|v-Zine September 2011|
The state and religion
What is the proper relationship between state and religion? New Zealand Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter was 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. Read more…
Rapidly increasing secularisation has drawn the attention of prominent religious leaders around the world. Each week New Zealand Christian Network puts a quote from one of these leaders at our website. For a sample list, click here…
New Zealand Christian Network is gearing up to promote and celebrate National Marriage Week, 12-19 February 2012. Many Western countries already celebrate Marriage Week, and groups in this country, including NZ Christian Network, believe it would be good to raise its profile here. NZ Christian Network has registered a web address, www.marriageweek.org.nz, and by next month will have a website available where people can log events and access resources. Watch this space.
Family Life founders visit
The founders of Family Life Ministry, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, recently visited New Zealand, and have signalled their support for National Marriage Week here. They are pictured here with Glyn Carpenter, and Andy Bray, who with wife Nikki are the New Zealand directors of the ministry. Read more…
Call for government-church partnership
In the face of latest research showing that plunging marriage rates are partly to blame for an alarming decline in the well-being of Australia's children, NZ Christian Network is calling for the government to work with church and community groups to strengthen marriage. Read more…
A reader has drawn our attention to a very useful website called Q (subtitled "Ideas for the common good"). The founders say Q was birthed out of a vision to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures. One recent article asks, "Is it conceivable that as the focus of many Christians narrowed to the political debates surrounding 'marriage', our attention was diverted from assessing the health of our own marriages?"
Way to go
NZ Christian Network National Director Glyn Carpenter was very impressed with the way one church dealt with their local school when a new principal closed down the Bible in Schools programme. Read more...
Kiwi prayer of hope on
NZ Christian Network was invited to send a special 9/11 prayer to be included in the commemoration events held in America. Read more …
More God less crime
There is mounting evidence that increasing religiosity not only reduces crime and delinquency, but it also promotes prosocial behaviour. In More God, Less Crime renowned criminologist Byron R. Johnson proves that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime. Read more…
Support for Fijian Methodists
Otago's Public Square
In many countries, Christians are persecuted today for their faith. Believers often face violence, imprisonment, discrimination and even death. Thousands have fled their homes and countries due to persecution. International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – this year on Sunday, 13 November – is set apart for us to remember the thousands such as these who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Read more
Prayer for John Stott
Glyn Carpenter gave the following prayer at the John Stott memorial service in Auckland Cathedral on 4 September. Read more…
NZ Christian Network is giving away 10 copies of Chris Grantham's Kiwi Bible, specially updated for the Rugby World Cup. The intention is that these should then be given to non-Christian rugby-supporter friends while the Rugby World Cup is on. Here's the deal: email NZ Christian Network with (a) the name of the main ministry promoting Christian engagement around the Cup and (b) the name and email of someone you know would appreciate receiving v-Zine, by Tuesday 27 September, and we'll draw names from a hat for the winners. Please include your own phone and postal address details in your email.
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Coming launch of CViC
A year ago, the partners of the Love Your Neighbour Network recognised the critical need to raise up and equip 'Community Links' - volunteers with a passion for seeing their church engage with their community in ways that grow relationships and open doors for the Gospel. A new trust called Churches Volunteering in Communities (CViC) was formed with the initial task of establishing a Community Link training programme . To learn more, visit www.cvic.org.nz .
Peter Cheyne, moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, says: "Often, some time after a church has enthusiastically embraced community service, it fizzles out - and often because the key leader has moved on or lacked support. CViC is an initiative to equip those key "community link people" and therefore also their churches."
We extend an open invitation for interested parties to join us for lunch at a special launch event to be held at Laidlaw College on Friday 30 September, 12:00—2:00pm. RSVP essential to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 September.
Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit
Promise Keepers – Game On
The Shack Week
Orama is pleased to present Paul Young, the author of The Shack, in a unique opportunity to meet and hear him in person, while enjoying a relaxing holiday on Great Barrier Island. Paul will share his personal journey, which is the real story behind The Shack, and his many insights into the nature and character of God. The Shack has been the centre of much controversy. However, The Shack is really just a metaphor for the place we keep all of our pain, sorrow, abuse and disappointment we have encountered through life. The God encounter described in The Shack represents 11 years of Paul's life, his journey of recovery, forgiveness and healing. This will be a week to inspire, challenge, renew and hopefully bring you a fresh revelation of the Father, who is "particularly fond of you". For more information go to www.orama.org.nz