At odds with Kingdom values

With conservative Christians talking about the decline of a marriage culture, and how marriage should be encouraged — going as far as marching to Parliament to protest “anti-marriage legislation”, others say marching to Parliament and the imposition of morality is not Christian. Here’s my article, from 2004.

Marriage rate falls to new low

Reality of broken marriages and declining marriages in society got a Christian response akin to failure. Here’s my article about that, which continues to touch on how Christians are responding to the wider culture and indeed when cultural issues are somewhat inside of the church as well. It compliments the previous article which was aContinue reading “Marriage rate falls to new low”

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough. That was the title of my 2004 article about a smorgasbord of reactions and views to the Enough is Enough rally to the New Zealand parliament. It’s a snapshot of how various churches and church groups, conservative and progressive, are intersecting with the non-church and wider culture, which continues the part onContinue reading “Enough is Enough”

Red garments for Jesuit

This article is in keeping with the themes of the church’s relationship to culture in a ‘changing world’. The Catholic church, generally speaking, tends to reflect traditional views, and progressive views may tend to reflect cultural views, generally speaking, but the subject of this article appears to be a mediator between views which are traditionalContinue reading “Red garments for Jesuit”

Marist Brother on a former Pope

Interview, via email, with Marist Brother Richard Dunleavy, April 2005 It’s interesting what Richard Dunleavy had to say about the former Pope Benedict, in 2005. It’s a part of my Church mosaic – in that it’s a snapshot of the theme of church and culture from a Catholic perspective. The previous post touched on thisContinue reading “Marist Brother on a former Pope”

"The grass is definitely not greener on the other side"

Flashback to 2000, Rodney Macann talks New Zealand and the Church. Part one is all about New Zealand culture and part two focusses on the church engaging with NZ culture. This interview was with baritone Rodney Macann. He was, in 2000, leader of the ministry team at Wellington Central Baptist. (Later, he was the NZContinue reading “"The grass is definitely not greener on the other side"”

Christmas brings resurgence of faith

This article taps into the spiritual hunger, questing, or need that the previous article alluded to, but in terms of there seeming to be a stronger spiritual need at Christmas time. The ghost of Christmas past and present called on me this Christmas. Two worlds representing the spirit of a Christmas 55 years ago andContinue reading “Christmas brings resurgence of faith”

Cultural shifts offer challenges for church

Religious belief is not declining in New Zealand and other Western countries – the situation is increasingly described as a change from “religion” to “spirituality”, so is the consensus from sociologists, theologians and academics from around the globe who say there is a resurgence of spirituality and belief in God outside of institutionalised Church.

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