Deft defying acts, skills she said. Looking good. Cool. Beautiful. Got to, when getting the coffee. In front of you. Continue reading Keeping up Appearances
Hand of friendship to state schools
2001. The missionary on your doorstep is something vital for the Church to recognize, says Helen McGhie, National Chaplaincy Coordinator of the Churches Education Commission (CEC).
Advancing religious education in state schools
Religious education seems to have no place in a secular society, but there are those who want to change this.
Whetting my appetite on a diet of malnutrition things I am supposed to not eat but eating them anyhow no … Continue reading Integrity
And some came from across the ditch
2007. An intercessor encouraged New Zealanders to get involved supporting Australian Christians in praying for their country at the National Solemn Assembly in Canberra.
Partners in Ministry – From relational unity to functional unity
2003. A “rookie” pastor found that churches were not co-operating as strongly as ideal, and he desired a greater unity. It was not enough to motivate Stefan Schlogl, Pastor of Victory Christian Centre, to action but when God spoke to him about initiating fellowship between ministers in the Hutt Valley, he immediately sent letters to some of them sharing his vision.
I got my coffee and wish time would stop because it is National Gormet Coffee Day. I would go home to have dinner, but since it’s Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day I don’t go home. My wife is trying to replace her fad diet with a real one and I want Gormet burgers with my coffee. Just imagine it if I went home. For a start, I can’t even cook my own meal…
2000. “People at the bottom of the heap” are the focus of Christian based Wellington City Mission.
May our farewells speak blessings until we meet again Continue reading Until we meet again
A palatable easy rock sound coupled with some interesting philosophical lyricism leading more to unbelief than belief, in the face … Continue reading Stuck
2001. New Zealanders will be consulted this year on climate change and related issues, initiated by the Government.
According to the Cabinet paper, early decisions and directions, more public education about energy efficiency choices and actions available in the residential, commercial, and other sectors, is to be considered.
First impressions of work can be favorable, but later, an objective eye may see the flaws and blemishes. It should … Continue reading If one is in doubt before submitting
Why fat is “big business”
2000. Janeen Norwicki laughs. “The fat thing is in now,” says Janeen Nowicki. “It makes me laugh. They’re so late getting on the Ferris wheel really.”
Janeen runs Big, Bold, and Beautiful aerobics. When she started the business nine years ago, she says Continue reading “Weight, fitness and body image”
No, not laughable Breezy, uplifting and touching A hint of how much I love you She’s rich but not annoyingly … Continue reading Appeal
Songs like, but Are they any good? Hey, does it indicate my self-centredness– That I don’t like songs like these? … Continue reading Songs like these
Forgiveness is a good choice
2015. You could be twenty steps away from forgiving someone who has hurt you. Yes, forgiveness is a process.Continue reading “Forgiveness is a good choice”
2017. Autopsy is a television series from Britain’s ITV studios that analyses the events around the untimely deaths of famous people. Dr. Jason Payne-James looks at the cause of death that is on the celebrity’s death certificate but looking closely at the evidence he concurs with the certificate or comes to another conclusion.
The subjects of the series are people well-known in film, music, and sports. The days leading up to the deaths of actors Robin Williams and Heath Ledger, and others, are analyzed.
In the episode I am looking at today, the life and death of the Irish-born, Manchester United footballer George Best is scrutinized.
There is a difference between abandoning something and abandoning ship. Abandoning ship means whatever you were occupying is abandoned for … Continue reading Abandoning one project isn’t abandoning the ship
To give sight to the blind
2000. Vision 2020 is Christian Blind Mission International’s (CBMI) latest development.Continue reading “Blind Mission casts a vision”
Free verse is all porridge and poetry Mixed and thrown together like a whirlwind of expressive rage Hot in the … Continue reading Porridge and poetry
The barrister winked at him. “Nothing like a change to get customers back, eh?” Secretly, she slipped something addictive into … Continue reading New story
He couldn’t kick the habit. He kept on taking the same path to the same coffee shop every day. Three times a day.
It is this way, so the illusionist said to the one he called the magician. The illusionist saw it no … Continue reading Illusion
The barrister promised the customer something special in the coffee today. “You’ll take off,” she said.
