Time on your hands

Clearly lots of people will have time on our hands in time. We figured it might be timely to put up resources that might feed our souls and our minds at the same time. Really not sure how we will work it, but as your scroll down you’ll see resources and and questions to mull over. We would love your suggestions or comments NT Wrights Course “Surprised by Hope is available free for the next 14 days https://masterlectures.zondervanacademic.com/surprised-by-hope-n-t-wright?code=hope&fbclid=IwAR3gt9cX0XJRZx8Se4WWQ23jvO36e5omNcZ2XTKG6bYDrPykYXbUtMb-5SA

Breaking News – Covid update

Services live streamed on at http://www.parklands.org.nz/live-stream/ Welcome to the world of Self Isolation.  Don’t isolate yourself from God.All our meetings are suspended for now.  However this is a great time to pick up the phone and call a friend. Physical distancing is good.. Isolation is not good for us. We’ll be exploring the best ways to keep connections with one another.  This is all part of caring for others, and the followers of Jesus are always onboard for that. Keep checking our website.  

Following Jesus in a Fragmented world (Week 4)

Link to PDF here Paul has explained how we are to live: as people who show respect to those around us, even to those who disrespect us, mock us, or make us feel on the outside. That is who we actually are -those on the outside. We are the people who no longer participate in the way that the world lives. We are the strange ones (4:4) that live by a different standard. Have you felt on the ‘outside’? The New York columnist, David Brooks, says that we live within a culture of the ‘Big Me’. This is characterised by statements like: Follow your passion… Don’t accept limits… Chart your own course… Live your Dream… It is easy to hook…

Following Jesus in a fragmented world (Part 3) 1 Peter 2:11-3:12

These notes in PDF form Peter has established that we are chosen, exiles and foreigners, that we are priests, and that our lives are completely tied up with Jesus. So now he wants to address how we live.  What is our relationship to the organisations of power and people around us who do not share our faith.  His answer seems to be respect. Most of us get quite upset when we feel we are not being respected. When was the last time you felt that you weren’t respected ? Peter writes “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers,…

Following Jesus in a fragmented world (Week 2)

1 Peter 1:13-2:10 Discussion Notes For a PDF of this click on this link  This table is taken from “Faith for Exiles”. Jerusalem Babylon monoreligious pluralistic homogeneous diverse slower paced life frenetic accelerated Life central control open Source sweet and simple complex and bittersweet idols: Religious pride / false piety idols : fitting in/ not missing out The two columns describe the world of Jerusalem  of these columns seem like today’s world to you ?  How do you feel about your answer ?  “Only God is Holy, just as only people are human. God’s holiness is God’s Godness. To speak of anything else as holy is to say that it has something of God’s mark upon it.” – Buechner Does this help…