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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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Unplug and Plug In: Neighbours 2 (Roi M)

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

On Tuesday at 12.51 pm most of New Zealand stopped what they were doing and joined together to observe 2 minutes silence for the victims of the recent Christchurch quake and it doesn’t seem that long ago we joined to remember the 29 men who lost their lives in the Pike River Mine. The country’s […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 33

March 21st, 2010 No Comments

Unplugging is particularly hard if you live by yourself. Other people are great sources of alternative entertainment – you can play games with them (or play tricks on them, I suppose), have relaxed chats, do some cooking or a jigsaw, eat dinner together with some great music playing, and if you live with other people, […]

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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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Unplug and Plug In: One More Reason

March 15th, 2010 No Comments

One of the best things about unplugging from screens is that you can enjoy listening to great stuff while doing something else fun or productive.  I am in love with Radio New Zealand, and get heaps of their programmes as podcasts that I can listen to whenever I’m doing dishes or folding clothes or whatever. […]

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Camping Camping Camping!

March 13th, 2010 1 Comment

I reckon one of the best things about Taranaki, right up there with the mountain and the windwand, is that we have our Anniversary Day holiday in March – right when you need a wee break, right? It’s become West tradition to go camping at Oakura over the long weekend.  You can view some photos […]

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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 13

February 28th, 2010 No Comments

Today we went ‘over and back’ to figure out what Jesus was on about when he announced that his followers were ‘salt’ and ‘light’. If you’d like some extra food for thought (perfectly seasoned!), download the excellent reflection from Robyn Lewis from Northpoint at the end of this post.  She’s also our special guest star […]

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A Tale of Two Texts: Jesus Has a Dream

February 25th, 2010 No Comments

While we’re all unplugging from screen-based entertainment this Lent, we have a great opportunity to plug into the life of Jesus, particularly in the biographies of him we have in the Gospels. Last Lent we spent most of our time in Luke’s Gospel, looking at Jesus used instances of hospitality to transform people and relationships.  […]

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