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.
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. 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”
A Marist Father described the issues in culture that impacted established religion in Europe, circa 2000.
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”
In 2005, with Pope Benedict replacing Pope John Paul, he was seen as resolute in never compromising the truths of the Catholic Church in the face of a changing culture. Here’s my article about the former pope.
“I think people are looking for reality and if they find it at church they’ll embrace it. If they don’t, they’ll ignore it”, says Baptist minister Rodney Macann.
In the year 2000 I interviewed Rodney Macann. Part two of my interview with Rodney follows, who at the time was a baritone and ministry leader of a Baptist church in Central Wellington. I asked, what does the Church have to offer?
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"”
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”
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.