The weather may have been the same, but not his coffee. The barrister slipped something extra special into his coffee today…
He just wanted to write. He did not want to show off. But Mrs. Humstead wanted to show every one … Continue reading When public profile does not matter
It’s gold for Jesus’ party
2005. Avalon Baptist Church in Lower Hutt choose a gold background for this election-related sign so as not to confuse onlookers that it supported a particular party.Continue reading “Christians and voting”
I like outrageous stories and tall tales that have an exaggerated sense of life. So, here is a short tale of going to the coffee shop.
At odds with kingdom values
2004. A church minister has suggested that what the Enough is Enough march demonstrated was at variance with kingdom values.Continue reading “Response to Christian controversy”
Cultural shifts offer challenges for church
2004. Religious belief is not declining in New Zealand and other Western countries – the situation is increasingly described as a change from “religion” to “spirituality”, so is the consensus from sociologists, theologians, and academics from around the globe who say there is a resurgence of spirituality and belief in God outside of institutionalized Church.Continue reading “The church responds to cultural changes”
Saints and Angels links church and community
2003. Don’t dress up like a ghoul. Come along as Saint John or the angel Gabriel, or Moses. The Saints and Angels party encourages children to come dressed up as an angel, saint, or character from the Bible, rather than Halloween costumes.Continue reading “Church responds to Halloween”
Enough is Enough
2004. The Rally for Human Rights preceded hundreds who marched Monday in the Enough is Enough rally taking a message to Parliament’s steps about the sanctity of marriage, proposed legalizing of civil unions and the Care of Children Bill deemed to undermine the marriage institution.Continue reading “Christians stir controversy at Parliament”
Commercial intent, he said. They said his nose was out of joint, Because he smelt commercialization. “You just hate anything … Continue reading Smelly
How does one understand today’s poem “The Persian Rug”. Although it may sound like red carpet service for politicians despite … Continue reading Understanding “The Persian Rug”
Persian rug for a sow, Not fitting the soul, Dark and dead, With the sin that he did. He said … Continue reading The Persian Rug
More than deluxe And a tip of the hat There’s a love transcending love That I got to have It’s … Continue reading I will
In moments, words were said, Were they two divergent things expressed about the same thing? One moment straight as an … Continue reading All I need to know
The previous ‘poem’ I wrote, “The Friend”, was written out of more a matter of intent than designing something artistic. … Continue reading Intent
An oppressor they called him; Two thousand years of oppression! And women are down? Blame it on the Apostle Paul … Continue reading The friend
Upside means the sunny side up, The bright side of life, The brighter side. But there’s the upside down, The … Continue reading Upside
Departmental assistance not required and unwanted In the belly of the artist living off the love of the Lord Found … Continue reading The case
She entered the coffee shop and stopped. A song was playing inside the shop. She recalled the song and smiled.Continue reading “Recall”
I have been trying to wean off coffee for years, blaming the cafe for making too many good coffees.Continue reading “Bliss?”
I have been reading. Websites. And I see there is a dearth of facts. Sure, there is plenty of warble. … Continue reading When the facts matter in written communication
Uncomfortable he yelled deep down inside subtler than a scream but more telling of his distress than a deep down … Continue reading Day’s in
As the intersection of two souls meet, One soul hopes for more than meet and greet. She took a risk, … Continue reading Risk
Grace besides the shadows, but The shadows overcome me, I could tell they had, I was there to see The … Continue reading Graces
The calm sea comes to the busy street, merging into stillness, The tide rises to the moment And all is … Continue reading Being
I am not hiding In this shell. In this shell Is what I am really feeling. I don’t need to … Continue reading Down real
Not exactly magic this service of mine, They got me throwing, flipping pancakes At the Café Dime. I wait around … Continue reading Struggling to the way
I have been reflecting on the Gospel of John. The read has been enjoyable and compelling. This week, I have been reading the chapter on Lazarus and I learnt why Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. I now share my findings from the gospel itself.
Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha, who lived in the village of Bethany, two miles from Jerusalem, in the first century. Jesus at the time was staying on the far side of the Jordan and was told that Lazarus was unwell.
