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MMP in New Zealand

Mixed Member Proportional(MMP) representation has worked well again in New Zealand elections. However I struggle with a major party giving a minor party an opportunity to win a seat so that the major party can have a coalition partner. This is referred to as coat-tailing. In this elections a party that is gifted a party […]

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Do I stand for justice?

As a follower of Christ, I try hard to live my life where I act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with my God (Micah 6: 8). But this is not easy because when one stands up for injustice and oppression, or when one speaks out in defence of any form of abuse, they can […]

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An invitation to a spiritual makeover….

Just came back from having lunch with John (not his real name as he is known by many) who is another disillusioned Christian contemplating chucking in their faith. He gave his life to the Lord many years ago the traditional way but now he wonders why he did that and whether it was out of […]

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Don’t make me an extremist!

Whilst I was at school and later in the military, I had many friends who were Muslims. I enjoyed hanging with them and we could talk on any subject and still leave as friends. Whilst in Australia, I spent a month working with Middle-eastern Muslims in Sydney. They were very hospitable and peace-loving people and […]

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The fundamentalists have got it wrong again… (Part 2 of my response to the movie Noah)

I went to see the movie Noah with my family last night and was left wondering if I saw the same movie as the religious conservatives have been commenting about this past week or so. One thing I have learned is that religious fundamentalists are an unforgiving bunch of people. If the law is broken […]

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What kind of fruit is New Zealand growing?

Having been a pastor for over 20 years and having been through the aftermath of a natural disaster, I am more than convinced that God cares very much about social justice. I am not ashamed to identify myself as politically left leaning. As I read the Bible I see that God has a very deep […]

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What breaks a pastor’s heart?

I was reading 2 Corinthians 11 this morning and verses 28 and 29 got me thinking. This is what it says in The Message: “And that’s not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel […]

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A mighty man who has left his mark…..

Today we got the news of the passing of Nelson Mandela, a man affectionately called Madiba. His journey from being a second-class citizen to becoming the president of a nation is inspirational. To honour him, I want to reflect on some marks Mandela has left behind in this world for us to take hold of. 1. […]

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Redeeming the Profane…..

I had a discussion with a good friend of mine yesterday about the various traditions we have in our church and how these traditions were pagan. He talked about how the traditions we have around Christmas and Easter were pagan practices and were ‘Christianised’ by the Roman Catholic Church. And he is right. However whilst […]

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Elissa Smith – Parklands Local Hero

I am pleased that Elissa Smith won the “Local Hero” Medal in the Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year Awards. There were 700 nominations throughout NZ. In December further judging will take place to narrow it down to ten finalists across NZ Below is the letter I wrote supporting Elissa’s nomination for this award. […]

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