Rewriting history

Our current narrative about the founding of modern New Zealand—from the prioritising of colonial interests to scandals like Parihaka—has lost the true impact that the gospel had on not just religion, but race relations and politics. It suits our cultural climate, of...

Bringing history home

We have both the freedom to worship God, and his word to guide our lives and worship. Knowing how these priceless gifts reached us can help us—with God’s help—pass them on. In the centre of the city of Dunedin is a museum called Toitū. In the centre of that museum is...

Learning from history

Mike Summerfield and Roshan Allpress talk about how the church’s past does, and how it could, shape its present.   What lessons from history need to be re-learned in Kiwi churches today? We have happily received the Reformation ideal that power ought to be placed in...

Faction of student association targets pro-life groups

The student association at the University of Auckland made headlines in August when it allowed a referendum that proposed disaffiliating ProLife Auckland and banning future affiliation by clubs with “similar ideologies.” Pro-life groups have faced opposition from AUSA...

Notables – spring 2017

Born Lawrence Elijah Sanson was born to Jeremy and Esther, both former Canterbury CU, on 29 August in Christchurch. Christina Denmead, Canterbury staff worker, and husband Nathan, former Canterbury CU, welcomed Theo James on 16 September. Joel Mathéo Ehmann was born...

Mustard-seed work

Little did I know what putting up posters around campus would lead to. In October 2015 I started a group for Christian students and inquirers at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga. Since then it has been renamed Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (merging with...