The Treaty of Waitangi

A great wee picture book about the treaty is found here. Thanks to the spinoff for hosting it. Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book

Love – hang on you want me to love who?

Four key biblical themes came to their fulfillment in the arrival of Jesus: Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. We use love in all sorts of ways, “I’d love a pizza”. and “I love Game of thrones.” are quite different to “I love you”.  SO what was Jesus on about with love ? Check out The Bible projects video on Love.

Joy – More than Happiness

Happiness is fleeting. You feel it when you find a carpark, but loose it in a moment when someone beats you to it. Happiness is fickle because it’s entirely connected to situations that can change in a moment. Joy is something  else. Jesus reckoned that he told his disciples a whoile bunch of stuff so that their joy might be complete (John 15:11).  Check out the Bible projects video on Joy below  

Hope – waiting for the “Not yet”

Everyone hopes. It’s a looking forward to something, or someone.  It’s the possibility of change for the better.  In the midst of brokeness and pain we hope for something better.  Kids find it natural to hope. As adults, most us have tempered our hope against our experiences of life. It’s truly human to hope, but the Bible tells us that it’s not only humans that hope. The Bibles outlook is that creation is looking forward to a change, longing for better.   Check out the Bible projects video on hope. TO LISTEN, TO LOOK  (Anne Weems, Kneeling in Bethlehem) Is it all sewn up-my life?  Is it at this point so predictable, so orderly, so neat, so arranged, so right,  that…

Peace – Not it’s not all right, but it will be.

 The first coming of Jesus was a surprise. He arrived in obscurity, lived at the fringes and few recognised him.  The Jewish people had been long awaiting a messiah.  The season of Advent looks backward to Jesus’s life, and forwards to Jesus’s open arrival in the future.  Advent involves waiting and looking forward. This year, amongst the many Christmas focused events’ we’re going to look forward to peace, hope, joy and love.Have a look at the Bible project’s video on peace: Peace reminds us that what the followers of Jesus look forward to is not simply the absence of conflict, but a place of rightness and wholeness. There is a “setting right” that we’re called to look forward to and…

Biblical Theology: A taster

A DVD series with Dr Rod Thompson. Contains twelve 20 minute presentations exploring the unity and diversity of the Scriptures. Laidlaw College. Walking the Emmaus Road, Noah lies drunk in his tent, Abram and Sarai: blessings to the world, Israel at Sinai. Ehud and Eglon, Elisha and the bears, Psalms – five books in one, resurrection. The journey to Jerusalem, Paul and empire visions, the enemies of Christians, David and Mephibosheth 4 DVDs

Nooma

Nooma: Lump By Rob Bell. We can get anything we want, from anywhere in the world, whenever we want it. That’s how it is and that’s how we want it to be. DVD and question booklet