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The Universe in Your Backyard #7: Ephesians 5:1-20

October 23rd, 2011 No Comments

The Christian Life is about imitating Jesus

Jesus spent time with people, he ate with them, prayed with them, taught them, learnt from them, laughed and socialised at parties and accepted them for who they were. He lived with his disciples…

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The Universe in Your Backyard #2: Ephesians 1:15-23

September 15th, 2011 No Comments

On Sunday James McKillop confessed to us that as a ‘Navigator’ at university, he and his mates had privately christened half the Navs the VGNs, while identifying themselves as NNs. He said (and you can hear his sermon here), ‘You see, the Navigators are a group which pride themselves on such things as bible studies, […]

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Matters of Life and Death #5: Dementia and Frailty

August 14th, 2011 No Comments

I read some of Sandy’s story on Sunday: One afternoon, I left work and did not know how to get home. This was the start of a “downhill no return” into the Alzheimer’s world. I am now in my world, a world of confusion, fatigue, and most days, in severe pain. I know there are days that […]

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Act of God

February 27th, 2011 No Comments

The Christchurch earthquake was “not an act of God”, it was just “the Earth doing what it does”. These are great words from the Dean of Christchurch Cathedral, Peter Beck. He said to 3 News, “For me as a Christian, the act of God is in the love and compassion that people are sharing among […]

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Neighbours (Roi M)

February 9th, 2011 3 Comments

From Roi M I have been thinking about the whole “Stepping out the boat” thing and what is churning around in my head is the “love thy neighbour” command. I guess it is pretty important because Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all […]

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Free Range Preaching: Challenge

January 16th, 2011 3 Comments

If you know one chunk of Micah, it’s probably this one, found in chapter 6, verse 8: He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. This has become the catchcry of Christians […]

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Free Range Preaching: Yet

January 6th, 2011 5 Comments

Why do bad things happen to good people? This might be the most-asked theological question in the world, and you’ve probably asked a variant of it yourself at some point. This week we start a short series on the ‘minor’ prophets, the short books at the end of the Old Testament. We begin with Habakkuk […]

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Luke and Rembrandt

December 19th, 2010 No Comments

This morning we had some help from the master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, in hearing God. His painting of the events of Luke 2:22-38 is sometimes called ‘Simeon and Anna Recognise the Lord in Jesus’ (most other famous paintings of the scene are called the much less insightful ‘The Presentation at the Temple’, also this […]

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Advent 2010

December 1st, 2010 No Comments

‘Tis the season to be Adventy! On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we get ourselves ready to welcome Jesus again, as ‘God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, the Message). On Saturday James, Carol, Matt and I spent a day at Northpoint […]

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Everlasting Debtors

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

Martin Luther King Jr wrote this in Strength to Love: We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women…. When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by […]

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