Evidence and opinions

The hunches we have about Christianity’s place in society have some fresh statistics to inform them. In May, the Wilberforce Foundation published Faith and Belief in New Zealand. It’s a national survey of 1,007 Kiwis and in-depth interviews with 26 focus group...

Tourists and pilgrims

Christians make the best travellers. I have zero research to back this up, but think about how the Bible describes God’s people: Sojourners. Pilgrims. Strangers. We’re sent to and called out, in but not of. We welcome those who are separated from their own homelands,...

So what?

In a world where we can’t always keep up with what’s happened today, we don’t often go to the trouble of wrapping our heads around the long ago. However at uni I was lucky enough to find lecturers with a gift for bringing old stories into the present, so I dabbled in...

We’re all ‘professionals’

New Zealand has the developed world’s highest rate of youth suicide, according to Unicef. And now Parliament is preparing to discuss (again) a bill that would allow any adult who finds life “unbearable” to schedule a less messy, doctor-assisted suicide. Aotearoa isn’t...

Have we left truth behind?

Even in a place and time where “post-truth” nabs Word of the Year, people still insist on making truth claims. We’re wired to know. So one of the biggest challenges we face as truth-believing Christians isn’t actually convincing people that truth exists. It is to...

Centred on the church

It doesn’t matter how many times it happens, I always flinch: Someone says “para-church” and “TSCF” in the same sentence, and their innocent remark sets off an internal hashing-through of the relationship between the two. It’s a petty bugbear, but the end of that...