No day of rest…

Sometimes it is really busy. That business may not be you: today I am acting as a ferry for son two because it is final rehearsals. The play starts tomorrow night, ie Sunday. And the clinical week was busy. Some weeks you do not get much academic work done: this was one of those weeks. […]

Put away shameful games.

I am afraid there is nothing witty or apropos that I can link to about today’s reading. I was trying to find a comment in TC’s thread that has now split when someone said women were not smart, but they were cunning, because cunning is all they have. I guess by that they meant manipulative. […]

A somewhat musical domestic post.

Music is the main theme of this week in Casa Pukeko.  Son two is cheerfully going to school in jeans rather than his uniform because the school is rehearsing Sweeney Todd. And he was “Army volunteered” into the choir — which comes from him doing music all year, playing viola and piano, and having good […]

Mistrust wealth: mistrust power.

One of the contradictory things in the Bible is that those with resources are more likely to go to perdition. The poor are more generous — to charities, in New Zealand, at least. Now: the issue of great wealth has to be considered. By the standards of the ancient world, almost everyone in the West […]

Lives not tweets.

Well. the UK courts think they can control Twitter. Well, at least defamatory speech. From the Auckland Pravda Tweeters have been warned to be much more cautious about what they send into cyberspace after Chris Cairns’ precedent-setting victory. And despite a media law expert saying he was always going to win, Cairns has expressed his […]

Signs for the world… and food for believers.

One of the ongoing tensions among Protestants, particularly nonliturgical protestants, is to balance the need to witness to those outside of taith and to build up those who are of faith. Some churches turn into mini theological colleges where the building up of the fellowship takes priority and  the evangelical task is left aside. Others […]

Food, software, politics and Kipling.

Incendiary Insight. A little cynical. He misses the fact that most of the people he is talking about are the sons of Mary Every single group in this country outside of white, right-leaning Christian men wants to win. What do I mean by that? They take their fight seriously, they’re willing to protest, riot, make […]

Otago Anniversary…

Today is Otago Anniversary Day. The Province of Otago existed from 1853 to 1876: I have a soft spot for the constitution of that time, with its limited franchise, federal structure, and provision for traditional tribal law. I also have a soft spot for the imperial structure of the time. However, parliament had the ability […]

Jesus was not merely a good man.

Many of the more liberal persuasion see Jesus as a good teacher: the equivelant of a prophet, a philosopher and a guru.  Not the case. He claimed to be God. And the Pharisees called him crazy. John 8:46-59 46Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe […]