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.

You say it best when you say nothing at all

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.

New Zealanders’ changing attitudes to Asia

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

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.