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Making Church Skits Cool Again

November 30, 2021 // 9 Comments

As a teenager, I was in the church drama team. It was cool. On Fridays we’d rehearse, and on Sunday’s we’d perform. We were so good that we were invited to perform in other churches. But were we that good? In hindsight, I wonder if we were. I wonder if the invites came because the bar was low and because [...]

Why the Church is Wrong about Women

November 24, 2020 // 31 Comments

How would you rate the most influential people in history? This question is behind an ongoing study run by MIT’s Media Lab. A while back the folks at MIT reported that the most influential person in history was the Greek philosopher Aristotle. In second place was Plato, third was Jesus, and fourth was [...]

Is the Church too Feminine?

October 21, 2020 // 2 Comments

I have been blown away by the positive response to my forthcoming book, The Silent Queen: Why the Church Needs Women to find their Voice. Although the book doesn’t come out until Christmas, I thought you’d might like a taste now. The following article has been cut from the Introduction… Since its inception, [...]

How the Church can shine during COVID-19

March 25, 2020 // 27 Comments

Last Sunday in New Zealand, we set a record for the lowest church attendance in living memory. Next Sunday will smash that record because we have just begun a four week lockdown. No one is going anywhere. In an attempt to curtail the spread of COVID-19, many governments are banning public gatherings. Churches, [...]

Should we close the Church for the Coronavirus?

February 8, 2020 // 16 Comments

“Please don’t come to Mongolia.” I have been asked to visit many countries, but Mongolia’s the only place I’ve been asked to avoid. In 2003 I was heading to Ulaanbaatar for a church conference. I was packed, I had my visa, but at the last minute the organizers asked me to stay home. Why? Because I was [...]

Women in Church

January 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Since the Fall, women have been treated as second-class citizens, even in the church. Find out what the Bible really says about the value of women and what they can and can’t do: Are women permitted to teach? Are women more easily deceived? Did Jesus say adultery is the only grounds for divorce? Do you have [...]

Good News for Small Churches

August 16, 2019 // 10 Comments

In his seven letters to the churches, Jesus had a special message for the Philadelphians. He said they were doing well… …because you have a little power, have kept my word, and have not denied my name. (Rev. 3:8) What does it mean to have little power? A church with little power is a small or weak [...]

The Accepting Church

August 1, 2019 // 24 Comments

Freedom is found in knowing that God loves and accepts you. When you know beyond all doubt that you are your Daddy’s delight, you will be free from the need to please others. The pressure to perform will lift and the unholy expectations of men will seem ridiculous. My Father is pleased with me. I don’t have [...]

Who are the Pillars in the Church?

March 21, 2019 // 29 Comments

As a young man, I was told I was a pillar in the church. It made me feel good to hear the pastor say this, and I could hardly disagree. Of course I was a pillar. I was a good boy. I didn’t drink or smoke or do burnouts in the church car park. I arrived early on Sundays to put out chairs and I stayed back to [...]

What does it Mean to Remove a Church’s Lampstand?

February 28, 2019 // 34 Comments

If you wanted to control people using fear and threats, you could become a Sith Lord, or you could take the good promises of Jesus, turn them inside out, and use them to terrorize God’s children. Let me give you an example: Unless you repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand out of its place. (Rev. [...]

Should Women Be Silent in Church? (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)

October 18, 2017 // 79 Comments

My three daughters are growing up in a country where women often reach the highest levels of leadership. In New Zealand we’ve had female heads of state and government and everything else besides. As a father, I am thrilled that my daughters will be able to do just about anything they put their mind to. As long [...]