Category Archives: hospitality

Matters of Life and Death: Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy

My sermon on Sunday and the accompanying blog post were mainly directed at the ‘neighbours’ of an unborn child: those who have the opportunity to support a little family in crisis.  What I also want to say loudly, and separately, is that if you have experienced a crisis pregnancy, for any reason, in any circumstances, […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Are You an Unborn Baby’s Neighbour?

  This is a post about crisis pregnancy that is aimed mainly at those in a position to support an unborn baby and its family. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy yourself, you may prefer to read this accompanying post dealing directly with such a situation.  Inspired by Germany In the United States it’s […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

  What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‘end it all’ with morphine? What are the implications of expectant parents having Down’s Syndrome screening for their unborn babies? How do we cope and make sense of the world when our ageing parents no longer recognise us? I’m filling in […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Series Outline

I am a locum pastor! My homie Stu is off on a well-deserved holiday with his family, and I’m helping hold the fort at Wellington South Baptist Church in Island Bay. Starting this Sunday, I’m preaching a five-week series on bioethics, humanity and hospitality. It’s called Matters of Life and Death and is based on […]

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The Sacrament of Housework #4: My 11 Best Stolen Home Organisation Tips

We’d better start with a couple of Disclaimers, with capital Ds. 1: I write as an enthusiastic student of the art of home organising, not in any way as an accomplished expert. My bedroom floor is Exhibit A. 2: My house is pretty messy, most of the time. But it’s a much more organised messy […]

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Redeeming Birthday Parties #1

One of the birthday constants in my family growing up was Dad writing a poem – usually rhyming couplets, but sometimes a haiku – in each birthday card. I wish I had kept more of them. You can tell families apart by how they celebrate birthdays. What’s important in your household? Must there be presents? […]

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A Generous Lent, Act 1: Build a Generosity Kit

Let’s be generous with ourselves, too, this Lent. Take your time over the generosity challenge. I certainly will be. It’s not only because of the time difference that I’ll be blogging through 40 Acts of Generosity without strict adherence to the day-by-day order from the United Kingdom-based 40 Acts website. Ash Wednesday, the first day of […]

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Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party!

We did it! Shrove Tuesday has been well and truly celebrated in our apartment building. It was a bit of a stretch, right to the edge of my current capabilities, but it was also enjoyable, satisfying and a grand success. Get to know our neighbours better: tick! To recap, we decided to invite people for pancakes […]

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