From Pastor Tom’s Desk (Page 3)

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 […]

25 June 2017

Today we will be ordaining and inducting two people into the office of elder. To ordain means to invest someone with ministerial authority through the laying on of hands, in this case as one of the spiritual leaders of our church. To induct means to identify the position that they will be holding which is […]

18 June 2017

Coming up in  our church’s calendar we are being given the opportunity to share together as family at a talent show. The Fellowship Team has got this organised for us all, alongside so many of their amazing ideas designed to help us all build deeper fellowship.  They’re doing a really great job on our behalf […]

11 June 2017

I’ve just recently finished watching a DVD called ‘An Appalachian Dawn’.  Appalachia is a very large area in the East of the United States stretching from New York state down to Alabama. It has long been associated with ideas of hillbillies or families like The Waltons on TV many years ago.  It is a very […]

21 May 2017

CMT (Creative Ministries Team) have been looking at re-arranging the second service a little bit, to see how we can continue to have a great service but which has a different layout than we have currently for freshness sake.  I think it’s a great idea and so if you experience things changed a little from […]

14 May – Faithful, Faith-less, Faithless

I  had some interesting feedback via texts, emails and by mouth (all positive) about the message last week, entitled, “Faithless, Faith-less or Faithful”. For those who were there or who have listened to it on the website, I looked at the two ends of the spectrum most commonly understood about belief i.e. faithless and faithful.  […]