Reading poetry is what I’ve been doing more of recently as a writer of poetry must read it to see … Continue reading Powerful poems
I made a mention last week to virtually eliminate visual and audio media references from this blog, but one will … Continue reading From the ‘palette’
Released May 21, 1982
The 1982 movie Annie, one of the few musicals of the time, was based on the Broadway musical which in turn was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The movie was a crowd pleaser and a box office success.
New $5.5 million building shows growth in Hutt
A church’s $5.5 million building investment in an old relocated Mitre Ten shop is further evidence of growth in the Hutt Valley.
The Hope Centre, in Lower Hutt, previously the Hutt Christian Covenant Church, has re-launched because of rapid growth and attracted hundreds on its opening day.
A reviewer assumed a screenwriter/director was driven by anger to make a work, but being driven by this emotion seems … Continue reading Writing in anger
Like Ibsen, he knew that to create is to judge oneself From the article “Film Autobiography” by Oswell Blakeston (Film … Continue reading The mirror
As I am progressing my sentence, and stuck for the right word, I try and use two words. Why use … Continue reading One word says it
Cancer victim keeps the faith in face of death
A junior doctor struggling with bowel cancer believes he had the God-given strength to finish his studies, qualify as a doctor and work whilst being treated.
He has also been overwhelmed and lost for words at the generosity of sympathizers.
There was a movie a while back called Identity. (Many communicators start their speech with a positive impression of a … Continue reading Filtering movies personally
Church steps out in faith to build $7m worship centre
The Presbyterian Church in the South Auckland village of Clevedon (a town in New Zealand; see picture below) has paid $1.2 million for 8ha of rural land on which it hopes to build a $7 million “worship centre”.
Kind of nice, but bitter The taste of convenance Easy. Homemade. Over there, not. Nowhere to find. In the place … Continue reading Bittersweet to hunger
Antiochian archbishop visits The head of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand visited Canterbury and Dunedin last … Continue reading Archbishop visits every year on church matters
A straight line I go alone Steps along the way The spring is infectious Buoying me every day Veering not … Continue reading Strait through
Singles seeking support
Members of Christian Friendship Fellowship (NZ) are gathering at Queen Charlotte Sound this Easter from all over New Zealand for one of the fellowship’s major get-togethers of the year, the “Significant Singles” camp.
I better write this While it is not compelling me, but Impelling me to. While not knowing why, I have … Continue reading Feeling today
I have no idea of the matter but I trust the reference book is correct. This is on the matter … Continue reading Not widely known
Cine Rewinder has been updated: Cine Rewinder rewinds the clock to my older movie reviews as well as what I … Continue reading Update
Old way is creaking and groaning
Mark Pierson, of Cityside Baptist Church in Auckland, sees huge numbers of people leaving Western churches as a great opportunity.
The rain is about to fall. So, they told us. But it didn’t come. They all breathed a sigh of … Continue reading Alive
He had been drinking instant coffee for years. At home. Every day, the same brand. The same mix. The … Continue reading Stuck
Kids relive Easter
New Plymouth primary schools have experienced the Easter story close up at a local Baptist church over four days of outreach to mostly year three to year six schoolchildren.
The day long A miracle at the end She saw everything all white And not a drop of negativity passed … Continue reading That day passed into
Everyone has done something they are ashamed of. But the effect can make one realize one ‘falls short’ and is … Continue reading Sustainable?
Weatherboards, straight across— A roof, four walls. I see. Over there, I see you. Close and near. Not in that … Continue reading We
Baptist churches face shortage of pastors
Larger Baptist churches are having difficulty filling senior pastor roles meaning nearly half the pastor vacancies in Baptist churches are either for congregations of 300 or more or in multi-staffed churches.
March 28 is Children’s Picture Book Day. This brings back memories and inspiration. I must bring out that picture book manuscript I wrote all those years ago…
It’s been thirteen years since I first started devising and writing a tale and this week I revisited the story … Continue reading On the schedule
It is Clutter Awareness Week.
I looked up. peace overcame the dreary sky. the clouds left behind, a ray of light broke through Shining bright … Continue reading Looking up
Envisaging and innovating the future Church
Wellington Pastor Anthony Walton views writing books, including his latest, Future Church: Church by Design, as a leadership tool for producing vision, “casting a direction the church needs to head down”.
The Presbyterian Church is consulting with parishes and presbyteries to decide on the priorities for the church’s national tasks.
Focus on the Future is a series of meetings with parishioners being held in the North and South Island and encourages written submissions.
The plan is this. That it goes to plan. What is the plan? No pain in the game that’s lived … Continue reading Ways
Champion of moral certainties
New Zealand Anglican and Presbyterian Church leaders have extended their sympathies to Catholic Church.
You think you know it all. I got to help you, son. The other guy is coming with a message … Continue reading Help me see
Filmmakers don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story
If you want to see a film with accurate history, see a documentary.
That is probably the advice most filmmakers would give.
“Together we can help Kiwis in need”
The Salvation Army’s theme this year is “together we can help Kiwis in need” elaborated in a breakfast presentation with a series of short messages about the work of The Army and their annual appeal. One hundred and twenty years serving New Zealanders was celebrated at Booth House in Wellington, April 16, which also looked forward to Salvation Army Week, to kick off on April 28 until May 4.
God loves us more than we can love God God gives more to us than we could give to God … Continue reading The giver
Church face-lift goes with new market image
Move over the religious services column in Saturday night’s newspaper. Advertise in a movie theatre, or the local rag. That’s what a Brethren church did in an attempt to re-invent itself in the eyes of the community.
Brethren church goes modern
It was do or die for a small Brethren church in Petone that was vulnerable to losing members, especially youth.
After approximately four years of soul searching and seeking God on their situation, a decision was made to go contemporary and be a place where people find reality in community.