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'”
McFarland seems to be off the beaten track with its dust, long fields, and pickers out in the early morning rush to make a living from the vegetation gardens. But this is life outside of the city that for any city dweller would be a bit of a culture shock. With a favourable eye on the community, Whale Rider’s Niki Caro directs proceedings in this Walt Disney drama production that exudes warmth and is not humourless. McFarland looks like a good place to live and get to know people going by the presentation here, while their hard-working lives, and the issues they face, isn’t swept under the carpet, and coach Jim White’s entrance into the town is fraught with teething problems, all coated in a wholesome, Walt Disney-ish glow. McFarland’s high school cross country team were underdogs until coach Jim White took them under his wing and exploited their athletic potential to the point of state-wide success. Played by Kevin Costner, White, as he was affectionately referred to by his down-to-earth, self-aware runners, is portrayed as a struggling yet doggedly determined mastermind behind the team’s rise. Watching it all happen on the screen elevates this minor league film to radiant success. 3/4.
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”
In any writer’s path, it may be good to ask one’s self some questions before one starts down a path of writing in a form. I don’t usually do this and I go in headlong and ask questions later. But a little reflection can be useful in understanding where one is at. I find a good think helpful, but also a dose of unwelcome reality.Continue reading “Where one is at”