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"Less than Rosy" by Diane Benge (Issue # 68)
 This is a wonderful article. Too long people have been ashamed of their pain. Too long have we thought ourselves to be "bad Christians". Thank you. 
 Posted by - 29/3/06 - Read other comments on this article
"Free Bible Study Software" by Michael Hanson (Issue # 66)
 Just a Thank You
 Thank you for your expert commentary on Bible Study Software. I know God will or has blessed you for your work for him. Kevin 
 Posted by Kevin Kirby - 7/3/06 - Read other comments on this article
"How to develop an Outwardly Mobile Church" by Rob Douglas (Issue # 59)
 Very well stated, a blessing to me. 
 Posted by Neil Shamblin - 28/12/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Your Move" by David Crawley (Issue # 55)
 Wisdom in Decision Making plus Being led by the spirit
 David Crawley's conclusion that there must be a 3rd way in decision making combinding both using wisdom and biblical priniciples and being led by the spirit is right on target. My understanding of scripture is that we are to serve God with all our mind, heart, soul and strength. Thus, we need to use are natural abilities inline with the principles of scripture. But sometimes, God does speak to us directly. I like the idea of a dance! Hopefully, David Crawley or someone will write a book combinding both positions. Many principles in the bible are revealed as polar opposites: free will versus God's fore-knowing. But scripture teaches both positions. Instead of always cleaving to one or the other, we need to find a way to harmonize the two as has been done successfully with Salvation. Romans teaches we are saved grace through faith. James when examined in light of Romans teaches that we can't just say that we have faith but that saving faith produces works or "Faith without works is dead." 
 Posted by Phillip Christiansen - 16/11/05 - Read other comments on this article
"A Brash Approach to the Treaty" by Kim Workman (Issue # 65)
 There is no justification for the Tax that is paid in contribution to treaty settlements and it is idiodic to compare a Private companies income with Treaty settlement. Sure its a figure but telecom are in the business of business, there job is to make money is that what the Principles of the Treaty are really about? I dont think so. Yes, Partnership in terms of existing, Yes Participation in politics and the way that legislation effects the people, Yes, Protection in terms of the colony and rights to land by what was forfeited in the past is just that the past. 
 Posted by kyle - 13/10/05 - Read other comments on this article
"An Open Letter to Mel Gibson" by Steve Taylor (Issue # 62)
 Satan in the Garden of Eden . . .?
 According to my reading of Genesis, Satan was certainly there . . . . animals/reptiles , however smart they may be, do not plan to make humans break divine edicts . . . through the use of a seemingly harmless and fascinating intermediary (the serpent), Lucifer presented the false argument that would ultimately ensure that I would pay a fortune in padlocks and replacement keys in my life . . .Sin is now a definite part of all of our lives and that was the start . . cheers, Sieffe 
 Posted by Sieffe - 23/9/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Aliens and Strangers in the World" by Steve Graham (Issue # 69)
 Popular to Sing but not to Live
 "This world is not my home" is popular in Christian songs but from my observations there is very little living of this truth. God's grace allowed me to realize I was pouring my "talents" into a system of church life that displayed permanent status for the household of faith. Believers pour multiplied millions of $ to make "God's house" a PHYSICAL structure AND millions more into attempting to make their relationships permanent by casting them in institutional structures. All to be more permanent. In Stephens sermon in Acts 7, he reminds us that buildings and pyramid structured leaders do not enhance the work of God so that it will endure and last forever until the time when we will no longer be aliens. These things corrupt the simple beauty of God's design for building His kingdom that will last forever. 
 Posted by Tim - 15/9/05 - Read other comments on this article
"The Passion of The Christ review" by Tim McKenzie (Issue # 62)
 curious
 Wow! You've really disected this baby to the bone! You've written a very thorough review of this movie. All in all, can I ask, "What is your point?" I found myself drifting in and out of understanding reading through this review. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not writing to be a smart alek or even to criticise your review. I am merely writing to seek understanding and maybe capture the meaning behind the surgery you performed on the film. Well...I write this in hope that you will enlighten me sometime soon, hopefully sooner than the 'Lord of the Rings' releases. Kind regards, 'One very curious reader'  
 Posted by Vitalina - 11/9/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Understanding Atonement" by Martin Sutherland (Issue # 62)
 Well done
 It was good. It broke the mould of the standard responses to atonement and offered some current perspectives. 
 Posted by Francesca - 9/9/05 - Read other comments on this article
"An Open Letter to Mel Gibson" by Steve Taylor (Issue # 62)
 Mel did give us a clue in the title...
 Hmmm, some interesting comments on the film, most valid (a little verbose perhaps) but I couldn't help wondering if Steve (and the writer of one of the previous comments) didn't get an idea about the violence of the film from not only the 18 rating, but the fact that it was to be about the Passion...Mel even included it in the title for anyone slow on the uptake. It was a film on one facet, it did not claim to be, nor make any attempt to be multi-faceted. As for not having the resurrection...did you switch off before the end???  
