I’m posting the following article because it resonated with me. It’s quite fascinating–could God be “working” in people a brand new thing when they separate from the church they had belonged to for years? Here’s the article which I wrote in 2002, for Challenge Weekly.Continue reading “'Spirited exchanges'”
What does the Church have to offer?
Interviewer: Speaking of the Church, in the area of religion, what is there to turn to, when all else fails?
Rodney Macaan (Former Baptist pastor): I think one of the things that the church can really offer now, when it is working well, is two things.Continue reading “Pastor says: on what the church has to offer”
I thought the following interview transcript was a good one to republish, more by instinct than anything else. It’s part one of an interview with the second part to follow. The first part is a pastor talking about New Zealanders. Here it is. Be warned: it is long.Continue reading “Pastor says on Kiwis”
A moment in one of my articles from a former national leader of Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship in New Zealand, circa 2004, on the topic of “marginalization”: “I could tell you of depression and suicide among Kiwis (colloquial for New Zealanders), the tip of a fractured iceberg of alienation and isolation. In campus society they are strangers,” writes Matthew Scott. “Racial suspicion and antipathy is on the rise, particularly in the north. Individualism is still the majority creed in this country. The gospel opposes both with kaleidoscopic communities of the redeemed.”
In this summary, of an article I wrote for Challenge Weekly in 2005, New Zealand Marist Brother Richard Dunleavy who had been in Rome for 13 years, explained how Pope Benedict XVI would fulfil his role as Pope. “I believe he is really ‘conservationist’ in regard to the truths of the Church as updated and described at Vatican II. His bases are natural law, scripture and authentic tradition,” said Brother Richard. Pope’s Benedict’s “depth of understanding of post-modern culture means that he will always be seeking to communicate with the secular world, especially in Europe, but never at the expense of the truths as he sees them.” Pope Benedict has since moved on as Pope, making way for the current Pope, Pope Francis.