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Unplug, Plug In and Live Longer

August 17th, 2011 No Comments

I don’t want to say I told you so, but… Television kills – or at least it shortens your life by 22 minutes for every hour you spend glued to the screen. The unexpectedly lethal impact of watching the box is revealed as latest figures suggest we are spending more time in front of the […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Lenten Life Coaching

March 18th, 2011 No Comments

What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Who am I becoming? What am I doing right now to honour my core values? What am I settling for? What is my legacy? Where do I need to focus my attention? How am I using my gifts? What am I holding onto that I […]

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Thalia’s Top Five #4: How to be Friends

March 26th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here is number 4: one of the 5 things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. Don’t tell numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5, but this is my favourite!  Especially […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 31

March 19th, 2010 No Comments

One of my great hopes for West is that this period of Unplugging from screen-based entertainment will give us space to Plug In to God – maybe Plug back In to God. So often we say to ourselves and each other that we don’t ‘have time’ for things we say are important to us.  I […]

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Thalia’s Top Five: #1 Shelter, Faith, Laughter; #2 Making Room

March 12th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here are numbers 1 and 2, the things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. #1 Shelter, Faith, Laughter Our identity as ‘a place of shelter, faith and laughter’ has […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 18

March 6th, 2010 No Comments

Ruby Duncan is a provocative thinker and local hero.  She’s lived in New Zealand, Australia and the slums of Manila, and is now the head of Iosis, the family support service of the Baptist Union in Aotearoa.   I mention this because she was invited to speak at Parachute this year as part of a […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 4

February 20th, 2010 No Comments

It’s day 4 of our collective fasting from screen-based entertainment.  How’s it going at your place? So far Matt and I have taught each other our childhood card games (it’s all part of cross-cultural understanding) and gone to the high energy Hospice fundraiser, Grease (more about the unsuitability of this adult musical for children later, […]

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Unplug and Plug In Launch

February 14th, 2010 5 Comments

The average Kiwi watches 168 minutes of television each day. That’s the average. So Kiwis spend around 4,000,000,ooo (4 billion) hours a year watching tv. In this mind-blowing article, Clay Shirky does the maths and works out that the free, online, user-generated encyclopedia, Wikipedia, probably took about 100,000,000 human thought hours to create – and […]

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Rocks in the Jar 1

January 9th, 2010 2 Comments

In their book First Things First Stephen R Covey, A Roger Merrill and Rebecca R Merrill tell a story that has become part of our life at West.  We’ve done the rocks-in-the-jar demo several times since January 2009 and it has become a significant image for lots of us. If you don’t know what this […]

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