 Posted by David Thompson - 25/8/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Dreaming of Home" by Mark Barnard (Issue # 68)
 I see the truth in this article and also believe it is time to move forward and not get caught up in tradition or ideals that limit who God is and what He can do through his people 
 Posted by Rachel - 11/7/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Addicted to Consumption" by Murray Hofmans-Sheard (Issue # 56)
 Hi Murray I think your writing is cool and would like to add that if you find it hard to go back to basics this at some stage will force you, or us, to change. 
 Posted by - 30/5/05 - Read other comments on this article
"An Open Letter to Mel Gibson" by Steve Taylor (Issue # 62)
 I was deeply moved by the movie. I am sorry Mel did not make Steve Taylor's version of The Passion. Sorry Steve. How many movies should he have made? You know, to cover every facet of the diamond. Come on, I know its cool to always critique, to be above it all, to "wish to cry", but your gnosticism prevents you. I went to see a MOVIE, whose subject was Christ's Passion. In my opinion it was wonderful. Thanks Mel. 
 Posted by Ron Jung - 26/5/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Free Bible Study Software" by Michael Hanson (Issue # 66)
 Thanks. and another package
 I can recommend another package for Bible study, also. This is the Theophilos Bible Study package. It is also free, and has been around for a while. One caution, and this applies not only to this one, but some others also, and that is that some cult and heretical materials, such as the so called "Openness Theology" heresy, are starting to send some materials to these Bible study sites. I use the three you mentioned, as well as the Theophilos package, and find that each has good features, and some different materials available for download, such as the early church fathers, and other christian and historical classical materials. God Bless your minitries, MS  
 Posted by Michael Scheel - 18/5/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Celebrating Pentecost" by Steve Taylor (Issue # 57)
 Holy Spirit as wind and fire
 Kia ora Steve, I really enjoyed your article. You made Pentecost relevant and real. I close with a quote from the NZ Anglican Prayer Book (p486)-I tonoa mai tou Wairua Tapu, hei whakakaha, hei arataki, hei whakatupato, hei whakahou i tau Haahi. Yours in Christ Rob McKay 
 Posted by Rob - 8/5/05 - Read other comments on this article
"The Crusades " by Stuart Lange (Issue # 55)
 Politically Correct Crusades
 Your article reflects the historic truths I was taught as a child in the 1950s but it seems that since the 1970s and America's dependence on oil we have chosen to blame the Catholic Church for the Crussades as a war of unholy greed when in reality it was simply an act of defense against an invading force. The same applies to the Inquisition, atrocities were committed in a time when Spain felt threatened in the aftermat of the occupation of the Sultans. We must never condone cruelty but we must recognize that war is always cruel albeit unavoidable under certain sircumstances. 
 Posted by Ines J Reid - 3/5/05 - Read other comments on this article
"A New Way of Leading" by Len Hjalmarson (Issue # 61)
 The Foundation of the Ideas
 I whole heartedly agree with every aspect of leadership as you have described it. Institutionalized leaership is bogus and corrupt. But you have left out the foundation why what you said is true and why institutionalized leadership is bogus. You left out the revelation - the Word. Don't leave out where "it is written". You quoted many people but not the Word. If the Word is left out, your readers are left to assume the foundation is merely ideological. Postmodern ideas have no authority of their own, any more than any other generation in time had their own ideas of what would be good for mankind. Please tie God's people to the Word for the basis for timeless truths on leadership. Growing stronger, Tim 
 Posted by Tim Aagard - 14/4/05 - Read other comments on this article
"An Open Letter to Mel Gibson" by Steve Taylor (Issue # 62)
 Hmmm
 It was violent wasn't it. We waited a full year before seeing it due to some non christian friends who wished to see it with us. It took that long before we found the right time for it...it was easter. We sat with pillows covering our faces, flinching at the continuing horror. I imagine that the suffering was that real too. We talked after the movie, and apart from the 'added bits' that did not happen in the gospel account, we were disappointed that the movie was simply about a man getting the shear life kicked out of him. My friends were disappointed. I think they were wanting some of there thoughts to come together with significance. but there was no informing us of the life and teachings of Christ so that for the uneducated...well they were none the wiser...no feel for who Christ was and is.....just a lot of fish hooks and blood. They said the movie did nothing to help them in their understanding of Christ. I guess we expect with movies that we can enter in and feel the drama on screen. So the expectation is to have a more vivid understanding of the Christ. But they left none the wiser...just disappointed. I think the movie could only have real relevance to those who already know him. And even then you have to try to keep your eyes open! 
