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In awe of my timeless Saviour

It was the year 1995. Annette and I, with our young family, were fresh migrants to New Zealand and so were Annette’s sister, Sandra, and her family. They were living in Tokoroa, and we in Auckland. Well, it was some time during that same year that Sandra rang me. This is what she said: “Pieter, we have become friends with our neighbours.” “They’re very kind people from India.” “They’re Muslims.” [...]

By |June 2021|

God’s Time

Summer’s going fast, nights growing colder Children growing up, old friends growing older Freeze this moment a little bit longer Make each sensation a little bit stronger – Rush, Time Stand Still Introduction At this time of the year, we can only look back with longing on the summer that has passed,remembering those hot Sunday afternoons that we wished were cooler and thinking of how foolish we were! But all [...]

By |June 2021|

Food for thought

Food processing and manufacturing The world we live in is different from that of our great-grandparents. Everything moves faster and changes faster too. There is more knowledge, more choice and more legislation. We live differently and we eat differently. Food manufacturing and processed food has, and still does, play a part in this change. The very mention of processed food can lead to some very interesting and emotive discussions. In [...]

By |May 2021|

Speaking the truth in love

In the Persian Gulf War of 1991, seventeen percent of US servicemen and women killed were killed by what is known as ‘friendly fire’.1 Friendly fire is when someone is shot or bombed by their own side. That figure in itself is staggering. In part it is a problem of the modern war machine, where weapons are more effective in killing larger numbers of people. But it is also simply [...]

By |April 2021|

C. S. Lewis, inventor of worlds

We all have an imagination 1, given to us by God to use for his glory and the increase of his kingdom on earth. However, few manage to employ their imagination so strongly to this effect as C. S. Lewis did. As we consider Lewis, his life and his faith, his apologetics and his radio broadcasts, we must also consider the enduring appeal of the books that he brought to life [...]

By |March 2021|

Engaging an unbelieving world

Several years ago I worked for Inland Revenue’s child support debt recovery team. My role was to engage parents who fell behind in paying their child support and attempt to secure a commitment to pay their debt.  As you might imagine, this was a difficult and challenging job. It’s rare that people want to hear from an Inland Revenue debt collector. And some really don’t want to hear from you!  [...]

By |February 2021|

“God is here … where are you?” Covid-19 and the doctrine of Corporate Worship

Protestant Christianity is facing considerable pressure to re-define itself in the modern era. This has simply come to more of a head during recent events. Sadly, many evangelical church leaders have favored pragmatism to orthodoxy … even going so far as to advise the government that corporate church services (central to the Christian faith) are essentially social gatherings and should be treated as such.  But unfortunately, the church’s view of corporate [...]

By |December 2020|


Hey, did you hear what Bob did the other day after work? Well …”  “You will never guess what happened to Judy on Friday night [laughter] but don’t worry, I will fill you in!”  “Oh my … I have a very private prayer request to share with you … You see, I heard that …” Have you ever heard statements like these? Have you ever had a conversation where this [...]

By |November 2020|

Christian Leadership

As I am writing this, we are still in the middle of the Covid 19 crisis. New Zealanders have been looking to the government for leadership and direction through this difficult time. The Prime Minister has given us clear explanations about the government’s decisions and directions and why they have chosen the course they have. No doubt all of us have had our own thoughts on what should happen and [...]

By |September 2020|

The sin of gluttony

I have been asked by the editor to comment, as a Christian medical practitioner, on gluttony and obesity from a medical perspective. I have agreed, with some trepidation, since the topic of people’s weight is a sensitive issue and I certainly do not want to contribute to any “fat shaming” or the labelling of people as “sinful” based on their dimensions! Gluttony is a very old-fashioned word. It was one [...]

By |August 2020|
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