From Pastor Tom’s Desk (Page 2)

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 […]

09 July 2017

Evonne and I are heading away for two weeks annual leave starting on Monday.  Although it’s winter it should still be a time for us both to regroup from the busy year so far and enjoy some restful peace and quiet.  I plan to read as many books as I can and do a whole […]

2 July 2017

Last week was full on for me. At least it felt like that at the end of it as I kept a low profile (the lawns could wait!), on my Monday off reading a book and have a great sleep in the day.  Six days in a row had I had some form of church […]