Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

The Beatbox Nativity —

Contemporary yet scriptural, dear reader, I give you TyTe and The Beatbox Nativity. and, for those who like their greatest story ever told live and unplugged, the Nativity Rap live and on location. TyTe (aka The Reverend Tyte) is a vicar at Uplyme Church in England and was a professional beatboxer before being ordained seven […]

Desparately seeking Samaritans —

Just heard this story on Rhema news and was disappointed by its timeless similarity to Luke’s story of the Good Samaritan.  “It’s not an easy life for a person with an intellectual handicap, particularly if they aren’t severely handicapped, because they realise what is going on, and they realise they are different.  And it’s not easy being a […]

A Harvest Of People —

For all my friends  – especially those celebrating Thanksgiving today – I’m blessed to know you. Let us give thanks for a bounty of people: For children who are our second planting, and though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they forgive us our cultivation and fondly remember […]

The Money Lenders & The Temple —

A little light web wandering this evening brought me to this pointed observation by Scott Paeth. “It’s always instructive to see how religious heirarchies are likely to respond to movements for social change. Religion is often, though not always, a conservative force in society, so that militates against the possibility of Anglican officialdom siding with […]

Pulling things to pieces —

Arriving home last Sunday and keen to make the most of the early summer sun, I whipped up a ‘whatever is left in the fridge’ salad and headed for the deck.   Munching away, I was keen to read Frederick J. Tritton’s The Discipline Of Prayer (Pendle Hill Pamphlet No.42) but couldn’t get past this passage […]

Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home! —

Callum & Fiona McKinlay, OMF missionaries who have recently returned from Taiwan, spoke at our church yesterday.  Having spent years reaching out to blue collar Mandarin speakers more used to the oral tradition than reading scripture, Callum demonstrated the storytelling methods he uses to share his faith.  He told the story of Jesus healing the paralysed man […]

While driving —

My prayers – and the ways in which I pray – are many and varied but increasingly I feel drawn to the ‘expectant silence’ of Quaker prayer I grew up with.  Driving to work today after the excitement and drama of the long weekend, I was trying to still my mind and ‘wait upon the […]

Water Woes – update —

Yesterday, prayers were answered when we received an email from the mission team in Thailand. They are all well and have moved from Mauk Lek back to Bangkok without incident and avoiding the areas worst hit by flooding.  From the brief email we have had, it seem that despite the weather and floods, they have […]

Water Woes —

Life’s full of irony. Considering the impact that the weather is having around the PacAsia has given me reason to pause and ponder on how much I choose to ignore when I am not involved or impacted in some way. Here in the rural north of New Zealand, we have thoroughly enjoyed the spring sunshine […]