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Irish, Korean and Samoan Christians in NZ 

In a new book coming out in 2017, I have a book chapter on Irish, Korean and Samoan migrations to New Zealand from the late 19th century onwards . Specifically, the chapter examines the ways in which these three groups interacted with the mainstream church in New Zealand, and how the church changes, or doesn’t, in response. 

National Director vacancy – ISMNZ 

International Student Ministries of New Zealand is looking for a new National Director. This is a rare opportunity to lead an exciting and growing Christian organisation dedicated to the pastoral care of international students in New Zealand and throughout the Asia pacific region. Set up in the year 2000, it has 17.5 full time equivalent staff and many volunteers and works with hundreds of students across 15 of New Zealand’s tertiary campuses. Further details can be found here. Applications close at noon (NZ time) on Friday 16 September.

Scheduled and spontaneous prayer 

As part of a series our church is doing on the battle plan for prayer here’s my contribution on scheduled and spontaneous prayer. 

Scattered and Gathered

In this new book, I have a chapter, co-authored with three colleagues, on ministry to diaspora in New Zealand, with a particular focus on international students.

Who is this man Jesus?

Here is my sermon from Matthew 8:23-27

Counting the cost

Here is my sermon on Matthew 10:34-39

Continuity, Character and Commission

Here is my sermon from Matthew 12:38-50

Making Asia known: 20 years of the Asia New Zealand Foundation 

It was my pleasure to be Research and Policy Director at the Asia New Zealand Foundation for almost nine years, including the year it celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark that occasion I wrote this brief history of the Foundation, recently published in the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies.

The meandering path

The theme of a journey weaves through the story of Scripture, perhaps no more so in Psalm 23, as I discuss in this sermon.

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