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  • Undivision: Pottery, Pork and Pentecost (23 Jun 2017) - Over the past five years I’ve spent some time in Malaysia and India. Both countries have long traditions of different peoples in harmony. Older Malaysians tell me, “When I was a kid, whatever our race or religion, At Christmas everyone gave … Continue reading
  • The First Songs of Christmas (11 Dec 2016) - The Song of Creation In the beginning, There was the Song. A song of life. A song of light. The Singer wanted to share his joy. He dreamed of more voices, new parts. And so. In the beginning, God said, … Continue reading
  • Luke 15: Prodigal Joy – the Father and His Lost Sons (6 Nov 2016) - Introduction Today we’ll meet Jesus’ longest, most beautiful, most famous story: [1] The Parable of the Prodigal Son. [2] The dictionary says “Prodigal” means “wastefully extravagant”. Carelessly throwing money away. Or “richly generous”. For example, “the dessert was prodigal with … Continue reading
  • Luke 13: Knocking at the Narrow Door (16 Oct 2016) - The Feast and the Door It’s a cold dark night. A man is standing at a door. He knocks.  He waits.  He knocks. It’s a warm, bright room, full of happy people. On the table is a feast.  It smells … Continue reading
  • Luke 11: The Sign of Jonah (18 Sep 2016) - When Mike sent out the list of topics for preaching, I was a bit slow to reply. I looked at the options. Jesus feeding 5000 men?  Taken! The Good Samaritan.  A lovely story – already gone! The Lord’s Prayer?  Oh … Continue reading
  • Luke 9: Face of Glory – The Transfiguration (21 Aug 2016) - Who is this man? This year we’ve been reading through the gospel of Luke. So far Jesus has been very busy. Crowds of people followed him everywhere. Sometimes Jesus and his disciples, his closest followers, didn’t even have time to … Continue reading
  • John 21: Peter – Following Failure with the Rocky Shepherd (24 Nov 2014) - In our first two messages on “Metamorphosis: Meeting the Risen Jesus”, We met Mary Magdalene crying at Jesus’ grave (see here), And Thomas struggling with doubt (see here). They were both transformed when they met the risen Jesus. Whoever is … Continue reading
  • John 20: Thomas – Believing Scars and faith in the night (23 Nov 2014) - Meeting the Doubter When Mary Magdalene met the risen Jesus, She was transformed from crying in loneliness and loss at his grave, To hope and joy and life. Meanwhile, Jesus’ other friends were hiding inside, full of fear. Every step … Continue reading
  • John 20: Mary – Rejoicing Tears at the tomb of life (22 Nov 2014) - This weekend we will finish our journey through the Gospel of John and complete the Easter story. Our big theme is metamorphosis. The dictionary says this means “a complete change.” In biology, metamorphosis is “transformation from an immature form to … Continue reading
  • John’s Two-Storey Story of Death and Glory (26 Oct 2014) - Finding the King How can you recognise a king? There’s a crown on his head. He wears a red or purple robe. He sits on a throne looking down to rule his people. [1] He has power and greatness and … Continue reading
  • John 15: The True Vine, Family Trees, and the Cost of Grapes (21 Sep 2014) - Of gardening and green fingers, family trees and fruit; Pruning vines for greater growth and paying the cost for grapes. Do you like gardens? The Parnell Rose Gardens here in Auckland. Fields full of tulips in Holland. Tea plantations in … Continue reading
  • John 10: The Good Shepherd (3 Aug 2014) - Apart from Kiwis, what are the most important animals in New Zealand? Probably sheep. In 1773, Captain Cook brought the first sheep here. By 1878, there were 13 million. In 1982, we had 70 million sheep![1] My mother grew up … Continue reading
  • John 6: Bread of Life (6 Jul 2014) - Do you ever skip breakfast? Maybe you don’t hear your alarm and sleep too long. Oh no!  So late! No time to eat! You have to run and catch the bus to get to class. Later that day, you’re in … Continue reading
  • John 4: Woman at the Well (1 Jun 2014) - Water. What does the word make you think of? Maybe a roaring waterfall. Have you followed a single drop from top to bottom? Or a river bubbling over pebbles, sparkling in the sun. Simply watching water refreshes our spirit. And … Continue reading
  • John 1: The Eagle Has Landed (11 May 2014) - Who has been to Europe and seen the beautiful old churches? Inside there are often pictures with four animals. A man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. What do these four animals mean? They stand for the four gospels … Continue reading
  • Border Crossing: Reconciliation through the Cross (6 Apr 2014) - Swords into ploughshares and the Peaceable Kingdom, ripping curtains and demolishing walls, loving your enemies like Christ on the cross, the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, the Rainbow People of Desmond Tutu, a touch of Banksy in Palestine, peacemaking and reconciliation. Continue reading