Two days later, Jesus said to his disciples that Lazarus was physically dead. Jesus explained to his disciples, who were with him, that he meant that Lazarus was resting–meaning his disembodied spirit was resting in Hades, the waiting place for judgment of the dead (as David Pawson explains in “The Road to Hell”). Lazarus was not in heaven or hell. He was resting, in a waiting place for the spirits of the dead.
Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters and was going to wake Lazarus up, so his spirit would come back to his body. Lazarus would come back to life. Jesus went to Bethany and met up with Mary and Martha. Lazarus had been in a tomb four days and Jesus prayed and Lazarus came out of the tomb, alive.
Why did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? Love. Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters. They would have been grateful they got their brother back and Jesus delivered on this for them.
I discovered that Jesus’ love in raising Lazarus has a much wider application as well.
I’ve been thinking…and there should be more writing and literature on this blog, in the future, than general writing and … Continue reading More writing to come read: articles etc.
I have come across some odd sayings in my day. But more than odd, they were controversial sayings, but delivered palatably, with even with a hint that it should be accepted. Except when I heard it, I may have had the advantage of my knowledge over others in the crowd.
The controversies were told at church, but if one knows their Bible quite literally, as I do, you would think twice about the saying. You would recognize it as controversial and that it did not quite fit the evidence of the Bible. Maybe they were aiming for mass and consumer acceptance, but I sat there dismayed. Waiting for someone to correct. So here it is. The fallacies that appeared from time to time on my journeys. How do I reply…Continue reading “Myths and facts”
The English teacher warned the eagerly listening class about waffle. Let me add: you only waffle when you don’t write … Continue reading Why waffle when one can be convinced
Harvest expected in Lower Hutt
2000. Unity between churches in Lower Hutt Valley is unprecedented says Facilitator of Partners in Ministry, Seth Fawcet. He says many people who have been in Lower Hutt for a long time are testifying they have never had this sense of unity.Continue reading “Church unity at ‘high level’ and revival anticipated”
‘God moves’ in Lower Hutt church
2000. “We are sitting on the brink of the greatest revival we will ever see. Only time will tell but that’s where we are at,” says Mike Livengood, a visiting American evangelist to Hutt Christian Covenant Centre (CCC) in Lower Hutt.Continue reading “Visiting evangelist responds to “move of God””
‘God still there with or without Tenney’
2001. Scheduled Raging Fire Conference keynote speaker Tommy Tenney pulled out less than two weeks before the event. After meeting, organizers decided to continue with the event.
Set in the auditorium of Naenae College in Lower Hutt over September 27 and 28, the crisis in America detained him.Continue reading “Organizers don’t give up”
‘God chaser’ coming
2001. Revivalist Tommy Tenney, author of the best-selling The God Chasers, told O.A.C. Ministries evangelist Tim Findlay that he was open to come to New Zealand after his tour of Australia this year. Their relationship was born when the American itinerant minister spent time in Nelson last year, where approximately two thousand people attended his conference.Continue reading “Enthusiasm builds for conference”
There are millions even trillions of stories in the Mind’s eye, but only one, maybe two or three, that should … Continue reading One among the million stories
Getting things done is one of the things that bothers me — because of time I might not get the … Continue reading Getting the job done
It is normal for an author to revise published works. Authors of books have done it all the time, I … Continue reading It is normal to revise one’s published work
The media recently seems pretty up beat about the future with Joe Biden, the G 7, and overcoming Covid. That’s … Continue reading Background to today’s “Come Back” poem
Hope because of you, Hope, I need you. Hope, visiting me, Hope encouraging me. Love needing me. Hope seeing the … Continue reading Choosing me
The world is running, Going forward, Hopes it will stay, Getting better every day, Around the corner, something bright, News … Continue reading Come back
He started the weekend on Weds. And ended on Monday midnight. Wth a head full of air, And seamlessness of … Continue reading Excited for the weekend
Almost sleeping, but aware. Almost dreaming in the light, during the lamps of day. Reverie. I have been pondering in … Continue reading Lan of Nod
I’ve been working on a book of reflections based on my readings of the Gospel of Mark. The gospel is … Continue reading Writing reflections is, well, a reflective exercise
One huge negative compels me to write today. I am sorry because there are positives as well. That one negative … Continue reading Conform?
