Posted in Christian LivingMar 8, 2012
God Is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World, John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge, Penguin Books, 2010, 405pp.
Reviewed by Ron Hay.
(Ron Hay, who lives in Castle Hill, is a former Anglican vicar and is now a writer on social and Christian issues.)
“Why are the most unlikely people, including myself, suddenly talking about God?” asks British academic, Terry Eagleton, in a recent book on the God debate. “Who would have expected theology to rear its head once more in the technocratic twenty-first century?”
The answer is not just the rise of radical Islam and the advent of the new atheists. Certainly the aftermath of 9/11 and the aggressive proselytising of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are factors thrusting the God question into public consciousness.
Posted in Verse of the MonthMar 7, 2012
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator … therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
— Colossians 3:9-12
A large chunk of my childhood was spent at Sakeji, a school for missionaries’ children in the North-West Province of Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia. Life and customs were rather different in those days, and one of the features of the boarding school regime was that on Sunday we were made to dress in our Sunday best: grey shorts and Persil-white shirts, freshly washed and ironed in the school laundry. Inevitably, however, the pristinely laundered image did not stand much of a chance for, once Sunday School was over, we were allowed out to play in the African dust for an hour. Then, after that, came Sunday lunch with the double treat of the week: ice cream with chocolate sauce, followed by two slabs of chocolate fudge to take away. With that kind of exposure, those clean white shirts — like the overalls of Pig Pen in the Peanuts cartoons — were doomed. By the end of the day they simply had to come off, and head back to the laundry again for the next round of cleaning.
Posted in Church IssuesFeb 22, 2012
Below are the displays of the Stewards’ Trust of NZ Inc. and Stewards’ Foundation (NZ) Inc. Annual Reports. If you are unable to view them please use the download links and view them on your computer.