Truth is a Person

Two weeks ago we gathered together in our new venue (!!!) for the first time in 2017. The topic was ‘Post-Truth’, what it looks like to follow a God of truth when the truth seems to be so blurry these day (see: alternative facts and fake news), or when truth seems to matter less in light of people’s emotions. Continue reading

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The Bible and the Newspaper

For a number of years now I’ve loved the Karl Barth quote about how we as Christians are called to hold the “Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.” I think it holds a number of ideas pertinent to living as the people of God in 2017.

We believe that the scriptures reveal truths about who God is, but also about how he calls us to live as his peculiar and redeemed people. Continue reading

Summer Movie Guide

Summer is coming, assignments/exams are nearly over and Oscar season is upon us! Here are some of the films I am most looking forward to over the next few months:

Doctor Strange (Oct 27)

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I actually saw this film last night and it was AWESOME. The cast is fantastic, story is great and the whole film looks incredible. You can’t go wrong with Marvel it seems. Continue reading

Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts are amazing. There is a podcast out there for everyone on every topic. From journalism to movie reviews – there is definitely a podcast out there for you. If you’re like me (and I think, most of us) and spend a considerable amount of time on buses/trains/in traffic, podcasts can help you make the most of that time by exposing you to stories from around the world. Here are a few of my favourite podcasts, what are your favourites? Continue reading

SQUAD (11 May)

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I remember it vividly. My younger 17 year old self was sitting in the pews of a large inner-city church in Auckland. The old stained glass windows glistened in the dim glow of the electric chandeliers above. The arched brick work cast criss-crossing shadows that our buildings don’t seem to have anymore. The church was quiet, apart from the speaker’s voice which was projected by the amplifiers hanging from the rafters. It filled the room with carefully chosen words as he articulated the mystery of the Three-in-One God that is the breath in our lungs. For the first time in my life, I began to comprehend that the Godhead was in community within itself. Three-persons-in-one, dancing together in perfect love, relationship, and vulnerability. The speaker said “From the start of time, being made in God’s image has meant that we were made for community. We were made for each other, to share in the community of God with one-another here on earth.” Continue reading

My Favourite Christmas Films

#1 Arthur Christmas

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I was one of the only people (it seems) who saw this film in the cinema and I fell in love with it. Honestly. (It’s probably worth noting I was 17 at the time). This film is hilarious, warm, fuzzy and brilliant boasting some of the best comedic talent in Britain. A lot of people have discovered this film since its theatrical release, but I still claim that it was my favourite Christmas film first. Continue reading