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24 April 2018

I’ve just finished several hours of research and pondering for the message for this weekend.  You’ll understand why it has taken so long if you look at the passage in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. I feel quite pooped at the moment; my head has had enough of trying to juggle all sorts of thoughts, ideas, contemplating […]

22 April 2018

In my research for last week’s message for 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1, I came across this which I thought was very thought-provoking.  I thought you might think so too. In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I […]

18 March 2018

I’ve just got in from the latest meeting of directors of the Rosehill Medical Centre. I’m not a Director, but I sit in at their meetings as a representative of the Papakura Christian Services Trust as the Medical Centre comes under the covering of that Trust. I generally just sit and listen to what is […]

11 March 2018

In today’s message, I’m going to be mentioning puritans, and in particular one famous one, David Clarkson (1621-1686). So I thought a bit of background might be useful, as they were not far away from our own Presbyterian Church roots, and in fact, were closely associated. So I managed to find, and have copied an […]

4 March 2018

Our Parish District Council met last night (at time of writing) and it was a great meeting.  We only meet 3 or 4 times a year and sometimes, they can be a little too administrative to make them ‘fun’, but last night was good. Now some folks in our church family may wonder who the […]

25 February 2018

I read about this the other day and I thought it was funny. There was a pilot who got on the intercom and said to all the passengers, “Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please? Our guidance system is broken and I don’t have a clue where we’re at right now, but I […]

18 February 2018

The Elders and Team Leaders went on a retreat yesterday.  The sole objective of this one was to evaluate the Team’s ministry; to see if is still working well, could do with some tweaks, or ought to be replaced by something better.  These are the sorts of questions that need to be asked from time-to-time […]

11 February 2018

This week, our Bible Study group, alongside others started looking at the parts of the Alpha course. I first did Alpha about twenty years ago while I was the Minister at Tapanui in West Otago.  It hadn’t been done before in that church, so it took a huge amount of effort to be trained, go […]

4 February 2018

Here’s some fun with some basic maths, cause basic maths is all I can do these days! Lol In a day, there are 1440 minutes to use up.  Of that, 480, or 8 hours is used for sleep.  About 8 hours or another 480 minutes is used for work which leaves a further 8 hours […]

28 January 2018

In the church calendar, we’re in the period after Christmas called Epiphany.  That word comes from two parts; epi meaning ‘on’ or ‘to’, and from the root phanein meaning ‘to show’.  So Epiphany speaks of the revelation of or to the power of God to reveal something exceptionally important; a time or moment of sudden […]