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time (zone) travel

September 12, 2021 |

I often dream of travelling back in time.  I love history and think it would be so cool to pop in, here and there.  However, right now, sitting in Auckland’s strictest lockdown yet, it is memories, not dreams, that fill my imagination.  I’ve been reflecting on the great privilege of my working life — spending…

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mekdes haddis: embracing mutuality

November 1, 2023 /

In these pages Mekdes Haddis addresses “a broken mission system … (where) we hurt culture” (x). It is her conviction that “by laying down power we will gain the ability to embrace mutuality. It is not easy, yet it’s the necessary work we must do as Western Christians” (109). It is a confronting book. I…

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tim keller: smiles and sighs

October 21, 2023 /

This is a biography, but not as we’ve known them. While it is about Keller, it is told through the “story of his spiritual and theological influences” (xii). So it felt like being drawn into the footnotes of his life, not just the main text, or even the headlines. It was refreshing. It became this…

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the palestinians

June 18, 2023 /

When it comes to global geo-politics across the last hundred years or so, one thing becomes clear.  The majority of the peoples of the world, especially Christians, don’t care about the Palestinians.  That doesn’t seem to be right.  I expect Palestinians to be among the ‘every nation, tribe, people and language’ (Rev 7.9) on that…

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beauty, birth, death

May 21, 2023 /

I am at Sydney airport, having just completed nine consecutive days of annual meetings with Langham Partnership. Yikes! However, for the first time in 15 years, I had only to cross a small ocean—NZers and Aussies call it ‘the ditch’—to be at the meetings.  I am grateful.  And to be in a hotel right on…

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the beauty in going nowhere

May 6, 2023 /

In my travels with Langham, it is not that unusual never to leave the venue for the event for which I have come.  On this occasion, in Lima, not only did I go nowhere, the venue itself was barely ten minutes from the airport!  So, four nights in beautiful Peru and never moving further than…

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scars of war

April 24, 2023 /

It is that time of the year when we in NZ are reminded of the scars of war. On Saturday we stopped in Tirau, on our way home from meeting our new grand-daughter, Eden. We were waiting for dumplings and bubble tea from a roadside food truck. Barby had popped into a craft fair in…

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the air we breathe

April 12, 2023 /

It is easy to become frustrated with the bias against Christianity in our society.   The bad stuff is magnified, while the good stuff is muted. In a society that champions fairness, it often seems unfair. In a society that advocates tolerance, it easily becomes intolerance.   Into this dilemma steps Glen Scrivener, with The Air We Breathe.…

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british columbia

April 7, 2023 /

Under God’s good hand, I entered my 15th year with Langham Preaching on the 1st April—and now am inching towards ten years as programme director.  Across these years the focus has been on establishing a Global Leadership Team (GLT).  In the final days of March, we met at Rivendell, on Bowen Island, just outside Vancouver…

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lyrics for living 23 (every hue)

March 12, 2023 /

Last month Barby and I went off on a little holiday. We stopped at Lake Taupō and walked into town along the lakefront. The day was drawing to a close. The toi toi waved to us as we passed by. Their beauty—ever resilient, yet fragile—always captivates me. Barely 30 minutes later, we were retracing our steps…

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cairo and the kohinoor

March 6, 2023 /

What a fun journey this has been… Cairo, a few months ago Last October, with the borders opening up, I returned to Cairo to visit our team there.  On this occasion my friend and colleague in Lebanon, Riad, came across for the meetings.  His presence opened the way to meet other people and ministries. One…

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paul06.16

the art of unpacking

After a childhood in India, a theological training in the USA and a pastoral ministry in Southland (New Zealand), I spent twenty years in theological education in New Zealand — first at Laidlaw College and then at Carey Baptist College, where I served as principal. In 2009 I began working with Langham Partnership and since 2013 I have been the Programme Director (Langham Preaching). Through it all I've cherished the experience of the 'gracious hand of God upon me' and I've relished the opportunity to 'unpack', or exegete, all that I encounter in my walk through life with Jesus.