My music listening session that covers a week of releases September 22-September 29. 1972. 1982. 1992. 2002. 2012. 2022. The … Continue reading The forecast wasn’t as grim
Loaves & Fishes only community meal
2001. The Community Outreach Mission for the Salvation Army Crossroads Community Church in Lower Hutt (in New Zealand) runs the only regular community meal in the city. Continue reading ““They were coming because they wished to meet with other people””
No let-up in demand for foodbank service
2006. While the Lower Hutt foodbank gave thanks for its 20 years in the community at a mid-week service at St. James Anglican Church, the use of foodbanks continued to increase in some areas of New Zealand. Continue reading ““I would not have imagined that the need would still be as great””
Getting Brash over welfare reform
2005. Christian-based organisations are calling National Party leader Don Brash’s proposals for welfare reform backward measures. Continue reading ““What will be the impact of proposals on the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society””
Minister shortage changes methods
2006. The thirty-one advertised ministerial vacancies in Presbyterian churches throughout New Zealand do not constitute a major shortage, according to the church’s assembly executive secretary Dr Kerry Enright. He conceded, however, that parishes with smaller numbers could not attract ministers. Continue reading ““We don’t think this year we are facing a major shortage”: Presbyterian secretary”
Anglican Church is not wealthy and does not invest in “sin”
2001. The Anglican Church in New Zealand invests socially, and social responsibility is of high priority. Chief Executive of Trust Investments Management Ltd, Peter Jansen, says the Anglican Church is not a wealthy church and does not invest in sin, in response to a 2 September Sunday Star Times article that investigated the Church’s finances. Continue reading ““We are never consciously investing in prohibited investments”: Anglican church”
I think I have finally done it, in that I have produced a satisfactory entertainment blog, streamlined to select movies … Continue reading Showing now
The week’s music. September 6—September 13. 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2012, 2022. Nothing made a strong impression. One stood above … Continue reading Strong impressions hard to come by
Parking problems 2007. More Lower Hutt residents want to go to the library on a Sunday morning than go to … Continue reading Was there enough room to move?
2004/2013. David Moxon became an Archbishop of the Anglican Church in New Zealand and then the Anglican representative to the Vatican in Rome for five years. This was a little of a trajectory of his activities in my interview with him starting with the interview in 2004 and then the interview in 2013. Starting with older The Lord of the Rings news. Continue reading “Applied theology of the Lord of the Rings sold out”
2013. This is Anglican Archbishop David Moxon’s “review” of the first Hobbit movie via an interview I did with him in 2013. Continue reading “Is the first Hobbit movie a ‘religious word’ or principle or something which can change at the heart level?”
2004. I interviewed David Moxon (pictured above), the then Bishop of the Waikato (in New Zealand), about The Lord of the Rings movies that were released in the theatre. It seems quite timely to publish that interview in light of the latest ‘incarnation’ of the Lord of the Rings in the media. Here is David Moxon’s “review” of The Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson This is an unofficial review but an interview I had with him in 2004. Continue reading ““A serious misunderstanding of Tolkien’s intentions” says Bishop in response to critic’s malinging of The Return of the King”
August 29th—September 5, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2012, 2022. My session at the listening post produced music that is almost … Continue reading A quiet week overall
MEDITATION. Genesis 1:20-31: God created the creatures of the sea and the earth, and then God created human beings in God’s likeness.
I look at this passage and see that God does not let the creatures roam and the human beings to exist by them uninvolved. I see that humans and creatures are always in relationship somehow. In this, God does not take for granted how we interact, be that creature to creature, human being to creature and human to human. Continue reading “Humans and creatures exist side by side”
Writing the picture book manuscript
2022. March 28 was 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… Continue reading “Bringing out the old draft in a real genre”
Fifteen issues strong but still a way to go
2002. Since 1998 Soul Purpose magazine has targeted Christian and non – Christian young people aged between 12 – 25 years.
