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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 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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We're nearing the end of our two weeks in the studio. We are woefully behind schedule. We're going to have to book another week sometime soon to do the lead vocals and backing vocals - so this last week has been spent getting all the instrumentation done. Last Saturday, we had a full day over in the Waitakere Ranges recording drums with Evan Cooper. It looked like this...

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As many of you will know, I've been running a funding campaign on Social Backing. Its been going phenomenally well - so well its about to become the quickest-funded project in the site's history! I'm learning something about generosity from the inside ;) This money is going to mean we can get someone awesome to mix and master the album, once Matt and I (and Sophie and Evan and Michael and Kirstin and John and Tony...

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So, Ray Coster, the incoming moderator (he's like a Pope that we can exchange after two years) has chosen for his theme, 'Reviving the flame: Living in the power of His presence, and the presence of His power.' Ray's hope is that Christians can move beyond thinking of themselves as 'sinners' and start to understand that in Christ, we are 'saints' - God's children, God's beloved - whichever way you spin it, it's Good News! So I...

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Today I went to the final lecture in a series by Rev Prof William Willimon, an American Methodist Bishop. I was made to read one of his books during my training to be a minister. I went back and read it again when I got out into the parish once I realised he knew what he was talking about. His final lecture was entitled 'The end of the world'. I hadn't paid much attention to the...

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I have been asked to lead worship at this year's General Assembly of the PCANZ (look it up) and the theme is 'Reviving the Flame'. Specifically we want to look at what it means to live in the light of Jesus' resurrection, to be people who are defined by God's redemptive work, rather than confined by our own limitations and frailties. Here's a song I hope to use at GA12 that was written by Natalie Yule...

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