Author:Malcolm Gordon

Last weekend, the whole Gordon clan (all three of us) flew down to Wellington for a busy few days playing concerts, holding workshops and leading worship services. At the heart of our reason for going was Sunday worship with Wadestown Presbyterian Church. Back when I was running my super-successful Social Backing campaign to fund the album, Wadestown got behind it in a big way. They sing some of my songs as part of their worship,...

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Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn't God just forgive? Part three Jesus had to die to show us the truth of where our version of life was heading, and what it was doing to ourselves, to one another and to God. God couldn't 'just forgive' us because forgiveness requires an acknowledgement of the wrong and the damage that has been done to the victim. And here we see that God is the victim (Ps 51:4). Jesus...

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Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn't God have just forgiven humanity? Part two I think the answer has something to do with the fact that sin costs, and that love costs even more. Early on in Genesis Adam and Eve are told that to eat from the forbidden tree means that 'on that day you will surely die'. From Romans, every good evangelical knows what the wages of sin are; death. But rather...

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Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn't God just forgive? Part One I must confess, this is a question I have struggled with for most of the last ten years. Its actually a little awkward to admit, but if you look at my albums (which you can here and here) you won’t find a single song about the cross there. I mean it crops up in songs like 'One Voice', 'May we grow' and 'Break the...

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[caption id="attachment_449" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tessa and Zoe, not just clever songwriters.[/caption] WeBelong-ZoAndTessaFinal.mp3 This year at Going Further we were lucky enough to receive teaching from Darryl Tempero on spiritual practices. So many of us were greatly encouraged and inspired by what Darryl shared with us, and as he had to leave before camp finished, we wanted to come up with a way of thanking him for his input at Going Further. Darryl had also been encouraging those...

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The following is a post from worship leader, liturgist, song writer and one half of the wonderful Blackthorn Project, Tim Thornton. It struck me and I wanted it to strike you. You can find more of their stuff at http://www.theblackthornproject.com/ (like awesome albums that you can get for next to nothing, or just nothing). These guys are a treasure. Enjoy. Sudden Loss of Veneer Let me make a confession. In a certain way, I love when things...

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Late last year I let you guys know that I was leaving parish ministry at St Paul's in Katikati in the hope of making space for this amorphous music ministry that seems to be springing up beneath our feet. Well so far so good. Since the beginning of this year, I've had the opportunity to minister in Rotorua with St John's in the City; in Auckland with The Upper Room; in Dunedin with B@tch and in...

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Step aside Rapture Ruckus with your #1 NZ album. Today I heard I've been shortlisted as a semi finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (henceforth referred to as the ISC). With much fanfare, I read of my 'aceptance' [sic]. 'Out of 20,000 entrants you have made the cut of just 1,800 semifinalists...

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Here I am working on the lectionary texts for this Sunday, which is built around the Baptism of Jesus in Luke 3 (Psalm 29, Isaiah 43 and Acts 8 also feature - you can check them out in detail here.) I'm still in the early stages of my preparation, but at the moment, I'm drawn by the presence of all three persons of the Trinity in the final couple of verses in the reading from Luke...

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