The magazine has reached its 15th issue and while the crew could rest on their laurels, Founder and Chief Editor Hamish Stevenson feels they have a long way to go. Continue reading “A “viable alternative for young people””
Launch of ‘alternative’ youth magazine
2002. In Manchester, UK, an alternative young people’s magazine was launched, which is especially geared towards those in the Church. Continue reading “To present advice in a way “that is cool and appealing to young people””
The name of this blog you are reading is the Write Mix which means there is a mix of writing on it. So, it occurred to me as I posted the previous writing that it’s in the genre of diary writing. And one before that was in the genre of anniversary writing.
Days and dates are important to diaries. In fact, blogs are extremely like the diary genre as every post is dated and journalled.
August 21st—August 28th, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2012. The session opened with Neil Diamond’s Heartlight which was a beautiful way to begin the session, but the next song on the album fell short in my estimation. Continue reading “Another week of songs”
Greenbelt Festival “best yet”
2002. An annual four-day Christian carnival held in Britain over August 23 – 26 hit capacity attendances this year. Continue reading “Largest gathering of festivalgoers for over four years”
Zeal Studio a first for Wellington
2002. In the heart of Wellington City [in New Zealand] is the first semi-professional recording studio in the city managed by Christians, says FX Audio Manager Mat Barnes. Youth center Zeal’s latest development is FX Audio, a recording facility for college students and young bands so they can venture confidently into the music industry. Continue reading ““Our focus is to encourage and motivate youth””
Christian music hits mainstream retailer
2002. The CD Store’s latest venture in retailing Christian music may become a significant part of the music industry in New Zealand, says the chain’s Manager Roger Harper. Continue reading “Retailers saw an opportunity to expand gospel music in the marketplace”
The method of writing metered poetry may start quite from scratch. One forces the words to fit the meter as one drafts the poem. I have found another way that may work for me. Continue reading “How to transform free verse meter by meter”
Album releases for the week of Aug 13th – Aug 20th
For the years 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2012.
And Aug 12th – Aug 17th, 2022.
Dates will be more consistent overall next time.
The week’s findings: Christian contemporary music (CCM) with that beat sound should not be discouraged if the content and music work together to help someone Continue reading “A quiet week”
Enrolments steady at Bible College of NZ
2007. Bible College of New Zealand enrolments are holding steady although they are well down on those of the early 2000s. Figures have declined in the past two years because of a drop in the number of international students.
The college expects 650 full time equivalent students this year at its national campus in West Auckland, nine regional centers, and distance learning center – the same as last year. Continue reading “People still trucking into Bible college”
Salt makes way for Light
2004. Scripture Union is making fundamental changes to their range of published resources which will take over from the old range of Bible materials in September this year.
Salt, a range of published resources to help leaders of children’s, youth, and all-age church-based ministry to run learning sessions and weekly services, will be succeeded by Light. Salt has been active since 1984, though Scripture Union has been publishing a similar church-based curriculum for over 60 years. Continue reading “New Bible materials are a ‘fundamental reshaping’ of older resources”
Unique man with a unique message
2000. Bible teacher and author Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Missler is described on his ministry website, Koinonia House (khouse.org), as a “unique man with a unique message”.
Mr. Missler was speaking throughout New Zealand over the Easter period and beyond. Continue reading “Sitting down with a Bible teacher: “Jesus Christ is the only relevant issue, churches are not””
LIFE. I’ve been reflecting on pilots this week. Some pilots are quite lonely people I assume. They may not be either. But they are on an adventure. Continue reading “Pilots are on an adventure, but is there more to it?”
….propaganda as they say? Worldviews? Human experience? What one is essentially? Faith? Religion? Politics? It matters. Continue reading What does one fill poetry with?
Taking the sheen off the praise When what was delivered was good, I got to get away, Get back to … Continue reading Praise
I was reluctant to headline this post the way it is, as it may sound too selfie. But poetry interests many people so it’s the poetry that counts here. Then I ask, how do I intersect with poetry? Continue reading “Poetry and me”
AMREADING. As well as my other readings, I’ve been looking into The New International Bible Commentary. The first edition was released in 1979. This second edition is part of Zondervan’s Understand the Bible Reference Series.