  • God-forsaken Immanuel: Suffering and the Cross (23 Mar 2014) - An autumnal Lent reflection on questions of suffering and the cross, learning from an ancient farmer, a German war veteran and a thorny Pharisee about the Crucified God. Continue reading
  • Map & Compass, Star & Cross: Navigating through the Bible (30 Nov 2013) - “Midway on the journey of our life I found myself lost in a dark wood.”  (Dante) Can you relate to these words? The well-marked path through the forest of youth has petered out, blocked by bogs and brambles and fallen … Continue reading
  • Mark 8-10: He Stoops to Conquer – The Servant King (6 Oct 2013) - What is it about Jesus that most captures your imagination? When you think about Jesus, what makes you most excited? What touches your heart? Brings a tear to your eye? I heard this question from a pastor last year when … Continue reading
  • Jeremiah Part 3: Weeping to Woo – The Suffering God (22 Sep 2013) - Why is the sea salty? Into it runs every river of tears. Why did the prophet weep? Sound the alarm, and they raged against him. Stay silent, and God’s Word burnt like fire within. Why did the people weep? Their … Continue reading
  • Jeremiah Part 2: Broken to Build – The Desolate City (15 Sep 2013) - Torn apart in a tug of war. Caught in the crossfire. Crushed between a compulsion to preach and a refusal to hear. Trapped between his God and his people. That was the calling of the prophet Jeremiah. As we saw … Continue reading
  • Jeremiah Part 1: Called to Cry – The Conflicted Prophet (8 Sep 2013) - Timid and terrible. Fearful and ferocious. Full of tears, yet hard as steel. He woos his hearers like a lover; he stabs like a sword that blazes with fire. “a poet of grace and a prophet par excellence… hard as … Continue reading
  • Mark 6: Walking on Water (25 Aug 2013) - Introduction: Storms and Sea Monsters hello everybody, Who is finding the NZ winter cold? Who would rather be at the beach? lying on the sand in the sun, Watching the waves.   The sea isn’t always friendly. Last month, Heather … Continue reading
  • Mark 5: Twelve Years Lost and Saved (11 Aug 2013) - Hello everyone, who is from Malaysia or Indonesia or Singapore? Selamat Hari Raya!   Last year at this time I was living in Malaysia. It was like Christmas. Who recognises these photos? Yes, all the yummy food in the Ramadan … Continue reading
  • Jeremiah (ESL) Part 2: Israel’s God (19 May 2013) - Review hello everyone, today is part two of Jeremiah. To remember some important things we learned last week, here’s a little multichoice quiz.   Which country has the best food? New Zealand USA China Malaysia     near the start … Continue reading
  • Jeremiah (ESL) Part 1: The Prophet (12 May 2013) - One: The Context – God’s story with Israel   this year I’ve been studying the book of Jeremiah in the Bible so it’s great to have the chance to talk about it today and next week.   Is anyone here … Continue reading
  • Deuteronomy Part 4: Just Service – Leading God’s Way (13 Nov 2011) - Introduction and Review This is my fourth message about the book of Deuteronomy. To remind us of where Deuteronomy fits into the Bible story, here’s a little quiz put these sentences in order:   The people of Israel were slaves … Continue reading
  • Deuteronomy Part 3: God of the Underdog (30 Oct 2011) - Introduction & Review hello everybody it has been two months since I last spoke here. who can remember what book of the Bible I was talking about? Yes, Deuteronomy Let’s start with a multichoice quiz to remember where we were. … Continue reading
  • Deuteronomy Part 2: Passionately One (28 Aug 2011) - Introduction Hello everybody. This is my second message from the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament. Who was here two weeks ago? To help us remember, a multichoice quiz:   one: in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, … Continue reading
  • Deuteronomy Part 1: The Tender Wilderness (14 Aug 2011) - Introduction: Why Deuteronomy? Hello everybody, this is my first time speaking at the new All Nations service. I think it’s going to be lots of fun.   It has been said, the Bible is simple enough for a baby to … Continue reading
  • Luke 9: Fishing and Feeding with Jesus (17 Jul 2011) - Introduction: Jesus in Luke Good morning everybody. This year, we are reading through a certain book of the Bible – who knows what it is? Yes, Luke. It’s one of the 4 gospels about the life of Jesus.   The … Continue reading
  • Luke 7: Are You the One? (29 May 2011) - Prophets and Promises Remember when you were a little kid, and Christmas was coming? Or maybe your birthday, or Chinese New Year. you can’t wait for the yummy food, the party, the presents! You are counting down the days, Mummy, … Continue reading
