Confessions of a Pastor

Confessions of a Pastor

It’s a funny old life being a pastor in my context. I’m in a denomination that has a historical strength about the value of congregational governance, and yet in today’s world people are saying we need leadership, someone who will come in and cast a powerful vision that will grow the church, as long as the congregation can control the pastor.

  • Do what you do well

    Do what you do well

    One morning in India a word came into my head. Because the word was so perfectly formed and profound I presumed it was from the Lord. I could not have thought of this.

  • Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah? (part 2)

    Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah? (part 2)

    Are we seeing the biblical signs, described by Jesus' disciple Matthew?

  • Count me in

    Count me in

    No one likes to be left out – unless they choose to opt out of something themselves. And some people have been doing that in NZ as we have just had our five year census, when everyone in the country is required to complete an individual form (or have someone do it for them). 

  • Epic formula to conflict resolution

    Epic formula to conflict resolution

    There are moments in my life when I have been disrespected, mistreated or even despised. How about you?

  • Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross?

    Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross?

    Who are the great Australian heroes? Sure we honour our sports stars but aren’t our real heroes the ones who lay down their own life for others. Our Anzacs are heroes, as are those who risk their lives for our safety.

  • Billy Graham: finding a place to call home and ageing with purpose

    Billy Graham: finding a place to call home and ageing with purpose

    With the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, I have been thinking of what it means to age in Christ. Billy Graham was a godly man who was used by God to bless others right up until the day of his passing into the presence of God.

  • The Days of Noah or The Days of Elijah?

    The Days of Noah or The Days of Elijah?

    "Much of the church has acted, and still acts, as though it has been grafted into a Christmas Tree – flashing its attractive lights and decorations, but unconcerned about its loss of roots and wondering why it is spiritually drying up and dying."

  • 100,000 Kiwi kids to hear about Jesus this Easter

    100,000 Kiwi kids to hear about Jesus this Easter

    This Easter, Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) is giving away 100,000 copies of The Super Cool Story of Jesus.

  • Insecticides – natural or commercial?

    Insecticides – natural or commercial?

    Sitting here at my computer, I am regretting sacking our local friendly huntsman spider and hoisting him (or her) outside to fend for himself (or herself) in the garden on his (or her) own.

  • Give up, or take up?

    Give up, or take up?

    In the higher latitudes we enjoy the regular cycle of seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. We’re now heading into Autumn and it’s that mellow time for harvesting of fruits: apples and pears, grapes for eating and for making wine.

  • The power of narrative - part 2

    The power of narrative - part 2

    In Second Samuel chapter 12 we’re told a fascinating story about a prophet named Nathan who was sent to David to rebuke him for committing adultery and also for murdering the woman’s husband to cover the fact that she was pregnant.

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