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July 2014


Stroop Effect

OK – How quickly can you say the colours of the words above, not reading the words, but the colour that the word is written in? Most of us struggle not to read a word that is placed in front of us. This is called the “Stroop Effect”. Put words of the service onto a

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Do You Like Christians?

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi From time to time I hear people saying such things as being a member of the church is counter-cultural. Well is it…? Really? Always? The impression given is that our culture is self-centered, focused on money,

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God and the Gay Christian

God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships By Matthew Vines. Hardcover, 224 pages; Publisher: Convergent Books (April 22, 2014) I am not encouraging debating here for and against Matthew Vines’ and similar works – there are plenty of websites and places that energetically debate this, and if that is

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Christian Worship Is Earthy

Principle 4: Christianity and Christian worship is earthy, not esoteric The fourth principle, above, comes from Celebrating the Eucharist by Patrick Malloy (The first principle is here, the second principle is here, the third principle is here). …The wonder of the incarnation is that the most earthly and earthy of realities are not only tolerated

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What Denomination You Are

Thank you all so much, those of you who participated in the denomination poll. Nearly six hundred of you shared the denomination you identified most with. The results, in round numbers, were: Anglican; Episcopalian; Old Catholic 65% Roman Catholic 12% Methodist; Presbyterian 8% Other: 12% of which the biggest group was Lutheran 5% Pentecostal; Evangelical:

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Obsession With Rules 2

As promised, this post continues the reflection on keeping faith with our agreements (and, if you haven’t read that post, it may benefit you to do so to get the frame for this one). The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) is a community held together by voluntary compact. We do not

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