Month: September 2017

No Pain, No Gain

25 September 2017

In this article I continue to drill down into our conception and theology of pain and struggle through some more observations of God’s created order. Observation 1. It seems that God has designed our body to develop to maturity through its struggle against bacteria. Between us, my children and I have a cocktail of allergies…

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What is our vision?

15 September 2017

We are all driven to pursue a vision. The discussion of ‘vision’ is usually left to the domains of leadership or organisations but each individual is, in some way and to some degree, in pursuit of a vision or goal or desirable end point. According to philosopher James K.A. Smith, ‘To live is to be…

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Theology — important? … or impotent?

04 September 2017

My journey through Bible College began over 20 years ago when I attended my first diploma class in the Internship Diploma Program at the Bible College of New Zealand Ministry in Dunedin, where I lived. As a 34-year-old, and having grown up in the Christian context—one in which I was encouraged to pray and read…

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Rachel’s Road

01 September 2017

‘As soon as I opened Harvest’s web page, I knew that was where I was going to go’. Rachel, an early childhood teacher, and married with ‘an almost-two-year-old’, made a bold move to study:  ‘I came to Harvest to have my faith challenged; to know more about God’. Rachel completed diploma, bachelor, and associate-level studies,…

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