Category Archives: video

A Christmas Sermon. From an Atheist. In Parliament.

This was one of the big surprises of the Christmas season last year. Co-Leader of the Green Party, Russel Norman, outlines the good news of Jesus Christ – with well-developed incarnation theology and everything. In a speech in Parliament. Prefaced by his identification as an atheist. It’s extraordinary. Here’s an extract (but you really must […]

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Jesus Was a Palestinian Refugee

St Paul’s Church in Auckland is famous for the¬†impossibly cuuuuute¬†nativity videos¬†they produce each year, starring their kids. This year they have also released this compelling short film for adults, reminding us that Jesus was a Palestinian. There are several parts where my eyes widened. Watch for the shepherd (who has an accounting degree) talking about […]

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Advent in Art #2: The Visitation

Nine months is a long time to wait, but thousands of years is longer. Week two of this year’s Advent in Art¬†cycle places the Christmas story in context of a much larger narrative of hope and a longing for justice. As we meet them in today’s painting, Mary and Elizabeth, like all mothers around the […]

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Imperfect is the New Perfect #3: Vulnerability, Shame and Courage

When social work researcher Bren√© Brown discovered the crucial importance of vulnerability for human wellbeing and connection, she had a breakdown. Well, she says in her 2010 TEDx talk, ‘I call it a breakdown, my therapist calls it a spiritual awakening.’ She was a perfectionist who wanted to clean up messes of all kinds. She […]

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The Power of Introverts

In beautiful language and with trembling intensity, Susan Cain tells us¬†in this TED talk why the world needs introverts, and why we’re in danger of missing out on what they offer. How’s this for ouchily insightful? There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. Her bio¬†and introduction to the talk […]

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