Take a deep breath

Canvas | Issue 88: People of Prayer Unlike some on these islands, I am not a regular visitor to high altitude. Except for my travels on Air New Zealand and the occasional jaunts on hills around the country, I’m rarely too far above sea level. Following my recent visit...

The state of the boiler room

Canvas | Issue 88: People of Prayer Think of the most capable, gifted Christian leader you know. It doesn’t have to be a personal acquaintance, just someone you’ve heard about – no doubt with a sense of awe and wonder. Perhaps he or she is a brilliant speaker or...

Fear, forgiveness and the gospel

New Zealand is a country saturated in God’s common grace. Sure, we have our problems,  but we’re served by stable and accountable government that has ensured religious freedom, prosperous without being ostentatious in our wealth, filled with astounding natural beauty,...

Love my neighbour

Like many in Christchurch’s Indonesian community, associate staff worker Ani Kartikasari lost a friend on March 15. In the days that followed the massacre, the lecturer at Lincoln University supported students, victims and their families as they came to terms with the...

After the alarm: a student response

What happened when you heard the lockdown alarm? The question repeated all week. Where were you during the Christchurch shooting? The story will be told to our grandchildren. I poured the tea for my friend and sat down cross-legged on the window seat of our student...

Living by the book

Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the evidence for Christianity. Specifically, I’ve been pondering just how far the historical evidence can take us—in our own faith, and in our evangelism. This isn’t about questioning the quality of the...