New Zealand Christian Network, June 2011

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   v-Zine June 2011

Burqas, Close Up and religious freedom

NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter says we can't work for religious freedom for Christians in other countries and suppress it for other religions in New Zealand. Glyn recently defended the freedom of Muslim women to wear the burqa, when he appeared on TV1's Close Up programme on Tuesday, 5 July. Read more…

2nd Global Christian Forum

New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter says the 2nd Global Christian Forum, which he has been invited to attend in October this year, will be significant for the future of Christian unity worldwide. Read more…

Historic document on
mission ethics

An historic document on the ethics of Christian mission, produced by the world's three main church networking organisations, has been welcomed by New Zealand Christian Network. This is the first document of its kind in the 2000-year history of the Church. Read more…

Connecting the dots on violence

Many people are resistant to connecting the dots surrounding violence issues in New Zealand. Others are unaware of which dots to should be connected. Read more…

"A Christian is killed every
5 minutes"

An international interfaith conference in Hungary was told that 105,000 Christians are martyred every year simply for their faith. This statistic did not include war victims. Read more…

Britain's Pakistani Christians protest blasphemy laws

Britain's Pakistani Christians staged a peaceful protest on 2 July calling for Pakistan to reform its harsh blasphemy laws. Read more…

Free speech on trial

A recent trial in Amsterdam, Holland, highlights the importance of free speech, and the threat which can be posed when it is not defended. Read more…

Living with differences

Europe could potentially show the world the way forward on one of the most pressing questions of our time: How do we live with differences, especially when these ideas are religious or ideological? That is the view of well-known speaker and author, Os Guinness who told his audience at the inaugural State of Europe Forum last month in Budapest that Christians should be in the forefront in pressing these issues in the public square. Read more…


Conviction and civility

If you're thinking of doing a little activism or lobbying ahead of the November election, please have a look at this Christianity Today article by Chuck Colson and Jim Wallis – two people you wouldn't normally imagine as co-authors of an article on politics.


Ron Hay writes
Retired Christchurch Anglican vicar Ron Hay has been writing regular columns for The Press newspaper. In a recent column, he said, "One of the most striking faith stories of the year has been the return to faith of well-known British writer A. N. Wilson. Read more…



Maori phrase
of the month

Me te aroha o te Atua,
Me te whiwhingatahitanga ki te wairua tapu
Ake ake ake
(And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Forever and ever.

This is the second part of the grace. The first part, published in last month's v-zine, reads:
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…)


Partnership to
promote marriage

NZ Christian Network is pleased that the World Evangelical Alliance and Marriage Week International have joined in a new partnership to promote marriage around the world. Read more…

Church Life survey
out soon

A new Church Life survey is out this November, and churches are encouraged to get involved. Read more…


Engage excitement

The World Cup is just a few weeks away, and the excitement is growing every day!  There are many different ways you can be a part of this event, from attending a game and supporting the teams, to getting engaged behind the scenes.  Read more…

Annual Religious Diversity Forum

The focus at the Annual Religious Diversity Forum, as part of the NZ Diversity Forum, to be held in Hamilton Sunday 21 – Monday 22 August, will be religion and the state. NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter will be attending and is looking forward to participating in the discussion on religion and media.


Prayer at Parliament
Glyn Carpenter was privileged to be able to give the New Testament reading at the Prayer at Parliament event on 16 June. The next event will be held on 8 September. If you would like to register, click here.

Sport and falls from grace

"I was sent a link to a really interesting piece today about the resignation – and fall from grace – of  Jim Tressel, an outstanding football coach at Ohio State University," writes Andrew Kerr, convenor of Christian Sports Network NZ. "The blog on this issue is really thoughtful, offers some challenging perspectives to us all – particularly any involved in coaching, chaplaincy or similar - and is really well worth the time to read." Read more…


 Note: Notices and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of NZ Christian Network.
Not-for-profit seminar
With law and finance a minefield for not-for-profit organisations, it's vital that you are aware of the latest developments. Gaze Burt has arranged for a seminar by two lawyers and two chartered accountants, all experienced at helping not-for-profits through the minefield. Each will present briefly on current issues and then take part in a Q&A discussion.
Date: Monday, 8 August 2011. Venue: NZ Marine Industry Association, 79-85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland. Time: 4.30pm7.00pm. Cost: $30 if RSVP received by 18 July, $40 thereafter. Enquiries to Natalie Faidley, 09 306 3894, email [email protected]


Celebrating the Wesleyan Theological Stream
The merits of a Wesleyan/Arminian theological worldview over other theological worldviews is a continuing discussion. The Wesleyan theological view with emphases on grace, free will, holiness and the partnering of evangelism and social engagement has been influential in Aotearoa/New Zealand church history. A series of seminars on the worldview will be presented 11-13 August by Dr Joel Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Seminary, USA; and Dr David McEwan, Director of Research, Senior Lecturer in Theology, Pastoral Theology and Practice for the Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane.  Enquiries to [email protected] or phone (09) 271 6460.

Engage webmaster needed
Engage urgently needs a webmaster for the next three months to help with Rugby World Cup. The website is built and running but the guy who did it is returning to Germany. This busy, volunteer job involves uploading the www.engagenz.org website, creating & editing documents linked to general work with MS Office, basic graphic design, and working with Mailchimp, an online database. Contact Surita on [email protected] or (021) 278 4048.

Awareness Sunday
Awareness Sunday is a global initiative aimed at bringing reconciliation. It will be held on 11 September, to mark the nearby anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. Organisers say, "It will be an opportunity both for remembrance and reconciliation as we recall the Christian values of love, forgiveness and respect. As believers, we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, even if our neighbour is of a different religious faith or worldview. More details from [email protected] or www.awarenesssunday.com


Promise Keepers – Game On
Every man faces giants in his lifetime the cares and worries of life. We suffer hurts and injuries that sideline us but then we must recover and get back into the game. Our strength comes from the confidence that God is with us and for us. No matter how big the opposition He is more powerful.
When you enter the arena at a Promise Keepers live Event, you are teaming up with hundreds of men who share the same goals and passion to succeed in their walk with God. Men who want to know God better and serve Him wholeheartedly. This is one live Event you don't want to miss – Game On!
PS – Yes, Promise Keepers is going ahead with Game On in Christchurch!
2011 Men's Events: DUN 29-30 Jul | CHC 12-13 Aug | TGA 26-27 Aug | WLG 9-10 Sep | AKL 7-8 Oct
0800 PROMISE (776647) | www.promisekeepers.org.nz