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Our Living Hope

7 December 2022
Advent is a time of waiting, of entering into the wait of Israel for a time when Messiah would come.And in the sermon last week I spoke about waiting a while with Mary, being with her in herconfusion and her fear before we get to her capitulation. God accorded her personal agency withinthe exchange with […]
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A New Thing

1 December 2022
As we draw near the end of 2022, I can’t help but reflect on the blessings that God continues to pour out. I think we can all agree that 2022 has been a space and time that has presented challenges and uncertainty. However, it has also been a time where we have seen more people wanting to […]
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Stepping Back before Stepping Out

24 November 2022
This week Colleen and I will be somewhere on the West Coast, enjoying some time away with our family and soaking in the bush, the birds, the rain.  It will be a chance to re-energise and refresh. It’s been a long run the last 15 months – lots of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. […]
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It's the most wonderful time of the year

16 November 2022
One of the great blessings of having the rhythm of an annual general meeting (AGM) within our church calendar is that it gives us a chance to step back from focusing narrowly only on what we have been involved in, to instead view the bigger picture of what God has been doing in and through […]
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The Spectacular Acts of God

16 November 2022
Last week, around 500 people representing the 250 Baptist churches of New Zealand gathered to learn, be refreshed, encouraged, challenged, and inspired.  The theme was the Spectacular Acts of God, and over the course of three days we explored Spectacular Jesus, Spectacular Calling, Spectacular Church, Spectacular Youth, Spectacular Mission, Spectacular Future and Spectacular Power of […]
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Cultivating thankfulness

2 November 2022
I am sitting writing this at my kitchen table experiencing my second round of Covid. It has been a lot milder than the first, but the timing isn’t great! Our Baptist Union Hui is taking place this week and I was meant to fly up to Tauranga this evening to take part. So, in the […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

27 October 2022
Christianity is a faith where we enjoy having a personal transformative relationship with a living God, which is then worked out in community. But what does that mean?  Well, because of the work of Jesus – his life, death and resurrection, and through our Helper, the Holy Spirit, we can now come into a relationship […]
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Happenings at the hutch

19 October 2022
Oh my word, I thought.  What rubbish!I’d just read a Stuff article about how aggressive the thumbs up emoji is for Gen Z’ers to receive. So, as any good researcher does, I went on the hunt for some good sources to investigate and came across Sophie and Sam at the table. “So,” I started, “tell me, […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

12 October 2022
Jesus is such a great example to us on how to be. How to be just, how to bemerciful, how to be worshipful, how to be obedient, how to set boundaries andmaintain self-care practices.Wait. What? Jesus practiced self-care? Yep. And as image bearers of God andimitators of Jesus, self-care is something that we must all […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

10 October 2022
Jesus, God’s Perfect PlanHaving lived in a country where Bhuddism is the main religion, I learnt to share my faith through the story of creation, a creator God who was, is and will continue to be intimately involved with all of His creation. How that involvement has looked and will look in the future has […]
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Happenings at the hutch

29 September 2022
As you read this, I’ll be somewhere on the long journey home from Kitwe, Zambia.  And so wraps up two weeks in which I have seen God at work in many ways, through many people, expressed in many languages, and through the eyes of many cultures.   This trip was especially meaningful to me as […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

21 September 2022
I’m enjoying the book of Micah. I am an unashamed history buff, so I love taking time to read andlearn what was happening within Israel’s society at the time these words were spoken. When we dothat, we realise that these messages weren’t spoken into a vacuum. Real life problems wereoccurring, society was neither reflecting God’s […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

15 September 2022
Kia ora e te whānau, Ko tenei wiki ko te wiki o te reo maori, e whakanui ana, e whakamaumahara ana ki a tatou ano mo te whai waahi ki te whakaora i nga mea kei te ngaro. This week is māori language week, where we celebrate and remind ourselves of the importance to participate […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

8 September 2022
God is doing a new thing! It was a wonderful time together on Sunday – our largest regular gathering since the first lockdown in 2020. It felt like a celebration! I don’t know about you, but in my spirit I sense God bubbling away in our family of faith, drawing people into new relationship with […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

24 August 2022
Respectful Relationships In this the last week of our Renew Together journey we look at Jesus’ heart for reaching all of creation through the lens of respectful relationships.  What does that mean to you?  How would you define the characteristics of a relationship as respectful? What are the ways you would wish someone to interact […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

17 August 2022
This morning I landed back in Christchurch after ten days in the US meeting with my Prison Fellowship colleagues.  Whenever the plane comes in to land in whatever city I am visiting, I often look out at the sprawling suburbs or slums, or teeming city streets and the mass of humanity and feel overwhelmed by […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

