From Pastor Tom’s Desk

Recently, the Lord prompted me to look at a Psalm which is so well-known that for many of us who have been Christians for a long time, we can be tempted to overlook it.  It is a Psalm that is often used at funerals whether sung or spoken.  For me, I confess that it had […]

3 December 2017

Every three years, ordained Ministers of the PCANZ have to go through a process of evaluation and review to earn what is called a Certificate of Good Standing.  The idea of this, as for other employees in the secular world, is to make sure that everything is going well with the Minister in their calling […]

19 November 2017

On my wall, I have a quote (one amongst many) which says: “..if your dream dies, don’t let your spirits falter.  Keep your eyes focussed on Jesus.” I copied that from wherever I found it a long time ago, and stuck it on my wall because in my life anyway, there are times when it […]

12 November 2017

I’ve recently been loaned a book called ‘Soul Keeping’ by John Ortberg.  It’s sub-title is; ‘Caring for the Most Important Part of You.’ Anyway, in one part he likens our life as a group of 4 concentric circles.  In the very centre is our Will, with the next ring outwards being Mind, followed by Body […]

24 September 2017

I went to a meeting yesterday that was arranged by the Presbytery for Ministers who were either already retired or who would be in the next decade or so. It was led by a finance group who shared all the ins and outs of the Presbyterian superannuation fund and how it applies to Ministers. The […]

3 September 2017

I’ve just spent about five hours going through the material I have in preparation for writing a sermon to be presented this Sunday.  This sort of research is normal in a week for me and takes so long because there’s always so much to read, digest, and then understand in such a way that the […]

20 August 2017

A couple of Thursday evenings back, Ministers and representative Parish elders met at the inaugural southern regional meeting of the Northern Presbytery. The Presbytery as a whole covers from Cape Reinga down to Te Kauwhata which as you can imagine, is a huge area.  There are over 70 individual parishes within that region which can […]

13 August 2017

Warrick found an interesting article a little while back, written by the NZ Executive Director of the NZ branch of the Willowcreek organization. It is a large international organization which has a fairly significant impact on many areas of Christian mission around the world. After some recent travels around NZ, he made these observations amongst […]

6 August 2017

I’ve just finished a book called ‘The Cross of Christ’ written by John R.W. Stott.  Stott has died now (1921-2011), but in his time, he was probably one of the most influential, evangelical thinkers around, and without doubt has had a huge impact on many other famous Christian speakers and teachers of his day and […]

30 July 2017

Evonne and I started back at work this week after having the blessing of a two-week holiday.  We spent one of those weeks at a Bach in Tairua and a few days in a small Waikato village near Pirongia mountain.  May seem quite an unusual mix but in fact, we chose those places purposefully for […]