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My 2013 Christmas Stout will be ready for drinking

posted: 14 Dec 2013

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Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants

posted: 08 Dec 2013

“I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.” Pope Francis Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the […]

Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

posted: 07 Dec 2013

I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]

Poor and Rich: Beyond Negative Stereotypes

posted: 05 Dec 2013

Its been an interesting discussion the last few days regarding the article 20 Things the Rich do that the Poor Don’t, posted on Dave Ramsey’s site but written actually, by Tom Corley, My response is below. Essentially, the article was insulting to the asset-challenged and there was confusion regarding who are the poor and who are […]

10 Things Some Poor People Do Every Day

posted: 04 Dec 2013

So apparently rich people are all nutrition experts and fitness gurus . . . while the poor, God bless ‘em, are lazy couch potatoes who spend their days munching salty chips in front of reality TV shows. I got home from work a few days ago and discovered Dave Ramsey’s article 20 Things the Rich do […]

Smoking the 5 large fish (kawawai) I caught yester

posted: 02 Dec 2013

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I think Mark Driscoll is innocent of plagiarism

posted: 28 Nov 2013

The blogosphere is abuzz again with another controversy which I consider trivial rather than “significant”. This is why i shifted into semi-retirement.  OK. Mark Driscoll. And his interview with Janet Mefford. You have all read the accusations which increase every day, and you have listened to the interview and returned for the last 2 minutes. You have […]

Debbie's 1940's Springfield 22 rifle arrived. Look

posted: 27 Nov 2013

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North Beach, Advent, Mesa and more

posted: 25 Oct 2013

A little post to catch up. - All well here. Doing a little work with a winery and enjoying the outdoors. We are trying to make a some money and hang out with migrant workers at the same time. This also means that if you plan to support our mission overseas then ALL of the […]

Hot Potato

posted: 16 Oct 2013

This is a post for Blog Action Day and Exposed 2013 Hot Potato is a game we used to play as kids. Pretending the potato was actually hot (it wasn’t), we would pass it around the circle as fast as we could from person to person. Eventually, someone would lose concentration and hold on to […]

Exposed 2013: Hot Potato

posted: 14 Oct 2013

Exposed 2013 is a campaign designed to exposed corruption in government, business, and missions I told you about last year. Check out Exposed 2013 and sign the petition. I want to do a series of posts. This is the first. Hot Potato is a game we used to play as kids. Pretending the potato was actually hot (it wasn’t), […]

Playing the Guest, not the Host

posted: 13 Oct 2013

“Play the Guest, Not the Host”: A Postcolonial reading of Luke 10:4 is something special I have cooked up for students at Uniting College today. It includes some stories of mission that show the good and bad and the downright EVIL. It also involves a postcolonial reading of Luke 10:4 (I just said that to sound smart) […]

America¬タルs Cup: Almost

posted: 25 Sep 2013

UPDATE (Final Day): !!!!!!!!!!!! We lost it. Dammit! And I speak for the rest of New Zealand when I say that. Hey, it was a long and tiring and challenging race but in the end, the Americans had a faster boat and some better technology. You could say, since both teams performed well, that the […]

A Strange Brand of Happy

posted: 25 Sep 2013

My friend Joe Boyd has a movie that is doing well this month in USA, extending into its third week in some cinemas. Its a romantic comedy with a religious twist. Or maybe its a religious comedy with a romantic twist? I don’t know. Its called A Strange Brand of Happy and its looks awesome. Well done […]

The Ghost of John O¬タルNolan

posted: 20 Sep 2013

From what I have seen of it, Ghost is a new blogging platform that promises a simple path through the Dark Woods of Widget Hell into a word of clean, pure, blogging enjoyment.  It’s impressive and from my point of view, it offers what blogging has lacked for some time: immediacy. By immediacy I mean naked […]

America¬タルs Cup

posted: 20 Sep 2013

Up early today to watch the NZ beat USA in the America’s Cup and bring it home. All we need is one more win and the trophy is ours. “From my perspective, the America’s Cup is still the most prestigious sporting event in the world,” he said. “It’s quirky, it’s different but it has been […]

Americas Cup

posted: 20 Sep 2013

Up early today to watch the NZ beat USA in the Americas Cup and bring it home. All we need is one more win and the trophy is ours.  The Americans had had the trophy for so long, more than 130 years I think. It was bolted down. No one expected it to leave.  But […]

Gaytime

posted: 19 Sep 2013

Gaytime is an event, a conversation about faith and homosexuality, hosted at Christchurch’s Addington Cafe by the Society of Salt and Light. Gaytime is also brand of ice-cream cone in New Zealand. It’s what I used to eat when I lived here as a kid. Although back then the name didn’t carry any stigma. So you […]