 Posted by Garth@emergingBlurb - 10/4/05 - Read other comments on this article
"An Open Letter to Mel Gibson" by Steve Taylor (Issue # 62)
 I seen this movie and was totally disgusted in the level o voilence as well as the fact that the movie never displayed the fact that Jesus rose from death and asscended into heaven all it focused on was the killing of Jesus. I wondered if this man Mel Gibson in fact has any love for Christ at all or whether this was just a giant money making ploy at the sake of the faith of beleivers.  
 Posted by integrity - 29/3/05 - Read other comments on this article
"How to develop an Outwardly Mobile Church" by Rob Douglas (Issue # 59)
 Ka Pai Spot on!!
 Kia Ora Rob from new Zealand. I have just read yopu article sent to me from my sister who does'nt attend church so she's obviously found it interesting as well. I agree wholeheartedly your opinions about us going into our comunities more and looking outside the box in terms of sharing our faith and the positive message of Jesus. I have been invited to join such a group made up of 5 different faith systems who are joining together every two months to share the gospel message on the some of the local marae in our area. The idea is contentious however exciting. So well done kia kaha. Cribby. 
 Posted by Mau Cribb - 6/3/05 - Read other comments on this article
"Our God Reigns (but not in Economics)" by Brian K Smith (Issue # 56)
 The Kingdom of God in Christ
 I concur with the thoughts of Brian Smith re the reign of God and economics. I was struggling to reconcile modern ecomomics and everyday money market matters with what is in the Bible. I know that what God says is true and above anything man says or has instituted. The framework then is God's word and it supersedes, is superior, rules us in all facets of life and living including economics, business, work and even leisure. Thank you Brian for articulating this so well. Keep on telling about this. I think it is extremely relevant for authentic christianity, for Christians to address the subtle perversion by the world which is different to what the Father says is and will be. His Kingdom is all about the way we are to relate to the King and each other, to the environment. Any others interested in confronting the 'private' versus 'public' thinking and replacing it with Gods absolute Kingdom? To God be the glory.  
 Posted by Ronald - 4/3/05 - Read other comments on this article
"A Postmodern Approach to Church" by Len Hjalmarson (Issue # 58)
 thanks
 It is always a relief to find like-minded christians do exist and I appreciate your article. thanks for your magazine.  
 Posted by wendy boase - 29/11/04 - Read other comments on this article
"No War on Iraq or Anywhere! " by Chris Barfoot (Issue # 55)
 Chris Barfoot takes Christian duties to their fellow man, which are right and proper, and extends them to relationships between nations. This simply doesn't work. If every nation was composed primarily of Christian people earnestly following Jesus, and those earnest people had control of the country through their own political parties banks education systems etc. and those Christian people could work through any theological differences they might have with Christians in other nations then I have no doubt the world would be a more peaceful place. Is this the case? Obviously not. We live in a fallen world. Human beings are motivated by lust for power. They do seek to gain control of others through a variety of methods, indoctrination in schools, cash handouts, mindless drivel on the television, and some use violent methods to obtain and hold onto power. Some might be content to fold their hands, stare patiently at the ceiling and block their ears to the cries of those being carried off into slavery. Such practises will not stop the abuses in the Sudan and they would not have stopped the depredations of Hitler. Ultimately a just war, if such a thing exists, is made so by its motivation. If its goal is the freedom of others, or the protection of something held dear, like a country or religion, or hatred of something that is evil (and that we know is evil because God says it is, there's no axis of evil in the Bible) then it is just. A war fought purely to gain power or wealth or land, or to destory something that is not in itself evil. That war is unjust. Ironically if the Americans are fighting because they want the people of Iraq to be free both of dictators and Americans, and the Islamic forces are fighting for what they believe to be defence of their lands or religion then both might be fighting a just war. On the other hand if the Americans are fighting for oil, and the Islamic fighters are simply fighting out of hatred for America (which has many faults but is not itself evil) then both fight an unjust war. Many evil things happen in war, war may itself be a great evil. Sometimes however it is the lesser of two evils. 
 Posted by Jason Clark - 24/11/04 - Read other comments on this article
"Church and the 20-Somethings" by Andrew Butcher (Issue # 61)
 Your article pretty much described where my life is at now. I am 24, have a great job, and a strong desire to live for Jesus in every area of my life, but I can't find a church to go to. All my childhood friends who were growing up in the church (until about 18) have departed from it, most for the reasons you suggested. Does the church realize that it's future rests on our generation? Where should people like myself turn? It is easy for me to live the lukewarm life, but I know God wants more, and I want to give Him more, but I need the support of a church. I pray your article will bring on a radical change in the Church, one that is focused on what Jesus would do in this situation. Many Thanks! 
 Posted by Dave Hepburn - 24/11/04 - Read other comments on this article