In Jesus’ name?

All Saints, 2018, Waiapu Cathedral   I can’t be the only one discomfited by the coverage of some believers protesting the dropping of the Christianizing tag-line of the Parliamentary prayer. It reeks rather of people who, in the USA, foam at the mouth about being wished “Happy holidays” as the year draws to a close. […]

Prophetic right now

Waiapu Cathedral, 21 October 2018 We’re timing the duration of the service this morning so that in three weekend’s time, at 11.00 we can pause in silence and then make a lot of noise to celebrate the end of the first World War. It was H G Wells who came up with the phrase, in […]

To become a little child (Mark 10:13-16)

In memory of the Reverend Graeme Pilgrim The cover of the latest “Listener” trumpets the question “Is Dairy Still Scary?” and to be truthful I’m no longer bothered. If it is not scary now, it probably will be again next year, and I either will or will not be here to read all about it. Perhaps […]


30 September 2018 I’m going to confess it: when I was seventeen I wagged school. I think it was only once, and that was to grab a second screening of Zefirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” – I know, such a rebel. That memory was revived for me by the recent walkout of students at Fraser High […]

1982 and all that theology

(A reflection, not a sermon – yet!) I learned yesterday of the death of an acquaintance. It’s when your contemporaries begin to pass away that mortality comes home to roost. Perhaps one day there will be a “Listener” cover that won’t attempt to shock and stun with the latest news of Things That Will Kill […]

“Jesus happened to me”

John 6:48-52 Waiapu Cathedral, 12 August 2018   It’s hard to believe that this weekend marks a whole year since the “Unite the Right” Charlottesville riots in which a young woman was mown down and killed in a terrorist act and the infamous dictum “Good people on both sides” was uttered. Rather than being reconciled, […]

What is a peacemaker?

Waiapu Cathedral, Peace Sunday, 5 August 2018   Sometimes a few words, a mere expression can set off a whole train of thought and pondering. So I’m grateful to those who set up our commemorative Peace Day materials, not just for the opportunity to understand better some of the Cathedral’s history in relation to the […]