Ephesians 5:22-33 is often read as about authority and about power and about those who hold it over those who don’t. In this message I suggest a more helpful way is to think in terms of sacrifice and of following the example we have through Christ, of sacrificing for our beloved.
If, as the Bible teachers, the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, what does that mean for how we live, what we do, and for why we worship? I discuss, in this sermon (mp3) from Ephesian 5:15-21.
What in the world is God doing? Does he have a grand strategy? And do we?
The great, the good, the history-makers, the apostles, the saints, the martyrs: People like us.
What does it mean to have fellowship as Christian believers? How does this impact how we might ‘do’ church? How do we do fellowship? Why do we do it? And for whom? I discuss this, drawing on Philippians 2:1-4 in this sermon on fellowship.
My latest contribution to the Kiwimade Preaching blog, “preaching and praying in poetry and prose” is now online here
An article on Korean migration and settlement in New Zealand, which I co-authored with George Wieland, “God and golf“, appears in the latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 15 (2): 57-75, 2013.
The song with the (frankly) odd line that “you say it best when you say nothing at all” could be open to all sorts of misinterpretation, but it’s good advice for preachers – an occupation where talking is one of the necessities of the job. But sometimes, maybe, silence is best, as I suggest in this blog written for the Kiwimade Preaching website.
Since 1997 the Asia New Zealand Foundation has surveyed New Zealanders’ attitudes to Asia and Asian peoples. Analysing those surveys, my colleagues Professors Paul Spoonley, Phil Gendall and I look at how these attitudes have changed over time, what has influenced that change, and what it might mean going forward, in this report.
Psalm 121 is one of the best known biblical passages, beginning with the question “I look unto the hills, from whence cometh my help?” (to use the KJV translation.) It’s a Psalm, though, that goes on to wonderfully and helpfully answer that question, and provided the text for a sermon I recently gave, which you can listen to here.