New Zealand Christian Network v-Zine, June

General June 21, 2011
    v-Zine, June 2011 


Axing religion is another religion

New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter says Australia’s national curriculum chairman is exactly right when he says that axing religion classes is simply pushing another belief system. Read more…

Newsflash: Kingdom Economics forum

Are you involved with economics or finance and social justice? If so, this forum on 24–25 July may be for you. Click here for further details…


More on the M word

Did you spot the great piece on the M word last month from Gordon Copeland – formerly United Future, now Kiwi Party? When will our political leaders and educators wake up to the obvious benefits of marriage and start doing something to help promote it? Thanks for the article, Gordon, and congratulations to you and Anne on celebrating 47 years of marriage. Click here to read the article by Gordon Copeland.

 

What are you doing to protect your marriage?

Michael Hyatt reflects on some recent prominent marriage failures in the news, and how couples can protect their marriage.


200 years of heroes

As we approach the bicentenary of the first preaching of the Gospel in New Zealand by the Rev. Samuel Marsden, NZ Christian Network would like to honour heroes of the faith over that time. Read more…


Maori phrase of the month

Kia tau, ki a tātou katoa,
Te atawhai o tō tātou Āriki,
A Ihu Karaiti...

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all...


Divisions over Genesis

NZ Christian Network is pleading for an end to divisions over the creation account in Genesis which weaken the Church and dishonour God. Read more…



Belief in God is part of human nature – Oxford study

Humans are naturally predisposed to believe in gods and life after death, according to a major three-year international study. Read more…


A new dimension of Christian persecution in India

The politics of Hindu nationalism, which fuelled Christian persecution for over a decade in India, seems to be losing ground. With this comes the hope that India will never witness an incident like the massive flurry of attacks in Kandhamal district of eastern Orissa state in 2008… Read more…


Are you an evangelical reject?

I once heard a story about a person who got jammed in a doorway. The more they pushed and pushed, the harder they got stuck. The only way to get through the doorway was to back up a little, turn sideways, then go through. Sometimes it is the same with faith. Read more…


Liberty Trust reinstated as charity

NZ Christian Network is pleased the High Court has reinstated a Christian mortgage lending scheme – Liberty Trust – as a charity after it was removed from the Register of Charities by the Charities Commission. The Court ruling can be read here.

 
Congress book a must-have

New Vision New Zealand Vol IV (2011), produced for the 6th New Zealand Christian Leaders’ Congress, is a vital resource for all people wanting to understand the current state of the Gospel in New Zealand. Supplies are limited, so click here to order your copy.


Queen’s Birthday honours

Congratulations to Christians who were honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday list. They included Sir John Graham, made Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit (KNZM) for his services to education and sport; Sister Marie Elizabeth Roche, Upper Hutt, MNZM; broadcaster John Hawkesby, MNZM; Challenge Weekly publisher/managing editor John Massam, Queen’s Service Medal; Ross and Ethne Hanna, Arohanui Christian Trust founders, Queen’s Service Medal. We apologise if we have overlooked anyone.

 

Time for change in the law-and-order debate

“Election after election, the Church has been confronted with the spectre of politicians outbidding each other on the let’s-get-tough-on-crime bandwagon,” says Glyn Carpenter, National Director of New Zealand Christian Network. Read more…

 

Greg Laurie event

Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty churches – bring your friends to the Greg Laurie event 25 or 26 June, Victor Arena, Auckland. 
With support from Jeremy Camp, The Katinas, Phil Joel, Parachute Band and Martin Smith. Shine TV is supporting the event with live coverage of both nights. Read more…

 

Back to Church Sunday

Back to Church Sunday is now the single largest local church invitational initiative in the world. It is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism – that we should invite someone we already know to something we love, and invite our friend to come to church with us. Click here for information on this year’s event, on 11 September.

 

Promote your event

One of the free services NZ Christian Network provides is an events calendar at its website. If your church or organisation is holding an event, you are welcome to enter it online. Simply go to the website www.nzchristiannetwork.org.nz and click on the menu item Nationwide Calendar. (Note: To eliminate spam, all events are approved by one of our administrators before going live.)

 

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Laidlaw essays

Today the “land of promise” is a spark in the tinder dry atmosphere of Middle Eastern affairs. Events there continue to wield influence well beyond the region itself. This raises for Christians the acute theological problem of how to relate to the “land of promise” today and in light of the land of the Bible. Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School has compiled a book of essays, entitled The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible. Most are written by Laidlaw Carey teaching staff. It is edited by Philip Church, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft. It is hoped the essays will contribute to a more informed and theologically coherent response to the “land of promise”. It is offered in the name of peace for all peoples in that place and among those who continue to look to her as a place of promise. For more information, contact Philip Church, [email protected]


Gas heaters for Christchurch appeal

This winter could be brutal for many in Christchurch badly affected by the earthquakes. So Aucklanders are being asked to give a new or serviced gas heater to help Christchurch. Drop offs between 15–19 June, but check for exact dates. The collection points are at Liberty Christian Church, 96 Lonsford Crescent, Avondale – contact Sue Hodson (09) 820 0168; Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga – contact Allan Taylor (09) 576 1500; Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau – contact Alistair Hall (09) 278 8998; Windsor Park Baptist Church, 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay – contact Grant Harris (09) 477 0002. For further details of the Gas Heater Appeal contact: William Drury-Turnbull or Liz Longworth, phone   (03) 929 0539 or email [email protected]

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Forum on the Family

The annual NZ Forum on the Family is being held in Auckland on Friday 8 July. If you're involved with a family, pro-life, or marriage organisation, or are part of a public issues group, this conference is for you.
We'll interview Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff, Ian Grant will get serious on family issues, Lindsay Mitchell will argue that welfare dependency harms kids, Timaru GP Dr Albert Makary will tackle our binge drinking culture, and Jim Wallace from the Australian Christian Lobby will update us on what the family issues are in Australia.
For further information or to register for this important conference, go to www.forumonthefamily.org.nz


Resolve courses

Learn to coach, negotiate, mediate in Christian conflict resolution. We invite you to take part in three Resolve training short courses – Peacemaker Biblical Conflict Resolution, 22–23 July; Coaching & Negotiation for Conflict Resolution, 5–6 August; Mediating & Arbitrating for Confliction Resolution, 2–3 September. All courses will be held at Laidlaw College. Enquiries to Martien Kelderman, email [email protected], mobile 021 443 810.