At the end of the year 2000, members of churches in the Wellington region in New Zealand went to a sports and concert stadium, usually used for pop artists, footballers and cricketers, to voice their unity as a region-wide Church. They came together to make a public display of unity and celebrate the birth ofContinue reading “Wellington's Celebrate Jesus 2000 launched”
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”
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”
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.
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.