Author:Malcolm Gordon

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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[caption id="attachment_993" align="alignright" width="300"] Abraham with the three visitors. Gen 18[/caption] So I've been thinking, learning and listening a bit recently, about a concept I will call, 'the anonymous Christ'. Its the idea that Jesus will show up at times and in ways that we didn't see coming. We are well familiar with this idea. But what about if we flesh it out? What if Jesus can arrive unrecognised and proceed to minister among us, still...

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Here's an old story and a new song. My wife and I can both trace our ancestry to the Orkney Islands, and so I've come to love the story of St Magnus, the patron saint of these Isles. Let me assure you, as far back as we can tell our ancestors were different people ;) The story of St Magnus The Orkney’s Islands, off the northern coast of Scotland, were ruled by the Viking king of Norway...

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I confess I'd already had Simeon on my brain. I've been intrigued by the songs that are embedded in the New Testament - and Simeon gives us one of the earlier ones in Luke 2. Its the story of an old man who has held out to see God's salvation 'in the land of the living' (Psalm 27). He is drawn to the temple when Jesus is there to be presented as an 8 day old...

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So I am starting a new job in February. We're sad to be leaving St Peters in the City, Tauranga, but we really feel God is calling us into this new thing. This article does a pretty good job of telling you about it. If you're the praying type, we really need to sell our house and find a place to base ourselves in Auckland. We'll keep you posted.  ...

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