Category Archives: renewal

Made for Something More

Hi everyone. Rob here. We’ve just had an election here in New Zealand. It was peaceful and for that I’m grateful. However, under our system of proportional representation we have been left with an uncertain outcome. Our government will be … Continue reading

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Being and Becoming

Hi everyone. Rob here. I’ve been thinking about my spiritual growth recently. I’m trying to assess where I’m at right now and what do I need to put in place to help me keep growing, now and into the future. … Continue reading

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Signs of Life

Hi everyone. Rob here. It’s late winter. Most of the trees are still bare. The air still has a chill to it. The rain has kept coming down. It’s a great relief to see the sun this week!┬áBut the signs … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

Hi everyone. Rob here. One of the greatest burdens we bear is the burden of expectation. These expectations are sometimes spoken but are often unspoken and sensed. They are often not even real but perceived. There are the expectations we … Continue reading

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It’s The Inside That Counts

Hi everyone. Rob here. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 the Apostle Paul writes this: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles … Continue reading

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Seasonal Invitations

Hi everyone, Rob here. The ground is now covered in leaves. Mornings are cold and the sun struggles to make it through my office windows. The days are short, health is more fragile and energy is lower. The animal kingdom … Continue reading

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Resurrection Gifts

Hi everyone, Rob here. Easter Sunday in our church is an unusual day. We all know that it’s the high point in the Christian calendar: Christ overcomes death, the devil and the world, revealing who he is, vindicating all that … Continue reading

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Made for Beauty

Hi everyone. Rob here. Winter isn’t over yet but last week a perfect daffodil appeared in our garden. Blossom has started to emerge on the trees near my children’s school. I took a Sabbath in the coastal town of Raglan … Continue reading

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God Forsaken

Hi everyone. Rob here. This weekend one of our church families suffered a tragic loss. The grief is, and remains, very raw. Their experience, and the experience that too many of us have had, took me to the words of … Continue reading

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Born Again and Again

Hi everyone, Rob here. In John 3 Jesus has a fascinating conversation with the Pharisee, Nicodemus. The conversation begins with Nicodemus flattering Jesus, acknowledging that he’s a teacher who has come from God. Jesus, as usual, doesn’t play along and … Continue reading

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