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‘The Fame Monster’: Jesus and Lady Gaga

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it’ (Matt 10:39) Jesus and Lady Gaga? Should we dare to compare the two? Should we view them as sharing anything in common? Are they both ‘celebrities’? One way to answer this question is to define the meaning […]

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A Short Guide to the Duties of Church Membership

All baptised and confirmed members of the Church must play their full part in its life and witness. That you may fulfil this duty, we call upon you: To follow the example of Christ in home and daily life, and to bear personal witness to Him. To be regular in private prayer day by day. […]

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Growing in giving

I know a Christian family who were really struggling. The wife’s job did not pay very well and the husband’s employer went bankrupt. With two small children, the expenses just kept growing and they started living off their credit card. The husband found another job, but not that well-paying either.  It seemed that they could […]

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How are we unequally yoked?

Can you think of a mismatched partnership? Perhaps Helen Zille and Julius Malema (very different South African politicians) meeting for a cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich?  A Sumo wrestler partnering with petite, ballet dancer on Strictly Come Dancing? A Stormers rugby fan going out with a Sharks supporter?! Alternatively, one could think of […]

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Enduring for the Prize

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a famous actor, businessman, politician, and former professional bodybuilder. He grew up in Austria in humble circumstances and in his teens committed himself to bodybuilding – and to be the best bodybuilder. At age 20 he won the Mr. Universe title. Arnold would train six days a week, twice a day when […]

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News from the Presiding Bishop – March 2019

“He came and preached peace to those who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Eph.2:17,18) Once again, the recent mosque attacks in Christchurch have exposed the violent potential of humankind’s sinful depravity.  Even in the haven of peaceful […]

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What Should You Do This Year?

Maybe another way to put the question is: “Why are you here?” And I am not asking: “Why have you come to Rekindle?” Because the answer is obvious, you were tricked by a vague link or misleading social media post. The questions I am asking are: why do you exist; what is your purpose; why […]

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News from the Presiding Bishop – December 2018

Its been quite a year for our denomination and there have been many exciting gospel developments as well as some very complex challenges.  The difficult economic and political climate has also been reflected in our local church contexts, but by God’s grace we have been able to persevere and continue to see healthy signs of […]

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Far as the Curse is Found

“Bless you,” is a commonly uttered greeting or a polite response to a sneeze.  Yet the significance of this phrase may well be missed on many of its speakers.  “Blessing” carries a deep and rich gospel theme that threads its way all through the Scriptures and is well worth meditating on this Christmas season.   […]

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