Category Archives: jesus

A Profound Humility

Seasons greetings everyone. Rob here. This Christmas let’s not pretend that all is well in the world. Let’s not pretend that we don’t have our own sufferings to contend with. Let’s not pretend that we have all the answers about … Continue reading

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The Practice of Love

Hi everyone. Rob here. In the book of James we see the old sage dispensing wisdom to his audience. It is wisdom born out of experience. As the leader of the Jerusalem church he had seen it all: Persecution, famine, … Continue reading

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Shaken but Strong

Hello everyone. Rob here. It’s my daughter’s birthday today and my son’s next week. They are growing up and their parents are growing older. It’s a reminder, once again, that life is constant change and transition. 2020 has been one … Continue reading

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He Is Our Help

Hi everyone. Rob here. This morning I found myself thinking about Psalm 121. It starts like this: I lift up my eyes to the mountains –    where does my help come from?2 My help comes from the Lord,    the Maker of heaven and earth. I … Continue reading

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Rethinking Church (Finale): Movements Must Move.

Hi everyone. Rob here. One of the things that is changing rapidly in church life is the role of denominations. In many ways a denomination is like a multi-national corporation that oversees regional areas and a multitude of smaller companies. … Continue reading

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Let The Good Seed Grow

Hi everyone. Rob here. As we seek to interpret the times we’re living in, I find that it’s hard to go past Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30. A farmer plants good seed in his … Continue reading

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All In

Hi everyone. Rob here. It’s a beautiful Autumn day here in Hamilton, NZ. The leaves in my neighbourhood are changing colour quite dramatically. A few are out mowing their lawn. There are people walking the dog and playing with their … Continue reading

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Jesus Invites Us

Hi everyone. Rob here. In Luke 5 we see Jesus heal a man with a skin disease. He then tells him to go to the priest and not to tell everyone what happened. Verses 15-16 then say this: Yet the … Continue reading

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Jumping the Tribal Fence

Hi everyone. Rob here. As human beings we tend to be tribal. We’re attracted to people like us. Our friends speak the same language, share a similar standard of living, of education and values. But to live tribally means to … Continue reading

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When Christmas is Blue

Hi everyone, Rob here. Tomorrow our church is holding a ‘Blue Christmas’ service. It’s a time for those who are holding grief in their hearts at Christmas to lay that before Jesus, free from tinsel, canned Christmas music and naively … Continue reading

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