on guilt and shame

It seems to be an unquestioned assumption in modern western culture that guilt and shame are bad, unhealthy and unhelpful.  Most of the moral discourse is dominated by statements that flow directly from these assumptions. I can relate!  Who wants to feel guilty?  Who enjoys shame?  Not only that, both guilt and shame are shot… Continue reading on guilt and shame

on corporate worship

Two words: corporate and worship.  A few thoughts on each of those words that have been rattling around in my head. Worship.  Worship is a thoroughly metaphysical and thus qualitative activity – and it is in between the lines of all that we choose to do.  What’s more, what is sometimes called the ‘rule’ of… Continue reading on corporate worship

teleology & ethics

The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term.  However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is.  It’s a common as anything.  Teleology is blindingly relevant.

anthropocentric ethics

Anthropocentric Ethics – In Ancient & Modern Perspective The author/composer/poet/community which produced the text we know of as Genesis 1 observed many things. Just one of these is the uniqueness of humans in relation to our environment. Day and night, earth and sky, sea and land, vegetation, and fruits, creatures great and tiny, both in… Continue reading anthropocentric ethics

porn parade – questions

The Erotica porn industry exhibition (forgive me for not hunting for a link – !!!) got free advertising by way of the now infamous and highly controversial ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade. Auckland City Council tried to stop the topless ride down Queen St., but Judge Nicola Mathers allowed it, commenting that it was ‘not offensive… Continue reading porn parade – questions

i heart the internet…

I mean… really… Don’t get me wrong… the internet is great… but the by-line for this online ‘friend’ site… ‘be who you wanna be’… scares me. Online Identity… yikes. I hope humanity doesn’t forget… how to have a simple meal together… sharing food… sharing time… sharing conversation… sharing LIFE with each other. That would be… Continue reading i heart the internet…

trust and believe… criminals!?

Do you trust? Do you believe? I’m not talking (at least in this post!) about God – I’m talking about convicted criminals! Tapu Misa has written another thought-provoking piece about –among other things– the house-arrest conditions of Bailey Kurariki, suggesting that the public needs to trust him to learn how to live in society.

public service: worship and prayer included

Issues of culture, religion, politics and the like are of much interest to me. This Friday, quite an interesting complex of issues will be focused in one event in which I’ll be taking part. As a pastor of one of the churches in the Northcote area, I’ve been asked to take part in the ANZAC… Continue reading public service: worship and prayer included