Tag Archives: Christ

Obedience and Freedom

Hi everyone. Rob here. The readings in The Revised Common Lectionary on Sunday included an abridged version of the 10 Commandments. I had the privilege of leading the liturgy on Sunday and I made the comment that modern society sees … Continue reading

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Naming the Grief

Hello everyone. Rob here. There is a sense right now that the world is grieving. We are seeing the stages of grief being played out in the public sphere – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – as we come … Continue reading

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Good Trouble

Hi everyone. Rob here. In Christianity we often talk about becoming Christlike. We think that becoming more like Jesus is to become nicer or calmer, more serene. The reality is that becoming more like Jesus is to become a righteous, … Continue reading

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Rethinking Church: Get Radical

Hi everyone. Rob here again. In the last blog I introduced the idea of 12 step recovery groups being a potential model for a new way of doing church. They travel light, stay committed to their message and every member … Continue reading

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Rethinking Church: The Meeting Serves the Message

Hi everyone. Rob here. Last week I started a discussion on the future of church, particularly in the Western World. The church is the body of Christ whose purpose is to reflect the head; Jesus Christ. I asked the question: … Continue reading

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Persistent Surrender

Kia Ora everyone. Rob here. I’ve been thinking about words like perseverance, persistence, patience and how they combine with other words like surrender, passion, calling and even, pain. I’m in an in-between time. I have started a new ministry but … Continue reading

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Hiding Places

Hi everyone, Rob here. A close read of Genesis 1-3 reveals so much of what we need to know about the human condition and how we relate to God. One of the most startling scenes is this one in chapter … Continue reading

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Pulled Up and Pushed Along

Hi everyone. Rob here. At the moment the weather is acting as a great metaphor for my life. It’s sunny one moment and is then followed by a wind gust of gale proportions and a downpour. It’s warm and lovely … Continue reading

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Humanity and the Cross

Hi everyone. Rob here. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:22-23, Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified… Have you stopped to think about just how scandalous that statement is??? In a highly status … Continue reading

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Standing with Jesus

Greetings. Rob here. Friday saw the holding of a National Memorial for the 50 victims of the two mosque shootings in Christchurch 2 weeks ago. It has been a sobering time for a generally peaceful nation like ours. There has … Continue reading

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