Apocalypse Now

   Waiapu Cathedral, 18 November 2018: Mark 13:1-8   On my Youtube radar this week was a pointedly humorous but also heartbreaking send-up called G.O.P. Jesus with a cartoon graphic of Jesus riding the Republican Party elephant. GOP Jesus has some alternative facts for his followers: “Truly I say unto you, whoever welcomes one of […]

The “Family” Card

Waiapu Cathedral, Christmas 1, 2018 You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for the Queen getting a bashing on Social Media after Christmas for delivering her well-worn trademark  in front of one’s giant golden pianoforte, after all, the piano isn’t really hers – it’s just an accoutrement of her gilded cage and that of her […]

Is it time yet?

  Advent 2, Waiapu Cathedral   “Enjoy special moments with Kinder chocolate advent calendar that contains delicious milky fillings coated in milk chocolate! With quality ingredients and no artificial colours or preservatives, this yummy treat is designed keeping children in mind.” A chocolate Advent calendar. It’s less like waiting and more like a continuous amuse […]

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 […]