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Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill – Verbal Submission

At 1:20pm I will give my Verbal Submission to the Select Committee on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill. Here is what I plan to say. Thank you for giving your time to read my written statement and hear today’s verbal submission regarding the recently proposed “Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill”. You will have noticed from my written submission that… Read more →

Vaccine Certificates/Passports and the Church

General Concerns: Verifiability of data: Up to now when a person in NZ receives their vaccine, no proof of identity is required. The individual administering the vaccine simply asks for the person receiving the vaccine to confirm their name and date of birth (in some cases their address). This is a process which is open to significant abuse and provides absolutely no… Read more →

Select Committee Submission: Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill

Dear Prime Minister Ardern, Minister Faafoi, and Members of Parliament, Thank you for giving your time to read and consider the following statement with regards to the recently proposed “Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill”. I have read the proposed piece of legislation and have grave concerns. Concerns for two fundamental principles of Liberal Democracy: 1. Freedom of Speech and 2.… Read more →

Recent NZ Legislation: Conversion Therapy Ban & Hate Speech

In recent weeks here in New Zealand, we have seen our government propose new legislation along with changes to existing legislation which together present a shift virtually unprecedented in Western Liberal Democracy. Specifically, we are addressing suggested proposals to what is generally referred to as “Hate Speech Laws” (Proposals against the incitement of hatred/hostility) along with new legislation under the… Read more →

Euthanasia & Cannabis Info

Election/Euthanasia and Cannabis: This link will take you to a YouTube video of a recorded talk I completed on this subject. You can also download a PDF of the manuscript for there here. You can also download an MP3 which includes If you are not already familiar with this website and resource, I highly recommend it.It is not overtly Christian… Read more →

Covid-19 Prayer Requests

It is our desire to be a praying people and a praying church at all times. At this time it might be prudent to keep particular prayer requests in mind for our church family and community. This list will be “generic” – particular names will not be given as this is public, more like categories to help stir thought and… Read more →

Celebrating Advent as a Family

We started following a modified approach to Advent Readings as a family several years ago. We basically start on December 1st rather than the traditional “4th Sunday before Christmas.” You can download this as a PDF here. Another helpful idea we are thinking to use this year is called Journey to the Manger: Kid’s Puzzles and can be found online as… Read more →

The Church (Called and Collected) – Hip-Hop Teaches Us About the Beautiful Church

It may not be your preferred genre, and it is certainly not Congregational, yet the folks at Lamp Mode Recordings have done us a favour by providing some solid teaching on the church in this album. The Church: Called and Collected Words from Thabiti Anyabwile on this album [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKD4_3PIUTA&w=560&h=315]   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZydYuElzg&w=560&h=315]   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwR_L5pzX70&w=560&h=315]   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c5isrXz82k&w=560&h=315] Read more →