12 August 2022
Last week we heard Adam share about the importance of mutual humility as a foundation when partnering with people and organisations to bring about effective change and spotlight the kingdom of God. This week we look at what it means to whakarongo, to listen, sense. It seems like such a simple thing doesn’t it? But […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

5 August 2022
Renew Together – Mutual Humility If we want a perfect example of humility, we need to look no further than Jesus.  Although he was God he chose to not just clothe himself in humanness but actually become human with all of its limitations and frailties. Chose to limit himself so that by the Spirit, he could bring all of […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

21 July 2022
I like dough.  In my teenage years I was a baker at Duffy’s Donuts in Northlands Mall.  I loved the feel of dough as it transformed from a crumbly, sticky mess into a completely smooth ball. I loved rolling it out and transforming it into different forms, proving them, frying them (it isn’t a donut […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

29 June 2022
As I sit here in my little office at PBC looking out of the window this cold Tuesday morning, I see a grey sky and a cold bleak looking day, wet asphalt and equally wet cars all parked in their spots. I have to search for evidence of wind as the leaves that would let […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

10 June 2022
As we move forward on our journey as a church, you will observe a common theme of “building bridging connections”. This is going to be an important part of who we are and what we do. It’s about finding ways to engage with the community surrounding our church by meeting felt needs, and in ways […]
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Happenings at the Hutch

7 April 2022
Changes to Requirements for Gatherings: Adam and I have been so encouraged to see how people at PBC have expressed love of their neighbour in this time by following recommended public health guidelines even though it has been difficult at times. Changes coming into effect from 5th April 2022 means that vaccine pass requirements were […]
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Happenings at the hutch

28 March 2022
Like many, I have struggled at times to know how to pray beyond the cry for peace in the current war in Ukraine and subsequent humanitarian need. I am aware that just as James and John asked Jesus if they should ‘call fire down from heaven’ that in my humanness I too have to fight […]
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Happenings at the hutch

16 December 2021
We have come together as a faith community and celebrated.  We have come together as a faith community and lamented. And even as we acknowledge the current Covid-19 Protection Framework doesn’t provide us the ability to come together in the same ways, what I love about the people here at PBC is the care and […]
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Happenings at the hutch

26 November 2021
A few weeks ago I made the remark that eternity doesn’t start in the future, it has already started.  Likewise, mission doesn’t just happen in far off lands. For many people it starts at home before a foot has been set outside the door and from there continues to far flung regions. As we give […]
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Happenings at the hutch

15 October 2021
As I look out on our landscape today, it is a miserable, wet and cold one! And it influences how I behave! We have all learned that this is the same for the wider social landscape in which we are situated – it changes – sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtle. And as we observe […]
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Happenings at the hutch

9 October 2021
One thing Colleen often says to me when surprising events occur is “this hasn’t caught God by surprise!” It’s a great reminder that while we may be tossed about by the waves, Christ remains master of the storm – and we are called to respond by taking a breath, stepping back, and giving our situation […]
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Happenings at the hutch

19 September 2021
I have never fancied myself as a synchronised swimmer, but the amount of effort going into keeping everything 'afloat' this past week has seemed phenomenal. And for many people I have spoken to, that has been their feeling also, so much effort required just to stay in the same place let alone have forward momentum. If […]
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Happenings at the hutch

19 August 2021
Kia ora e te whānau, This week has taken a bit of a turn from what was expected!  Instead of the various meetings and greetings we had organised we find ourselves back in Level 4 lockdown, creating social bubbles in our homes, albeit for 3 days.  While we had not expected this, we can be […]
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Happenings at the hutch

8 June 2021
For Such a Time as This - Week 2 This Sunday marks Week 2 of our Prayer and Self Denial Campaign.  Have you thought about what changes you could make to your life this month to raise money for international mission? Could it be giving up a bought coffee once or twice a week, or […]
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Happenings at the hutch

11 March 2021
A good business will sell what is in demand, a smart business creates the demand as well. One thing I have observed over the last few decades is that bad news sells. In this current climate where the rhythms of life have been shaped by 1pm announcements, breaking news bulletins and 4pm press briefings, the […]
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Learning to Linger

13 February 2020
The pace of life seems to be getting faster and faster. Messages are no longer thought about at length while they are written on paper, but are sent quickly, often in shorthand via text or messenger, or various other apps. Coffee dates are scheduled into diaries around a variety of other events with definite ‘must […]
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