Archive for October, 2011

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 […]

Soul Surfer : Bethany Hamilton —

Spent a lovely evening watching Soul Surfer with my three eldest girls last night.  The film recounts the true story of a competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton from the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii.  Bethany lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 and the film recounts her life before, during and after the attack. Her […]

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 […]

Birthday at the zoo —

Today, we spent a great afternoon walking around Auckland Zoo, celebrating Robyn’s birthday in the warm sunshine of the early summer. With the girls growing up, family days like this are to be cherished and this one was one for the album. A soulful White Rhino Oz the Sumatran tiger. Spider monkey swinging over the river. Tumu […]

All Blacks: RWC 2011 Champions —

Local prop Tony Woodcock scores the only try of the game – there’ll be dancing in the streets of Kaukapakapa and Helensville tonight. Stephen Donald, Waikato whitebait fisherman and fourth choice ‘prodigal son’ first-five seals the deal with his kick. A picture twenty four years in the making – big hearts and a tiny trophy. […]

The Night Shift —

In an hour and a half, these blokes will clock on for the most important 80 minutes of their playing career.  4.5 million people will hold their breath, hoping to see the All Blacks win the William Web Ellis Trophy on home ground and cement themselves into the history books and the country’s collective consciousness for […]

Dinner Ladies —

  I’m not scared. I’ve already had three near death experiences. Do you remember Bren? Oh, no, you weren’t there. The last one there was a light at the end of a long, dark passage and Dusty Springfield was beckoning to me with a lovely smile….turned out i’d passed out in the Mersey Tunnel with […]

#occupy —

The 99 per cent have taken up residence in Aotea Square, much to the befuddlement of the locals and international rugby fans enjoying the spring sun this afternoon.  The NZ Herald reports that collating statistics from NZ survey data and the Luxembourg Wealth Study shows New Zealand is the 3rd most unequal country in terms […]