What is Pure Religion?

What is Pure Religion?

Tension welcomed the First-century church. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out specifically to bring power and anointing to the Bride of Christ, the Church. But the new entity was soon in conflict.

  • Politics in Perspective

    Politics in Perspective

    Rendering to Caeser is a challenge. No matter which candidate becomes President of the United States, I think I will be disappointed.

  • The Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah - Part 3

    The Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah - Part 3

    The Jewish wise man Maimonides said, "Each and every Jew should strive to become as great as Moses."– (Maimonides, Laws of Teshuva 5:2). Christians are instructed to grow each day to be more like Jesus! (Ephesians chapter 4, verse 15)

  • Confessions of a Pastor

    Confessions of a Pastor

    It’s a funny old life being a pastor in my context. I’m in a denomination that has a historical strength about the value of congregational governance, and yet in today’s world people are saying we need leadership, someone who will come in and cast a powerful vision that will grow the church, as long as the congregation can control the pastor.

  • Do what you do well

    Do what you do well

    One morning in India a word came into my head.

  • Count me in

    Count me in

    No one likes to be left out – unless they choose to opt out of something themselves.

  • Epic formula to conflict resolution

    Epic formula to conflict resolution

    There are moments in my life when I have been disrespected, mistreated or even despised. How about you?

  • Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross?

    Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross?

    Who are the great Australian heroes? Sure we honour our sports stars but aren’t our real heroes the ones who lay down their own life for others. Our Anzacs are heroes, as are those who risk their lives for our safety.

  • The Days of Noah or The Days of Elijah?

    The Days of Noah or The Days of Elijah?

    "Much of the church has acted, and still acts, as though it has been grafted into a Christmas Tree – flashing its attractive lights and decorations, but unconcerned about its loss of roots and wondering why it is spiritually drying up and dying."

  • 100,000 Kiwi kids to hear about Jesus this Easter

    100,000 Kiwi kids to hear about Jesus this Easter

    This Easter, Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) is giving away 100,000 copies of The Super Cool Story of Jesus.

  • Dangers on the Web

    Dangers on the Web

    The invitations are alluring, complimentary and full of promise. A website says, "Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled" but then "geeks became the people to know. In fact, they started being considered cool." For many teens today 'cool' is a craving.

  • Revolution: Jesus loves every jihadist

    Revolution: Jesus loves every jihadist

    Love your enemies! Has there ever been a more difficult edict? Every day we are confronted by bloodshed and violence inflicted by very unloving types. Graphic Television news portrays distressing vision depicting innocent victims mutilated by Islamic State or other brutal jihadists.

  • Purim, Esther and Hidden Truth.

    Purim, Esther and Hidden Truth.

    "They tried to kill us! We won! Let's eat!!!" That phrase is directly linked to the fun-filled festivities enjoyed during the Jewish feast of Purim.

  • How can this Anglican clergyman follow Jesus

    How can this Anglican clergyman follow Jesus

    Reverend Michael Cocks an Anglican Minister from Christchurch writes, again challenging some of the understanding of the Church Fathers through the centuries.

  • Stop the hurting

    Stop the hurting

    When I was 15-years-old I was bulletproof. I had all the answers to all the questions and no one could tell me otherwise. In particular I knew how to ride motorbikes and how to handle every adverse road condition I might come across.

  • Playing with soft hands

    Playing with soft hands

    John Wimber wrote a book called, “Everyone gets to play”. He was more interested in his relationship with Jesus and how it impacted his life and others, than religion.

  • Holy days are here again!

    Holy days are here again!

    Everyday for more than a millennium, since the time of Moses, the priests had offered sacrifices for the sins of God's people at the third hour and the ninth hour – at dawn and at three in the afternoon.

  • God – or the shopping mall?

    God – or the shopping mall?

    The newspaper headline startled me. ‘People don’t go to church any more – they go to the malls.’ It wasn’t something I expected to see in the business section of the newspaper.

  • Inspirational athletes: Greg Cox

    Inspirational athletes: Greg Cox

    Elite athletes are role models. We celebrate their victories and find inspiration in their determination. In this series, I want to share some of the most inspirational athletes I know.

  • How not to run in the land of the unexpected

    How not to run in the land of the unexpected

    It was the most memorable football game that I had ever played in my life. Did I score some spectacular goals? Not even a tap-in.

  • The Bride (Part 2)

    The Bride (Part 2)

    The marriage contract is integral to our personal relationship with the Lord as Isaiah chapter 54 verse 5 says"For your husband is your Maker, whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth."

  • False hope and false visions

    False hope and false visions

    What motivates you to continue living? What do you live for?

  • 'Twas a couple of weeks before Christmas

    'Twas a couple of weeks before Christmas

    I'm a stickler for tradition and a favourite from my childhood was being read the classic story 'Twas the Night before Christmas by my Mum on Christmas Eve. This is my adult adaptation.

  • EMP! Nuclear terror threat

    EMP! Nuclear terror threat

    Violence has marked 2017. American protesters took to the streets to accost each other, topple statues, trash cars and shops and grab headlines. Then came hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • Joy — a singing bird

    Joy — a singing bird

    “If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.”

  • Work together for NZ’s mental health

    Work together for NZ’s mental health

    Last week, 10 October was World Mental Health Day, but just how mentally well are we?

  • Essay Question for Eng 102 (Writing Comp.) "Describe and explain your approach to one of the issues discussed in this course"

    Essay Question for Eng 102 (Writing Comp.) "Describe and explain your approach to one of the issues discussed in this course"

    I've been a student now for over five years. Without tooting my own horn too much, I'm pretty successful. If you measured success with cheeseburgers, I would be in orbit around the earth right now.

  • People of Faith: Col Stringer—Pastor Crocodile Dundee

    People of Faith: Col Stringer—Pastor Crocodile Dundee

    In many circles Col Stringer is well known through writing and preaching. His unique background of wildlife and humour at churches and conventions all over the world, won him the title, Pastor Crocodile Dundee.

  • Parenting: Valuable lessons from our children

    Parenting: Valuable lessons from our children

    Before becoming a mum, I thought parenting was all about how I teach my children and what they’ll learn from me. I envisioned them learning from what I say, the way I behave and my experiences. After all, I’m the adult and matured one in this relationship.

  • Slowly working on it: How to play the marriage game before he puts a ring on it

    Slowly working on it: How to play the marriage game before he puts a ring on it

    I have come to the rather sudden realisation that pre-marital dating isn't just about avoiding sex, with the main focus being not taking one's clothes off.

  • Pornography – a public health crisis?

    Pornography – a public health crisis?

    A host of publicity and discussion has recently unfolded in New Zealand following the presentation to the government of a petition signed by 22,334 people asking for an expert panel of health, science and psychology experts and counsellors to undertake an inquiry into the societal harm of pornography and propose solutions.

  • What if we can't make choices?

    What if we can't make choices?

    When I was a student and studying education I struggled with the Bell curve. That curve puts most of the population with an IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of 100 in the middle (or at the top of the bell); and the higher the IQ the fewer people there were with that IQ, so the curve sloped down to the right.

  • Hey God, can I get a like?

    Hey God, can I get a like?

    I'm what you'd call a reluctant Facebook adoptee. I initially only took the plunge because I needed to use Facebook for work.

  • Angels in mufti

    Angels in mufti

    "No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments." (Regina Brett).

  • Mind over matter?

    Mind over matter?

    The first three years of our lives have been called 'the incredible years'. That's because of the tremendous rate of development of our brains and when our fundamental neural pathways are formed. Most of that development we can't remember and we had little influence over how it all happened.