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June 2012 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

Colonel Justin Party tonight

Tonight we are having a special meal for Justin Duckworth who gets “enthroned” tomorrow as the 11th Bishop of Wellington. His favourite fast food is KFC so I thought it appropriate have a finger lick’n party for Justin tonight. KFC were kind enough to give me a bucket big enough for a bishop’s mitre. This…

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Egypt: A Christian vice-president and potential for change

Last year in Egypt I met some amazing people who live in Cairo and have a special interest in the goings-on among the government and church. One of them is W. I asked him for the skinny on the recent happenings. Andrew: Hi W. I just heard some news about Egypt:  “One of the first decisions will…

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How Communities Heal

Update: GREAT evening. Photos are on Facebook.Thanks Vivian for your inspiration! And thanks Colin and Laurel for the invitation. ———– Original Post: Debbie and I have been invited to a book launch tomorrow for How Communities Heal: Stories of Social Innovation and Social Change, by vivian Hutchinson who spells his first name in lower case. Either that…

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Benny Hinn’s Wedding Present?

Benny Hinn is getting remarried to his ex-wife. Todd Rhoades asks what an appropriate wedding present might be. I am not sure what I would get him but I think that whatever it was, it would be WHITE. What would you get him?

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Hybridrization Movement: integrating social and financial enterprises

In Search of the Hybrid Ideal is a good article based on some research by Stanford and Echoing Green on the emergence of “hybrid” social enterprises, early stage projects that focus on both social impact and financial sustainability. This integration is something we have both worked towards for many years. All of the social and mission…

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Baptists in the house

It’s been an interesting weekend with a Baptist theme . We enjoyed having Rodney MaCann here a few times. Rodney has been National Leader of the Baptists for most the past decade, and has recently handed over the reigns to Craig Vernall. Rodney’s son, The Venerable Stu, is on the Ngatiawa team, where he functions, among…

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When your blog BORES you

My  blog has been BORING THE HECK out of me recently. So I am changing EVERYTHING. Starting with the way it looks.  I was inspired by the graphics and cool sets of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy last week and so I might add a few 1970’s touches to the blog to play out this desire…

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Southern Baptists elect black president

Well done! Good to see the Southern Baptists elect their first black president and take another step to put their past behind them. Congrats to President Fred Luter of New Orleans for being elected unopposed. Hope he does well. Baptist Press has the skinny. You might know that I worked for the SBC for 7…

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How God Became King, by N.T. Wright

Last week I had a sick day in bed but the latest Tom Wright book made it a good day. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N.T. Wright. It’s a good read, as all his books are. Wright tackles the problem of the missing gap in the creeds between the virgin…

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Overcharged by Shipping Company

From Jonesberries: Has anyone else had this problem? Hoegh Autoliners was the shipping company that we used to get our camper van to New Zealand. The original quote from Sefco was US 4.798, which we paid on the 12 May, 2012. All went well. Our camper made it on the boat and sailed for New…

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World’s Best Christian Blogs

Here is a list of The World’s Best Christian Blogs from Chris Hall of TheGlobalChurch and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Chris also edits The Baptist Times Daily News Sweep. Thanks Chris for including my humble blog. Here is the list with Chris’s comments. World’s Best Christian Blogs: Be the Light – Chris Duffett is an…

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Blogiversary: 11 years today.

My blog is 11 years old today. Thanks to everyone for following and being a big part of my life.  This is where I am staying right now with my family. This is our yurt at a monastery in New Zealand. There is a wifi signal that covers the area but I don’t seem to…

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