I’ve been thinking. Of what use is a writer? When you reach a certain age, you look for a job … Continue reading The genre may choose you
Am thinking is my favorite hashtag. Because when I am thinking I am thinking about how I can move forward, … Continue reading Thinking before writing
I was in the middle of watching a advertisement about sagging skin and the product they claimed would get rid of this ‘physical problem’ under the eyes. It seemed it would alleviate the emotional pain that came with having physical unattractiveness as well. That was never said, but isn’t feeling unattractive emotional? Then put the cream on again and again and make sure you get a good night’s sleep for good measure! That does not solve the emotional side of it.
I was hearing the reviews customers gave about the product and how it solved their problem. I always find reviews in advertisements a little if not a lot ingenuine. How can one prove the review is sincere in a format intended to promote a product? I guess some people feel this way about churches.
Surprise, surprise It is a new story this time. I watched with wide eyes, It had never happened before, That … Continue reading TV
So, as I was talking about in my previous post, I have been taking notes on the gospel of Mark. From what I gather, if I remember right, the gospel of Mark is about personal identity. Namely, the identity of Jesus.Continue reading “Identity”
Dearth ahead. Me, seeing it, seeing you there, My head above the undergrowth. Just able to hear Just can see … Continue reading Reflection
Writing is never over. Even the so-called “off-seasons” have a purpose, to enjoy and do well, and to lead one … Continue reading The writing life is fluid
Is your name a pretence? By you, but who are you? You are, aren’t you? A distinctive scowl and careless … Continue reading Changes
The details of my everyday life can make up real to life stories. I was not wanting to go to … Continue reading On the way…
A.I. (2001) speculates on artificial intelligence in the future and asks, does the creator need the creature to love him back?
The poem I published this week, Widow’s Mite, may seem harsh on the rich, it seems to have an attitude. … Continue reading Background to today’s poem
You give more than you can— Every day you give a widow’s mite. What more can you? Rich man: Why … Continue reading Widow’s mite
2000. Kiwi spirit is what pastor and baritone Rodney Macann talked about in my interview with him in 2000. Rodney Macann was, in 2000, leader of the ministry team Wellington Central Baptist. Later, he was the NZ Baptist national leader. As well, he was singing throughout New Zealand and Australia with the major Opera and concert organizations like the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the NBR Opera NZ.Continue reading “The New Zealand spirit”
I was alone when it happened. But I felt a calm around me. As if taking this pain without feeling … Continue reading Drifted
I didn’t consider every publication, but I would have liked to. I think I almost did. It felt like it … Continue reading Combing those market guides
The sky turned on me, I looked, and saw Arrows shooting down, piercing me one by one My soul bent … Continue reading Guilt
This is the first thing my writing tutor told me: always research the market first. That was the first module–on … Continue reading The tutor told you so
I see the rugged hill Where my saviour was Once crucified Blessed are the poor in spirit, Jesus said On … Continue reading Am I Poor, am I Rich?
My first published poem was in a church newsletter and it should have been left for the back page as … Continue reading In safe hands
If an artist spends a lot of time alone, does the artist have time for people, or do artists obsess … Continue reading Life imitates art?
IT’S THE alternative rock, suitable for kids so they say, they says it is a play on the word absurd … Continue reading Alternative rock
I have had experience on my side, publishing credits, and an eye to improve for that next piece and the … Continue reading The solitude of the writer
I listened to this bubbly Canadian upbeat folksy pop with more than enough highs her simple compositions of conversation bubbled … Continue reading Soul
Another interesting conjunction of prose into poetry? The rebel reviewer petrified by rock’s raw beat and easy listening whips out … Continue reading Fan
This is supposed to be a poem. I do not think it is. It does not look like a poem … Continue reading Drive
2019. July 20th in the year 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon. The moon landing is portrayed in the 2018 drama First Man, and 2019’s Apollo 11, which was rolled out to theatres all over the world since March that year.Continue reading “Moon landing and the truth”
I was real in the last post, this post is being eloquent, even experimental. Plastic means to me as far … Continue reading Plastic