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Saying Lunchtime Grace... At Work

We were sitting around a table - 12 of us, six couples - at a boutique cheese maker. Lunch had been delicious , the view was spectacular, and the conversation full of laughs. We were talking about the future, our futures, when one of the group said that their life, their future, had changed for good. They then told us about a family drama that they were being drawn into, one that likely ended in divorce, and that, circumstances being what they were, would require considerable help from them for ...

May 24, 2019

PASS OVER

‘Taking bread, He blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.”’ Luke 22:19 MSG The greatest story teller is, without question, God. He has a couple of massive advantages! He knows everything. And he is eternal. So He can tell stories that  both absolutely ring with truth and that are also epic beyond imagining, spanning centuries, sometimes thousands and thousands of years. And we get to read these stories - in the Bible. ...

April 19, 2019

... WEAR LOVE

Kia Ora Family, Graham Burt here. Festival One Director. Thanks so much for praying for Christchurch and our nation over the last few days. As a country we have responded wonderfully to an unspeakable and unthinkable tragedy. I guess like most of you, my mind over the last few days has been swinging from one polarity to the other - Why this? What should be done? How could this happen? What do we do next? What about the perpetrator? I found this morning’s reading on YouVersion instructive. It i...

March 18, 2019

SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 3 was full of dancing, that's for sure!...

January 27, 2019

SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 2 - a solid 10/10! What a day of music, food, sun and skating....

January 26, 2019

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Let's just say Day 1 was SO VERY GOOD! Bring in Day 2. We've got Chad M Johnson, for King & Country, Citizens, Levi The Poet, that free Argentinian BBQ and so much more!...

January 25, 2019

WHEN YOU AND I 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 gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.'" Exodus 31:1-5 (NIV)In this somewhat obscure passage in the book of Exodus, we meet a man named Bezalel who God is c...

November 2, 2018

In Celebration of Eugene Peterson

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 ability to speak with a simple depth that was accessible and challenging to all. In celebration of his life, NavPress created this poignant short-film with Eugene and his wife, Jan. Full of wonder and insight, this is a medita...

October 23, 2018

The Joy of Tension

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 seek to sort out our disagreements - whatever it takes to avoid the uncertain, uncomfortable twist of tension. Because, at the heart of all tension, is uncertainty. Tension is caused by two poles, battling for attention. Pe...

October 8, 2018

PeaceMaker

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 in point:  - when I was 18 years old, one of my good friends got into a fight with the person that they were dating. They shared the story of their conflict with me - explaining the hurt that was flowing from both sides. ...

August 24, 2018

THE PROBLEM WITH PEACE

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 reflecting on our first steps on this journey together.  And, if you asked me to describe the weekend, I’d use a word that we’re all familiar with.Peaceful. It was peaceful. What did I mean when I used this word...

August 6, 2018

SO HERE’S THE THING ...

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 suggests - does it play a central role in the winding up of... basically everything.  Some of the answers are obvious, but I want to point out one that you might not have thought of. And it might be a rather important re...

June 29, 2018

SO HERE'S THE THING ...

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 you are considering is that you are beyond space and time. You are infinite. However humans are finite, and so there is going to be a degree of them being unable to completely understand who you are. You are another kind of b...

June 21, 2018

Sam Bloore | Monday Festival One 2017

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January 30, 2017

Sunday Summary | Festival One 2017

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 and love, and The Brilliance blew our minds with their beautiful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Wilderness Love, and Ike Ndolo both brought some soul and groove to the One Arena – while the Market Stage played host to Thad ...

January 29, 2017

Saturday Summary | Festival One 2017

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....

January 28, 2017

Friday Summary | Festival One 2017

Friday. What a day! Tents were pitched, campsites curated and sweet tunes grooved to....

January 27, 2017

Graham Burt | Community

We sat down with Graham Burt for a chat about community, the beauty of being part of the festival family and the in's and out's of Festival One 2017...

December 8, 2016

Rikk Watts | Sunday Festival One 2016

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January 31, 2016

Festival One 2015 Trailer

If this is how good it looks, just imagine how it will feel. Over 70 Bands. 5 Stages. 3 Days. Music, Art and Community. Festival One. "Free the House" - Halfnoise http://halfnoisemusic.com...

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