  • Luke 6: The Lord of the Sabbath (1 May 2011) - Introduction: Easter Sabbath Good morning everybody. Last week, we learnt what Christians say at Easter: “the Lord is risen!” – what do you answer? “He is risen indeed.” The last three weeks in Global, we have been talking about the … Continue reading
  • Luke 7: Crying, Judging, Forgiving – the Pharisee, the Woman and Jesus (3 Apr 2011) - The Flavour of Luke Who likes ice cream? When you go into a shop, which is your favourite? Chocolate, strawberry?  hokey pokey? They are all yummy, they are all ice cream, but they all have a different flavour.   It’s … Continue reading
  • Mark 7: Inside Out – Washing the Heart (14 Nov 2010) - Introduction – Mirrors and Holiness Who looked in the mirror this morning? Here’s some dirt – get the soap, wash my face. Oh no, it’s a pimple, a spot, a wrinkle! – Get some cream to cover it argghhh – … Continue reading
  • Luke 5: Free Food – God’s Holy Party (24 Oct 2010) - Introduction: the Party of Heaven Who likes parties?[1] Who likes parties with lots of food? – Even better. Who likes parties with lots of free food? – Best of all!   Did you ever really want to go to a … Continue reading
  • Mark 12: Undivided – One God, One Love, One Family (3 Oct 2010) - Introduction: the Meaning of Life and the Old Testament Law Today we are going to ask a big question. What is the purpose, the meaning of our life? Why are we here? There are many things we could do in … Continue reading
  • Image of Glory: the First Last Man (5 Sep 2010) - Who am I? do you ever have moments, when you look in the mirror, and you ask, Who am I? When all the surface stuff is stripped away, all the external things I might have achieved or done. My responsibilities … Continue reading
  • Romans 8: Vistas of Love (25 Jul 2010) - Introduction: God is Love if you were asked to describe God, sum up his character in one word, what would that word be? God is …? as a kid, maybe my first answer would have been: God is love. remember … Continue reading
  • Romans 7: Crossfire (20 Jun 2010) - Let’s start with a little survey.Here’s two options, and I want you to vote for your first gut response. In this passage we have just read, what is Paul talking about? Option one: the experience of a non-Christian, maybe Paul’s … Continue reading
  • A Tale of Four Colours: From Creation to the Golden Age (30 May 2010) - Some novels waffle for pages to warm up. Others hit the main theme in the first line. Who can name these books? “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two … Continue reading
  • Mark’s Murder Mystery: the Secret Messiah (2 May 2010) - Introduction: Murder Mysteries When you were a little kid, what did you want to do when you got older? I thought it would be cool to be a detective! someone like Sherlock Holmes who uses their mind to catch criminals … Continue reading
  • Victim and Victor: Two Stories about Easter (4 Apr 2010) - Exploring two big stories we can tell about the meaning of Easter. Western penal substitution: Christ the victim, the innocent Lamb of God, died in our place on the cross. Eastern Orthodox Christus Victor: Christ the victor defeated the powers of darkness, sin and death by his resurrection. Continue reading
  • Psalm 48: Hobbits, Hikers & the Shining City (24 Jan 2010) - The Call: Are You Thirsty? I first read The Hobbit in primary school, and the Lord of the Rings at 13 or 14. For anyone who lives in a hobbit hole, Hobbits are little people – 3-4 foot tall – … Continue reading
  • 2 Timothy: Last Words (22 Nov 2009) - Introduction – Famous Last Words Last week, I got onto Google, and I searched for “last words.” And I found some things that people said just before they died.   Some websites have “famous last words” that are funny jokes: … Continue reading
  • 2 Corinthians 12: Thorny Comfort (4 Oct 2009) - Who?  Paul and the "super Christians" in Corinth the second part of the Bible (the New Testament) starts with four books about the life of Jesus. At the end of these, Jesus is killed on the cross. Then he comes … Continue reading
  • Mark 11: The King and the River (12 Jul 2009) - Introduction The time is around 1000 years BC a group of small Middle Eastern tribes crown a new King. He lays siege to a mountain fortress. The inhabitants scoff: high rock walls above steep valleys even the blind and lame … Continue reading
  • Acts 14: God in Human Form! (24 May 2009) - This year in Global we are reading the book of Acts in the Bible. It tells the story of the early Christians after Jesus died, came to life again, and went back to heaven.   The book of Acts has … Continue reading
