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January 2016


Buskers Lead Worship

The annual World Buskers Festival has just concluded in Christchurch. The weather was dreadful at the start of the week (yes – just keep repeating the mantra, “There is no climate change!“) Once again (I have blogged about buskers previously – if you want to read more, see “Similar Posts” below), I am taken by

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Jesus is Maori

Risen – the Movie With some good actors (eg. Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Cliff Curtis), and promising trailers, oh that we might have a religious film that is worth going to the cinema for. I hope for a movie that can be watched by the intelligent devout as well as atheist and agnostic. The recent

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Jesus facepalm

The Anglican Church Of Or

Travelling around NZ Anglicanland, when you are not worshipping with your own community, you get a better sense how everyone is just doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 17:6; 21:25). Common Prayer still exists – in the sense of people joining together for communal worship in a single congregation. But, especially in

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Fixed date for Easter

A Fixed Date For Easter?

Here in the NZ media I’ve seen more on the news that Christians might fix the date of Easter within 5-10 years, mentioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, than that other decision the Anglican Primates made. Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby, Roman Catholic Pope Francis, the Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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Christmas in box

Are The Gospels True?

Friend and fellow Kiwi blogger, Peter Carrell, blogged recently about the historicity of the Gospel birth narratives (in response to a comment of mine). I hope I am fair in my summary of his post: “The invention hypothesis” would have Matthew expanding Mark’s gospel from the perspective of Joseph, while Luke does so from the

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Anglican Primates at Evensong

Liturgy Is A Show

We can learn a lot about liturgy from one of the discussed tweets about last week’s meeting of Anglican Primates. The tweet was: Easily 10+ Primates missing from Evensong. ++Canterbury spent large parts of service in prayer. Clearly something has happened. At first, I couldn’t get my head around it. Surely we spend the whole

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