NZ Christian Network v-Zine, August 2011

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   v-Zine August 2011

Guide to election referendum

Looking for a simple guide to the referendum being held alongside this year's General Election? Look no further. The referendum will ask two questions: whether people want to keep MMP (the system we use at the moment) or whether they want to change to another voting system. The second question asks which of four other systems voters would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. Read more…

The state and religion

What is the proper relationship between state and religion?  NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter will be a panel speaker in a discussion on the State and Religion at this year's Diversity Forum organised by the Human Rights Commission, to be held in Hamilton on 22 August. Find out more about the forum here.

How Google distorts reality

'I was staggered to learn that different people doing an identical internet search will get different results depending on their individual interests and search pattern histories,' said New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter.  'The implications of this are serious, because search results could tend to highlight items which confirm existing beliefs or prejudices.' Read more…

Jesus the Cold Case

Recently, TV1 screened Bryan Bruce's documentary, Jesus: the Cold Case, based on his book of similar title in 2010. NZ Christian Network issued a media release the next day. In a review, Christchurch writer and retired vicar Ron Hay says it is impossible to give credence to a book which simply ignores mainstream biblical scholarship. Read more…


A new posture on secularisation?

For many Christians, secularisation is seen as one of the most significant challenges facing the church today. But Mark McConnell suggests that rather than try to hold on tight to what remains of our former influence, perhaps the church needs a new posture. Read more...


Good without God?

Can we be good without God? That was the question asked on Radio NZ's Nights programme on 10 August. Yale professor of philosophical theology, John E. Hare, talked about morality and the part it plays in our lives, especially with Western culture moving away from traditional Christian values.


Ron Hay writes

What brought about the intriguing re-conversion to Christian faith of well-known British writer A. N. Wilson? Ron Hay recently retired from Anglican ministry to devote time to writing. His column "Thinking Faith" appears fortnightly in The Press newspaper. In this article he writes about one of the most striking faith stories of the year. Read more…

Link to keep up to date

NZ Christian Network's website is a one-stop place to keep up to date with what's going on. So why not place a link to the site from your own web page or blog, and help keep your members informed.


Core issues

In addition to supporting more than 20 specialist networks and dialogues on topics such as criminal justice, holistic evangelisation, and care of creation, NZ Christian Network will be focusing special attention on three particular issues: marriage, secularism and sacredness of life. We are planning three one-day forums to discuss each of these topics for mid-February 2012. We'll keep you posted as details develop.

Glyn's 30th anniversary

This edition of v-Zine is going out a day late as our National Director was busy celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife, Christine, on 15 August.

Positive AGM kicks off 10th year

'Very positive' is how Glyn Carpenter describes the Annual General Meeting which kicked off NZ Christian Network's 10th year. 'Things are tight financially, but in most other respects we are in a very good space.' (To read the annual report, click here.)

John Stott memorial

A memorial service for John Stott, who died recently, is to be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, Auckland, on Sunday 4 September, commencing at 5 pm. A memorial website has also been set up to remember 'Uncle' John. Visitors to the site can watch a video, write in the remembrance book, create and advertise local memorial events, upload local photos, listen to his sermons, and obtain church and media resources.

Maori phrase
of the month

Ma Ihowa koe e manaaki, mana koe e tiaki.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. (Numbers 6:24)

How to Engage during the RWC

It's not long till the Rugby World Cup kick-off on 9 September. Here is a link to a new 2-minute promo video just released that can be used to help understand the Engage opportunity presented by the Cup.
RWC accommodation - invitation to
the people of Christchurch

Are you a Cantab intending to attend a relocated RWC match? Why pay extra for accommodation when you can be hosted in a Christian home? Register by 22 August by completing the Cantab home hosting application form at www.engagenz.org/hosting.html

Recent press releases
Prayer for Norway
Jesus the Cold Case
'Obedient Wives Club'



 Note: Notices and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of NZ Christian Network.
Celebration of Hope
A series of community gatherings to mark the first anniversary of the first Christchurch earthquake will be held in churches across Christchurch on Sunday evening, 4 September 2011. Join together to celebrate community life while reflecting on days past. Things are different. Our community is changing. Let's face it together, with hope.  Let's build something amazing for the generations to come! Click here to find out more.

Theology and church architecture
A one-day conference for all people interested in thinking theologically about church architecture. It is especially relevant for those with broken or demolished churches in Canterbury, but all are welcome. The event is being organised jointly by Alistair Mackenzie (Laidlaw College, Christchurch) and Peter Carrell (Theology House, Christchurch). Wednesday, 28 September 2011, 9 am – 3.30 pm, Christchurch Chinese Church, 286 Greers Road, Bryndwr. More information from Chris Church, (03) 355 9145 or [email protected]


Elections staff
Elections NZ is searching for staff to assist in this year's General Election and Referendum to be held on 26 November. Applications can be made online here.

Kiwi-made Preaching Forums
Kiwi-made Preaching was born at a forum held in Auckland in April 2009. We have decided to do it all again, with three forums in October 2011 (the week following the Rugby World Cup final). Tuesday 25 October, Carey Baptist College, Auckland; Thursday 27 October, El Rancho, Waikanae; Saturday 29 October, Spreydon Baptist Church, Christchurch. Visit http://kiwimadepreaching.com/2011-forum for further details.

Hope for Creation
Hope for Creation is a global day of prayer and action for churches and individual Christians on the issue of climate change, to take place on Sunday 6 November 2011. Organised by a group of Micah Network members, the purpose of the day is to unite and focus church action and prayer on this critical issue, with a focus on its devastating impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable people. More at http://hopeforcreation.org



Promise Keepers – Game On
Game On events are under way! After the Dunedin event Matthew said, 'Excellent. Really encouraging and relevant talks about sensitive issues including sexuality/relationships/integrity.  Good (Stance) workshops and prayer time. Good variety of speakers. I could relate to most of them.' Not-yet Christians are also being reached. Pastor Ken said, 'It was great to bring an unsaved man along from home and watch him make a first-time commitment.' Consider how you can use the Game On Events as a stepping stone to boost your ministry with men. Resources and support to form groups are available from the Promise Keepers office. This is one live event you don't want to miss – Game On!
2011 Men's Events: TGA 26-27 Aug | WLG 9-10 Sep | AKL 7-8 Oct
0800 PROMISE (776647) | www.promisekeepers.org.nz


Teaching Pastor, The Street City Church, Wellington
The Street City Church invites persons with a passion for making disciples and who have a proven ability to teach the Bible, to develop others and to lead with strategic intent and vision, to apply for the position of Teaching Pastor at The Street. The Teaching Pastor will be responsible for the delivery of life-transforming teaching programmes, ministry oversight and support and the development of leaders at The Street. For more information and a full position description, please contact Nick Field, email [email protected]