Carnival de Resistance: Never do anything normal a

posted: 16 Sep 2013

Social justice events don’t have to be BORING. The Carnival de Resistance is one event I wish I could see for myself. My friends the Psalters and their crazy colleagues are throwing some carnivalesque parties in USA to bring about social change. They look really fun and colorful. One of these carnivals just started in […]

Blog a Koran Day 2013

posted: 12 Sep 2013

Every September 11th, I send out a memo to fellow bloggers reminding them to post a quote from the Koran as part of Blog A Koran Day, commemorating a dark day in our history when someone tried to burn a Koran on Sep, 11, 2010 This year I forgot. Or maybe I thought it didn’t […]

Blog a Koran Day

posted: 11 Sep 2013

Every September 11th, I send out a memo to fellow bloggers reminding them to post a quote from the Koran as part of Blog A Koran Day, commemorating a dark day in our history when someone tried to burn a Koran on Sep, 11, 2010 This year I forgot. Or maybe I thought it didn’t […]

Blogging Downunder has never been better

posted: 11 Sep 2013

We might be stuck on the bottom of the planet but somebody has to hold things up for the rest of the world! I am having fun being back in New Zealand after a few decades away. Blogging from Downunder isn’t all that bad. Here’s some things to watch out for. 1. Darren Rowse and friends […]

My Big 50 and 50 of my favourite things

posted: 06 Sep 2013

Today is the day I turn 50. I didnt really expect to see this birthday, living a precarious life in some very dangerous countries, but there you go. Ohhhh . . . and I have a little gift I want to give you but first let me waffle on a bit. Today, our truck is […]

50 of my favourite things

posted: 06 Sep 2013

Today is the day I turn 50. I didnt really expect to see this birthday, living a precarious life in some very dangerous countries, but there you go. Today, our truck is parked in Christchurch at Pascoes Park. If you live in Christchurch, come over and say hello and share some of my favourite foods. If […]

Turning 50 this Saturday.

posted: 05 Sep 2013

This Saturday, September 7, is my birthday. Number 50, actually. I will be in New Zealand, in the city of Christchurch this weekend, so if you cant make over physically to say happy birthday then please make an appearance on this blog on Sep 7 and find my birthday post. I will try to give […]

Enough for All

posted: 01 Sep 2013

The invitation to speak at Kirchentag in Germany came . I was asked to teach a Bible Study on the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand which, strangely enough, was exactly what I was preaching on later that week at St Lukes Anglican church in Waikanae, New Zealand. I think it was just […]

Bono on social enterprise

posted: 01 Sep 2013

Bono’s talk at at the Global Social Enterprise event at Georgetown Uni (Nov. 2012) was awesome. Highly recommended, if you haven’t already heard it. We are preparing for another African trip sometime in 2015 and I was surprised to see how close Bono has come to our own understandings of what needs to happen in […]

Unsung Heroes

posted: 27 Aug 2013

Unsung Heroes are the people doing great things whether people are watching them or not, and most of the time they are not but they keep pressing on anyway. Last night I took my daughters to the Unsung Heroes Awards Ceremony at the Grand Hall in Wellington's Parliament Buildings, a GRAND event organised by Glyn […]

Wobbly in Wellington

posted: 23 Aug 2013

With its constant earthquakes, Wellington is the only place where the turbulence starts once you step OFF the plane. Which I did on Thursday. Highlights so far have been a coffee from my daughter Abigail who, at only 17, runs the CQ cafe on Cuba Street, and a meal of homemade gnocchi prepared my daughter […]

Seeking the Peace of Egypt

posted: 19 Aug 2013

The stories from Egypt are horrific and I am currently searching online to see if any of the schools and hospitals and churches I visited in Cairo shortly after the recent Arab Spring riots, were burned or attacked this week. The estimated death toll is now 1000 people, and damage has been extended to 43 […]

At the White Lady Food cart, est. 1948, Peter Wash

posted: 19 Aug 2013

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Sweetie Saturday tradition for our family. The lol

posted: 16 Aug 2013

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Video: Ascending the pulpit at the Church of Fools

posted: 13 Aug 2013

Nearly ten years ago I attended the opening service of the much anticipated (a million visits in the first month) 3D Church of Fools, one of the worlds most eye-poppingly successful virtual churches. You probably knew that. But, temptation came upon me, as it does occasionally, especially when I go to church, and I was […]

