oakland, California, and its influence on the exterior look of the contemporary option (called “Option 3”) for an Anglican cathedral in the centre of Christchurch. Oakland’s cathedral was one visited by the Christchurch study tour. I agree… Continue Reading

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Social Media

Social Media

This is an article, by Fiona Summerfield, just published in our diocesan magazine: “These days if you are not on Facebook, you aren’t really human”, teased a preacher at a church I recently visited. In contrast seven years ago, when I first joined an online forum community and members talked about IRL (In Real Life),… Continue Reading

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