What’s different? The basic text used is changed from the Revised Standard Version to the New International Version (NIV).
What is it? A commentary is a verse by verse or chapter by chapter-by-chapter detailed analysis.
What do I think so far? Continue reading “The second edition of The International Bible Commentary, an update”
DEVOTION. Jesus’ lesson of the fig tree may be better understood as a figure of speech that teaches us something rather than give an ordinary description of life. Continue reading “Extraordinary figures of speech”
Someone predicting the ending of a story makes sense when there is an explanation for the prediction.
DEVOTIONAL. Do you give enough? I feel I don’t whenever I read the passage in the gospel of Matthew about the rich young man, as if I am rich, which I am not.
Saint Francis of Assisi took the passage literally and lived a life of poverty. Isn’t the writer’s life the same? A vow of poverty to write. Not that I am in that boat at all…
Had a flurry of writing over the Easter period and beyond for some devotions I was trying to get through … Continue reading One or two in the mist
In the Bible, in the gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 16 verses 24-28, a follower of Jesus Christ is challenged to live life in such a way that when he is judged by God, he will enter into life, rather than spiritual death.
OMS – Reaching the nations for Christ
2000. OMS is reaching the city of Medellin, Colombia (pictured).
Over the last year OMS International has seen growth in missionary numbers and new directions in missions with a greater emphasis on international partnership with the emerging national churches on “mission fields”, says New Zealand National Director Denis Shuker.
Anti-slavery film likely to be shown here
2007. The pending release of a movie garnering Christian support in Australia is gathering interest in New Zealand.
The Star Wars Archives Episodes IV-VI
509 pages, hardback
AMREADING. The Star Wars Archives is about the making of the first three Star Wars films. Film historian Paul Duncan interviews the creators and cast and crew to create a narrative of the making of the films as well as include developmental material such as from first drafts of screenplays. There are plenty of photos.
A good chance for “spiritual” broadcasting
2002. The Television New Zealand public broadcasting charter will gradually come into effect but TVNZ will not have an obligation to reflect programmes with a direct spiritual flavour as this will not be part of their objectives, unless there is a change to the charter before it becomes law.
Christians in secular radio and television
Law change in religious broadcasting gets apprehensive response
2000. The law change in religious and spiritual broadcasting in New Zealand means that church groups as well as minority groups should, by legislation, expect their fair share of radio and television programming, but has been responded tentatively to by some Christians working in secular radio and television.
Conference sparks up and inspires youth
2004. Being in the same room as [New Zealand sports stars] Michael Jones, Ma’a Nonu, or Linda Vagana might intimidate most New Zealand teenagers. 1Touch, a youth conference organized by Lower Hutt’s Hosanna World Outreach Centre, gave young people the opportunity to listen to their star’s testimonies on how they succeeded in life, which included a little autograph hunting.
2005. 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.
Envisaging and innovating the future Church
2002. 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”.
Just adding the word may have provided accuracy when one could have missed it out. But is it true?
Martin trial “illustrates need for better care”
2004. Hospice New Zealand is saddened that Lesley Martin felt pressured while providing care for her mother and emphasized the need for more palliative care specialists in New Zealand.
To Be or Not to Be?
2000. Norman has always been a man of decision and authority; in fact some people have found him difficult and boorish.
He has recently, at the age of 56, suffered a heart attack and then, some four days after a severe stroke as a result of a blood clot detaching itself from the wall of the heart. The brain swelling after the stroke made his condition much worse and it was feared that he would die. He was ventilated and treated vigorously for his heart, lung and brain damage.
