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The World is Round – Get used to it


Whenever I put up a date-dependent post I’m bound to get reactions. And some of them snarky. I get told that I’m not taking into account that this particular date hasn’t arrived yet in Britain, or USA, or wherever that person happens to be. The reaction is always there for a feast day, liturgical celebration, or to an April Fools joke of mine. Of course when USA finally gets round to swamping the world with their April Fools jokes the rest of us are half way through April 2. If they are funny, I still laugh. And I certainly am conscious that the world is round; not flat. And that USA is a day behind us.

When California is still celebrating Christ’s death, we, here in relatively-close Aotearoa New Zealand, are already celebrating his resurrection. When we are lying on the beach in a hot summer, others are knee-deep, shoveling snow from their driveways in the grip of winter.

The world is round.

Let’s get used to it.

It’s a parable people.

Flat-earth perspective sees everything only from one point of view. Mine. Round-earth perspective understands that whilst I experience something this way, others have quite a different, even the opposite, and equally-valid understanding.

Flat-earth spirituality: I am right – you are wrong; end of story. Round-earth spirituality: I am right; you see this quite differently; you can also be right….

I call what I see “Earth”; you call it “Země”, and “Bumi”, and “Dünya”… I call the focus of my life “God”; you call this…

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Churches 1

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Churches 1

7 habits of highly effective churches

Habit 1 – Focus on God Church is for God. For spirituality. For meditation. For prayer. For liturgy. This should be self evident. Κύριον τὸν Θεόν σου προσκυνήσεις, καὶ αὐτῷ μόνῳ λατρεύσεις Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him. Matthew 4:10 προσκυνέω proskyneō worship God If people want the experience of a café,Continue Reading


Pope Francis’ 39 Articles?

Pope Francis November 2013

There is already much comment about the consultation Pope Francis has initiated in preparation for next year’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome. I have been predicting/hoping for traction to Vatican II’s call for Roman Catholic bishops to take more appropriate local leadership rather than being seen merely as local representatives of the Pope. MyContinue Reading


Living Cathedral

Living Cathedral

In a city that appears to be being transformed from green and gothic to grey tilt-slab, rectangles and glass, last week’s unveiling of a “living cathedral” concept (image above) for Christchurch’s Cathedral Square I hope will raise the level of architectural discussion in this one-chance-to-get-it-right city’s rebuild. I was recently in Napier, destroyed by 1931Continue Reading


Religious Studies in Schools?

Religious Education

Antitheists are getting restless again. It’s back to an oldie but a goodie: trying to prevent religious and values education happening on NZ State School property (eg. here and here). Don’t expect any consistency from them (of course). It’s not like they want to prevent students singing hymns to God! With both New Zealand’s nationalContinue Reading


Crucified under Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate Inscription

If we were having this conversation in 1960 it might have gone a bit differently. All we had about Pontius Pilate in 1960 was a few lines in the four gospels, and a reference in Philo, and another in Josephus. So Pilate was a bit of a shadowy figure, and we were a little unsureContinue Reading


Church architecture

Dr Denis McNamara

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