3 Life streaming technologies

posted: 12 Aug 2013

It’s been 10 years since I asked a programmer (Jarda) to make blog posting from my phone a reality, and 5 years since my “Life Streaming” keynote at Blog World Expo and since that time there have been a host of technologies, toys, apps and even wearable devices to enable us to stream our lives into […]

The christchurch earthquake summed up in two words

posted: 12 Aug 2013

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Ten Years: WordPress and me

posted: 11 Aug 2013

Have I really not blogged for a month . . . . . OOOPPPSSSS!!! Sorry everyone. I have been so busy building blogs for others that this blog has gone by the wayside. Actually, I intend to STOP this particular blog in a week’s time, June 3, in fact. Tallskinnykiwi has been existing for ten […]

Welcome to my brand spanking new blog.

posted: 11 Aug 2013

Welcome to my new blog. What a great chance to start again. I really loved my old blog on the Typepad platform and it was awesome to have millions of visitors but 10 years is a long time and thousands of posts is quite a pile. It became more a well than a spring. And […]

50. A new series

posted: 11 Aug 2013

“So what’s happening right now?” is a question I get a lot these days. Some of you have been following my blogs since the 90′s and and tracked with my pilgrimages and journeys and events through 50 countries and thats been a lot of fun.  But there has been a lot of changes, especially since the […]

Auckland

posted: 11 Aug 2013

In case you were wondering where I am, its Auckland. For a whole week.  Can’t tell you how strange it is for me to be here. I was born in Auckland and spent my childhood here (Northcote and then Orewa) before leaving New Zealand as a teenager. I am listening to Neil Diamond’s Hot August […]

Christchurch: Fresh Expressions

posted: 11 Aug 2013

Tonight I will be enjoying a meal at Seven Cafe and speaking to 30 missional entrepreneurs who are part of the Fresh Expression movement here in Christchurch. I have already had enjoyable conversations with John Day who launched the program just over a year ago, and with Spanky Moore, Young Adults Ministry Developer who helped […]

Life streaming technologies

posted: 11 Aug 2013

It’s been 10 years since I ask someone to make blog posting from our phones a reality, and 5 years since my “Life Streaming” keynote at Blog World Expo and since that time there have been a host of technologies, toys, apps and even wearable devices to enable us to stream our lives into digital storage […]

New Blog at tallskinnykiwi.com

posted: 03 Jun 2013

Thanks everyone for reading my old blog and walking with me for so long. It was an awsome and rewarding season. Come over to my new blog HQ at tallskinnykiwi.com and watch it grow into something. And please let me...

Ten Years: Wordpress and me

posted: 27 May 2013

Have I really not blogged for a month . . . . . OOOPPPSSSS!!! Sorry everyone. I have been so busy building blogs for others that this blog has gone by the wayside. Actually, I intend to STOP this particular...

5 Events at Kirchentag you dont wanna miss

posted: 02 May 2013

Kirchentag Festival is off with a bang. Not sure how many people came out last night for the Opening Ceremony but estimates have been as high as 300,000. Counting church people is a trickyi affair, as I have blogged about...

In Los Angeles to see blood

posted: 27 Apr 2013

This Sunday I will be at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles to see my friend Kevin do a live art installation based on the book of II Kings. He tells me there will be blood. I told him...

Enough for All - My Bible Study

posted: 24 Apr 2013

If you are in Germany then you might be joining the 100,000+ people in Hamburg for Kirchentag 2013 (Church Day) on May 1-5. If you make it to my session, please say hello afterwards. The Kirchentag folk do an absolutely...

Rick Warren sets up memorial fund

posted: 09 Apr 2013

I have been thinking of Rick Warren all week. A dreadful loss. Praying peace on the family after the tragic suicide of their son Matthew. Rick Warren just set up the Matthew Warren Memorial Fund for Mental Illness. I hope...

Hear me teach on May 4th at Kirchentag, Hamburg

posted: 09 Apr 2013

If you are in Germany then you might be joining the 100,000+ people in Hamburg for Kirchentag 2013 (Church Day) on May 1-5. If you make it to my session, please say hello afterwards. The Kirchentag folk do an absolutely...

Thoughts on Pope Francis

posted: 14 Mar 2013

GREAT to hear waves of excitement over the new Pope. I am also excited about the appointment of Pope Francis, because . . . - he is from South America. - he is a humble man, riding the bus to...

12 Resources for Christian Generosity

posted: 01 Mar 2013

My friend Sas Conradie from the Global Generosity Movement has just released 12 Resources for Christian Generosity: E.G. “Jay” Link’s latest book ‘Who’s In Charge Here?’ is now available. The pdf and Kindle versions of the book are free -...