New Zealand Christian Writers

New Zealand Christian Writers

Debbie McDermott was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she met and married her husband Sean in 1990 and subsequently migrated to New Zealand..

  • Am I a racist?

    The heat from the spa pool was invigorating and the beer refreshing, as we submerged our bodies into the water, in countdown to the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England.

  • The scary new

    This new year, I enter a new phase in life. After completing my Graduate Diploma in Teaching(Primary) last year, I will now embark on my journey as a primary school teacher.

  • Redefining Success in 2020

    I’ve just experienced my 49th Christmas / New Year season. I can remember a good number of them and like the one just passed, they’ve all followed a similar pattern of connecting with my immediate and wider family, especially those who live in other towns from where I grew up.

  • To Weed or Not to Weed?

    A month-and-a-half before Christmas we moved into a new house. Those living here before us kindly tidied the garden before they moved on, planting strawberries, rhubarb, tomatoes and lettuces.

  • When two women were killed…

    Four weeks ago a sex worker was murdered in Christchurch, presumably by her ‘client.’ He is still being tracked down.

  • On doing it “My Way”

    I cringe when I hear that another family has requested Frank Sinatra’s, “My Way,” for their loved one's funeral service

  • The Mission of God Part 5 – Holy, Holey, Wholly

  • Is it tiring to be a Christian?

    ‘Is it tiring to be a Christian?” You may have been asked this before - by someone, or simply by yourself. It’s a tough question. It’s tough because the answer is uncertain yet right in front of us at the same time.

  • A year of no transactional love

    Imagine a year where everyone does, with no expectations of a return. Long gone are the days of I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. A world where everybody does, for the benefit of the other.

  • I am no longer entertained

    Do you remember as a child, that feeling of separateness between what we ought to do and what we enjoy doing? We would be bribed with cartoons, movies, and video games in exchange for doing our homework, cleaning our rooms, or doing the dishes.

  • Diversity of the Christian worldview

    It’s a new year! And with that comes a time of reflection and change. Reflections on what last year taught us. For me, it was a year of challenges as I discovered my fellow Christians are very diverse in thoughts and opinions (which is great!) but often this can create conflict and tension.