In Between The Man and The Message

Scholar, pastor, poet and Christ-follower - Eugene Peterson moved from this life to the next on the 22nd of October. A playful thinker, Peterson was known for both crafting The Message and for his detailed engagement with Christian spirituality, possessing a rare a...
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WHEN YOU AND I CREATE...

November 2, 2018

Jordan Raynor - Called to Create

"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in ...
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The Joy of Tension

October 8, 2018
Tension has a bad reputation these days. We suffer from tension headaches. Bad work situations are tense. Relational tension causes loving couples to walk on proverbial eggshells.  So when tension strikes, we seek relief. We pop a painkiller, we change jobs, we see...
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PeaceMaker

August 24, 2018

I Hate Conflict. I really, really do.

Confession time - I hate conflict. I really, really do. I know that’s not a jaw-dropping claim to make. I’m yet to meet someone who delights in personal conflict. But I have a deep, gut-churning hatred of personal conflict that runs deeper than many people I know. Case i...
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THE PROBLEM WITH PEACE

August 6, 2018
A few weekends ago I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with a short holiday at Whangamata. After 12 months of getting to know my new wife—with all the joy and fumbling in confusion that this change brings—it was a delight to spend a few days ...
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The greatest storyteller and location choice

So here’s the thing.  What’s the big deal with Israel? Why do so many people make such a fuss about it? Why is it so special to both the Jews and the Christians? Why does the place called Israel have so much significance for God? And why - as the book of Revelation ...
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SO HERE'S THE THING ...

June 21, 2018

Choose Any Language You Like

So here's the thing.  Imagine for a moment that you are God. You have just finished speaking the entire cosmos into being, including the Earth and its inhabitants. And you are pondering how you want to tell these inhabitants - humans - about yourself. One of the things ...
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Sunday! Sun, day! A real atmosphere of community and family could be felt everywhere, from the Music Box to The Fort. Brady Toops stunned us all with a pop up set in the glass atrium, Saving Grace threw down in the Bass Trap with a set featuring songs encouraging unity ...
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Saturday was, to put it simply, fun. Sam Bloore and the Festival One band kicked off the day with beautiful worship and a solid message....
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