Author:Malcolm Gordon

In the airport lounge about to board a flight with my wife and our two children, I have a hasty phone conversation with a good friend. He is a minister and he wants to pick my brain on the Bible passage he’s preaching on this Sunday. It’s the feeding of the 5000 in Matthew 14. I love these conversations. Being an extrovert I tend to have epiphanies and make new connections as I hear myself...

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I find myself thinking about holiness a lot these days. One of the defining narratives that has shaped my understanding is Moses and the Burning Bush (in Exodus 3). Moses sees a bush burning without burning up. He goes over to investigate. He is addressed by a voice who names him and commands him to take off his sandals because he is standing on________? That's right, 'holy ground'. This story, along with others gave me the impression...

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[caption id="attachment_1051" align="alignnone" width="420"] Good Samaritan, by He Qi, China[/caption] I'm just back from a couple of weeks down south as part of my role helping churches with their worshipping life. During my time I had a number of awesome conversations with some great people serving God in local congregations. One in particular stands out. The minister of this church was telling me how varied his congregation was. Recently a conversation had sprung up in this...

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Here are a couple of resources for worship this Sunday if you're dealing with the story of Thomas and his 'doubt'. Firstly, this great video which might serve as a call to worship. Its from the genius' at theworkofthepeople.com. Secondly - here's my song 'Scars' which begins with Thomas' struggle to believe and moves into an acknowledgement that God uses all our doubt, all our wounds and makes them testaments to grace and hope. ...

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Starting this weekend, my good friend, Adrian Taylor and I are going to be leading Lenten Reflective services around the place. They will feature Adrian's poetry and my music. We've talked about a creative collaboration for some time, and this is the form things have taken. Adrian's collection, 'Watchings' create the framework of the evening, with my music creating space for response and reaction. Here's one of my favourite pieces of Adrian's work: To begin; From here lie...

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[caption id="attachment_1033" align="alignright" width="300"] Not Owen and Sally, but their photo was in black and white too.[/caption] On Saturday I had the privilege of taking part in a service of thanksgiving for Owen and Sally's 60th Wedding anniversary. They had been married in St Paul's Presbyterian Church, and every ten years had celebrated and recommitted to their vows in that same place. I was their minister for 4 of those 60 years, and it was humbling...

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I just had an email conversation with a good friend who is a youth pastor, about some lyrics in a worship song. The song is by Bethel and has the line, 'heaven looked away' in it. We'd had a brief conversation some time ago about this lyric and today we fleshed it out some more. Here's the gist of what we talked about. The issue with the Bethel line, and Stuart Townend's, 'The Father turns his...

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Like many people of a protestant-evangelical persuasion I have a persistent (is nagging a better word?) voice in the back of my mind that I should be doing more with my time, my life, my money, my energy. Never is this voice more vociferous (great word huh, gosh I hope I used it right!) than in relation to my spiritual life. I have lived with a constant sense of 'not doing enough' with regard to...

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Here's a message I shared at Omokoroa Community Church last Sunday. You can warm up by reading Psalm 32:1-7. Many of you will have heard that something noteworthy happened in New Zealand Cricket last week. For the first time in our 84 years of being a Test playing nation, someone scored 300 runs, by themselves. Brendon McCullum, Black Caps captain, batted across 3 days for 750 minutes to bring this up. You could watch the LOTR...

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