What Two Weird Prophets Taught Me About God

Elijah and Elisha: two Old Testament prophets with annoyingly similar names and a collection of weird stories. Epic battles with false prophets, receiving food from birds, administering healing by lying on top of dead people, delivering curses resulting in brutal bear-mauling, and going to heaven in whirlwind of fiery chariots and horses… Elijah and Elisha’s…

‘There’s no justice like angry mob justice’

New Zealand gossip columnist Pebbles Hooper was publicly ostracised after tweeting about the deaths of Ashburton mother, Cindy George, and her three children. The family reportedly died after breathing exhaust fumes of a car left running inside a closed garage to ‘keep the battery turning over’. Hooper’s tweet called the tragedy ‘natural selection’. Within hours…

A Father’s Vengeance

Gladiator, The Punisher, Taken, The Patriot, Collateral Damage and Max Payne are all films about a father’s revenge. There is something powerful about a revenge story. In each of these stories the hero reacts as enemies harm his family, and he plots and exacts his vengeance on them. I don’t know about you, but when…

Why the Church should care more about the Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi is a polarising topic in New Zealand. Some believe it has little relevance today. Others see it as a vital document which continues to inform our nation’s ongoing story. Some view the Treaty as an outdated agreement that facilitates greed, while others are confused by why we would commemorate it each…

Does New Zealand’s Justice System Go Far Enough?

A makeshift cell is the last place you would expect to find one of New Zealand’s spiritual leaders. Last year the Anglican Bishop of Wellington, Justin Duckworth, spent the best part of a week living in a small, fenced-in chamber outside the local Cathedral to pray for criminals and their victims. This provocative act was…