Tag Archives: Palestine

‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #5: How Can We Help? [Guest]

This is the final post from guest writer Chris Chamberlain. See the whole series list here. We must be careful how we read Scripture What I would call a ‚ÄėZionist‚Äô reading of Scripture seems to take a verse with no regard for its context, and apply it to the modern State of Israel. This is […]

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #4: Stories of Hope from Palestine and Israel [Guest]

Religious tensions and friendships The Holy Land is, of course, a coming together of at least three major religions. The Muslim call to prayer that was broadcast through loudspeakers at many times of the day and night was a new sensation for me. I admit to finding it unpleasant at times. Once or twice I […]

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #3: Peacemakers in Palestine

A very warm welcome to guest poster Chris Chamberlain. Chris grew up in Timaru and West Auckland. ¬†He has been in Baptist church pastoral leadership roles for over 20 years in exciting places like the South Island‚Äôs West Coast and central Christchurch. ¬†Experiencing the destructive forces of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes has introduced him to […]

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #2: A Christchurch Minister visits Palestine and Israel [Guest]

A very warm welcome to guest poster Chris Chamberlain. Chris grew up in Timaru and West Auckland. ¬†He has been in Baptist church pastoral leadership roles for over 20 years in exciting places like the South Island‚Äôs West Coast and central Christchurch. ¬†Experiencing the destructive forces of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes has introduced him to […]

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’: A Christchurch Minister visits Palestine and Israel [Guest]

A very warm welcome to guest poster Chris Chamberlain. Chris grew up in Timaru and West Auckland. ¬†He has been in Baptist church pastoral leadership roles for over 20 years in exciting places like the South Island‚Äôs West Coast and central Christchurch. ¬†Experiencing the destructive forces of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes has introduced him to […]

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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 #4: Shepherds

If you love surprises, chances are you live in a rich and safe part of the world. There is a famous (but possibly not ancient, nor Chinese) curse that says ‘May you live in interesting times!’ (This Advent we are spending time with Mark Pierson’s¬†Advent in Art¬†series, a set of paintings by¬†James B Janknegt,¬†curated by […]

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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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