I’m very conscious of demands that Christmas brings on ministers and their families in this festive season. I’m currently preparing for Christmas #29 as a minister. It should have been #30 but I skived off one time making the most of the opportunity that a shift between parish ministries gave me!
I know we all like to be creative and fresh each Christmas but the simple reality is that we are coming to the year’s end and most of us are catching a sniff of holidays looming close… so we box on, stagger, or limp towards 11am on Christmas Day, and often present ourselves to our families as tired wrecks… Every now and then I wish Jesus was born in September! Continue reading
This is a shortened version of the sermon, Dr Hyeeun Kim, adjunct lecturer, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership and lecturer at Laidlaw College, gave at the recent graduation service of Knox graduates.
Have you ever woken up 2am in the morning and panicked about something that was not going well, especially, a mistake that you’d made? If yes, you have experienced universal anxiety.
Universal anxiety is based on a common belief: “If they know all of me, they won’t like me”. We all live with it at some stage of our lives. Those people who come from more challenging backgrounds, tend to have it more intensely: “If they know all of me, they will look down on me, laugh at me, hate me, reject me, humiliate me or condemn me”. Because of this anxiety, we often hide some truth about who we are and pretend something we are not, so that we can be accepted. Continue reading
In this article by Kevin Ward, senior lecturer at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Kevin discusses his realisation that re-engaging with the charismatic movement is critical for our future as a Church. Find out why.
We are all only too aware of the explosive growth of charismatic and Pentecostal churches in New Zealand and elsewhere since the 1960s, and the decline of most other forms of church since the 1960s. The 60s have been called the “expressive revolution” which lead to the significant culture changes that came to be labelled post-modernity in the 1990s. This can be seen as “the recovery of the experiential to complement the cerebral”. Continue reading
“The Living Library looks to be a wonderful resource. I look forward to strolling through the pages at a leisurely pace. Thank You.”
We tend to imagine a library as a quiet place full of books. Some new, some dusty, a place of solitude and silence. But what if books could talk? What if a library was a place of conversation, where you could ask a gifted practitioner a question, or listen to someone share from their experience? This would be a living library, connecting people with people so that theory met practice and practice met theory. Continue reading
The annual season of gift-giving and receiving is nearly upon us. The malls have been decorated since October and the advent calendars (with Ninja Turtles, super heroes, Barbies and other commercially appropriate images) are prepped with daily chocolates for the beginning of December when the unavoidable countdown begins. What does this teach us about giving? Is it that the anticipation is sometimes better than the reality? Continue reading
Has someone already told you how many days it is until Christmas? If not, it will happen soon as our nation hurtles through November and December with a consumer-driven focus on this festival. Sadly the good news of Jesus’ birth, which is at the heart of Christmas, can get lost among the toys, tinsel, trees and tasty treats.
What is our response? Could we highlight Advent more?
In the second article in this two-part series, Assembly Executive Secretary, Wayne Matheson presents some ethical scenarios for discussion and outlines the key elements of the Church’s Code of Ethics.
Our Code of Ethics applies to all representing or working for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, including ministers, employees and volunteers.
So what does it say? Continue reading
Candour is hoping to provide some creative resources for you curators of Advent worship out there. Please forward anything sparkly that you have drawn up or drawn on to me at martin(at)villagechurch.nz and I can load it onto the Candour blog.
Recognising that New Zealand’s most published hymn writer, Dr Shirley Murray, and her colleagues, Emeritus Professor Colin Gibson and Methodist minister the Rev Bill Wallace, were all getting older, Dr Murray Laugesen and I attempted to get the Assembly and the Methodist Conference to acknowledge their contribution to the worship life of the Church. Continue reading
Malcolm is the Worship, Music and Arts Enabler at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
Criticising contemporary worship songs has become pretty old hat. It’s such an easy target, with favourite gripes including (but not limited to): the lack of good theology, the ever-increasing prominence of ‘me, myself and I’, Continue reading