Born of a woman every day; We are never alone in this world. The family of humans Reborn every day. Continue reading With you
As crude as the priest put it, The answer he gave made sense, Although I questioned the expression, The answer … Continue reading A life giving word
Church used for acoustic concerts
2004. New Zealand recording artist Bic Runga is on her one-month Acoustic Church Tour playing at 10 churches on a 16 date tour.
Bic Runga is a 26-year-old singer songwriter, signed to Columbia Records in New Zealand, and with two albums to her credit, Drive and Beautiful Collision.
Quite a character, in fact — as every movie cop should be. – Gordon Gow on the idiosyncratic features of … Continue reading Unique characters
More kids trigger expansion
2006. Knox Presbyterian Church in Lower Hutt (New Zealand) is undertaking the extension and renovation of its Grimes Hall at a cost of nearly $750,000.
When is the abundant genre appropriate to write today? Perhaps not these days. But what about past days? Future days? … Continue reading A genre filled with life
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
New $5.5 million building shows growth in Hutt
2007. 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
2014. 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.
Church steps out in faith to build $7m worship centre
2006. 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
2007. The head of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand visited Canterbury and Dunedin last weekend 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
2005. 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
Old way is creaking and groaning
2001. 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
2005. 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
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
2006. 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 As it was on the schedule…
I looked up. peace overcame the dreary sky. the clouds left behind, a ray of light broke through Shining bright … Continue reading Looking up
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
2005. 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
“Together we can help Kiwis in need”
2004. 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
2005. 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 to re-invent itself in the eyes of the community.
Brethren church goes modern
2001. 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.
Home to grace pregnant teenagers
2003. When Treena and Marcus van Rijssel purchased a house in Wellington last year for the purpose of housing and supporting pregnant teenagers, two pregnant girls approached them to use the facilities which were not furnished or decorated. One of those girls has gone on to appear on Kids – a TV 2 documentary about teenage mums.
God did his work And I am proud of the work he made. It was awesome that he rested after … Continue reading Labour’s love
2000. Aglow New Zealand encourages women to become whole in body, soul, and spirit in an age where it can be fashionable to focus on form rather than content.
Call to boost aged care
2005. New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services is challenging the Government to sufficiently fund rest homes and hospitals of elderly people and says a 3 percent funding increase is too little too late.
Impacting Christians and non-Christians
2000. “We exist so that God, working in and through us, will use us, to help people know, apply, experience, embrace and proclaim God’s truth on marriage and family. The result is godly families reaching others with God’s truth”, explains Andy Bray, Director of FamilyLife (in New Zealand), a ministry that encourages a variety of couples at various stages in life in their marriages and roles as mothers and fathers.
Doubly successful in marriage
2013. A retired New Zealand vicar who’s been blessed with two long, happy marriages knows the secret of success.
Cecil Marshall, now eighty-six, was married to Barbara for 40 years. After her death 18 years ago, he was devastated but remarried and has enjoyed another 17 years of marriage to Margaret.
“Special Presence” at Sydney Games
2000. The YWAM New Zealand outreach team experienced a “fruitful” three weeks at the Sydney Olympic games this year says Jay Granat, team leader.
Calling Kiwis to the Olympics!
2000. Blood, sweat, and tears is going to flow from thousands of people worldwide at the Olympics this year. And it will not be just the athletes. The YWAM 2000 Games outreach in Sydney, where the Olympic games are being held in September, will be well underway with an estimated three thousand people. Lots of travelling, little sleep and battling crowds is the order of the day but promises to be one of the most memorable and exciting times in someone’s life. The NZ organizers are looking for 250 New Zealanders to take part.
Appeal for cyclone-struck Niue
2004. Christian World Service (CWS) is raising money to contribute to the rebuilding of cyclone-damaged Niue.
Cyclone Heta devastated Alofi and the only hospital on the island on January 6.
Caring Christian community
2001. Twenty years ago, a person who had a psychotic experience may have been admitted into a hospital ward for years.
That same person or a person with the same set of symptoms may never enter a hospital today because there is better care in the community and more support for the family. The illness can be treated without necessarily having to be admitted into hospital.