  • Mark 2: Is God’s Kingdom a Fortress or a Feast? (10 May 2009) - The Story So Far this is week three for us in the gospel of Mark two weeks ago, our pastor John the Baptist introduced the prophet John the Baptist in the desert John was like the warmup act before the … Continue reading
  • Acts 4: What Power?! (8 Mar 2009) - Introduction Who watches TV after midnight, and sees those infomercials advertising?  They tell stories of before and after, like this – on the left, before: is an unhealthy man on the right, after: he is healthy and strong   how … Continue reading
  • 1 Samuel 8: Royal Freedom (30 Nov 2008) - How we fear the freedom to which God calls us, but he stays faithful despite our failure. When we are broken, God's glory shines through our cracks. Continue reading
  • Matthew 6: Temptation of Jesus (2 Nov 2008) - Introduction So far this year, we’ve been looking at the first part of the Bible, called the Old Testament. Today, we are starting on the second part of the Bible, called the New Testament. It starts with four books about … Continue reading
  • Isaiah 6: God’s Holiness and Love (17 Aug 2008) - Introduction: King, Temple, Prophets What’s the most scary thing you’ve seen?  That made you the most afraid? What the most amazing and beautiful thing you’ve seen?   This year, we are reading the Old Testament of the Bible two months … Continue reading
  • Ephesians 6: Arming the Army of Light (6 Jul 2008) - Ephesians – God’s mystery plan the last six weeks, we’ve marched through the book of the Ephesians in the Bible. the apostle Paul was chained in prison when he wrote it, but his mind sweeps through all time and space. … Continue reading
  • Genesis 32: Jacob Wrestles with God (6 Apr 2008) - I have one sister, two years younger than me when we were little, we were usually friends. But sometimes she was not nice to me, and I got angry. but if my father was in the room, I had to … Continue reading
  • Matthew 2: Seeking the King, Following the Star (16 Dec 2007) - Introduction – the Thai King The last two months, I was in India, for my first time. I was studying Indian religions and culture. I learnt about some wise men in India. Today we are reading about wise men coming … Continue reading
  • Acts 17: Imaging the Unknown God (2 Sep 2007) - Philosophers often ask the question: How do we know what things are like? Normally, we see them; hear, touch, taste, smell things. We use our five senses   But we cannot see God.   To our physical senses, God is … Continue reading
  • Matthew 17: The Transfiguration of Jesus (22 Jul 2007) - Introduction: Jesus and Peter   This year, we are looking at the book in the Bible written by Matthew Over the last two weeks, we have heard about miracles, amazing things that Jesus did in Matthew 14-15   Jesus turned … Continue reading
  • Acts 13: Wrestling, Re-seeing, Resurrection (3 Jun 2007) - Introduction: Jujitsu and Jacob This semester, at the University gym, I’ve gone to classes in Brazilian jujitsu Martial arts are totally new for me, so it’s been interesting. It’s mostly wrestling on the ground. A key feature of jujitsu, is … Continue reading
  • Matthew 26: Jesus Prays in Gethsemane (25 Mar 2007) - Introduction: the Last Supper When did you feel most sad, tired, lonely and afraid?   What is the most difficult decision or choice, you have made?   Have you ever stayed awake all night with no sleep, trying to decide … Continue reading
  • Psalm 139: Present Absence (19 Nov 2006) - Introduction: Psalms The last weeks we’ve been mining the riches of the OT book of Psalms This is the last week, on Psalm 139. That last song was based on it. we used to sing it at the annual tertiary … Continue reading
  • Colossians 1: Christ is Supreme (16 Jul 2006) - Genesis 1-2 In the beginning God made heaven and earth. Everything was dark, then God said, let there be light, and there was light. God made land and sea. it was good. He made plants and trees He made the … Continue reading
  • Matthew 5: The Law of Love (7 May 2006) - Christians and the Old Testament. From circumcision, no pork and the 613 commandments of Moses, to freedom and holiness in Christ. Continue reading
  • Broken Images: Santa, Suffering Love & the Wounded Healer (11 Dec 2005) - Let us pray. Dear Santa, I want a playstation game, new scooter wheeIs, remote control helicopter, a big transformer, and a hulk action figure. hope you enjoy the cookies and milk i’ll leave out on christmas eve, and the reindeer … Continue reading
  • Luke 18: The Two Ways (24 Jul 2005) - Background Babylon exile 600 years before Jesus King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem city fell, Babylonian troups stormed in raping, looting, killing    people dragged off in chains to Babylon slaves in a foreign land   There they sang: “By the rivers … Continue reading
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